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by Paula Bernstein
July 18, 2013 10:11 AM
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Queue It Up: 24 Oscar Nominated Documentaries Now Streaming on Netflix

A scene from James Marsh's "Man on Wire." Photo: (c) 2008 Jean-Louis Blondeau / Polaris Images.

We recently highlighted the 11 Best Picture Oscar Winners now streaming on Netflix, but we decided that documentaries deserved a list of their own.

Rather than including only Oscar winners, we broadened the category for documentaries to include not only films that won Oscars, but also ones that were nominated. You may notice that most of these docs are from the past decade (in fact, mostly the past few years). That's because very few of the older docs are available to stream (whereas three of last year's nominated docs are available).

There are only two Oscar nominated docs available from the 1980s and one from the 1990s. It's also worth noticing that the vast majority of these films were directed by men. The films are listed in chronological order (from newest to oldest). We didn't rank them because they are all universally terrific.

If you didn't get the chance to see these docs when they were in theaters, go ahead and stream them on Netflix now:  

5 Broken Cameras (2012) - Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

How To Survive A Plague (2012) - David France

The Invisible War (2012) - Kirby Dick

Undefeated (2011) - TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) - Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman

Pina (2011) - Wim Wenders

Restrepo (2010) - Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington

Gasland (2010) - Josh Fox

Waste Land (2010) - Lucy Walker

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) - Banksy

Burma VJ (2009) - Anders Østergaard

Which Way Home (2007) - Rebecca Cammissa

No End in Sight (2007) - Charles Ferguson

Man on Wire (2008) - James Marsh

Encounters at the End of the World (2007) - Werner Herzog

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) - Davis Guggenheim

Iraq in Fragments (2006) - James Longley

Bowling for Columbine (2002) - Michael Moore

Prisoner of Paradise (2002) - Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender

Children Underground (2001) - Edet Belzberg

Sound and Fury (2001) - Josh Aronson

The Panama Deception (1992) - Barbara Trent and David Kasper

The Thin Blue Line (1988)  - Errol Morris

Marlene (1984) - Maximilian Schell

How many of these films have you seen?


  • Magnus Kristiansen | August 20, 2013 11:34 AMReply

    Hearts and Minds (1974)

  • Lauren Craig | August 13, 2013 5:11 AMReply

    How to survive a plague is still on netflix and I recommend itm
    Also, TED Talks are now on Netflix.

  • Ian Thomas | August 3, 2013 3:45 PMReply

    Or I just cant seem to find them anyway...

  • Ian Thomas | August 3, 2013 3:42 PMReply

    None of these are on netflix anymore except for Man on Wire

  • HappyShoes | July 25, 2013 6:32 PMReply

    Just saw this list and the 3 comments below do not make sense. It says Gasland - Josh Fox, and Pina - Wim Wenders. Has this changed from a week ago?

  • john | July 19, 2013 7:22 AMReply

    GasLand is directed by Josh Fox

  • Jason | July 18, 2013 7:55 PMReply

    Gasland = Josh Fox.

  • Patrick | July 18, 2013 10:22 AMReply

    Pina is by Wim Wenders. Do your research, intern.