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100 Best Nature Documentaries of All Time

Get an inside look at the outside world with our guide of the 100 best nature documentaries of all time. Spread across land and sea, from the highest mountain peaks and above down to the forest floor and below, these tales of our planet achieve more than just the most spellbinding natural images ever seen. They encourage us to travel beyond our usual boundaries. They call us into action as guardians of the environment. And they boost and restore our humanity, exploring our place among all of life’s tapestry on Earth.

These 100 documentaries are ranked by Tomatometer score, with Certified Fresh films first. These especially acclaimed films include what most people picture when they think nature documentaries: animals doing animal things out in the wild. Among the highest-rated include Winged Migration and March of the Penguins (which gave flight to our documentary craze in the 2000s), the Disneynature series (Bears, Chimpanzee, Oceans), and revealing IMAX presentations (Under the Sea, Born to Be Wild).

But animal docs don’t always need to trade in their frequent flyer miles. Many take place right beyond our doorstep, like The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill and All That Breathes (discover the inspiring work behind a bird hospital), and even feature our close pals, cats (Kedi) and dogs (Stray).

Humans and our relationship with nature are frequent doc topics. Touching the Void and Free Solo feature people challenging nature to get them up to their peak physical limits, while Fire of Love and Grizzly Man are all about getting up close and personal, maybe more than nature’s comfortable with.

Revelations about our impact on the environment remain a constant. They include the horrors of animal exploitation (Blackfish, The Cove, Food, Inc.), disappearing biodiversity (Honeyland), climate change (An Inconvenient Truth), and destruction (GasLand).

See what the natural world has to offer from the comfort of your spider-free home with the 100 best nature documentaries of al time. Alex Vo

#1

Honeyland (2019)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 106484%
Critics Consensus: Honeyland uses life in a remote village to offer an eye-opening perspective on experiences that should resonate even for audiences halfway around the world.
Synopsis: A woman utilizes ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighboring family tries... [More]
Starring:

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 102974%
Critics Consensus: A poetic tribute to tenacity, All That Breathes uses two brothers' tireless efforts to make a broader point about finding triumph within tragedy.
Synopsis: In one of the world's most populated cities, cows, rats, monkeys, frogs, and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people. Here, two... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Shaunak Sen

#3
Adjusted Score: 100942%
Critics Consensus: Andy Goldsworthy and his art are beautifully captured in this engaging documentary.
Synopsis: Andy Goldsworthy's art is supposed to fall apart. He creates large-scale outdoor sculptures and artworks out of natural materials like... [More]
Starring: Andy Goldsworthy
Directed By: Thomas Riedelsheimer

#4

Fire of Love (2022)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 107120%
Critics Consensus: Whether as a story of one couple's quixotic quest or simply a stunning collection of nature footage, Fire of Love burns bright.
Synopsis: Fire of Love tells the story of two French lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in a volcanic explosion... [More]
Starring: Miranda July
Directed By: Sara Dosa

#5

Free Solo (2018)
98%

#5
Adjusted Score: 106323%
Critics Consensus: Free Solo depicts athletic feats that many viewers will find beyond reason - and grounds the attempts in passions that are all but universal.
Synopsis: Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan's 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.... [More]

#6

Blackfish (2013)
99%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104691%
Critics Consensus: Blackfish is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales.
Synopsis: The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the... [More]

#7

Kedi (2016)
98%

#7
Adjusted Score: 103828%
Critics Consensus: Kedi is a cat fancier's dream, but this thoughtful, beautifully filmed look at Istanbul's street feline population offers absorbing viewing for filmgoers of any purr-suasion.
Synopsis: Hundreds of thousands of cats have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ceyda Torun

#8

Jane (2017)
98%

#8
Adjusted Score: 103227%
Critics Consensus: Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.
Synopsis: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research... [More]
Starring: Jane Goodall
Directed By: Brett Morgen

