The 109 Creepiest Documentaries To Watch On Netflix
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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.

1‘Amanda Knox’

Netflix on YouTube

Being tried and convicted in a foreign country for a crime you didn't commit sounds like a nightmare.

2‘13th’

Netflix on YouTube

This powerful doc explores racism in America and the prison system.

3‘Crips And Bloods: Made In America’

BVProds on YouTube

Gang violence is not a thing of the past.

4‘Interview With A Serial Killer’

Real Stories on YouTube

This guy talks about killing people like he's recounting what he had for lunch.

5‘Hiroshima’

BBCWorldwide on YouTube

Here what it's like to live through a nuclear explosion.

6‘Cartel Land’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

The Mexican drug cartels are some seriously scary outfits.

7‘Who Took Johnny’

BIFFTRAILERS on YouTube

A story of child abduction that will make you extremely nervous if you have kids — or even if you don't.

8‘Holy Hell’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Surprise, surprise, life in a cult is apparently pretty terrible.

9‘H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer’

filmmakerjohnb on YouTube

This guy was truly sadistic.

10‘My Son The Jihadi’

Channel 4 on YouTube

What do you do when your kid turns into a monster?

11‘Audrie & Daisy’

Netflix on YouTube

Online bullying, rape, and suicide. Welcome to the modern era of horrible things to worry about.

12‘Team Foxcatcher’

Netflix on YouTube

The true story behind the film Foxcatcher.

13‘The Fear Of 13’

Dogwoof on YouTube

Like Amanda Knox, if she'd spent 21 years in jail before being exonerated.

14‘Narco Cultura’

Movieclips Trailers on YouTube

Those murderous drug cartels I mentioned earlier? Yeah, to some people they're considered heroes.

15‘The Imposter’

Movieclips Trailers on YouTube

One of the most twisted and bizarre true crime docs you'll ever come across.

16‘Welcome To Leith’

moviemaniacsDE on YouTube

Neo-Nazis set up shop in a small town in North Dakota.

17‘The Confessions Of Thomas Quick’

Film4 on YouTube

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’

Content Movies on YouTube

In my opinion, exorcisms are some of the creepiest events one can watch.

19‘Josef Fritzl: Story Of A Monster’

back2backtv on YouTube

Probably the most disturbing crime story of the past decade.

20‘Glory Daze’

Gravitas Ventures on YouTube

Murder and partying go hand-in-hand in this doc.

21‘The Nightmare’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Sleep paralysis is quite possibly the most terrifying thing in the world.

22‘The Witness’

Five More Minutes Productions on YouTube

Did 38 people really witness a woman's murder while doing nothing to stop it?

23‘Into The Abyss’

IFCFilmsVOD on YouTube

How crazy is it that capital punishment is still a thing?

24‘Dear Zachary’

Movieclips Trailer Vault on YouTube

Maybe the most devastating twist ever seen in a documentary.

25‘Real Crime: Hannah’s Killer’

RealCrimeUK on YouTube

The troubling tale of a young woman's murder.

26‘Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer’

ABC TV on YouTube

A look at that rare and elusive individual: The female serial killer.

27‘Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer’

Sundance Now on YouTube

Because one Aileen Wuornos doc isn't enough.

28‘Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

A truly horrific murder.

29‘Room 237’

Movieclips Trailers on YouTube

The Shining is already a creepy movie, but it may be even weirder than you think.

30‘Tricked’

3GenerationsOrg on YouTube

Human trafficking is the new slavery.

31‘The Hunting Ground’

RADiUS on YouTube

Campus rape is a serious problem.

32‘Trapped’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Abortion laws in some states are downright vicious.

33‘Casting JonBenet’

Netflix on YouTube

Who really killed this little girl?

34‘Jesus Camp’

MagnoliaPicturesVOD on YouTube

Who'd have thought a camp called "Kids on Fire" would be a supremely messed up place?

35‘My Friend Rockefeller’

Astra Film Festival on YouTube

An imposter becomes a murderer.

36‘The Thin Blue Line’

Andrew Sayre on YouTube

One of the OG docs when it comes to wrongful convitions.

37‘The Alps Murders’

DCDRights on YouTube

An old-fashioned murder mystery.

38‘Gasland’

Cinema Management Group on YouTube

Fracking is dangerous, so why is it allowed to continue?

39‘Blackfish’

Movieclips Trailers on YouTube

Orcas are not here to entertain you.

40‘Shadow Trade’

Soi Dog Foundation on YouTube

This look at the dog meat trade in Asia is deeply tragic.

41‘Whores’ Glory’

LorberFilms on YouTube

Being a prostitute is not easy.

42‘Chasing Ice’

Exposure Labs on YouTube

The globe is melting.

43‘Cowspiracy’

COWSPIRACY: the sustainability secret on YouTube

Raising cattle is terrible for the environment.

44‘More Than Honey’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

When the bees die, we all die.

45‘GMO OMG’

MPIMediaGroup on YouTube

Is genetically-modified food actually safe?

46‘Requiem For The American Dream’

Gravitas Ventures on YouTube

Have fun struggling to pay your bills while the rich get another huge tax cut!

47‘The True Cost’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Your clothes might have been made by a child.

48‘Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead’

Warner Movies On Demand on YouTube

Everything you eat is killing you.

49‘The Human Experiment’

Don Hardy on YouTube

Apparently there are dangerous untested chemicals in the products we use every day.

50‘Miss Representation’

The Representation Project on YouTube

The media is clearly trying to keep women down.

51‘Zeitgeist: The Movie’

ZeitgeistMovie on YouTube

Every conspiracy theory rolled into one.

52‘After Porn Ends’

After Porn Ends on YouTube

It's tough to have a regular life after being in porn.

