We have already written about the best Netflix originals of 2018 that you should be streaming right now. On our next line-up, we would like to focus on documentaries, and let us tell you why. Docuseries have their own real-world intrigue — with original footages and photographs, tape recordings, and snippets. Each of these elements lends such shows authenticity and makes us feel that we are watching something which actually happened. Great documentaries leave a strong imprint on our minds and that’s why we would recommend you to watch the following titles that we consider to be the best on Netflix currently.
Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
If you are a fan of crime and thriller flicks, you have definitely heard about Ted Bundy — the notorious serial killer who had murdered 30 plus women over a span of many years — who was finally captured in 1978. This creepy docuseries takes us through pre-recorded interviews with Bundy — that had never been made public before. It also tries to explore his charming, intelligent characteristics that made him so different from other stereotypical killers.
Audrie & Daisy
This is a tough watch, but we think it’s important for today’s youth to give it a try. It tells us about two high-school girls — 15 year-old Audrie and 14-year-old Daisy — who were sexually assaulted. Post the incident, the former student had to face so much cyberbullying that she finally committed suicide. The film chronicles these traumatic events and sheds light on the failure of fellow mates, institutions, and society.
Shifting towards a heartwarming, charming, and lovable documentary — Dogs — as the name suggests, is about man’s best friend. The series takes us all across the world and gives us glimpses of individuals and their relationships with their canine companions. If you are an animal lover, give this show a watch, definitely!
The Hunting Ground
Another crime-based docuseries, each episode of The Hunting Ground delves deep into the rape culture in American colleges. It explores the daunting history in the US that for so long has silenced victims and has taken minimal action against criminals. Lady Gaga’s song ‘Til It Happens to You” was used in this documentary and had also received an Oscar nomination.
This is a gut-wrenching documentary that throws light on color discrimination in America. It chronicles the lives of people who had been unjustly subjected to incarceration in the United States because of their skin tone.
There are a ton of movies about religious cults, secret preaching, and weird practices. But what if you were able to get a real-time view of a particular cult that existed in reality?
Will Allen — the creator of Holy Hell — records his personal experiences when he joined as a member of the Buddhafield cult and stayed there for 22 years as the group’s official videographer. This cult’s leader was a mysterious man named Michel and Allen provides us with actual footages from within the cult itself.
The main theme of this docuseries is the mysterious disappearance and murder of a nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, in 1969. The documentary examines the events and suspects and finally unravels that Cesnik might have discovered acts of sexual abuse in Archbishop Keough High School — an all-girls school. When she wanted to expose and put a stop to it, she was murdered so as to silence her.
Making a Murderer
Making a Murderer is a true crime documentary that tells us the story of
Steven Avery — who was wrongfully convicted of sexual abuse plus murder and had to serve 18 years in prison. After this, he was again charged and convicted for murder in 2007. This was one of Netflix’s most hit docuseries that received wide acclaim for its comprehensive storytelling and effective way of exposing a twisted murder mystery.
Whether you want to know about history or unearth crime mysteries, Netflix guarantees that you will find a documentary to satisfy you. We listed just a few of our favorites. Let us know of what latest additions are there on your watchlist. We will be happy to include those in our catalog.