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The Five Best Biography Documentaries On Netflix

Watching films about the lives of other people can be boring. It can also cause extreme jealousy, if compared to your own life. The five films below are by far the most entertaining, inspiring biographies on Netflix that you will watch till the end.

Words: Alina Kay. Subeditor: Lauren Burgess

  1. Venus and Serena (2012)


This story about the Williams sisters’ extraordinary, yet normal lives is inspiring and entertaining. It is a tale of dedication, sisterhood, and success against all odds. Directors: Maiken Baird, Michelle Major.


Netflix: ★★★★☆

IMDB: 6.1

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

  1. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)


It is a biography you won’t fall asleep watching. Instead, you will treasure the warm, satisfactory feeling of joy and hope that the humble fashion photographer brought to the world. Director: Richard Press.

Bill Cunningham

Netflix: ★★★★☆

IMDB: 7.9

Rotten Tomatoes: 99% (!!!)

  1. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)


Simone was a legendary musician, whom many of our generation might not know about, yet so much of her music can be recognised through recent tunes. The diva lived a tragic life, but her narrative was unique and eloquently presented in the film. Director: Liz Garbus.


Netflix: ★★★★★

IMDB: 7.8

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

  1. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present (2012)


More than just a documentary about an artist, this film takes the audience on a spiritual and intimate journey through Abramović’s life and work. Even if you are unfamiliar with her work, the documentary fascinates and inspires. Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre.

Marina Abramović, The Artist Is Present, 2010

Netflix: ★★★★★

IMDB: 7.9

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

  1. Little White Lie (2014)


An astounding life story of Lacey Shwartz, a New York born Jewish woman, whose mixed-race identity was hidden from her by her mother until the age of 18. Directors: Lacey Shwartz, James Adolphus.

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Netflix: ★★★★☆

IMDB: 7.2

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%