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These are the 34 best nature documentaries of all time

Do you enjoy a good wildlife or nature documentary? Good news, because at ETIKL Magazine you will find a list of the 33 best nature documentaries of all times.

Do you love being blown away by the beauty of nature? This list of the best nature documentaries of all time takes you on a journey through fierce rainforests, merciless winters and the strongest of friendships, and shows you the harsh impact of climate change. We ranked the best nature documentaries for you from lowest to highest based on their IMDb rating.

34. Elephant (2020)

IMDb rating: 7.2/10
Production: Disneynature
Directed by: Mark Linfeld, Vanessa Berlowitz
Voice: Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
Watch on: Disney +
About: the vulnerability of elephants and what role humans have to ensure their survival

33. Diving with Dolphins (2020)

IMDb rating: 7.3/10
Production: Disneynature
Director: Keith Scholey
Voice: Celine Cousteau, Doug Anderson, Paul Atkins
Watch on: Disney +
About: behind the scenes of Dolphin Reef (2018)

32. Ice on Fire (2019)

IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Production: HBO
Director: Leila Conners
Voice: Raymond Baltar, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ottmar Edenhofer
About: the impact of humans on our planet and whether we can undo climate change

31. Dolphin Reef (2018)

IMDb rating: 7.5/10
Production: Disneynature
Directed by: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill
Voice: Natalie Portman
Watch on: Disney +
About: the life of Echo, a young dolphin who lives in the Pacific Ocean, and what his family can teach humans

30. March of the Penguins I (2005)

IMDb score: 7.5/10
Director: Luc Jacquet
Voice: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer
About: penguins' annual quest in Antarctica for their perfect mate and starting a family

29. Jane (2017)

IMDb rating: 7.8/10
Production: National Geographic
Director: Brett Morgen
Voice: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick
About: the life and work of primate biologist Jane Goodall and her research on chimpanzees

28. Mission blue (2014)

IMDb rating: 8.0/10
Production: Netflix
Director: Robert Nixon, Fisher Stevens
Voice: Barbara Block, James Cameron, Michael DeGruy
Watch on: Netflix
About: the life of legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle, and her struggle to create a global network of protected marine reserves

27. Chasing Coral (2017)

IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Production: Netflix
Director: Jeff Orlowski
Voice: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin
Watch on: Netflix
About: the disappearance of coral reefs worldwide and the extinction of certain animal species

26. Blackfish (2013)

IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Production: CNN
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Voice: Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
About: the ins and outs of SeaWorld Zoo and portrays the controversy surrounding orcas in captivity through the story of the captive orca ‘Tilikum’ or ‘Tilly’

25. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Director: John Chester
Voice: John Chester, Molly Chester, Lydia Marie Hicks
About: one of the best nature documentaires because of the unique story of John and Molly Chester, a couple who start a sustainable farm just a stone's throw from Los Angeles

24. Virunga (2014)

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Production: Netflix
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Voice: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby
Watch on: Netflix
About: four people's efforts to protect Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world's last remaining mountain gorillas

23. Night on Earth (2020)

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Production: Netflix
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Voice: Samira Wiley, Beren Saat
Watch on: Netflix
About: the impressive nature and animal world that comes to life at night

22. Hostile Planet (2019)

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Production: National Geographic
Directed by: Steve Clarke, Anthony Pyper, Matthew Wright
Voice: Bear Grylls
About: the most complex landscapes in the world and how the local animal populations adapted to survive

21. Jane Goodall: The Hope (2020)

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Production: National Geographic
Directed by: Neil Koring, Elizabeth Leiter, Amy Rockefeller
Voice: Jane Goodall
About: Jane Goodall and her family return to Tanzania in honor of the 60th anniversary of her encounter with chimpanzees in Gombe

20. Racing Extinction (2015)

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Voice: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos
Watch on: Amazon Prime
About: the mass extinction of various animal species, and how scientists, activists and journalists are trying to save them

19. Our Planet Behind The Scenes

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Production: Netflix
Directed by: Huw Cordey, Sophie Lanfear, Ilaira Mallalieu, Kieran O'Donovan, Hugh Pearson, Gisle Sverdrup
Voice: David Attenborough
Watch on: Netflix
About: what happened behind the scenes in the production of "Our Planet" (2019)

18. Dancing with the Birds (2019)

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Production: Netflix
Director: Huw Cordey
Voice: Stephen Fry
Watch on: Netflix
About: the wonderful life of birds in all their shapes and sizes, from mating dances to survival mechanisms, one of the best nature documentaries of all times

