The Best Documentaries on Netflix

Will Change How You See the World

1/11 ● Esquire
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Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King

The Internet is ripe with scams and Netflix is determined to catch every single one.



In Trust No One, a Canadian crypto founder mysteriously dies, leaving $215 million of his customer's cash lost and unreturned.

The story gets even more complicated when conspiracy theorists and Internet sleuths begin to believe that he faked his own death

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

Six months and six days. That's how long it took Nims Purja to climb the world's 14 highest mountains



Six months and six days. That's how long it took Nims Purja to climb the world's 14 highest mountains, all above 8,000 meters.

The journey is brilliantly documented in 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible.

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami

Making more than $2 billion in cash by bringing cocaine into the U.S. from Colombia via Miami.



Throughout the 1980s, Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta controlled the largest cocaine smuggling organization on the East Coast and one of the biggest in the world, making more than $2 billion in cash by bringing cocaine into the U.S. from Colombia via Miami.

Through interviews with their close friends and co-conspirators, this docuseries details everything from the early days of the operation to the various trials, convictions, murders, bribes, and escapes in this notorious case.

Schumacher

An inside look at his early years, his rise to prominence, and his current rehabilitation



This German sports documentary on the life of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is an inside look at his early years, his rise to prominence, and his current rehabilitation at the family’s home following his 2013 skiing accident.

My Octopus Teacher

The 2020 Oscar winner for best documentary



My Octopus Teacher follows one man on his journey to develop a relationship with an octopus off the Cape Town coast.

It’s as strange as it sounds, but also a fascinating and utterly unique look at nature.

Operation Varsity Blues

It’s a fascinating doc about the specifics of the scheme and injustices baked into the American college system.



The 2019 College Admissions Scandal is very recent history—in fact, the trials and sentencings in the case are still ongoing today. But that didn’t stop Fyre director Chris Smith from documenting the scandal—which is the largest college admissions scheme ever prosecuted—for the world to watch.

Operation Varsity Blues refocuses the attention from convicted actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman onto Rick Singer, who was the mastermind behind the whole scheme.

Night Stalker

The Hunt For a Serial Killer



Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer chronicles the crimes of notorious California killer Richard Ramirez in the '80s.

Told primarily from the perspectives of the homicide detectives on the case, this doc focuses on the frustrating investigation that dragged on for months before Ramirez was finally captured.

The Speed Cubers

If you’re looking for something more lighthearted



The Speed Cubers will open you up to the wonderful world of competitive Rubix cubing. You might even get a new hobby out of it, too!

Don’t F**k With Cats:

Hunting An Internet Killer



Deeply disturbing and incredibly wild, Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer tells a tale that begins when a video of a cat murder is posted online.

While the sleuths of the internet set out to find the killer, the attention he receives leads him to post even more gruesome videos. It’s a dark and twisted binge.

Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia

Dives into the underground New York of the mob



This new three-part documentary dives into the underground New York of the mob in the '70s and '80s, and the FBI agents who infiltrated the crime organization.

It's gory, suspenseful, and enlightening. And here’s some light reading about the current president for when you’re finished.

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