100 Must-See Documentaries Streaming on Netflix This June

100 Must-See Documentaries Streaming on Netflix This Month

Because people say there are no good movies on Netflix anymore.

As it turns out, the docs we mentioned last month as having positive buzz are among the few titles we’ve added to the Netflix 100 for June. They include the Netflix Original feature Get Me Roger Stone, the Sundance Audience Award winner Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower and the Netflix Original true crime miniseries The Keepers (see my review at Thrillist). In addition to those, we also recommend Alma Har’el’s new artsy character-driven doc about love, LoveTrue.

The three titles that the new feature additions replace are all docs that have expired from Netflix in the last month. We say goodbye to Kumare, The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 and Mala Mala with hopes they’ll all return at a later date.

Here is 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 (Into the Inferno is sort of a sequel to Encounters at the End of the World and The Look of Silence is sort of a sequel to The Act of Killing, for two example sets).

  1. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (Joe Piscatella, 2017)
  2. Get Me Roger Stone (Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme, 2017)
  3. LoveTrue (Alma Har’el, 2016)
  4. The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1988)
  5. Life Itself (Steve James, 2014)
  6. Stevie (Steve James, 2002)
  7. Brother’s Keeper (Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, 1992)
  8. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (Nick Broomfield, 1992)
  9. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (Nick Broomfield, 2003)
  10. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)
  11. The Look of Silence (Joshua Opppenheimer, 2014)
  12. Under the Sun (Vitaly Mansky, 2015)
  13. Super Size Me (Morgan Spurlock, 2004)
  14. Super High Me (Michael Blieden, 2007)
  15. Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog, 2007)
  16. Into the Inferno (Werner Herzog, 2016)
  17. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog, 2010)
  18. Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog, 1992)
  19. Moana With Sound (Robert J. Flaherty, Frances Hubbard Flaherty and Monica Flaherty, 1926/1980)
  20. Finders Keepers (Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel, 2015)
  21. In the Basement (Ulrich Seidl, 2014)
  22. Rats (Morgan Spurlock, 2016)
  23. The Nightmare (Rodney Ascher, 2015)
  24. Notes on Blindness (Peter Middleton and James Spinney, 2016)
    Review by Daniel Walber
  25. My Beautiful Broken Brain (Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland, 2014)
  26. Particle Fever (Mark Levinson, 2013)
  27. Inside Job (Charles Ferguson, 2010)
  28. Casting By (Tom Donahue, 2012)
  29. Lost in La Mancha (Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, 2002)
  30. The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012)
  31. Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2006)
  32. Why We Fight: Prelude to War (Frank Capra and Anatole Litvak, 1942)
  33. Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (Frank Capra and Anatole Litvak, 1943)
  34. How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (John Ford, 1943)
  35. Report from the Aleutians (John Huston, 1943)
  36. Tunisian Victory (Frank Capra, Hugh Stewart, and John Huston, 1944)
  37. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (William Wyler, 1944)
  38. Know Your Enemy (Frank Capra and Joris Ivens, 1945)
  39. Nazi Concentration Camps (George Stevens, 1945)
  40. Let There Be Light (John Huston, 1946)
  41. Best of Enemies (Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, 2015)
  42. Stray Dog (Debra Granik, 2014)
  43. Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Werner Herzog, 1997)
  44. Last Days in Vietnam (Rory Kennedy, 2014)
  45. 1971 (Johanna Hamilton, 2014)
  46. The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Bill Siegel, 2013)
  47. 13th (Ava DuVernay, 2016)
  48. God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan (Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tommy Walker, 2006)
  49. Virunga (Orlando von Einsiedel, 2014)
  50. The Ivory Game (Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani, 2016)
  51. How to Survive a Plague (David France, 2012)
  52. We Were Here (David Weissman and Bill Weber, 2011)
  53. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (Brett Whitcomb, 2012)
    Capsule review by Christopher Campbell
  54. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, 2003)
  55. Sunshine Superman (Marah Strauch, 2014)
  56. Undefeated (Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin, 2011)
  57. Rich Hill (Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos, 2014)
  58. The Overnighters (Jesse Moss, 2014)
  59. Vernon, Florida (Errol Morris, 1981)
  60. The Chinese Mayor (Hao Zhou, 2015)
  61. Street Fight (Marshall Curry, 2005)
  62. Democrats (Camilla Nielsson, 2014)
  63. The Square (Jehane Noujaim, 2013)
  64. Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (Evgeny Afineevsky, 2015)
  65. Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi, 2016)
  66. Sacro GRA (Gianfranco Rosi, 2013)
    Review by Daniel Walber
  67. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005)
  68. The Farm: Angola USA (Liz Garbus, 1998)
  69. Evolution of a Criminal (Darius Clark Monroe, 2014)
  70. Oklahoma City (Barak Goodman, 2017)
  71. (T)error (Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, 2015)
  72. Tower (Keith Maitland, 2016)
  73. Gasland (Josh Fox, 2010)
  74. FrackNation (Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda, 2013)
  75. Dirty Wars (Rick Rowley, 2013)
  76. Of Men and War (Laurent Becue-Renard, 2014)
  77. Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel, 2016)
  78. Trapped (Dawn Porter, 2016)
  79. Growing Up Coy (Eric Juhola, 2016)
  80. Presenting Princess Shaw (Ido Haar, 2015)
  81. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (Jon M. Chu, 2011)
  82. What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus, 2015)
  83. Miss Sharon Jones! (Barbara Kopple, 2015)
  84. Beware of Mr. Baker (Jay Bulger, 2012)
  85. Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Sacha Gervasi, 2008)
  86. Kurt & Courtney (Nick Broomfield, 1998)
  87. Pumping Iron (George Butler and Robert Fiore, 1977)
  88. Bigger, Stronger, Faster (Chris Bell, 2008)
  89. Print the Legend (Luis Lopez and J. Clay Tweel, 2014)
  90. Finding Vivian Maier (John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, 2013)
  91. Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy, 2010)
  92. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012)
  93. Hooligan Sparrow (Nanfu Wang, 2016)
  94. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (David Gelb, 2011)
  95. More Than Honey (Markus Imhoof, 2012)
  96. Tabloid (Errol Morris, 2010)
  97. Amanda Knox (Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn, 2016)
  98. The Witness (James D. Solomon, 2015)
  99. Casting JonBenet (Kitty Green, 2017)
  100. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (Kurt Kuenne, 2008)

And here are the seven must-see documentary miniseries and series:

  1. The Keepers (Ryan White, 2017)
  2. The Civil War (Ken Burns, 1990)
  3. Prohibition (Ken Burns, 2011)
  4. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Ken Burns, 2014)
  5. Making a Murderer (Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, 2015)
  6. Planet Earth (Alastair Fothergill, 2006)
  7. Five Came Back (Laurent Bouzereau, 2017)

And here are the seven must-see documentary shorts:

  1. The Battle of Midway (John Ford, 1942)
  2. The Negro Soldier (Stuart Heisler, 1944)
  3. San Pietro (John Ford, 1945)
  4. Thunderbolt (John Sturges and William Wyler, 1947)
  5. White Earth (Christian Jensen, 2014)
  6. The White Helmets (Orlando von Einsiedel, 2016)
  7. Extremis (Dan Krauss, 2016)

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Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.