Our list of best documentaries on government corruption on Netflix, YouTube and Hulu will just prove what you probably already knew. The governments can’t be trusted.
In its simplest definition, corruption could be described as a behavior of the person in the position of power who uses that power in an unethical way for personal gain. Corruption can take many forms, from bribery trough nepotism to embezzlement. Although we see corruption in all spheres of society, the one that always receives the biggest attention is political corruption which involves government officials.
The government corruption is something that is common in less developed countries. In such countries, corruption is so big that it often affects even the highest levels of government including the presidents. This was especially the case in some African countries that were ruled by dictators who used their power to gain personal wealth at the expense of their people. Government corruption isn’t something unfamiliar in developed countries. The United States also had their fair share of government corruption scandals, from The Crédit Mobilier scandal in 1867 that involved future President of the United States James Garfield to the one in 2009 involving William J. Jefferson, who currently serves 13 years in prison for bribery. In case that you like documentaries about more unusual subjects, take a look at our list of 15 Best Vice Documentaries on YouTube.
To create our list of best documentaries on government corruption on Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, we took recommendations from multiple sources including Documentary, Documentary Addict and Transparency. Those documentaries that were available on either of these streaming services were then ranked according to their IMDb rating. The best ones entered our list. Let’s take a look.