Monday, August 26, 2013

The Big Fat List of Documentaries

Thousands of documentaries have been produced till date. A simple search for “documentaries” on Google brings hundreds of great results, among which are websites dedicated to documentaries such as Topdocumentary Films, Documentary Storm, Free Documentaries and Documentary Heaven that allow you to search and watch documentaries for free. Even more documentaries are available for viewing on YouTube, Netflix and elsewhere. But how do you find them?

DocuWiki is Internet’s biggest resource for documentary lovers. The website serves as an index of documentary films and series on the Edonkey Network, originating from many broadcasters including the BBC, PBS and more. The website lists nearly every documentary that has been produced, and sorted by subject, publisher, year of release, narrator, language etc. Each documentary is accompanied by a brief description of its content, posters and screenshots from the video. Because DocuWiki also provides links to download these documentaries via the file sharing network, some may view the website as endorsing piracy. Regardless, it’s still the best and the most resourceful encyclopedia of documentaries on the Internet today. The dedication and research that went into building the collection is unparalleled.

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DocuWiki consist information about more than 6,000 documentaries. They are classified into 11 categories - Arts, Biography, Culture, Health-Medical, History, Nature, Science, Sociopolitical, Technology, Travel and War – each further classified into numerous sub-categories.

You can also browse for documentaries by name of the publisher, and the title of the show. For instance, BBC and PBS produces excellent documentaries under shows such as BBC Horizon and PBS Nova that are worth watching. If you have your favorite narrator, for instance, David Attenborough, you can find all documentaries that are narrated by him.

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Once you have discovered a new documentary that you want to watch, search for the title of the documentary on any search engine and you will almost always find these shows streaming online on YouTube or on the publisher’s website.

Don’t know where to begin? Here is a list of some the best documentaries you can’t afford to miss.

Physics

  • Absolute Zero - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
  • Light Fantastic - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • Atom - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Time - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • Invisible Worlds - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Shock and Awe - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Everything and Nothing - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
  • Order and Disorder - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos - PBS (series, 4 episodes)
  • Elegant Universe - PBS NOVA (series, 3 episodes)
  • The Secret Life of Chaos - BBC
  • The Big Bang Machine - BBC
  • Feynman: Fun to Imagine - BBC
  • The Six Billion Dollar Experiment - BBC Horizon
  • Do You Know What Time it is? - BBC Horizon
  • How Long is a Piece of String? - BBC Horizon
  • What is Reality? - BBC Horizon
  • What is One Degree? - BBC Horizon
  • To Infinity and Beyond - BBC Horizon
  • What Happened Before the Big Bang - BBC Horizon
  • What on Earth is wrong with Gravity - BBC Horizon
  • Is Everything we Know about the Universe Wrong? - BBC Horizon
  • The End of God - BBC Horizon
  • Parallel Universes - BBC Horizon
  • Molecules with Sunglasses - BBC Horizon
  • Nanotopia - BBC Horizon

Biology

  • The Shape of Life - PBS NOVA (series, 8 episodes)
  • Evolution - PBS NOVA (series, 7 episodes)
  • How to Grow a Planet - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Becoming Human - PBS NOVA (series, 3 episodes)
  • The Origins of Us - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Inside the Human Body (series, 4 episodes)
  • Into the Mind - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Superhuman - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Brain Story - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • The Brain: A Secret History - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Human Sensens - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • How to Build a Human - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • First Life - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
  • Wonders of Life - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • The Secrets of the Mind - PBS NOVA
  • The Ghost in Your Genes - BBC Horizon
  • Fix Me - BBC Horizon
  • How Does Your Memory Work - BBC Horizon
  • Mad but Glad - BBC Horizon
  • Don't Grow Old - BBC Horizon
  • Are We Still Evolving? - BBC Horizon
  • The Secret You - BBC Horizon
  • The Secret Life of your Body Clock - BBC Horizon

Geology

  • Time Machine - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Earth, the Power of the Planet - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • Journeys from the Center of the Earth - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Earth Story - BBC (series, 8 episodes)
  • Journeys into the Ring of Fire (series, 4 episodes)
  • The Beauty of Maps - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • How the Earth Was Made - History Channel (series, 2 seasons)
  • Cloudspotting - BBC
  • Snowball Earth - BBC Horizon
  • The Core - BBC Horizon
  • IMAX - Journey to Amazing Caves (docu-film)

Astronomy

  • The Planets - BBC (series, 8 episodes)
  • Stephen Hawking's Universe - Discovery (series, 6 episodes)
  • Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking - Discovery (series, 3 episodes)
  • How the Universe Works - Discovery (series, 8 episodes)
  • The Universe - History Channel (series, 5 seasons)
  • Known Universe - NGC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Wonders of the Solar System - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • Wonders of the Universe - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • Space - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • The Search For Life: The Drake Equation - BBC
  • Titan A Place Like Home - BBC Horizon
  • Bye Bye Planet Pluto - BBC Horizon
  • The Death Star - BBC Horizon
  • The Hawking Paradox - BBC Horizon
  • Titan, A Place Like Home? - BBC Horizon
  • Supermassive Blackholes - BBC Horizon
  • Seeing Stars - BBC Horizon
  • Death Of The Universe - NGC
  • Origins - PBS Nova (series, 4 episodes)
  • Welcome To Mars - PBS Nova
  • Voyage To The Mystery Moon - PBS Nova
  • Journey to the Edge of the Universe - NGC (docu-film)
  • IMAX - Space Station (docu-film)
  • IMAX - Hubble (docu-film)

