Five documentary features you need to watch on Netflix

There’s no shortage of documentaries on Netflix – both in feature and episodic format. Here’s just five documentary features you need to add to your playlists:


Blackfish is a documentary about the captivity of orca whales, where it investigates the psychological and physical torment these sea animals go through in the name of corporate branding. The director of the documentary speaks to SeaWorld staff and experts to expose the behind-the-scene treatment of animals in America to ultimately take a stand against animal captivity.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

If you love sushi, then this documentary is the one for you. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary which takes us into the world of sushi, following Jiro Ono, a sushi chef who owns a three-Michelin-starred Japanese sushi restaurant in Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan. In this documentary, the chef speaks deeply about his passion for sushi, showcasing his delicious creations and making our mouths water for just one bite.

Amanda Knox

Following the story of Amanda Knox, a woman who was charged over the murder of an Italian exchange student, the Amanda Knox documentary goes over the criminal investigation, trial, and conviction of the woman who eventually is proved to be not guilty. It enlightens the audience on the harrowing experience of being wrongfully committed of a crime, as well as delves into underlying issues of the media’s misogyny and general view of women when it comes to public perception.

Oklahoma City

This Oklahoma City documentary takes a chilling look into domestic terrorism, specially the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City which killed 168 people, injuring 680 others. It branches into white supremacy and anti-government seeds which continue to be planted to do this day as terrorism becomes a more frightening reality.


Racism is sadly still alive and strong today, and this documentary proves it has been around for a long time. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars, 13th looks into the causes of racism, taking a step back from the ingrained social racism idealism and examining the financial incentive, particularly law systems locking up black people for monetary purposes. This documentary goes back through the decades and exposes how these people were targeted by the media, government and businesses for a new kind of slavery.

All these documentaries and more are available through Netflix.