Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is often more entertaining. Thanks to the Netflix acquisition team, the streaming service offers hundreds of documentaries that record everything from exciting stories about true crime to stories about sports scandals and extreme method actors. To help you sort your impressive selection, we've selected 16 films that are currently streaming and will either drop your jaw, bring a tear to your eye, or both.
What do you do when you find that the stock is large? Millions of millions of cocaine was buried somewhere on a Caribbean island? If you're one of the amateur drug smugglers in this dark comic book, try digging it up. Rodney Hyden, a Florida small business owner and emerging one-man cartel, takes part in his own reenactments. He's not Tony Montana.
Sun. Models. Drink. The budding mogul Billy McFarland promised a lot and delivered little more than cold cheese sandwiches in his 201
The steroid scandal that has long plagued the major league baseball is explained in this winning, weird documentary by director Billy Corben ( Cocaine Cowboys ). Merchants and dubious doctors in orbit from players like Alex Rodriguez tell of their rise and fall, while youngsters portray them in reenactments.
Juan Catalan is the most convincing true crime cliché: an innocent man who has been insulted for a murder he did not commit. t commit. After law enforcement released his alibi, his lawyers make one last attempt to prove that Catalan was at a Los Angeles Dodgers game at the time of the attack. How you do it – and which famous comic actor plays a role – is best found out for yourself.
When Jim Carrey took on the role of the late comedian Andy Kaufman for the 1999 biopic of director Milos Forman Man on the Moon he did not imitate Kaufman so much that he became him. This process has been documented in behind-the-scenes footage that has been buried in studio vaults for years and was revealed here for the first time. Executives feared that people would consider Carrey – who alternately charms and antagonizes people on the set by never behaving as "Jim" – as extremely difficult. Maybe, but Carrey's modern thoughts on settling the eccentric Kaufman, even when the film cameras weren't rolling, are a fascinating study of both the actor's commitment and the nature of the identity.
Celebrated journalist Gay Talese stumbles across what he thinks The story of his life: A Colorado motel owner named Gerald Foos who modified his guest rooms so that he could spy on their residents. Not all of Foos' memories of his voyeur's playground stand up to the test, and the film sometimes wonders who really has control over the narrative – the directors, Talese, or the enigmatic Foos.
7. The Power of Grayskull: The Final Story of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2017)
Toy and nostalgia fans will unite from this return to the early 1980s as Mattels He Get kick-man dominated retail stores and syndicated television. The feature examines the origins of the toy line – which included duels with toy designers and a failed attempt to secure a Conan license – and their later incarnation as a low-budget film from 1987. (Yes, Dolph Lundgren appears.)  The cat-and-mouse game between drug test agencies and cheating athletes is examined in the Oscar-winning documentary by director Bryan Fogel, in which the length of the competitors is shown to exceed their physical limits. If Fogel delves deeper into the world of professional cycling and its high-ranking political influences, you may find that drugs are so widespread that athletes don't necessarily want to cheat – they just look at the field.
John du Pont, the heir of the du Pont fortune, spent much of his time and part of his wealth with his passion for amateur wrestling. But when he feels cheated by outstanding Olympic athlete Dave Schultz, DuPont's obsession with the sport and his athletes becomes fatal.
College student Amanda Knox made headlines in 2007 and beyond for being the prime suspect in fellow student murder and roommate Meredith Kercher while both were studying in Perugia, Italy. The competence and motives of the Italian police are examined in this documentary, in which Knox for the first time spoke extensively about their processes (yes, there were more than one) and battles in a foreign judicial system. A lot of ink has been spilled over the suspected guilt in the American media: Knox & # 39; steadfast looking at the camera as she tells her side of the story will likely make you think otherwise.
11. 13. (2016)
Director Ava DuVernay makes a powerful (and Oscar-nominated) indictment against the U.S. judicial system and examines more closely how detention and sentencing lead to widespread inequality. When viewers look through DuVernay's lens, they may feel that the scales of justice have been tipped in favor of privatized and profitable prisons.
In the 1970s, Kurt Russell's father, Bing Russell, a villainous minor league baseball team, founded the Portland Mavericks. The Ragtag team played without belonging to the Major League and worked its way through several seasons, with an electrical group of MLB offshoots forming the squad. It's a fun look at a group that can take on the Bad News Bears when it drops the ball.
The trials and difficulties of the background singers are ultimately the focus of this victorious portrait, which was awarded the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014.
If Tiger King did not get enough for your taste in the Animal Activism Department, you should check out Blackfish . Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite has a critical eye on the subject of captured killer whales, with a focus on Tilikum, a SeaWorld attraction that, even under the care of professionals, could not resist its killer instincts.
Sushi perfectionist Jiro Ono stands in the spotlight victory documentary about what it takes to be the best in your chosen field – and the pressure a son feels when he tries to follow in those footsteps to kick.
The fleeting world of professional wrestling is examined in this film by director Barry Blaustein. The unique WWE attraction Jake "the Snake" Roberts reports about his drug problems. Mick Foley tries to earn fan support at any physical cost. and Terry Funk faces the end of the street.