Top 10 Nature Documentaries on Netflix

It’s holiday time, and there could not be a better chance to catch up with latest TV shows and movies! But if you have already finished binge-watching the second season of The Witcher, you may dedicate some time and relish in the Netflix documentaries and docuseries about nature.

This list of insightful and captivating nature documentaries is a great source for educating yourself on the vulnerabilities of our planet and learning how we can achieve sustainability (by the way, check out our article on travel sustainability, too!). But apart from the educational aspect, these nature documentaries feature stunning, breathtaking scenes, so watching them on a high-definition TV is highly recommended!

10. My Octopus Teacher (2020)

IMDb rating: 8.1/10 (watch on Netflix)

In this Netflix original movie, a filmmaker forges a rather uncommon friendship with an octopus living in South America. After gaining the trust of the octopus, filmmaker embarks on a mysterious journey to the ocean world and the mysteries that surround it.

The viewers get a fantastic chance to see the ocean world the way it is, with all its dangers, struggles, and marvels. If you are looking to explore the ocean life, this Netflix original is one of the best documentaries out there on this topic.

9. Dancing with the Birds (2019)

IMDb rating: 8.3/10 (watch on Netflix)

This 50-minute long Netflix documentary explores how the birds live, find mates, and what routines do they have. The film is narrated by Stephen Fry and is a genuine gem for nature doc enthusiasts. Even if you don’t currently seem to have any interest in birds, this documentary is a perfect choice to explore something new!

8. Seaspiracy (2021)

IMDb rating: 8.2/10 (watch on Netflix)

Released earlier this year, this Netflix documentary has been a real bombshell. Directed by and featuring Ali Tabrizi, a British filmmaker, it explores how oceans get polluted and the marine biodiversity is getting annihilated.

Even those of us who have sustainability and eco-consciousness in mind and do our best to minimize our negative impact on the environment, do not seem to do much to alleviate the problem. As Ali Tabrizi explores, many “eco-friendly” seafood products are not that eco-friendly in reality. This eye-opening piece is a must-watch film in 2021.

7. A Plastic Ocean (2016)

IMDb rating: 8/10 (watch on Netflix)

One of the non-originals from Netflix on this list, this documentary film explores the problem of the ocean pollution by plastic. Over four years, an international team of researchers, led by journalist Craig Leeson and diver Tanya Streeter, travel to 20 locations around the world and expose the fragile state of our oceans.

6. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

IMDb rating: 9/10 (watch on Netflix)

One of the many documentaries from David Attenborough on Netflix, this piece is among the best rated films on IMDb. Not accidentally. During his long life, David Attenborough had a chance to see more of the natural world than, perhaps, any other living person. In this film (to which he refers as the “witness statement”), he reflects upon the changes the globe has seen during his time working as a naturalist and what we, as humans, must do in order to preserve our planet.

5. Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet (2021)

IMDb rating: 7.9/10 (watch on Netflix)

It is another film from David Attenborough and another urge to act. In this documentary, the famous scientist with his colleagues ties up negative factors that destroy our planet and disrupt our way of life into one whole piece.

But this film is not just a statement. At the end of the documentary, the scientists give us clear answers what we must do in order to prevent a global catastrophe. It’s up to us and our governments whether to listen to them.

4. Magical Andes (2019 – 2021)

IMDb rating: 7.8/10 (watch on Netflix)

If you don’t mind to watch a docuseries in Spanish, this series about the magic of the Andes is definitely worth your attention. It focuses not solely on the mountains, but also on the local people, their customs and traditions, their struggles and beliefs.

The fact that each episode is just 20-25 minute long is another reason to add this docuseries to your watch list. Besides, the second season of the series has been released just this year, so don’t hesitate to explore the world of the overwhelmingly impressive Cordilleras.

3. Animal (2021)

IMDb rating: 8/10 (watch on Netflix)

This 4-episode docuseries explores the way of life of the world’s most awe-inspiring creatures and captures the most unbelievable moments. The series is stuffed with plenty of interesting facts and topical information. But it’s the directing and camera shots that will keep your engaged throughout this series – be sure that this series will not let you get bored.

2. Night on Earth (2020)

IMDb rating: 8.2/10 (watch on Netflix)

Just a decade ago, even the idea of making such a documentary seemed unthinkable. The difficulty of shooting scenes at night without, for example, scaring off wild animals was impossible. But now, with the help of modern technology, we can appreciate and see the hidden lives of the world’s diverse animals at night.

1. Our Planet (2019)

IMDb rating: 9.3/10 (watch on Netflix)

So far, this documentary from David Attenborough has been a hit and one of the world’s best documentaries ever, and the excellent IMDb rating it has received is absolutely deserved. This docuseries focuses on the biodiversity around the world and shows fantastic scenes any viewer will absolutely appreciate!

Even if you think that nature documentaries (or even documentaries in general) are not your cup of tea, this docuseries is definitely worth your attention. And, if possible, watch it in 2K or 4K – the documentary’s breathtaking scenes will leave you speechless.

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