The Best Documentaries About Animals Films

The Best Documentaries About Animals

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List Criteria: Documentaries about animals, migration, animal cruelty, and wildlife on Earth.

This is a list or the best documentaries about animals includes popular and recognizable titles, along with a lot of independent films about animals, ranked by the community, with videos and trailers. What is the best documentary about animals? Vote on the list below to find out, or add your favorite animal related documentary, if it isn't already included. 

With every vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentaries about animals comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it along with the titles below so others may vote on it as well. This list currently includes titles such as Grizzly Man, about a man who lived with bears for 13 summers in Alaska and March of the Penguins, about the arctic bird's trek during its breeding season.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate those watching the film. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.


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    Blackfish
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    Planet Earth
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    Oceans

    Pierce Brosnan, Rie Miyazawa, Pedro Armendáriz

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    March of the Penguins

    Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk

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    The Cove
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    Arctic Tale

    Queen Latifah, Christina Robinson, Preston Bailey

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    In the Valley of the Wolves

    In the Valley of the Wolves

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    Grizzly Man
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    The Last Lions
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    Winged Migration

    Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

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    Microcosmos

    Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

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    The Tiger Next Door

    The Tiger Next Door

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    Life

    Life

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    Shelter Dogs

    Shelter Dogs

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    Earthlings

    Joaquin Phoenix

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    An Apology to Elephants

    An Apology to Elephants

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    Sharkwater

    Sharkwater Paul Watson, Rob Stewart

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    Sweetgrass
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    The Story of the Weeping Camel
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    The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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    Born to be Wild 3D

    Daphne Sheldrick

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    Project Nim

    Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard, Bob Angelini

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    Shores of Silence
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    A Cow at My Table

    A Cow at My Table

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    Blood of the Beasts

    Nicole Ladmiral, Georges Hubert, André Brunier

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    Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Jack Wallace

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    Galapagos: IMAX

    Galapagos: IMAX Kenneth Branagh, Carole Baldwin

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    A Sacred Duty

    A Sacred Duty Theodore Bikel

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    Jane's Journey

    Jane's Journey

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    The First Saturday in May

    The First Saturday in May Peter Brette, Bonnie Holthus, Frank Amonte

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    Unnecessary Fuss

    Unnecessary Fuss

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    The Jill & Tony Curtis Story

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    At the Edge of the World
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    The Eyes of Thailand
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    Dealing Dogs

    Dealing Dogs

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