Nature

  • Private Life of Plants - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Life in the Undergrowth - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • Nature's Great Events - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Frozen Planet - BBC (series, 7 episodes)
  • The Blue Planet - BBC (series, 8 episodes)
  • Planet Earth - BBC (series, 11 episodes)
  • Human Planet - BBC (series, 8 episodes)
  • EarthFlight - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Great Barrier Reef - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Madagascar - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Galápagos - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Yellowstone - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Wild China - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Wild Pacific - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • Ganges - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Africa - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Life - BBC (series, 10 episodes)
  • Life on Earth - BBC (series, 13 episodes)
  • The Living Planet - BBC (series, 12 episodes)
  • The Trials of Life - BBC (series, 12 episodes)
  • Life in the Freezer - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • The Life of Birds - BBC (series, 10 episodes)
  • The Life of Mammals - BBC (series, 10 episodes)
  • Life in Cold Blood - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • Wild Sex - NGC (series, 6 episodes)
  • March of the Penguins (docu-film)

Mixed

  • The Ascent of Man - BBC (series, 10 episodes)
  • Cosmos: A Personal Voyage - PBS (series, 14 episodes)
  • The Day the Universe Changed - BBC (series, 10 episodes)
  • The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • The Human Animal - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • The Incredible Human Journey - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • How Earth Made Us - BBC (series, 5 episodes)
  • Chemistry, a Volatile History - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • The Story of Maths - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • The Code - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Visions of the Future - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Connections - BBC (series, 3 seasons)
  • Swarm - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
  • Dara Ó Briain's Science Club - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Brave New World - Channel 4 (series, 5 episodes)
  • Through the Wormhole - Discovery (series, 4 seasons)
  • Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible - Discovery (series, 2 seasons)
  • NatureTech (series, 3 episodes)
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out (Richard Feynman)
  • Explosions, How we Shook the World - BBC
  • Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay - BBC
  • The Voice - BBC
  • The Satellite Story - BBC
  • The Story of One - BBC
  • Do You See What I See? - BBC Horizon
  • The Lost World of Lake Vostok - BBC Horizon
  • Human v2.0 - BBC Horizon
  • Moon for Sale - BBC Horizon
  • Alien Planet - Discovery (docu-film)
  • Home (docu-film)

War

  • The World at War - (series, 26 episodes)
  • Weird Weapons - History Channel (series, 2 episodes)
  • Atlantic convoys - War at Sea (series, 4 episodes)
  • Apocalypse: The Second World War (series, 6 episodes)
  • Last Voices of WWI - History Channel (series, 6 episodes)
  • Hitler's Warriors (series, 6 episodes)
  • Fog of War (docu-film)
  • Nuit et brouillard - Night and Fog (docu-short)
  • Hearts and Minds (docu-film)
  • Restrepo (docu-film)
  • Armadillo (docu-film)
  • Trinity and Beyond (docu-film)

Prehistory & earlier

  • Walking with Sea Monsters - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Walking with Monsters - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Walking with Dinosaurs - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Walking with Beasts - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Walking with Cavemen - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • The Mystery Of The Jurassic - BBC Horizon
  • Stone Age Columbus - BBC Horizon
  • The Day The Earth Almost Died - BBC Horizon.

Politics & Economics

  • Commanding Heights - PBS NOVA (series, 3 episodes)
  • The Ascent of Money - (series, 6 episodes)
  • How Britain Made the Modern World - (series, 6 episodes)
  • In Europa (series, 30 episodes)
  • The Love of Money - BBC
  • Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky (docu-film)
  • Rebel with a Pause - Noam Chomsky (docu-film)
  • The Shock doctrine - Naomi Klein (docu-film)
  • Promises (docu-film)
  • Inside Job (docu-film)
  • Chavez: Inside the Coup (docu-film)
  • The two Escobars (docu-film)
  • Taxi to the dark side (docu-film)
  • Taking liberties (docu-film)
  • The war on democracy (docu-film)
  • Gasland (docu-film)
  • Crude (docu-film)
  • Globalization is Good (docu-film)
  • The Corporation (docu-film)
  • Wal-mart: the High Cost of Low Price (docu-film)
  • Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room (docu-film)

Mixed subject

  • The Virtual Revolution - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
  • Civilization - BBC (series, 13 episodes)
  • Science and Islam - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • Fry's Planet Word - BBC (series, 6 episodes)
  • Human, All Too Human - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
  • The NASA Missions : When We Left Earth - Discovery (series, 6 episodes)
  • Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends - (series, 3 seasons)
  • When Louis Met... - (series, 2 seasons)
  • Up - (series, 7 docu-films)
  • The Boy With the Incredible Brain
  • The Century of the Self (series, 4 episodes)
  • Woodstock (docu-film)
  • Grizzly Man (docu-film)
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (docu-film)
  • Defamation (docu-film)
  • Transcendent Man (docu-film)
  • We Live in Public (docu-film)
  • Friends of Kim (docu-film)
  • Lake of Fire (docu-film)
  • Into Eternity (docu-film)
  • The Machine That Made Us - BBC
  • James May On The Moon - BBC
  • Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstacy - BBC Horizon
  • A War On Science: Intelligent Design - BBC Horizon
  • All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace - BBC (series, 3 episodes)

Special cases

  • Koyaanisqatsi (docu-film)
  • Powaqqatsi (docu-film)
  • Naqoyqatsi (docu-film)
  • Chronos (docu-film)
  • Baraka (docu-film)
  • Samsara (docu-film)
  • 51 Birch Street (docu-film)
  • Our Daily Bread (docu-film)
  • Rivers and Tides (docu-film)
  • Dark Side of the Moon (docu-film, don't research it (spoilers!) just watch!)

Big thanks to the Redditor for compiling the list

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