The 109 Creepiest Documentaries To Watch On Netflix
There may not be any invention in the history of the world that is more capable of creeping you out than Netflix. Not the Ouija Board, not Teddy Ruxpin, and not even the practice of putting pantyhose on dogs. That's because the streaming service hosts tons of unsettling documentaries at any given time, and every single one of them has the potential to chill you to the bone. So for all you thrill seekers out there, I've compiled a list of the 109 creepiest documentaries to watch on Netflix right now.
Given the sheer number of films on this list, you are basically guaranteed to find something that terrifies you. Do you find true crime documentaries to be the scariest? You'll find dozens of disturbing examples here. Perhaps it's the supernatural that keeps you up at night? Well, I've got you covered there, too. Or maybe the thing that scares you the most is the prospect of the human race being on the verge of destruction? Yep, you'll find films dealing with that, as well. Plus killer animals, weird sex stuff, conspiracy theories, and just about anything else that has the potential to give you the heebie-jeebies. So take a look below at the 109 creepiest documentaries currently streaming on Netflix and prepare your skin for an onslaught of goosebumps.
Being tried and convicted in a foreign country for a crime you didn't commit sounds like a nightmare.
This powerful doc explores racism in America and the prison system.
3‘Crips And Bloods: Made In America’
Gang violence is not a thing of the past.
4‘Interview With A Serial Killer’
This guy talks about killing people like he's recounting what he had for lunch.
Here what it's like to live through a nuclear explosion.
The Mexican drug cartels are some seriously scary outfits.
7‘Who Took Johnny’
A story of child abduction that will make you extremely nervous if you have kids — or even if you don't.
Surprise, surprise, life in a cult is apparently pretty terrible.
9‘H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer’
This guy was truly sadistic.
10‘My Son The Jihadi’
What do you do when your kid turns into a monster?
11‘Audrie & Daisy’
Online bullying, rape, and suicide. Welcome to the modern era of horrible things to worry about.
The true story behind the film Foxcatcher.
13‘The Fear Of 13’
Like Amanda Knox, if she'd spent 21 years in jail before being exonerated.
Those murderous drug cartels I mentioned earlier? Yeah, to some people they're considered heroes.
One of the most twisted and bizarre true crime docs you'll ever come across.
16‘Welcome To Leith’
Neo-Nazis set up shop in a small town in North Dakota.
17‘The Confessions Of Thomas Quick’
A man confesses to over 30 murders and blames them on an evil alter ego, but not all is as it seems.
18‘Hostage To The Devil’
In my opinion, exorcisms are some of the creepiest events one can watch.
19‘Josef Fritzl: Story Of A Monster’
Probably the most disturbing crime story of the past decade.
Murder and partying go hand-in-hand in this doc.
Sleep paralysis is quite possibly the most terrifying thing in the world.
Did 38 people really witness a woman's murder while doing nothing to stop it?
23‘Into The Abyss’
How crazy is it that capital punishment is still a thing?
Maybe the most devastating twist ever seen in a documentary.
25‘Real Crime: Hannah’s Killer’
The troubling tale of a young woman's murder.
26‘Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer’
A look at that rare and elusive individual: The female serial killer.
27‘Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer’
Because one Aileen Wuornos doc isn't enough.
28‘Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine’
A truly horrific murder.
The Shining is already a creepy movie, but it may be even weirder than you think.
Human trafficking is the new slavery.
31‘The Hunting Ground’
Campus rape is a serious problem.
Abortion laws in some states are downright vicious.
Who really killed this little girl?
Who'd have thought a camp called "Kids on Fire" would be a supremely messed up place?
35‘My Friend Rockefeller’
An imposter becomes a murderer.
36‘The Thin Blue Line’
One of the OG docs when it comes to wrongful convitions.
37‘The Alps Murders’
An old-fashioned murder mystery.
Fracking is dangerous, so why is it allowed to continue?
Orcas are not here to entertain you.
This look at the dog meat trade in Asia is deeply tragic.
Being a prostitute is not easy.
The globe is melting.
Raising cattle is terrible for the environment.
44‘More Than Honey’
When the bees die, we all die.
Is genetically-modified food actually safe?
46‘Requiem For The American Dream’
Have fun struggling to pay your bills while the rich get another huge tax cut!
47‘The True Cost’
Your clothes might have been made by a child.
48‘Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead’
Everything you eat is killing you.
49‘The Human Experiment’
Apparently there are dangerous untested chemicals in the products we use every day.
The media is clearly trying to keep women down.
51‘Zeitgeist: The Movie’
Every conspiracy theory rolled into one.