17. Before The Flood (2016)

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Production: National Geographic
Director: Fisher Stevens
Voice: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ban Ki-moon, Alejandro G. Inarritu
Watch on: Netflix
About: climate change and what our society can do to avoid the extinction of endangered species, save ecosystems and protect peoples

16. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Directed by: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
Voice: Bruce Hamilton, Kip Andersen, Al Gore
Watch on: Netflix
About: a young environmental activist's quest for the truth about the impact of livestock farming on the climate and the underlying political tensions in the United States

15. The Last Lions (2011)

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Production: National Geographic
Director: Dereck Joubert
Voice: Jeremy Irons
About: how half a million lions lived in Africa fifty years ago and how only 20,000 were left in 2011

14. The Cove (2009)

IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Voice: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones
About: a group of activists who enter a cave in Japan to reveal shocking animal cruelty and dangers to humanity

13. Wild China (2008)

IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Production: BBC
Director: Brian Leith
Voice: Bernard Hill
About: the most beautiful places in China, such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongolian steppes and the Tibetan Highlands

12. Seaspiracy (2021)

IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Production: Netflix
Directed by: Ali Tabrizi
Voice: Ali Tabrizi, Richard O'Barry, Lucy Tabrizi
Watch on: Netflix
About: the pristine but also fragile nature of life in our oceans and the role humans play in it

11. Home (2009)

IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Voice: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin
About: how all the different problems on earth are related, and depicts this using aerial images of 54 countries

10. South Pacific / Wild Pacific (2009)

IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Production: BBC
Directed by: Chiara Bellati, Mark Brownlow, Jonathan Clay
Voice: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Rowe, Richard Wollocombe
About: how life in the South Pacific is under pressure, both that of animals and that of humans. Could not be missing from our list of best nature documentaries of all times.

9. The Blue Planet (2001)

IMDb rating: 9.0/10
Production: BBC
Director: Alastair Fothergill
Voice: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts
About: life in our oceans, a selection from five years of research by the BBC

8. Africa (2013)

IMDb rating: 9.0/10
Production: BBC
Directed by: Katrina Bartlam, Ben Aviss, Nick Easton, Felicity Egerton, Javotte Flatman, Felicity Lanchester
Voice: David Attenborough
About: the wildest continent in the world, Africa. David Attenborough takes you through a wonderful journey to the most diverse places in the world: deserts, jungles, savannas, …

7. Human Planet (2011)

IMDb rating: 9.0/10
Production: BBC
Directed by: Brian Leith, Dale Templar, Kristin Wilcox
Voice: John Hurt, Roger Munns
About: the relationship between humans and nature, with each episode highlighting a different type of relationship

6. Life (2009)

IMDb rating: 9.1/10
Production: BBC
Directed by: Mike Gunton, Susan Winslow
Voice: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey
About: the inventive strategies of wild animals to survive in our modern society

5. Dynasties (2018)

IMDb rating: 9.2/10
Production: BBC
Directed by: Simon Blakeney, Will Lawson, Nick Lyon, Rosie Thomas, Theo Webb
Voice: David Attenborough
About: the life of the five most iconic, but also endangered animal species in the world: penguins, lions, wolves, chimpanzees and tigers

4. Blue Planet II (2017)

IMDb rating: 9.3/10
Production: BBC
Director: James Honeyborne, Mark Brownlow
Voice: David Attenborough, Peter Drost, Roger Horrocks
About: the wonderful, but also very vulnerable life under water

3. Our Planet

IMDb rating: 9.3/10
Production: Netflix
Director: Alastair Fothergill
Voice: David Attenborough
Watch on: Netflix
About: the great diversity of habitats around the world: from the deserted Arctic wilderness and deep oceans to the wide African landscapes and the rugged jungles in South America

2. Planet Earth I (2006)

IMDb rating: 9.4/10
Production: BBC
Director: Alastair Fothergill
Voice: David Attenborough
About: the beauty of our earth, brings together five years of research and filming by the BBC, Discovery Channel and the Japanese NHK. Planet Earth I is the first part of our number 1 of best documentaries of all times.

1. Planet Earth II (2016)

IMDb rating: 9.5/10 Production: BBC Director: Chadden Hunter Voice: David Attenborough About: the most beautiful nature scenes, supported by beautiful music of Hans Zimmer, and simply one of the best nature documentaries of all times

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