Best Documentaries on Life and World

It is Quarantine time. Rather than scrolling on Facebook, watching stupid people on TikTok and over-edited photos, memes on Instagram. Let us use this precious hour to watch some beautiful and informative documentaries.

I love documentaries a lot. They always give a new perspective on life on earth. How beautiful things are in the world. How some humans are so great and how greedy some others are. It is impractical to visit and travel every beautiful place to feel them. It is difficult to meet people of all ethnicity, culture and communities. Documentaries will give a window of opportunity to do that.

I have spent more than 3000 plus hours of good films, documentaries. To watch a documentary I research, watch the trailers, check ratings of a particular title. The following documentaries listed below are best based on my perspective. Some are picturesque. Some are emotional. Some with great music. Some are inconvenient with truths.

Here are some best documentaries of all time.

  • Samsara | 2011 | To celebrate Life on Earth
  • Human | 2015 | Reality and diversity of Human Life
  • The Cave | 2019 | To understand the value of life and how grateful you should be
  • The Great Hack | 2019 | How technology can control us and influence the decisions we make.
  • Inequality for All | 2013 | Understand the economics of the world
  • Don’t Panic | 2013| The Truth about Population explosion
  • Human Planet | 2011| Feel the nature of Life, how humans impact life
  • Blue Planet | 2017-2018 | Colorful Life underwater
  • What The Health | 2017 | What health organizations don’t want you to know.
  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret | 2014 | Path to suitability challenges and issues.
  • Forks Over Knives | 2011 | Importance of a plant-based diet
  • Journey to Edge of Universe | 2008|To know how small and insignificant we are

Samsara | 2011 | Ron Fricke | Best Ever

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. If you like Samsara you can also like Baraka (1992), Samsara (2001). Here is the trailer of Samsara 2011. You can feel what Life is with this documentary. Thanks to Ron Fricke.

Human | 2015 | Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Using testimonies and aerial images the film confronts the realities and diversity of human conditions. It gives dept perspective why you should love your Life. Luckily the documentary is available on YouTube. Hence providing direct links without a trailer. It is recommended to watch on big screen with headphones without interruption.

The Cave | 2019 | Feras Fayyad

The Cave is a 2019 Syrian-Danish documentary film directed by Feras Fayyad and written by Fayyad and Alisar Hasan. A companion piece to his earlier film Last Men in Aleppo, the film profiles Amani Ballour, a female doctor in Ghouta who is operating a makeshift hospital nicknamed “the Cave” during the Syrian Civil War.

The Great Hack | 2019 | Karim and Jehane

The documentary is an eye-opener on the dark side of social media. It examines the ramifications when private companies harvest online information and disrupt democracy.

Inequality for All | 2013| Jacob Kornbluth

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap. The documentary touched on the economic and social gap between the rich and poor.

Don’t Panic | 2013| Hans Rosling

Reflects on The Truth about Population explosion. Infographic extravaganza with world-famous Swedish statistician and showman Hans Rosling. His main message – that our world is profoundly changing in ways most of us simply don’t realise – much of it for the better.

Human Planet | 2011 | John Hurt

Human Planet is an 8-part British television documentary series. It is produced by the BBC with co-production from Discovery and BBC Worldwide. It describes the human species and its relationship with the natural world by showing the remarkable ways humans have adapted to life in every environment on Earth.

Blue Planet II | 2017| David Attenborough

Action, wonder, and wave after wave of exquisite photography were the keynotes of Blue Planet II. 

What The Health | 2017 | Kip Andersen

Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want people to know about it.

Cowspiracy | 2014 | Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability. You also try

Forks Over Knives | 2011 | Lee Fulkerson

Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Journey to Edge of Universe | 2008 | Yavar Abbas

A great documentary about how vast cosmos is and how small and insignificant we are in the multiverse.

If you wanna explore more, you can check my IMDb profile here for more suggestions and suggestions lists.

As most documentaries are not for free available online. You can install the unofficial(not on PlayStore) YTS app on your phone to download and watch them on big screen. You can YTS app from here: Watch the following video, how to install and use the YTS app for getting above documentaries.

Hope you enjoy them. Happy Watching. Feel free to suggest comments if you come across any documentaries which deserve to be on this list. Thank you.

Praveen Hanchinal

Praveen Hanchinal is an Educator, IT Consultant, Professional Speaker on Artificial Intelligence (AI, ML, DL), Cloud, Big Data, IoT (Internet of Things) and BlockChain. Have been working on AI, Cloud, Big Data, IoT technologies for 9.0 years. He is a Team Lead, Educator, IT Consultant, trains and gives talks on topics of his interest and educates people. Trained around 11000+ people which include teachers, students, industry professionals and government officials on recent technologies.

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  1. Good recommendation. May take lot time before I can watch one or more of them. But list is great starting point whenever I need to do so. Thanks

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