52‘After Porn Ends’
It's tough to have a regular life after being in porn.
53‘After Porn Ends 2’
Spoiler: It doesn't get any easier in the sequel.
54‘Behind Closed Doors’
Peeling back the curtain on domestic abuse.
Here's one place you don't want to live.
56‘The Seven Five’
When the cops are the criminals.
A beauty queen stands accused of kidnapping a Mormon missionary, chaining him to a bed, and routinely raping him.
58‘The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden’
A classic "whodunit."
Did one of these illiterate farmers murder his brother?
60‘Children Of God’
Here's what it's like to grow up inside a religious sex cult.
The way these kids were raised is so disturbing.
A man fights to retrieve his amputated leg from a man who bought it at an auction. I don't know why this is a thing, but it is.
63‘Natascha Kampusch: The Whole Story’
A girl is kidnapped and spends eight years captive in a cellar.
64‘Fight For Justice: David & Me’
Yet another wrongful conviction documentary.
65‘Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger’
The mob is still kicking in the 21st century.
66‘The Negro Soldier’
This actual documentary from the 1940s tries to convince black men to fight for their country in World War II — a country that treated them like second class citizens.
67‘They Call Us Monsters’
Should kids really be tried as adults?
68‘I Am Jane Doe’
Some mothers decide to take on the sex trafficking industry.
A horrific event that's seldom mentioned today.
70‘Get Me Roger Stone’
This sleazeball is one of the main reasons why another sleazeball is in the White House.
Just a messed up story all around.
72‘Why Sharks Attack’
Who cares why?! They just do!
New York City in the '70s was a scary place — especially during the 1977 blackout when a serial killer terrorized the populace.
The only way out of this rough neighborhood is to literally fight your way out.
75‘My Sex Robot’
I'm sure one day sex with robots will be commonplace, but for now it's supremely creepy.
An unspeakably tragic event.
77‘Babies Behind Bars’
Prison is no place for a baby.
78‘The Truth Behind: UFOs’
Are aliens regularly visiting the planet and abducting people?
79‘The Girl Whose Muscles Are Turning To Bone’
Here's another disease for you to worry about.
80‘9/11: Stories In Fragments’
9/11 remains the most awful day I've experienced.
The opiate crisis isn't going away anytime soon.
82‘Saudi Arabia Uncovered’
One of America's greatest allies is also one of the worst places to live in the world.
83‘We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists’
A few computer nerds could easily start World War III.
84‘Mind Of A Rampage Killer’
Here's the science behind why people kill, which doesn't make it any less frightening.
85‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’
If you're scared of snakes, prepare to meet your new biggest fear.
Be careful what you feed your pets.
Note to self: Stay out of the Pacific Northwest.
88‘The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison’
Here's one place where you definitely don't want to get locked up.
Is this a tiny alien body?
90‘Night Will Fall’
This is a documentary about a documentary, but the subject matter — German concentration camps — is scary no matter how many levels deep you run.
91‘Hindenburg: The Untold Story’
Oh, the humanity.
92‘The Truth Behind: The Devil’s Bible’
Why does this giant old medieval Bible have a huge poster of the devil inside it?
Kids are meant to be winners, obviously.
94‘Men In Rubber Masks’
I can't think of a more unsettling pastime.
95‘Alien Autopsy: Fact Or Fiction’
This has been proven to be a hoax, but it's still creepy, and its creator claims it's based on actual footage he saw.
96‘A Murder In The Park’
A man convicted of murder was exonerated just days before his scheduled execution, but what if he was actually guilty?
It's a sick world out there.
98‘The Paedophile Next Door’
How well do you know your neighbors?
99‘Hunt For The Super Predator’
Something lurking in the seas ate a giant great white shark, so here's something new you can be afraid of.
Mass school shootings have become all too common in the U.S., and this doc explores the first such incident from 1966.
101‘Lost For Life’
Here's what it's like to spend life in prison.
102‘The Propaganda Game’
Life inside North Korea is pretty harrowing.
Sharks swarm at the world's deadliest beach.
104‘Hate Crimes In The Heartland’
The biggest terrorism threat in America today is homegrown and right wing.
Who knew love could be ordered through the mail?
106‘Isis: Women Unveiled’
A peek at what it's like for the women living within Isis.
107‘Danger Down Under’
FYI, every animal in Australia wants to kill you.
As if there wasn't enough scary stuff in Australia to worry about, they've apparently got aliens, too.
109‘Command And Control’
Just a friendly reminder that nuclear holocaust will eventually kill us all one day.