The Best Creative Documentaries on Netflix


It’s getting chillier, the leaves are starting to turn, and the sun is down by 7 o’clock. You know what that means – it’s almost hibernation season. Make yourself some dinner and bust out the sweatpants for an exciting night of… spending hours deciding what to watch on Netflix. So! We’re here to save you some time and keep your creativity treading water until the sun pops out again. Here’s a list of what we consider some of the best creative documentaries available to stream on Netflix.

Beautiful Losers

An insanely inspiring group of independent artists who fumbled and fought their way through an adolescence and young adult life of creative expression and exploration. Hilarious interviews and an excellent introduction to several different artists, like Stephen “ESPO” Powers, Shepard Fairey, and Mike Mills (director of Thumbsucker and Beginners).

Bill Cunningham New York

At 80 years-old, Bill Cunningham still lives the simple life. He bikes around New York City with his camera, every single day, and seeks out the street fashion show-stoppers for The New York Times. A peek into the life of one of a truly talented and charming man.

Waste Land

The story of artist Vik Muniz traveling to one of the world’s largest landfills, the Jardim Gramacho landfill in Rio de Janiero. He illuminates the heart and soul of the trash pickers whom rely on finding treasure among the junk by transforming trash into portraits of the pickers themselves.

Beauty is Embarrassing

We should all take a page out of the life book of spirited artist Wayne White. He rolls with the punches, plays with puppets, and this documentary spectacularly highlights his talent and eclectic career.

Helvetica / Objectified / Urbanized

Gary Hustwit’s trio of films brings the invisible systems of type, industrial design, and urban design into the forefront. Chock full of interviews, clips of everyday life, and glimpses into the future of the human lifestyle, these documentaries will kick you into creative gear.

So there you have it. Save the Netflix entertainment expedition until the spring, and get started with some true stories that are sure to jump start the right side of your brain. Have you found any other creative docs on Netflix that we should have included?

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