100 Must-See Documentaries Streaming on Netflix This August


This month we’ve added three essential documentaries to the Netflix 100 list, all of them from last decade. First there’s Davis Guggenheim’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, which is a worthy film to watch during a presidential election year. Next is the Apollo space program history In the Shadow of the Moon, which would make a great double feature with The Last Man on the Moon. And finally there’s Young @ Heart, a sweet doc about old folks singing pop and rock tunes.

To make room for that trio, another three had to be removed from the list. One was easy, though still sad, as War Don Don expired sometime last month. For the other two slots, it was a hard decision but I went and took out the two of this year’s nominees for best documentary short, Last Day of Freedom and Chau, Beyond the Lines.

Now a reminder of how the Netflix 100 titles are numerically arranged:

They are mostly ranked in order of my favor with some objective authority, but there are some clumps throughout the list that obviously fit together. Some are by director, some are by genre or subject matter and some are by series. In fact, I see this whole list as being best watched in order of the rankings.

There are a few double features in the bunch (Super Size Me and Super High Me and GasLand and FrackNation, for two example sets) and some groupings where I truly think the higher ranking title is best watched before a certain title or titles below it.

(Editor in Chief)

Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.