53‘After Porn Ends 2’

Zero Media on YouTube

Spoiler: It doesn't get any easier in the sequel.

54‘Behind Closed Doors’

Real Stories on YouTube

Peeling back the curtain on domestic abuse.

55‘Pervert Park’

Independent Filmmaker Project on YouTube

Here's one place you don't want to live.

56‘The Seven Five’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

When the cops are the criminals.

57‘Tabloid’

Movieclips on YouTube

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’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

A classic "whodunit."

59‘Brother’s Keeper’

Subcomandante Marcos on YouTube

Did one of these illiterate farmers murder his brother?

60‘Children Of God’

Wild Cat on YouTube

Here's what it's like to grow up inside a religious sex cult.

61‘The Wolfpack’

VICE on YouTube

The way these kids were raised is so disturbing.

62‘Finders Keepers’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

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’

CNN on YouTube

A girl is kidnapped and spends eight years captive in a cellar.

64‘Fight For Justice: David & Me’

HotDocsFest on YouTube

Yet another wrongful conviction documentary.

65‘Whitey: United States Of America V. James J. Bulger’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

The mob is still kicking in the 21st century.

66‘The Negro Soldier’

C-SPAN on YouTube

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’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Should kids really be tried as adults?

68‘I Am Jane Doe’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Some mothers decide to take on the sex trafficking industry.

69‘Oklahoma City’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

A horrific event that's seldom mentioned today.

70‘Get Me Roger Stone’

Netflix on YouTube

This sleazeball is one of the main reasons why another sleazeball is in the White House.

71‘Ruby Ridge’

Arizona Public Media on YouTube

Just a messed up story all around.

72‘Why Sharks Attack’

NOVA PBS Official on YouTube

Who cares why?! They just do!

73‘Blackout’

PBS Shows on YouTube

New York City in the '70s was a scary place — especially during the 1977 blackout when a serial killer terrorized the populace.

74‘Dawg Fight’

rakontur on YouTube

The only way out of this rough neighborhood is to literally fight your way out.

75‘My Sex Robot’

DMAXuk on YouTube

I'm sure one day sex with robots will be commonplace, but for now it's supremely creepy.

76‘Newtown’

The Orchard Movies on YouTube

An unspeakably tragic event.

77‘Babies Behind Bars’

TLC on YouTube

Prison is no place for a baby.

78‘The Truth Behind: UFOs’

Steffi Nollens on YouTube

Are aliens regularly visiting the planet and abducting people?

79‘The Girl Whose Muscles Are Turning To Bone’

AmazingWorldNews on YouTube

Here's another disease for you to worry about.

80‘9/11: Stories In Fragments’

Smithsonian Channel on YouTube

9/11 remains the most awful day I've experienced.

81‘Dr. Feelgood’

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on YouTube

The opiate crisis isn't going away anytime soon.

82‘Saudi Arabia Uncovered’

FRONTLINE PBS | Official on YouTube

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’

WeAreLegionDoc on YouTube

A few computer nerds could easily start World War III.

84‘Mind Of A Rampage Killer’

NOVA PBS Official on YouTube

Here's the science behind why people kill, which doesn't make it any less frightening.

85‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’

Smithsonian Channel on YouTube

If you're scared of snakes, prepare to meet your new biggest fear.

86‘Pet Fooled’

Gravitas Ventures on YouTube

Be careful what you feed your pets.

87‘Bigfoot’

Sasquatch Central on YouTube

Note to self: Stay out of the Pacific Northwest.

88‘The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison’

Animal Planet on YouTube

Here's one place where you definitely don't want to get locked up.

89‘Sirius’

Movieclips Trailers on YouTube

Is this a tiny alien body?

90‘Night Will Fall’

BFI on YouTube

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’

Smithsonian Channel on YouTube

Oh, the humanity.

92‘The Truth Behind: The Devil’s Bible’

ShantiUniverse on YouTube

Why does this giant old medieval Bible have a huge poster of the devil inside it?

93‘Trophy Kids’

Mance Media on YouTube

Kids are meant to be winners, obviously.

94‘Men In Rubber Masks’

ABC TV on YouTube

I can't think of a more unsettling pastime.

95‘Alien Autopsy: Fact Or Fiction’

StellaDoesDeco on YouTube

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’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

A man convicted of murder was exonerated just days before his scheduled execution, but what if he was actually guilty?

97‘Revenge Porn’

ABC TV on YouTube

It's a sick world out there.

98‘The Paedophile Next Door’

ABC TV on YouTube

How well do you know your neighbors?

99‘Hunt For The Super Predator’

Smithsonian Channel on YouTube

Something lurking in the seas ate a giant great white shark, so here's something new you can be afraid of.

100‘Tower’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

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’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Here's what it's like to spend life in prison.

102‘The Propaganda Game’

eOne On Demand on YouTube

Life inside North Korea is pretty harrowing.

103‘Death Beach’

Brennan Nurthen on YouTube

Sharks swarm at the world's deadliest beach.

104‘Hate Crimes In The Heartland’

Lioness Media Arts, Inc. on YouTube

The biggest terrorism threat in America today is homegrown and right wing.

105‘Love Me’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Who knew love could be ordered through the mail?

106‘Isis: Women Unveiled’

Channel 4 News on YouTube

A peek at what it's like for the women living within Isis.

107‘Danger Down Under’

flashbackent on YouTube

FYI, every animal in Australia wants to kill you.

108‘Australien Skies’

The Orchard Movies on YouTube

As if there wasn't enough scary stuff in Australia to worry about, they've apparently got aliens, too.

109‘Command And Control’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

Just a friendly reminder that nuclear holocaust will eventually kill us all one day.