#9

Born to Be Wild (2011)
98%

#9
Adjusted Score: 99201%
Critics Consensus: The human story of Born To Be Wild is captivating and the accompanying nature footage is utterly cute and charming.
Synopsis: Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary about two dedicated animal preservationists. Daphne Sheldrick has created an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, while... [More]
Starring: Morgan Freeman
Directed By: David Lickley

#10
Adjusted Score: 99805%
Critics Consensus: Much like the cosmic debris it investigates, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds is made up of heavy stuff -- but it lights up the screen thanks to Werner Herzog's infectious awe.
Synopsis: A journey across the planet and universe explores how meteorites, shooting stars and deep impacts have awoken wonder about other... [More]
Starring: Werner Herzog

#11

GasLand (2010)
98%

#11
Adjusted Score: 98814%
Critics Consensus: GasLand patiently and powerfully outlines alarming problems with modern fuel extraction -- and the horrific public health risks that go along with them.
Synopsis: When Josh Fox receives a $100,000 offer from a natural gas company interested in exploring in his land in Pennsylvania's... [More]
Directed By: Josh Fox

#12

Project Nim (2011)
97%

#12
Adjusted Score: 102427%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.
Synopsis: In the 1970s, professor Herb Terrace and his team raise a baby chimp as a human child, as part of... [More]
Directed By: James Marsh

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 103804%
Critics Consensus: The Truffle Hunters explores a world most viewers will know nothing about -- with delightfully savory results.
Synopsis: A handful of men search for rare, expensive and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.... [More]

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 99962%
Critics Consensus: Pick of the Litter has all the fluffy adorableness audiences expect from a puppy documentary, along with a story that's as edifying as it is heartwarming.
Synopsis: Following five spirited puppies from the moment they're born through their quest to become guide dogs for the blind.... [More]
Starring:

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 101210%
Critics Consensus: Hauntingly filmed and brimming with Herzog's infectious enthusiasm, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a fascinating triumph.
Synopsis: In this documentary, filmmaker Werner Herzog and a small crew are given a rare chance to film inside France's Chauvet... [More]
Starring: Werner Herzog
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#16

Chasing Ice (2012)
96%

#16
Adjusted Score: 98643%
Critics Consensus: Chasing Ice captures the urgency of climate change while prevailing as entertainment, thanks the awe-inspiring scenery and James Balog's charisma.
Synopsis: James Balog and his team on the Extreme Ice Survey assemble a multiyear chronicle of the planet's rapidly melting glaciers.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Orlowski

#17

Stray (2021)
96%

#17
Adjusted Score: 99268%
Critics Consensus: Stray takes a patient, meditative look at the lives of Istanbul's stray dog population -- and uncovers truths of the human condition in the process.
Synopsis: STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Elizabeth Lo

#18

The Cove (2009)
95%

#18
Adjusted Score: 99860%
Critics Consensus: Though decidedly one-sided, The Cove is an impeccably crafted, suspenseful expose of the covert slaughter of dolphins in Japan.
Synopsis: In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained... [More]
Directed By: Louie Psihoyos

#19

Winged Migration (2001)
95%

#19
Adjusted Score: 99421%
Critics Consensus: A marvel to watch.
Synopsis: This documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage... [More]
Starring: Jacques Perrin
Directed By: Jacques Perrin

#20

Food, Inc. (2008)
95%

#20
Adjusted Score: 99141%
Critics Consensus: An eye-opening expose of the modern food industry, Food, Inc. is both fascinating and terrifying, and essential viewing for any health-conscious citizen.
Synopsis: Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United... [More]
Directed By: Robert Kenner

#21
Adjusted Score: 98102%
Critics Consensus: Interesting and appealing as both a study of man and nature.
Synopsis: A homeless musician's life is transformed after he discovers a flock of wild South American parrots living in San Francisco.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Judy Irving

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 97909%
Critics Consensus: While the work it honors may pose thorny ethical questions that Salt of the Earth neglects to answer, it remains a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Sebastião Salgado's career.
Synopsis: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado co-directs a look at the career of his father, photographer Sebastião Salgado.... [More]

