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25 Best Netflix Documentaries

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Ross Scarano, deputy editor at Complex, compiled a list of the 25 best documentaries on Netflix. He spoke with Virginia Prescott about his top picks.

Scroll down for the full list and to see what Ross has to say about each.

Documentaries are the perfect form, in many ways, to open someone's eyes to something that's happening.

A study of Stanley Kubrick's, The Shining. It's funny. It's weird.

Director: Rodney Ascher

It's something akin to interviewing the Nazis today, had the Nazis won World War II.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Directors: Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett

Director: Göran Olsson

About graffiti in the early days of hip-hop in New York in the 1980s. It's just so much fun to watch. It's dirty but also weirdly gorgeous.

Director: Henry Chalfant, Tony Silver

Director: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin

Director: Jeff Malmberg

About death row in Texas, it's a very sobering film.

Director: Werner Herzog

Director: Chike, Coodie

Director: Bart Layton

He's an amazing figure because he's kind of like this fashion monk. He lives this very ascetic lifestyle. He's just such an amazing New York character.

Director: Richard Press

Director: Don Argott

Director: Constance Marks

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Director: Kirby Dick

Director: Alison Klayman

Director: Errol Morris

Director: Steve James

Director: James Marsh

Director: David France

Director: Lauren Greenfield

DirectorKirby Dick

Director: Andrew Rossi

Director: Jennie Livingston

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