Best Animal Documentaries

Wildlife fans will delight in these exceptional documentaries about the wonders of the animal kingdom. Kids will love getting to see their favorite animals up close and personal, from tiny insects to gigantic elephants. Keep in mind some of these documentaries focus on predators on the hunt, and others show the brutal conditions faced by creatures in captivity. So make sure you know what your kids can handle before diving into a documentary like Blackfish. To learn more about the environment and what we can do to protect it, check out our list of Green TV.

 

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Born to Be Wild Movie Poster Image
Sweet, inspiring tale of two wildlife fairy godmothers.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Gunda Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, profound B&W farm docu is mild but slow paced.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Movie Poster Image
Nature docu explores fascinating world & history of lemurs.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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African Cats Movie Poster Image
Nature docu emphasizes a mother's love and sacrifice.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Arctic Tale Movie Poster Image
Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2007)
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Bears Movie Poster Image
Some tense moments in Disney's nature documentary.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Born in China Movie Poster Image
Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Dolphin Reef Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, educational nature docu has some peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Earth Movie Poster Image
Dazzling wildlife docu has a few intense moments.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Elephant Movie Poster Image
Nature docu has stunning visuals, positive messages, peril.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Elephant Queen Movie Poster Image
Big-hearted, beautiful docu about matriarchal elephant herd.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Growing Up Wild Movie Poster Image
Intimate look at baby wildlife; some violence, peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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March of the Penguins Movie Poster Image
Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step Movie Poster Image
Another beautiful, fascinating penguin docu; some peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Microcosmos Movie Poster Image
Breathtaking docu zooms in on insect life in vivid color.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Monkey Kingdom Movie Poster Image
Tina Fey-narrated monkey documentary is funny, educational.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Pandas Movie Poster Image
Educational doc about scientists training pandas to go wild.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Penguins Movie Poster Image
Funny narration makes Arctic docu particularly kid-friendly.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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To the Arctic Movie Poster Image
Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Under the Sea 3D Movie Poster Image
Stunning vision of the beautiful -- and fragile -- ocean.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Wings of Life Movie Poster Image
Lovely, kid-friendly nature docu focuses on bees, birds.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Seasons Movie Poster Image
Beautifully filmed docu tells story of European wildlife.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Winged Migration Movie Poster Image
As pretty and light as a feather on the wind.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Flight of the Butterflies Movie Poster Image
Gentle docu celebrates miracle of butterfly migration.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Kedi Movie Poster Image
Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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My Octopus Teacher Movie Poster Image
Octopus befriends troubled diver and teaches him about life.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Untamed Romania Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, kid-friendly nature doc has some animal peril.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Dark Horse Movie Poster Image
Stirring, inspiring docu about unlikely champion.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Harry & Snowman Movie Poster Image
A man and horse save each other in moving docu.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Wild Horse, Wild Ride Movie Poster Image
Moving docu shows depth of human-horse bond.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Buck Movie Poster Image
Powerful profile on horse whisperer has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Cowspiracy Movie Poster Image
Provocative docu has some graphic scenes of animal cruelty.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story Movie Poster Image
Poignant but intense docu on plight of Asian elephants.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Stray Movie Poster Image
Street dog docu promotes empathy; some strong language.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Blackfish Movie Poster Image
Powerful, heartbreaking, disturbing doc about captive orcas.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Champions Movie Poster Image
Profoundly moving docu about dog rescue and recovery.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Ivory Game Movie Poster Image
Powerful docu shines light on efforts to save elephants.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Project Nim Movie Poster Image
Affecting chimpanzee docu is more than monkey business.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Virunga Movie Poster Image
Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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