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 100534%
Critics Consensus: Only the most hardened soul won't be moved by this heartwarming doc.
Synopsis: At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds... [More]
Starring: Morgan Freeman
Directed By: Luc Jacquet

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 98480%
Critics Consensus: Gripping even though the outcome is known.
Synopsis: In 1985, two young climbers, Joe Simpson (Brendan Mackey) and Simon Yates (Nicholas Aaron), set out to be the first... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald

#25
Adjusted Score: 97897%
Critics Consensus: Encounters at the End of the World offers a poignant study of the human psyche amid haunting landscapes.
Synopsis: Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica, where he finds a desolate, beautiful landscape, largely untouched by human hands, and... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#26
Adjusted Score: 97023%
Critics Consensus: Delightful and strangely moving.
Synopsis: In Mongolia's Gobi desert, a camel belonging to a group of nomadic shepherds gives birth to a white calf. It's... [More]

#27

Under the Sea (2009)
94%

#27
Adjusted Score: 95247%
Critics Consensus: Technically and visually dazzling...
Synopsis: People come face to face with mysterious and stunning creatures of the ocean off Australia and New Guinea.... [More]
Starring: Jim Carrey
Directed By: Howard Hall

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 99487%
Critics Consensus: This candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding its dual subjects: global warming and Al Gore.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness... [More]
Starring: Al Gore, Billy West
Directed By: Davis Guggenheim

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 99474%
Critics Consensus: Effectively stirring and bolstered by thrilling visuals, The Eagle Huntress uses its heartwarming message to fill up a feature that might have made for an even more powerful short film.
Synopsis: Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an... [More]
Directed By: Otto Bell

#30

Monkey Kingdom (2015)
93%

#30
Adjusted Score: 95128%
Critics Consensus: Monkey Kingdom's breathtaking footage of primates in the wild is likely to please animal lovers of all ages.
Synopsis: In South Asia, Maya the monkey and her son Kip struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the... [More]
Starring: Tina Fey

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 94743%
Critics Consensus: A heartwarming look at the way a meaningful bond can transcend just about any barrier, this documentary will leave you asking your friends to come and see My Octopus Teacher with you.
Synopsis: A diver swims with an octopus that lives in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa.... [More]
Starring: Craig Foster
Directed By: Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed

#32

Grizzly Man (2005)
92%

#32
Adjusted Score: 97077%
Critics Consensus: Whatever opinion you come to have of the obsessive Treadwell, Herzog has once again found a fascinating subject.
Synopsis: Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell's actual video footage, Werner Herzog's remarkable documentary examines the calling that drove Treadwell to live... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#33

Alamar (2009)
92%

#33
Adjusted Score: 93115%
Critics Consensus: Like a perfect summer at the beach, Alamar bathes you in natural warmth as it explores the blossoming bond of a five-year-old and his dad.
Synopsis: A man and his son embark on an epic sea journey.... [More]
Directed By: Pedro González-Rubio

#34

Wildcat (2022)
92%

#34
Adjusted Score: 93802%
Critics Consensus: Although it raises some uncomfortable ethical quandaries, Wildcat is an affecting testament to the healing power of interspecies bonds.
Synopsis: Wildcat follows the emotional and inspiring story of a young veteran (Harry Turner) on his journey into the Amazon. Once... [More]
Directed By: Melissa Lesh, Trevor Frost

#35

Into the Inferno (2016)
92%

#35
Adjusted Score: 93541%
Critics Consensus: Into the Inferno finds director Werner Herzog observing some of the most beautiful -- and terrifying -- wonders of the natural world with his signature blend of curiosity and insight.
Synopsis: Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer travel the globe and visit volcanoes in Indonesia, Ethiopia and even North Korea in... [More]

