The Top Spiritually Uplifting Documentaries On Netflix (Updated)…

The Top Spiritually Uplifting Documentaries On Netflix (Updated)

Documentaries are some of the most intriguing movies to watch. Without a doubt, they can be fascinating and can help us find a deeper understanding of the world around us. These 5 are some of the most uplifting on Netflix right now. Check them out and let us know what you think!

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Of all the documentaries on this list, this probably has the most unique origin. Filmed over 5 years in 25 countries around the world, the official website describes Samsara as:

“Expanding on the themes they developed in Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985), Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation.”

They researched locations that would fit the conceptual imagery of samsara, to them “meaning ‘birth, death and rebirth’ or ‘impermanence'” Beautiful and compelling, this is probably the most visually stunning film on the list!


Without a doubt, happiness is the most important human emotion we have. From the wealthiest to the poorest, people everywhere care about how they feel. This documentary talks to people from all walks of life and what makes them happy- all in an effort to understand the secrets of happiness. Everyone from scientists, monks, southerners, and rickshaw drivers in Kolkata chime in and give their take. Critically acclaimed and inspiring, Happy is amazing!

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

Filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray asks the Dalai Lama some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. Ray covers politics, spirituality, philosophy, and the history of the Dalai Lama in this acclaimed film.

I Am

Director Tom Shadyac made this film to answer two questions: What’s wrong with the world, and how do we fix it? Interviewing influencers around the world from a multitude of backgrounds, Shadyac includes David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch in this fascinating film. A must see if you’re truly interested in making the world a better place.


This could be my favorite out of all the movies on this list! Simple in its goal, Life seeks to showcase the strategies and extreme behavior that living things do to survive. 4 years in the making, it consists of ten 50-minute episodes. You can really see the dedication to detail, as the beauty of the scenery and attention to detail is breathtaking.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

Based on a book by Dr. Rick Straussman, this documentary looks at DMT, the most powerful psychedelic known to man — and one that exists within the human brain and many plants. The film interviews some of the participants of Straussman’s studies (who were injected with potent doses of DMT) and asks what they experienced while under its influence. The most amazing part of this documentary is how everyone’s story seems to be connected, and how their experiences share so many similarities. It will definitely leave you questioning whether or not this substance actually serves as some kind of a portal to a higher level of consciousness. This documentary may even validate some of your own thoughts about what happens after death since our brains release DMT when we die.


The story of Kumaré follows a fictional and false guru from a small village in India. Vikram Gandhi creates this character in order to show how people are easily fooled when they believe they need someone to follow and put their faith blindly into any leader or guru that steps up to the plate. This deception continues because of the guilt Vikram feels at having his followers put so much faith in him and after seeing all of the positive changes they have made in their lives as a result. This film will help you realize something very important about yourself, and hopefully, leave you with exactly what it is you need to tackle the issues that you face.


A story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity, InnSæi takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today’s world of distraction and stress. Truly necessary to watch if you find yourself stuck working long hours and can’t escape the rat race!

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