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17 Of The Best Netflix Documentaries To Watch Right Now

By Jessica Best

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Ready for a Netflix binge session? Well Urban List has gone and done the hard yards for you and rounded up the best Netflix documentaries you need to watch right now. From the intriguing to the shocking, it’s all here.

Here are all the best Netflix documentaries to watch right now.

Under Pressure: The U.S. Women's World Cup Team

So you've watched Matildas: The World At Our Feet, well don your boots again for another sport doco that will hype you up big time. The docuseries captures all of the personal and team preparation on the road to the 2023 FIFA World Cup. 

Stamped From The Beginning

Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams brings Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times bestseller to the screen with Stamped From the Beginning. Published in 2016, Dr. Kendi’s National Book Award winner chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.

Bad Surgeon: Love Under The Knife

This three-part docuseries tells the story of super surgeon Paolo Macchiarini. Paolo was globally lauded for creating the world’s first plastic organs. Now, he's accused of being a fraud and a fantasist. 

Beckham

One of the biggest documentaries Netflix has gifted us, this four-part documentary series, tells the inside story of a global football star and cultural icon—David Beckham. From his humble working-class beginnings in east London, his drive and determination to win, and the battle to find balance between ambition, love and family, David’s story is one of immense ups and downs. 

The Deepest Breath

Be warned, this Netflix documentary will bring on the tears. In this one, a champion freediver and expert safety diver almost seemed destined for one another despite the different paths they took to meet at the pinnacle of the freediving world. 

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Break Point

From the team behind F1: Drive to Survive, Break Point follows a select group of top tennis players on and off the court as they compete in Grand Slams and tournaments all over the world. Their dream: lifting a trophy and becoming number one. As some of tennis’ legends reach the twilight of their careers, this is the chance for a new generation to claim the spotlight. Break Point gets up close and personal with these players over a year competing across the globe in the ATP and WTA tours. 

Harry & Meghan

Across six episodes, this docuseries series explores the days of Harry and Meghan's early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution. You can expect a whole lot of never-before seen footage, TikTok theories and interviews with their close friends and family. 

Capturing The Killer Nurse

Charlie Cullen was an experienced registered nurse, trusted and beloved by his colleagues at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey. He was also one of history’s most prolific serial killers, with a body count potentially numbering in the hundreds across multiple medical facilities in the Northeast. Based on The Good Nurse, this documentary reveals the twisted story behind Cullen’s hidden spree of murders. 

Conversations With A Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes

When Milwaukee police entered the apartment of 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer in July of 1991, they uncovered the grisly personal museum of a serial killer: a freezer full of human heads, skulls and bones. Dahmer quickly confessed to sixteen murders in Wisconsin over the previous four years, plus one more in Ohio in 1978, as well as unimaginable acts of necrophilia and cannibalism. 

Trainwreck: Woodstock '99

Woodstock ‘99 was supposed to be a millennium-defining celebration of peace, love and great music. Instead, the festival degenerated into a catastrophe of fires, riots and destruction. With rare insider footage and eyewitness interviews with a line-up of festival staffers, performers and attendees, this fresh docuseries goes behind the scenes to reveal the egos, greed and music that fueled three days of chaos. 

Girl In The Picture

Okay people, if you're one of the sick humans that absolutely loses their mind over horror films, buckle in because this Netflix documentary has your name written all over it. Brought to you by the director who blessed your screens with Hidden In Plain Sight, this fresh doco tells the story of how a young mother’s mysterious death and her son’s subsequent kidnapping blow open a decades-long mystery about the woman’s true identity.

Halftime

We all remember the brilliance that was J-Lo and Shakira absolutely dominating the 2020 Super Bowl. In this doco, global superstar Jennifer Lopez reflects on her multifaceted career, the pressure of life in the spotlight, Oscar snubs and the art of crafting an all-time performance people will talk about for decades. 

Keep Sweet: Pray And Obey

In 2008, a dramatic raid at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in West Texas generated attention around the world, as law enforcement agents uncovered evidence of sexual, physical and psychological abuse and took over 400 children into custody. Keep Sweet: Pray And Obey, directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Rachel Dretzin, is an in-depth look into the secretive polygamous sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the rise of self-professed prophet Warren Jeffs.

Our Father

We guarantee this will be the most warped documentary you watch this year. Jacoba Ballard was an only child, conceived via donor sperm, who always dreamed of having a brother or sister. An at-home DNA test led her to the discovery of not one but seven half-siblings – a number that defied best practices in fertility medicine.

As the group set out to learn more about their curious family tree, they soon discovered the sickening truth: Their parents’ fertility doctor had been inseminating his patients with his own sperm, without their knowledge or consent. 

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes

Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe's tragic death spawned conspiracies and rumours for decades, often overshadowing her talent. By piecing together her final weeks, days and hours through previously unheard recordings of those who knew her best, this new feature illuminates more of her glamorous, complicated life. 

My Octopus Teacher

After years spent filming some of the planet’s most dangerous animals, Craig Foster was burned out and depressed, his family relationships in turmoil. He decided to put a halt to his career to reconnect with his own roots—the magical underwater world of the kelp forest off the coast of his hometown—Cape Town, South Africa.

Rising Phoenix

This tear-jerker tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games—from the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, it sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity and human potential.

In Rising Phoenix elite athletes and insiders reflect on the Paralympic Games and examine how they have impacted society’s understanding of disability. Athletes featured in the film include a slew of super inspiring humans like Aussie swimmer Ellie Cole and wheelchair rugby player Ryley Batt. There’s also moving chats with French sprinter Jean-Baptiste Alaize, American archery legend Matt Stutzman and Chinese powerlifter Cui Zhe—so keep the tissues close.

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