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 95885%
Critics Consensus: Uplifting, educational, and entertaining, The Biggest Little Farm is an environmental advocacy documentary with a satisfying side dish of hope for the future.
Synopsis: A couple are followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres... [More]
Directed By: John Chester

#37

Bears (2014)
89%

#37
Adjusted Score: 91119%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature's winning streak.
Synopsis: Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey chronicle a year in the lives of an Alaskan brown bear named Sky and... [More]
Starring: John C. Reilly

#38
Adjusted Score: 90680%
Critics Consensus: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch offers a sobering -- and visually ravishing - look at the horrific ecological damage wrought by modern human civilization.
Synopsis: Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky travel the globe to document the impact humans have made on... [More]
Starring: Alicia Vikander

#39
Adjusted Score: 89253%
Critics Consensus: Proving 52 is the loneliest number since the number one, The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 is an engaging nature documentary about the leviathan efforts to understand our large aquatic counterparts.
Synopsis: THE LONELIEST WHALE: THE SEARCH FOR 52 is a cinematic quest to find the "52 Hertz Whale," which scientists believe... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Joshua Zeman

#40

Mountain (2017)
87%

#40
Adjusted Score: 90074%
Critics Consensus: Mountain offers a visually thrilling -- and surprisingly affecting -- look at man's relationship with some of Earth's most imposing natural wonders.
Synopsis: A cinematic journey of sound and nature that explores the beauty of the upper world. With advancements in technology, venturing... [More]
Starring: Willem Dafoe
Directed By: Jennifer Peedom

#41

Aquarela (2018)
86%

#41
Adjusted Score: 88671%
Critics Consensus: Patiently constructed and beautifully filmed, Aquarela views man's relationship with water through a sobering -- and awe-inducing -- lens.
Synopsis: From massive waves to melting ice, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky travels around the world to capture stunning images of the beauty... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Victor Kossakovsky

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 85581%
Critics Consensus: An amazing array of images from beneath the sea.
Synopsis: Director James Cameron travels with the crew of a Russian research vessel as they plunge into the depths of the... [More]

#43
Adjusted Score: 88196%
Critics Consensus: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power makes a plea for environmental responsibility that adds a persuasive -- albeit arguably less impactful -- coda to its acclaimed predecessor.
Synopsis: Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world to train an army of activists and... [More]
Directed By: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

#44

Oceans (2009)
81%

#44
Adjusted Score: 83524%
Critics Consensus: Oceans adds another visually stunning chapter to the Disney Nature library.
Synopsis: Most of the Earth's surface is covered by water; using the latest technology, filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud set... [More]
Starring: Pierce Brosnan

#45

Sharkwater (2006)
79%

#45
Adjusted Score: 79770%
Critics Consensus: In addition to its breathtaking underwater photography, Sharkwater has a convincing, impassioned argument of how the plight of sharks affects everyone.
Synopsis: Arguing that sharks are misunderstood as dangerous creatures, biologist Rob Stewart travels to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and other... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Rob Stewart

#46
#46
Adjusted Score: 79027%
Critics Consensus: A thought-provoking and insightful documentary about the dangers of commercial fishing.
Synopsis: Rupert Murray's acclaimed film looking at the consequences of unchecked, unregulated sea fishing across the globe. It is not a... [More]
Starring: Ted Danson
Directed By: Rupert Murray

#47

Samsara (2011)
76%

#47
Adjusted Score: 78477%
Critics Consensus: It's a tad heavy-handed in its message, but Samsara's overwhelmingly beautiful visuals more than compensate for any narrative flaws.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Ron Fricke creates a global travelogue with pictures and music, exploring the Himalayas, the American Southwest, European cathedrals, and... [More]
Directed By: Ron Fricke

#48

Chimpanzee (2012)
74%

#48
Adjusted Score: 78029%
Critics Consensus: Chimpanzee often anthropomorphizes its subjects, but it's a beautifully filmed, remarkably intimate look at the lives of a family of primates.
Synopsis: Deep in an African forest lives a family of chimpanzees, including a baby named Oscar. Displaying the playful curiosity and... [More]
Starring: Tim Allen

