Top 10 Nature and Environment Themed Documentaries

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Every April 22nd since 1970, we have celebrated Earth Day in the United States.  Earth Day is a way for us to demonstrate our collective support for environmental protection.  With many species going extinct in the last 20 years, seeing movies and TV shows about life on our planet reminds us of the importance in its conservation.  Included in the list are programs about our universe too, as it showcases the uniqueness of life on Earth.  Lastly, programs about sustainability help us identify how our current behaviors are affecting climate and will shape the planet for future generations. Watching a program about these important issues is a great way to educate yourself and appreciate the Earth.


But how do you find all the programs that are related to nature and our environment? Don’t worry, help is here.


Internet Video Archive (IVA) has tens of thousands of movies and TV shows that have a designated theme.  Using our database that can be accessed with our APIs or our client interface Media Manager, you can see all the programs that have the theme “Nature/Environment.” To create the following list, we filtered on the genre “Documentary” and then filtered again on which ones were available on popular streaming platforms in the United States. Using the IVA Power Ratings, we were able to identify the top 10 nature/environment documentaries in our database. We were able to easily generate the list below.


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Cosmos (2014)


Description: A 13-part adventure across the universe of space and time, hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, exploring humanity’s heroic quest for knowledge and the laws of science.



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Our Planet (2019)


Description:  Experience our planet’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.



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March of the Penguins (2005)


Description: This breathtakingly beautiful documentary chronicles the heroic and harrowing journey that emperor penguins make amid subfreezing temperatures and violent snowstorms at the South Pole in order to mate. It’s a scientific enigma that these flightless aquatic birds leave, at summer’s end, the watery element that is most favorable for their survival to travel hundreds of miles to engage in their annual mating ritual on treacherous Antarctic ice floes.



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Down to Earth With Zac Ephron (2020)


Description: Actor Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in a travel show that explores healthy, sustainable ways to live.



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Oceans (2010)

Description: Journey into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. Oceans is a spectacular story, narrated by Pierce Brosnan, about remarkable creatures under the sea. It’s an unprecedented look at the lives of these elusive deep water creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play.



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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)


Description: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.



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Blackfish (2013)


Description: A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.



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Great Migrations (2010)


Description: Three years in the making, Great Migrations is a landmark series featuring the epic struggles of animal migrations around the planet, and the groundbreaking science behind these life-or-death marathons. It’s a chronicle of inspiring, often harrowing journeys, unforgiving odds, and what it really means to move as though your life depends on it.



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Who Killed the Electric Car (2006)


Description: Filmmaker Chris Payne explores the many factors that played into the ultimate failure of the electric car to catch on with consumers, even as gas prices began to skyrocket, in a thoughtful meditation on the increasingly important role that renewable energy plays in modern society.  Through interviews with consumer advocacy experts, automotive industry experts, and oil industry heavyweights, Payne paints a though-provoking picture of a culture whose aversion to change and reliance on dwindling resources may be rooted in the financial concerns of a wealthy few.



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African Cats (2011)


Description: An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, African Cats captures the real-life love, humor, and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit, and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.


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