The Best Streaming Platforms for Documentaries

Updated January 2, 2022 • Staff

Documentaries, second only to horror, are a divisive genre: people either love and watch non-fiction, or completely avoid it. 

If you are in the first group, you probably wonder which of the most popular streaming services has the best offering for you. So here, we have ranked the most popular streaming services by which ones have the most documentary movies. 

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5.

HBO Max

With shows from other networks from Cartoon Network to CNN, there's a good chance you'll find something that's worth watching. While HBO Max has a lot more to offer than what you'd get on the HBO channel, it also provides all the hits, like Game of Thrones, The Wire or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Price: $14.99 per month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

4.

AMC+

If you’re a fan of the many great AMC series, you’ll find them all here, as well as additional library content from sister networks BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV, and the complete collections of fellow AMC Networks streaming services including Shudder, Sundance Now and IFC Films Unlimited. So it’s safe to say that if you like independent film and award-winning shows, you won’t be disappointed with this bundle.

Price: $8.99 per month

Free Trial: 30 days

Device availability: Roku

3.

FlixFling

Whether you’re not huge on cinema or consider yourself to be a movie buff, FlixFling’s library of a whopping 5,000 movies and shows offers something for just about anyone. The library is updated on a weekly basis, including old and new titles for rent.

Price: $7.99 per month

Free Trial: 7 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, iOS, Roku, Samsung TV, Xbox

2.

Hulu

If you're a fan of TV shows, then Hulu has a lot to offer, with a pretty comprehensive list of popular shows from major networks, including classic sitcoms, as well as children's programs like Sesame Street. Hulu is also acclaimed for its ace original programming, with hit shows from comedies like The Mindy Project to dystopian dramas like Handmaid's Tale.

Price: $5.99 per month

Free Trial: 30 days

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG TV, Nintendo Switch, Roku, Roku TV, Samsung TV, Xbox

1.

Netflix

Netflix is arguably the world's most popular video on-demand streaming platform. It offers an extensive library of movies and TV shows sorted by genre, from classic '80s action movies to original docuseries, and everything in between.

Keep in mind, programming and the size of your Netflix library will depend on where in the world you're based. Customers in the UK have access to the largest number of titles, with 6,122 in total, followed closely by the US and Canada.

Price: $8.99 per month

Device availability: Amazon Fire TV, Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Changhong, Chromecast, Haier, Hisense, iOS, LG TV, Nintendo Switch, Nvidia SHIELD, Panasonic, Philips, PlayStation, Roku, Roku TV, Samsung, Samsung TV, Sharp, Skyworth, Sony, TiVo, Vestel, Vizio, Wii, Xbox

The streaming services on this page were chosen by our editors and ranked based on objective criteria (value per dollar spent). If you choose to subscribe to a streaming service we recommend as a result of our research, analysis, and curation, our work is sometimes (but not always) supported by an affiliate commission from the streaming service when you make a purchase.

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