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A still from 2015's "Under the Sun".

13 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter about politics

From a look at Trump's surprise electoral win to a deep dive into daily life in North Korea, here are the smartest political documentaries on Netflix right now.

The 11 best true-crime documentaries on Netflix delve into real-life murders and cold cases

The true crime genre has quickly grown in popularity in recent years. Here are 11 of the best true crime documentaries currently streaming on Netflix.
"Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond."

47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

One of the great things about Netflix is its abundance of thoughtful, compelling docs, including murder mysteries and a look at volcanoes across the world.

‘Blue Planet II’ producers discovered life where we didn’t know it could exist — here’s what that was like

Until the show's producers sent a remote camera into the Mariana Trench, we didn't know fish could survive 8,000 meters — almost five miles — deep.
Thomas Sung in "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail."

The director of ‘Hoop Dreams’ finally has his first best documentary Oscar nomination thanks to a movie about the only bank charged after ...

Abacus Federal Savings Bank is the only financial institution to be indicted since the 2008 mortgage crisis — and the charges fell apart.
Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line."

14 documentaries on Netflix that are scarier than fiction

Sometimes non-fiction is scarier than anything a horror movie has in it. These are the best scary documentaries on Netflix

Amazon recently made a 10-part series about Hugh Hefner’s life — here’s how to watch it

"American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" tells the story of how Hugh Hefner created the Playboy empire.

11 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you happier

It's not all machiavellian politicians, drug lords, and female inmates on Netflix.

Netflix is now streaming a film about nuclear weapons that puts you inside humanity’s worst nightmare

"The Bomb" wants you to experience the dread of nuclear weapons — then do something about it.

A new Netflix documentary about the Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan trial will change how you see the case

The documentary "Nobody Speak," premiering at Sundance, gives powerful examples of how the rich are suppressing the media, centering on the demise of Gawker.