“50 Documentaries to See Before You Die,” with Morgan Spurlock: Those Currently on Netflix

Back in 2011, Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), hosted a five part series called 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die on Current TV.  The last is very comprehensive and contains some of the best documentaries from the last 25 years. There have certainly been some documentaries after 2011 that should have been added, such as Into the Abyss, Bully, and The Act of Killing (which I will be reviewing later this week). But it is nonetheless a solid list.

Hoop Dreams

I took it upon myself to search for all of these documentaries on Netflix Streaming. The entire list is below, with “Netflix Streaming” next to the ones that are available on Netflix. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many as I had hoped.

50. Spellbound, by Jeffrey Blitz (2002)
49. Madonna: Truth or Dare, by Alek Keshishian (1991) Netflix Streaming
48. The Kid Stays in the Picture, by Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen (2002)
47. One Day in September, by Kevin Macdonald (1999)
46. Little Dieter Needs to Fly, by Werner Herzog (1998)
45. The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, by Penelope Spheeris (1988)
44. Burma VJ, by Anders Østergaard (2008) Netflix Streaming
43. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, by Spike Lee (2006)
42. Catfish, by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (2010)
41. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, by Seth Gordon (2007)
40. When We Were Kings, by Leon Gast (1996)
39. Biggie & Tupac, by Nick Broomfield (2002) Netflix Streaming
38. March of the Penguins, by Luc Jacquet (2005)
37. Inside Job, by Charles H. Ferguson (2010)
36. Taxi to the Dark Side, by Alex Gibney (2007)
35. Paragraph 175, by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (2000)
34. Brother’s Keeper, by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (1992) Netflix Streaming
33. Tongues Untied, by Marlon Riggs (1989)
32. Dogtown and Z-Boys, by Stacy Peralta (2001) Netflix Streaming
31. Jesus Camp, by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (2006) Netflix Streaming
30. Fahrenheit 9/11, by Michael Moore (2004)
29. Man on Wire, by James Marsh (2008) Netflix Streaming
28. Gasland, by Josh Fox (2010) Netflix Streaming
27. Tarnation, by Jonathan Caouette (2003)
26. Murderball, by Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro (2005)
25. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, by Alex Gibney (2005) Netflix Streaming
24. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (1996)
23. The Eyes of Tammy Faye, by Fenton Bailey (2000)
22. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck (2006)
21. Exit Through the Gift Shop, by Banksy (2010)
20. Capturing the Friedmans, by Andrew Jarecki (2003)
19. Touching the Void, by Kevin Macdonald (2003) Netflix Streaming
18. Food, Inc., by Robert Kenner (2008) Netflix Streaming
17. Street Fight, by Marshall Curry (2005)
16. Bus 174, by José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda (2002)
15. Crumb, by Terry Zwigoff (1994)
14. Dark Days, by Marc Singer (2000)
13. The Fog of War, by Errol Morris (2003)
12. Bowling for Columbine, by Michael Moore (2002)
11. Paris Is Burning, by Jennie Livingston (1990) Netflix Streaming
10. Grizzly Man, by Werner Herzog (2005)
9. Trouble the Water, by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (2008)
8. An Inconvenient Truth, by Davis Guggenheim (2006)
7. The Celluloid Closet, by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (1995)
6. The War Room, by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (1993)
5. Super Size Me, by Morgan Spurlock (2004)
4. Waltz with Bashir, by Ari Folman (2008)
3. Roger & Me, by Michael Moore (1989)
2. The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris (1988) Netflix Streaming
1. Hoop Dreams, by Steve James (1994) Netflix Streaming

What do you think? Did Spurlock miss anything on this list? Let me know in the comments.


  1. I find that it is a man’s list in many respects.


  2. Martha Grenon · · Reply

    Gray Gardens, Don’t Look Back


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