33 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

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One of the great things about Netflix is that it has brought thoughtful, compelling documentaries to a much wider audience — something filmmakers could only dream of a decade ago.

And with binge-worthy titles like “Amanda Knox” or “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week. You’ll learn a lot more about the world, but don’t worry — you’ll also be entertained.

Here are 33 documentaries we think you should stream right away on Netflix.

Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly, so the availability of titles below may change.

1. “13th”

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Director Ava DuVernay looks at the history of the US prison system and how it relates to the nation’s history of racial inequality.

2. “Amanda Knox”

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The murder trial in Italy of the American exchange student Amanda Knox, who is now free, captivated the world in the early 2000s. This Netflix original looks back at the case and gets the perspective of Knox and others closely involved.

3. “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”

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In a fascinating look at one of the more colorful stories in baseball lore, directors Chapman and Maclain Way follow the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team owned by the movie star Bing Russell (Kurt Russell’s father) who threw out all the conventions of the national pastime to build a regional sensation in the late 1970s.

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