11 great documentaries to watch on Netflix this Christmas that you might not have seen
Conor Dever
Staff Writer

It’s not just price plans we compare and review on your behalf. So in the run up to Christmas we're going to take a look at Netflix and make some suggestions about what to watch at home when you've had a few too many mince pies perhaps!

You can find yourself having some pretty benal conversations at Christmas: "Yes Gran, I’m still up in Dublin working away...". The perfect antidote for that is sinking your teeth into a great documentary. So here at bonkers.ie we're going to take a few minutes away from finding you the best deals and pick some of our favourite things from the streaming service.

Here are some great documentaries you mightn’t have gotten around to see yet...


You will be telling everyone you know about the mind-blowing power of AI after watching this one. Training a machine to do chess is child's play, but what about the ancient chinese game of Go? Computer engineers set themselves the goal of training a computer to be a world champion in one of the worlds toughest to master games.

Get Me Roger Stone

'Get me Roger Stone' is a fast-paced canter through the life and times of one of the most divisive and unpredictable political actors in modern US history. Starting off at Nixon's administration and going all the way to Trump's white house, Roger Stone is like the Forrest Gump of American politics. If Forrest Gump was a horrible person.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

A polyglot of emotional language this film brings you on the rollercoaster that was the life of Kurt Cobain. This one will have you laughing, moshing, and crying.

Miss Sharon Jones

If you haven’t heard Sharon Jones sing, you are missing out. Compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, Jones has a powerful set of pipes. But in this documentary her resolve is just as strong as her voice.

National Bird

A chilling insight into the US controversial drone program and the ramifications it is having on real people.


The man, the myth, the legend, that is super-producer Quincy Jones, is laid bare in this rare inside look at the hitmaker.

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Kalief Browder spent three horrific years in jail. The only thing is, he was never convicted of a crime.

Vietnam War: A Ken Burns Film

To say Ken Burns is an expert at historical documentary would be retreading old ground at this stage, but this look at the Vietnam war is scarily relevant today.


This could be one of the best documentaries in recent years. Following New York firebrand, and one-time, great white Democrat hope, 'Weiner' explores themes of impulsivity, determination, sex, and what happens when a man fails.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nina Simone had a voice that would not be ignored. 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' explores the singer and activist's life and music.


You may think slavery in the US had been abolished. However, after watching Ava Duvernay’s film you may realise it’s not as far back in the history as we all hoped.

So what do you think?

Do any of these documentaries take your fancy?

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