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 100747%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful yet gut-wrenching, Sharkwater Extinction offers an eye-opening condemnation of an illegal trade -- and a poignant farewell to a talented filmmaker.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Rob Stewart travels across oceans to expose the illegal and violent underworld of shark finning.... [More]
Starring: Rob Stewart
Directed By: Rob Stewart

#50

Fantastic Fungi (2019)
100%

#50
Adjusted Score: 100275%
Critics Consensus: As visually dazzling as it is thought-provoking, Fantastic Fungi sets out to make audiences see mushrooms differently -- and brilliantly succeeds.
Synopsis: The magical world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth.... [More]
Directed By: Louie Schwartzberg

#51

Virunga (2014)
100%

#51
Adjusted Score: 100130%
Critics Consensus: Virunga offers a heart-rending glimpse of natural wonders vulnerable to the atrocities of greed -- and the people devoting their lives to defending them.
Synopsis: A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.... [More]
Directed By: Orlando von Einsiedel

#52
#52
Adjusted Score: 100280%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's time for a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Echo to grow up.... [More]
Starring: Natalie Portman
Directed By: Keith Scholey

#53
Adjusted Score: 100222%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From exotic jungles, high mountains and remote islands, filmmakers Richard Dale, Peter Webber and Fan Lixin capture the awesome beauty... [More]

#54

The Dawn Wall (2017)
100%

#54
Adjusted Score: 100048%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Legendary free climber Tommy Caldwell tries to get over heartbreak by scaling the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite... [More]

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 59032%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Narrated by David Attenborough, never-before-seen footage shows how our living in lockdown opened the door for nature to bounce back... [More]
Directed By: Tom Beard

#56

Galapagos (1999)
100%

#56
Adjusted Score: 56459%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Part adventure, part scientific expedition, part personal quest, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a... [More]
Starring: Kenneth Branagh
Directed By: David Clark, Al Giddings

#57
#57
Adjusted Score: 46046%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scientist Fred Urquhart (Gordon Pinsent) studies migration of the monarch butterfly for 40 years.... [More]
Directed By: Mike Slee

#58

Sled Dogs (2016)
100%

#58
Adjusted Score: 45879%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A profile of what happens at sled dog operations after the Iditarod ends and the tourists go home.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Fern Levitt

#59

The Last Animals (2017)
100%

#59
Adjusted Score: 52381%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A photojournalist exposes the epidemic of poachers who are killing the endangered northern white rhino and the heroic work of... [More]
Starring: Kate Brooks
Directed By: Kate Brooks

#60
Adjusted Score: 34920%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young penguin answers a mysterious call compelling the animals to venture to an unknown destination.... [More]
Directed By: Luc Jacquet

#61
Adjusted Score: 34287%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmakers celebrate Texas' diverse landscapes and wildlife while aiming to conserve its remaining wild places and recognize the importance of... [More]
Directed By: Ben Masters

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 40001%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Bomman and Bellie, a couple in South India, devote their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu,... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Kartiki Gonsalves

#63

Kangaroo Valley (2022)
100%

#63
Adjusted Score: 34306%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the Outback, a kangaroo joey named Mala faces famine, frosts and a pack of hungry dingoes as she endeavors... [More]
Starring: Sarah Snook
Directed By: Kylie Stott

#64

Bird Island (2019)
100%

#64
Adjusted Score: 33261%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After a long period of isolation, Antonin, a young man suffering from persisting exhaustion, rediscovers the world at a rehabilitation... [More]
Starring: Antonin Ivanidze

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 59926%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: French filmmaker Barbet Schroeder chronicles the life of Koko, an amazing female gorilla who is trained by Stanford University researcher... [More]
Directed By: Barbet Schroeder

#66

Elephant Refugees (2020)
100%

#66
Adjusted Score: 30476%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: There is a crisis of elephantine proportions playing out in the dry sandy Kalahari woodlands of eastern Botswana. A determined... [More]
Starring: Jerome Flynn
Directed By: Louise Hogarth

