Don’t miss: Netflix documentaries every career girl should watch

Sometimes you just want to curl up and watch real life unfolding before you, a good documentary can change your perspective entirely and is more refreshing than a TV show. Netflix is a great resource for movies and TV shows but it’s also a good place to find fascinating documentaries, here’s our roundup of the best.

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#1 Best of TEDx TED talks
Did you know that a ticket to TED talks can cost thousands? Why fork out the money when you can watch the best of these uplifting talks that truly adhere to the mantra of “ideas worth spreading.”
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#2 Chasing Beauty
Chasing Beauty explores the psychological effects of the beauty business on young women and men. Behind VOGUE and editorials, this film examines the demanding and unrealistic physical requirements of becoming a top model.
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#3 Happy
Happy is the perfect uplifting documentary for anyone feeling a little under the weather. From the slums of Kolkata to the boulevards of Hollywood, this documentary searches for what really makes people happy and some of the science behind it.
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#4 Miss Representation
Miss Representation examines the under-representation of powerful women in America and challenges the fact that young girls cannot find appropriate role models.
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#5 The September Issue
The September Issue goes behind the scenes at Vogue and details Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 issue. At the time it was Vogue’s biggest issue join Wintour and her stylish and talented team in an access all areas glimpse into the life of the most fashionable magazine around.
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#6 Smash His Camera
Smash His Camera is a controversial documentary about legendary paparazzo Ron Galella. Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Jackie Kennedy sued him multiple times, the story of Ron Galella brings up issues of privacy, freedom and celebrity worship while examining the fascinating life of someone who makes money taking pictures of famous people.
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#7 Stories We Tell
Stories We Tell is a documentary directed and written by Sarah Polley about her family life, it investigates the stories we tell and the narratives we trust while picking apart her own upbringing and dealing with the revelations of her past.
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  • Gaby Scanlon

    Definitely going to give some of these a watch! Thankyou!

  • Chelsea F. B. Carter

    These look so interesting – I just wish we had them all in the UK!

  • Katie

    Thank you SO much for this post. Was exactly what I’ve been looking for. Going to make my way through this list over the next month!
    I also find anything by Louis Theroux really interesting and eye opening, he always does the best documentaries!

    Katie xx

  • Meredith

    Thanks for the fantastic list! I gave Netflix up for Lent, as I found it was my dark hole leading me away from both productivity and creativity. I’m eager to find some more inspiring things to take my attention and can’t wait to watch these films.

  • Amanda

    Miss Representation is such a great documentary. I can’t wait to check out the other recommendations on your list!

    If you haven’t seen it, “Picture Me” is a fantastic documentary about the modelling industry. It’s done by Sara Ziff who is now the executive director of Model Alliance, a non-profit that advocates for fair labor standards for models, particularly those who are underage.

  • Kim Spalding

    Thank you for this great article! I will be checking these out. I tend to always forget about free resources!

  • Kim Spalding

    Thank you for this great article! I will be checking these out. I tend to always forget about free resources!

  • janet fazio

    Just reading about the Happy documentary made me smile. I look forward to checking it out.

  • Sasha Lipskaia

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing! I am really excited to go and watch happy! If I may suggest the doc “I am” by Tom Shadyac is seriously awesome, for anyone looking to get centered and feel inspired to just BE , thrive and create together. I love your blog!

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