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Top 5 Scandal Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

Updated on July 20, 2018

Top 5 scandal documentaries to watch on Netflix

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These are some of the best scandal exposing documentaries on Netflix.

These documentaries have been chosen based on the overall story-line, cinematography, quality of production and are all based on real-life scandals.

Have a look and have your say in the comments and be sure to take part in the poll below.

Dirty Money

This is American TV show is hands down one of the best "investigative journalism" type show I have seen in a while.

Alex Gibney, an Oscar-winning filmmaker kicks things off in the first episode "Hard Nox" looking into the Volkswagen emissions scandal and the next few episodes don't disappoint.

What I really like about this film is the fact that they incorporate all the different perspectives from the accused to the victim and this keeps the adrenaline pump throughout the season.

Although there are only 6 episodes so far, given the overwhelmingly positive reception, I wouldn't be surprised to see the second season on the horizon.

This documentary is highly recommended if you are into real-life "big-time" scandal exposes.

ICARUS

This is an amazing real-life American documentary on the Russian doping scandal.

What's really cool about this documentary is that unlike most other documentaries, Brian Fogel (director) documents the turn of the events as it was happening and was actually amidst the circle of fire.

From helping a fugitive, escaping KGB thugs to making lasting friendships, this documentary takes you on a roller coaster of excitement and panic.

You would be surprised how deep the conspiracy of doping scandal ran in Russia and the lengths to which some officials go to keep it under wraps.

It premiered on Sundance film festival January 2017 and a must watch.

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Have you ever just skipped past the terms and conditions section when installing a software? Well then, you might want to watch this documentary.

This documentary looks at the past and present instances where trusted companies have either used user-unfriendly long-winded language and misused customer information and who is held accountable.

The documentary does a decent job of exposing companies like Facebook and how their mishandling of data has impacted on the unsuspecting clients' lives.

I do realise that it's a bit past its "sell-by" date but its well worth watching.

Betting on zero

Do you know what a pyramid scheme is? Could you be in one without even realising?

This documentary follows Bill Ackman (also featured in Dirty money) and a group of ex-herbalife sales representatives that fight for compensation.

The innocent victims are charged a marked-up subscription fee and are promised future fortunes but when reality hits and the small family owned businesses crumble, they are left to fend for themselves from debt.

What's amazing is the fact that Herbalife is still a fully operational company.So I recommend you to watch the documentary and make your own decision as to the integrity of the accusations.

This documentary does a good job of capturing the stocks, trade and profit-driven aspects and the unfortunate victim's lives as they are dealt the losing end of a bargain.


We Steal Secrets

I would be really surprised if you haven't heard of Julian Assange. If you have or haven't, this 2013 documentary does justice to what happened.

From whistle-blowing, political scandals, international war crimes to being locked up, this real-life documentary has it all.

What I really like about this film is the fact that it also captures the struggles Julian has to go through with this new found fame.

Although the documentary has had some criticism, the overall consensus is that it was a well-made documentary so I would recommend you have a look.

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    • Anishpat profile image

      Anish Patel 

      3 weeks ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Nice list. I have seen 'Dirty Money' and 'Terms and Conditions..." looking forward to watching the rest, especially Betting on Zero

    • hirua profile image

      hirua 

      3 weeks ago

      This is the difference between fact and fiction.

      Fiction however paves the way of it becoming fact.

      This is the power of media.

    • Charles S Frank profile image

      Charles S Frank 

      4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      I am totally gonna watch that Martin Shkrelli one.

      I actually work with a production company. Lucky Frank Studios. We only make demo reels for actors in LA but one day, we want to make movies as well.

      Great Article

      Charles S. Frank

      https://www.luckyfrankdemoreels.com

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