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 25488%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An off-trail adventure into the mountains and canyons of national parks.... [More]
Starring: Robert Redford
Directed By: Greg MacGillivray

#68

The Paw Project (2012)
100%

#68
Adjusted Score: 25659%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A veterinarian fights big corporations to protect animals from being exploited.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Jennifer Conrad

#69

Microcosmos (1996)
97%

#69
Adjusted Score: 98694%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It may appear tiny to the human eye, but there is no denying that the insect kingdom -- as captured... [More]

#70

Seasons (2015)
97%

#70
Adjusted Score: 97512%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud travel throughout Europe to film brown bears, wild horses, wolves and other animals in their... [More]
Starring: Jacques Perrin

#71
Adjusted Score: 96402%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: David Attenborough discusses humanity's impact on nature and the actions we can take to save the planet.... [More]

#72
#72
Adjusted Score: 95158%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Branching off of his bestselling book, renowned forester and writer Peter Wohlleben guides us through his most precious ideas and... [More]
Starring: Peter Wohlleben
Directed By: Jörg Adolph, Jan Haft

#73

Sea of Shadows (2019)
94%

#73
Adjusted Score: 94719%
Critics Consensus: An environmental advocacy documentary with the suspense of a thriller, Sea of Shadows exposes lawlessness on the high seas -- and promotes efforts to thwart it.
Synopsis: The world's smallest whales near extinction as Mexican cartels and the Chinese mafia destroy their habitat.... [More]

#74
Adjusted Score: 87645%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert embark on a daring 48-hour... [More]
Directed By: Ashley Bell

#75

For the Birds (2018)
93%

#75
Adjusted Score: 81285%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A woman's love for her pet ducks, chickens, geese and turkeys -- all 200 of them -- jeopardizes her marriage... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Richard Miron

#76

The Cat Rescuers (2018)
92%

#76
Adjusted Score: 69696%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In an effort to counter the increasingly uncontrollable issue of New York City's abandoned cat population, animal welfare activists have... [More]

#77
#77
Adjusted Score: 91282%
Critics Consensus: Informative, compassionate, and beautifully filmed, The Elephant Queen should satisfy nature documentary lovers of all ages.
Synopsis: A journey of family, courage, and coming home; joining Athena, the majestic matriarch, as she leads her elephant herd across... [More]
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor

#78

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
91%

#78
Adjusted Score: 92599%
Critics Consensus: Koyaanisqatsi combines striking visuals and a brilliant score to produce a viewing experience that manages to be formally daring as well as purely entertaining.
Synopsis: Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance," this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Godfrey Reggio

#79
Adjusted Score: 78963%
Critics Consensus: Roar marries gorgeous photography and a carefully observed narrative in the wild, yielding an eye-opening glimpse into the minds of lions.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Tim Liversedge spends two years near big cats to record their behavior as they try to survive in dwindling... [More]
Starring:
Directed By:

#80
Adjusted Score: 53705%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible explores Nepal's deep connection to high-altitude mountaineering through the eyes of Nirmal "Nimsdai" Purja, a... [More]
Directed By: Torquil Jones

#81

Ice on Fire (2019)
91%

#81
Adjusted Score: 55489%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Visionaries and scientists work to mitigate climate change and minimize climate-related events, despite a rapidly warming planet.... [More]
Directed By: Leila Conners

#82
Adjusted Score: 90529%
Critics Consensus: Voyage of Time marries dazzling nature footage and painterly visual effects to give audiences a tour through the universe that is by turns beguiling and profound.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Brad Pitt
Directed By: Terrence Malick

