While Netflix is pouring millions of dollars into big-budget shows like “Bridgerton,” “One Piece,” and “Squid Game,” the streamer also has a vast library of nonfiction content.
- Netflix has released several documentaries about actors, singers, and celebrities this year.
- Filmmakers looked at the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and David Beckham.
- Here are the best Netflix documentaries released in 2023.
But with so many true-crime series and documentaries about celebrities on offer, it’s hard to find the projects that are worth watching.
Thankfully, the streaming service has delivered some great documentaries and shows in the last year.
Here are the best Netflix documentaries of 2023.
British television presenter Jill Dando was killed outside of her own home in London in April 1999 when she was shot in the back of the head. There are several theories as to who might have killed her and the potential motives behind her assassination.The case horrified the British public at the time, and Netflix’s “Who Killed Jill Dando?” examines why it was so shocking.This three-episode docuseries looks at Dando’s death via interviews with her family, her coworkers, and the detectives who handled the murder investigation.The filmmakers also speak to the man who was convicted and subsequently acquitted of Dando’s murder: Barry George.
Netflix is famous for its true-crime docuseries, and one of the most underrated is “The Last Hours of Mario Biondo,” which examines the apparent suicide of an Italian cameraman.He was married to TV presenter Raquel Snchez-Silva at the time of his death in 2013.The series presents several theories about what might’ve happened on the night of Biondo’s death, including one theory that his death was staged to look like a suicide.There are plenty of twists and turns in the case, which makes this three-episode docuseries easy to binge-watch.
Money Shot: The Pornhub Story” takes audiences behind the curtain of the most famous porn website in the world.It questions the ethics behind the way some of Pornhub’s content is made, and how more adult performers have started to take their careers into their own hands than ever before.”Money Shot” doesn’t shy away from the darker side of the industry, as it also looks at the rise of revenge porn and nonconsensual content uploaded to Pornhub’s vast library.
In the last few years, Tyson Fury has turned the world of boxing upside down with his larger-than-life personality, and his battle to keep his heavyweight champion status.But Netflix’s “At Home with the Furys” takes a closer look at the fighter outside of the ring.The nine-episode series shows Fury settling into retirement, before ultimately changing his mind and gearing up for his third match against Derek Chisora in December 2022.Not only does the show put Fury under the microscope, but it also looks at how his career has affected his wife, Paris, and their seven children.
Actor and model Pamela Anderson has been back in the limelight in the last few years thanks to her autobiography, as well as Hulu’s “Pam & Tommy” biopic series starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan.But now Anderson appears in her own Netflix documentary to tell her story in her own words.The “Baywatch” star discusses her troubled childhood, her rise to fame, and her tumultuous marriage to Mtley Cre drummer, Tommy Lee. But the doc also sheds light on how Anderson has processed the trauma of the leaked sex tape she made with her former husband in the 1990s.Considering Anderson has been the butt of many jokes over the years, “Pamela, a Love Story” is a refreshing, heartfelt look at the person behind the drama.
Every good true-crime documentary needs an interesting hook, and what better way to grab audience attention than with a murderer who says the devil made him do it?”The Devil on Trial” explores the case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who claimed that he was possessed by a demon when he murdered his landlord, Alan Bono, in 1981.The possession apparently took place after the exorcism of his fiance’s brother, David Glatzel.If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because Warner Bros. adapted the case for 2021’s “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.” Although that took a fictional approach to the real-life case, this documentary interviews everyone involved, including Johnson.