Thought-provoking business documentaries on Netflix

As you work from home or self-isolate amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, here are some thought-provoking business documentaries on Netflix to keep your mind sharp and stave off cabin fever.

Abstract – The Art of Design

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

American Factory

Hopes soar when a Chinese company reopens a shuttered factory in Ohio. But a culture clash threatens to shatter an American dream.

Inside Bill’s Brain

Take a trip inside the mind of Bill Gates as the billionaire opens up about those who influenced him and the audacious goals he’s still pursuing.

Catching the Sun

This documentary explores the worldwide economics of the burgeoning solar energy industry and its impact on hopeful job seekers in the United States.

The Defiant Ones

Director Allen Hughes traces the rise of music legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and chronicles their groundbreaking partnership.


The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but it failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur.

The Great Hack

Explore how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolise the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election.

Maddman – The Steve Madden Story

This documentary chronicles the rise of the footwear designer behind a billion-dollar empire and his subsequent comeback after a financial scandal.

The Milk System

Farmers, scientists and industry insiders delve into the hidden costs and consequences of global dairy production and offer up possible solutions.

Minimalism – A Documentary About The Important Things

People dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness are interviewed in this documentary showing the virtues of less is more.

A New Capitalism

Entrepreneurs worldwide explore alternatives to current capitalist structures, advocating for profitable businesses that also tackle social inequality.

Print the Legend

This award-winning, original documentary chronicles the race for market leadership in 3D printing, the next wave of technological evolution.


This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavoury truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.

Secrets of Selfridges

American Harry Gordon Selfridge introduced Londoners to a new retail model that made shopping less of a practical pursuit and more of an adventure.

She Did That

Go inside the lives of extraordinary, black female entrepreneurs as they discuss building legacies and pioneering a new future for the next generation.

Silicon Cowboys

This documentary tells the story of Compaq Computer and its three founders who, in 1982, took on Goliath IBM at the height of its PC dominance.

Steve Jobs – The Billion Dollar Hippy

Insiders including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tell extraordinary stories of the rise, fall and rise again of Apple with Steve Jobs at its helm.

Take Your Pills

In a hypercompetitive world, drugs like Adderall offer students, athletes, coders and others a way to do more – faster and better. But at what cost?

The Pursuit

IN a time of turbulence for the free market system, one economist explores how it has lifted billions out of poverty, and might just save us all.

Tony Robbins – I Am Not Your Guru

Tony Robbins’ clients swear by his unorthodox life coaching methods. A revealing film goes behind the curtain at his annual mega-event.

Trump – An American Dream

Friends, associates and critics reveal the truly American story of Donald Trump, the brash businessman who defied the odds to become US President.

What the Health

This film examines the link between diet and disease, and the billions of dollars at stake in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Written by John Kennedy (

Published: 24 March, 2020