#83
#83
Adjusted Score: 67411%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: British engineer Graham Dorrington, who built a little helium-filled zeppelin to fly over the Guyanan rainforest.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#84
Adjusted Score: 88453%
Critics Consensus: Rooted in the trials of a fast-moving reality, If a Tree Falls:A Story of the Earth Liberation Front deftly connects to a larger system with care and attention.
Synopsis: Documentarian Marshall Curry investigates the darker side of the fight for our environment in this documentary about the Earth Liberation... [More]
Directed By: Marshall Curry

#85

Kiss the Ground (2020)
88%

#85
Adjusted Score: 42912%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Activists, scientists, farmers and politicians turn to regenerative agriculture to save the planet's topsoil.... [More]

#86

The Last Lions (2011)
87%

#86
Adjusted Score: 87673%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a rival pride attacks and kills her mate, lioness Ma di Tau faces an arduous battle to preserve the... [More]
Starring: Jeremy Irons
Directed By: Dereck Joubert

#87
#87
Adjusted Score: 58340%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Volunteer activists led by Greenpeace's Paul Watson set sail for the south Antarctic Ocean to protect whales from Japanese hunters.... [More]
Starring:

#88

The Dog Doc (2019)
86%

#88
Adjusted Score: 86548%
Critics Consensus: More than just a must-watch for pooch people, The Dog Doc offers a thought-provoking look at alternatives for the healthcare industry's approach to medicine.
Synopsis: A veterinarian holistically treats animals after other vets have given up on them.... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Cindy Meehl

#89

Cat Daddies (2021)
86%

#89
Adjusted Score: 86126%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Man has found a new best friend: Tora, Pickles, Lucky, Zulu, Toodles, Flame and GoalKitty. These are just some of... [More]
Directed By: Mye Hoang

#90

Genesis (2004)
84%

#90
Adjusted Score: 59771%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Taking more than six years to film, this documentary written and directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou tells the... [More]
Starring:

#91

Born in China (2016)
83%

#91
Adjusted Score: 84395%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, filmmaker Lu Chuan follows the adventures of three animal families... [More]
Directed By: Chuan Lu

#92

The Whale (2011)
86%

#92
Adjusted Score: 83283%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After becoming separated from his pod, a young orca adopts residents of Vancouver Island's Nootka Sound as his surrogate family.... [More]
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

#93
Adjusted Score: 26753%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
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Starring: Cher
Directed By: Jonathan Finnigan

#94

Earth Days (2009)
82%

#94
Adjusted Score: 82454%
Critics Consensus: This engaging and well-organized eco-doc maps the successes and failures of the American environmental movement, thanks to sharp interviews and remarkable archive footage.
Synopsis: On the one hand, there are the environmentalists and the ecologically minded bills signed into law by several presidents. On... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Robert Stone

#95
#95
Adjusted Score: 72664%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, along with activists, scientists and others, draws attention to mankind's role in a potential loss of at... [More]
Directed By: Louie Psihoyos

#96
#96
Adjusted Score: 81646%
Critics Consensus: Disneynature: Elephant adds to the studio's tradition of kid-focused, beautifully photographed nature documentaries that are just engaging enough for parents.
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Starring: Meghan Markle
Directed By: Mark Linfield

#97

Baraka (1992)
81%

#97
Adjusted Score: 82617%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Featuring no conventional narrative, this film presents footage of people, places and things from around the world. From chaotic cities... [More]
Starring:
Directed By: Ron Fricke

#98
Adjusted Score: 75427%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Landscape designer Piet Oudolf describes his creative process, from his abstract sketches to his theories on beauty.... [More]
Starring: Piet Oudolf
Directed By: Thomas Piper

#99
#99
Adjusted Score: 78048%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From Fiji to the Bahamas, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his children explore the ocean to learn about the threats it faces.... [More]

#100

The Ivory Game (2016)
77%

#100
Adjusted Score: 77121%
Critics Consensus: Hard-hitting and ambitious to a fault, The Ivory Game serves as a fittingly urgent call to action against a looming threat against vulnerable wildlife and a fragile ecosystem.
Synopsis: Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle-class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of white gold are slaughtering African elephants... [More]
Starring: Prince William