Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now (2020)

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A ranking of the 50 Best Documentaries on Netflix right now, including Emmy-nominated Making a Murderer.

Are you looking for a new documentary to watch on Netflix? If you are, you came to the right place! We ranked the 50 Best Documentaries on Netflix for your streaming pleasure.

At Netflix Life, we’re all about giving our readers and Netflix viewers great choices for all the must-see content on Netflix.

Obviously, what one person thinks is good could be totally different from another person’s taste.

So, please treat this ranking as more of a watch-list, rather than a definitive ranking!

Every documentary that we ranked is good and worth watching, so without further ado, here are the 50 Best Documentaries on Netflix!

Let’s get the ranking started!

The Epic of Everest

Release Year: 1924

Directed by J.B.L.Noel

As the poster of the film suggests, The Epic of Everest is “The Official Record of Mallory and Irvine’s 1924’s Expedition.” In the film, Andrew Irvine and George Mallory, two British mountaineers, set out to climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, and took in the sites with a camera crew, led by John Noel.

With the climbers, Noel and his team made it 7,000 meters up to the North Col. After, Noel attempted to capture footage of the climbers with a special camera as they moved up the mountain.

Sadly, Irvine and Mallory never made it off Everest. They died sometime after, and it was not known whether the pair ever made it to the summit. Their bodies were discovered nearly 70 years after the climb in 1924.

Overall, I think The Epic of Everest has some major flaws as a film that tells a story, but the cinematography and photography for the time period is outstanding and very beautiful. The film was digitally restored and released in theaters in 2013. It was around this time that  the film wound up on Netflix.