The Most Eye-Opening Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

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Looking for the best Netflix documentaries of 2020 so far? A lot has happened this year and it’s important to stay informed. While they haven’t all been published this year, they’re definitely more relevant than ever. Now’s a good a time as ever to sit down and watch some documentaries that might just open your eyes, show you a new perspective, and will definitely shock you. 

1. 13th

This documentary is one of the best of 2020, and it holds nothing back. A brutally honest portrayal of the prison system in America and a good educational documentary in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

2. LA 92

This documentary shows the aftermath of the Rodney King trial in 1992 when the acquittal of four police officers for beating a black motorist saw several days of protests and civil unrest in LA.

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3. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson was an iconic LGBTQ rights activist, and this documentary chronicles her life and death. This eye-opening and moving documentary examines her part in the 1969 Stonewall riots and the gay liberation movement.

4. Pandemic

This six-part series was launched just three weeks before the first case of Coronavirus. It’s fascinating in light of recent events and will open your eyes to the way viruses work. It’s definitely one of the best Netflix documentaries of 2020 for education about a real situation we’re going through.

5. Filthy Rich 

If you want to find out a bit more about the life and death of Jeffrey Epstein, this documentary is definitely for you. Examining the life and times of Jeffrey Epstein and how money and power let him get away with a lot. Infuriating, outrageous, and downright sad. This documentary will make you think.

Have any favorite documentaries? Let us know in the comments below…

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18 Comments
  1. These are really good! Watched most of them!
    Others to watch:
    The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (about marketing)
    Sicko (by Michael Moore, on the US healthcare system)
    Terms and Conditions May Apply (about how we use the internet and what happens to our data: SCARY!!)

  2. The September Issue is so boring. Seeing the behind the scenes was great, but getting there put me to sleep. A few months ago I saw Mademoiselle C on Netflix and that was good.

  3. as an old guy, just want to remind that documentaries, though informative and interesting, typically have an agenda and a bias. just don’t take every statement, idea as being factual and the complete truth. use your brain to investigate anything you are getting ready to do based on what they tell you. enjoy but keep an open mind.

  4. Good suggestions Liz! I’ve seen Sicko it’s fascinating, the way the US healthcare system works blows my mind haha x

  5. Oh, that’s disappointing. I did hear that it was a bit slow to start although it had the potential of being something super interesting. x

  6. Thanks for the ressources, I am diving into netflix right away, I need to watch some stories and documentaries like this ones in order to learn from them and help ameliorate myself.
    Im definitely into the september issue RIGHT NOW! Maybe I will come back and give feedback :)

  7. I love watching documentaries on Netflix, so I am definitely going to add some of your suggestions to my to watch list. Thanks Leigh

  8. I found Sicko very interesting too!
    I watched very good documentaries in Netflix, is very nice!
    Last one I watched is “Food Matters” very interesting, got me thinking…

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