Netflix offers millions of viewers seemingly endless hours of entertainment shows. While the most popular choices on Netflix are popular television shows and movies, many viewers are discovering the lost art of documentaries. Documentaries are no longer a last-minute lesson plan for high school teachers, they can be appreciated, educational, and entertaining at home. We’ve rounded up our list of the top 10 documentaries on Netflix:
10. Last Train Home
This is an inside look at the Chinese migrant workers. This is the world’s largest human migration when 130 million workers venture to their home villages in Chine.
9. The Weather Underground
The Weather Underground is a small, radical off-shoot of the ’60s antiwar group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who was a domestic terrorist faction long before Osama bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh. They first attempted to organize the working class and provoke violent protests and disobedience before moving to pull off a string of spectacular bombings around the nation in the early ’70s.
8. Bowling for Columbine
By the ever-popular Michael Moore, this documentary takes on the gun control issue in America in the light of the tragic Columbine High School shooting. Marilyn Manson even makes an appearance as the “voice of reason.”
7. King Corn
This is the story of two friends who plant an acre of corn and follow it from seed to food. The underlying issue revolves around America’s controversial agricultural staple food.
6. Into the Abyss
While looking into the controversy of capital punishment. This film dives into the issue by examining it from several angles which include a human element that is guaranteed to get people thinking.
5. The September Issue
In a mixture of Project Runway and the Devil Wears Prada, this documentary follows Vogue editor-in-chief as she assembles the magazine’s big September issue. This allows viewers to see how this powerhouse squares off against members of the industry and member of her staff while designers and photographers parade their latest creations before her. It’s entertaining, fun and interesting.
4. Confessions of a Superhero
This is definitely on the quirky side of documentaries. This film follows four off-the-wall dreamers who walk around Hollywood Boulevard posing as superheroes for tourists photos while waiting to be “discovered”. The documentary includes the hard life, trials and triumphs of a Superman, an Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman and a Batman.
3. Cropsey: This is easily one of the scariest documentaries out there. The story of the Staten Island ‘Cropsey’ killer legend which includes a a rash of child abductions in the 1970s and 80s and the question as to whether the man behind bars is the real killer will send chills down your spine.
2. Grizzly Man
The proﬁle of nature lover Timothy Treadwell, ends when he was devoured by wild bears after he tried to live among them in Alaska. The attack was audio taped inadvertently by the video camera in Treadwell’s tent, but this is not included in the documentary. Director Herzog makes the viewer aware of its existence and the viewer sees Herzog listening to it for the first time, but is not part of the still moving and vivid film that shows the life and death of Timothy Treadwell.
1. Waiting for “Superman”
Perhaps the most popular documentary of recent years, Waiting for Superman looks at the educational system in America. It is eye-opening point of view that may be slightly imbalanced, but definitely starts a worthwhile conversation.