Some of the best documentaries on Netflix

Whether you are searching for a romantic comedy, a horror movie, or a show to binge, Netflix has you covered. The streaming service seems to have an endless selection of movies and television programs to satisfy the user. A recent surge in interest in true crime and other real-life stories has led the company to make and add many successful documentaries. The following list contains, in my opinion, some of the better documentaries and docuseries available on the platform.

Fyre: The greatest party that never happened

This documentary was released in 2019 and tells the story of the Fyre Festival. This festival was advertised as a stay in paradise where ticket holders would enjoy concerts, stay in luxurious housing and party with influencers. However, those who paid thousands of dollars did not receive what they were promised.

Abducted in Plain Sight

Released in 2017, this documentary covers the abduction of Jan Broberg Felt. In the 1970s, Jan’s family became close with a neighbor, his wife and kids. The 40-year-old man would soon become obsessed with then 12-year-old Jan.

American Murder: The family next door

“American Murder: The Family Next Door” tells the story of pregnant Shanann Watts, who disappeared from her home along with her two daughters.  Chris Watts, the father and husband, pleaded publicly for their safe return home. However, everything was not as it seemed with this family.

Death to 2020

From the creators of “Black Mirror,” comes this mockumentary about the year of 2020. The film looks back on the year that seems to hold endless disasters and delivers the viewer memories as well as a few laughs.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich 

Jeffrey Epstein: a name you are sure to know but a story you may not have heard in its entirety. This docuseries tells the stories of survivors and explains how Epstein’s money and position were involved.

Audrie & Daisy

This documentary is centered on two underage women who discover that sexual assault crimes against them were caught on camera. It is powerful, painful, and has never been more relevant.

Don’t F**k with Cats

After viewing videos of the torturing and killing of kittens, multiple internet sleuths work together to analyze the videos in order to hunt down the “kitten killer.” The series consists of three episodes.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Chances are you’ve watched this during the early stages of quarantine, but if you haven’t…

This docuseries is about so much more than tigers. The episodes dive into cults, murder and politics. The people featured in the series are sure to keep you entertained.



Molly Nesselrodt

Molly is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Sociology. She adores animals, is a novice hiker and camper, loves to read, and is an avid listener to true crime podcasts.