The Best Documentaries On Netflix 2016 Guide

Are you looking for a superb documentary to watch? Well you’re in luck – we have done all the heavy lifting for you and compiled a massive list of the best documentaries on Netflix.  We understand everyone has different taste especially when it comes to what typed of documentaries they like to watch, so we made a good effort to include documentaries from all genres.

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Now with out further ado here is your 2016 guide to the best documentaries on Netflix.


Virunga (2014)


In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth and home to the planet’s last remaining mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small and embattled team of park rangers – including an ex-child soldier turned ranger, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a dedicated conservationist – protect this UNESCO world heritage site from armed militia, poachers and the dark forces struggling to control Congo’s rich natural resources. When the newly formed M23 rebel group declares war, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they’ve worked so hard to protect, with the filmmakers and the film’s participants caught in the crossfire.

A powerful combination of investigative journalism and nature documentary, VIRUNGA is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world’s forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.

From director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio. –


“Urgent investigative report and unforgettable drama, “Virunga” is a work of heart-wrenching tenderness and heart-stopping suspense.”


“Showcasing the best and the worst in human nature, von Einsiedel’s “Virunga” wrenches a startlingly lucid narrative from a sickening web of bribery, corruption and violence.”



“…enough action, pathos, suspense, venal villains, stalwart heroes and endangered gorillas for a dozen fiction films”




Virunga – Official Trailer 2014 from Grain Media on Vimeo.




Food, Inc.

Release Year: 2008

Directed by Robert Kenner

Awards: 2010 Academy Award® (Best Documentary Feature nominee)




The Square

Release Year: 2013

Directed by Jehane Noujaim




Making a Murderer

Release Year: 2015 

Format: Documentary Series 

Directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos