Top 10 Documentaries on the UFO Phenomenon

Oct. 16, 2023


In the vast expanse of the universe, with its billions of galaxies and trillions of stars, the question has often been posed: are we alone? The enigmatic nature of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) has fueled this curiosity for decades if not centuries. For the avid viewer seeking answers, or at least more questions, a plethora of documentaries has emerged, each trying to shed light on this age-old mystery.

From grainy footage of flying saucers to riveting testimonials from those who claim to have had close encounters, the UFO phenomenon has captivated our collective imagination. While skeptics decry these as mere hoaxes or misunderstandings of natural phenomena, believers hold them up as concrete evidence of extraterrestrial visits. Platforms like Netflix, Guidedoc, and YouTube are rife with documentaries, docudramas, and docuseries aiming to inform, entertain, and provoke thought about these unidentified aerial enigmas.


Skyward Secrets: Docs and Docuseries Probing the Extraterrestrial


a possible flying alien ship


The allure of the unknown draws us to the UFO phenomenon, as does the desire for connection - a hope, perhaps, that we aren't isolated in this vast universe. These films not only present claimed evidence but also challenge our worldview. What would it mean for society, religion, and our personal beliefs if the existence of extraterrestrials was confirmed? Beyond the thrill of the chase, these docs prompt deeper introspection about humanity's place in the cosmos.


Check out these top documentaries about UFO and space mysteries:



The Phenomenon 

chase between a warplane and a ufo

Venturing beyond the headlines and sensationalism, "The Phenomenon" offers a deep dive into the history of UFO sightings and alleged encounters. This groundbreaking documentary traverses the timeline from early 20th-century events to the latest incidents, providing never-before-seen archival footage and interviews. A comprehensive analysis, it paints a broader picture of the UFO enigma, hinting at a pattern in these mysterious events and urging governments for transparency.



planet earth seen from the moon

A bold documentary imbued with the profound reflections of the Apollo 8 astronauts, presents an evocative recounting of their experiences juxtaposed against the stark, infinite blackness of space. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the mission, the film intimately unveils the astronauts' memories, illuminating the awe-striking and transformative moment of witnessing Earth rise above the moon’s horizon, an image iconic for its breathtaking beauty and its encapsulation of our shared home. This singular perspective, poignantly rendered in the documentary, not only had a profound impact on the astronauts but also on the world, offering a vantage that gracefully blurred political and religious divides, compelling us, even half a century later, to reflect on our collective home and the boundaries we construct on it.



bright lights in a dark sky

Dr. Steven Greer spearheads this controversial expose, focusing on the alleged cover-ups and secrecy surrounding the UFO phenomenon. "Unacknowledged" delves into conspiracy theories, presenting evidence of government silence and the purported existence of extraterrestrial entities. Supported by testimonies from military personnel, government officials, and insiders, the documentary asserts the profound implications of the truth on global security and the very nature of our reality.


Rocketman: A Mission to Prove the Flat Earth

an airplane pilot inside the ship

It is a captivating documentary detailing the endeavors of Michael 'Mad Mike' Hughes and his team, a collective of ambitious dreamers who wrestle with various challenges in a mission to launch Hughes into the skies aboard a self-made rocket—all to validate the theory that the Earth is flat. Navigating through a myriad of trials, tribulations, and skepticism, the crew embarks on a journey that blends audacious engineering with a staunch refusal to accept widely recognized scientific truths. The film provides a nuanced exploration of belief, perseverance, and the lengths to which individuals will go to challenge established norms, crafting a tale that is as thought-provoking as it is daringly unconventional.


The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch 

a ranch with protective wire and a starry sky

Located in Utah, Skinwalker Ranch has long been a focal point of alleged paranormal and UFO-related activities. This documentary takes the viewers on an explorative journey into the ranch, known for its high frequency of UFO sightings, animal mutilations, and other inexplicable occurrences. By blending scientific inquiry with firsthand accounts, "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch" attempts to unravel the mysteries of this locale, which some believe to be a hotspot for extraterrestrial contact.



a couple with binoculars watching the sky from some bushes

Navigating from the technically intricate world of international radio hams to the mysterious endeavors of ghost seekers and the patient call-and-response of birders, "Diana" explores disparate forms of communication that span the tangible and the unseen. Whether amidst the technological jungles of communication stacks or the serene, nature-enveloped calm of bird-watching spots, each group in this docuseries embarks on quests for connection—transcending geographical, spectral, and species boundaries in a beautiful tapestry of human curiosity and desire to reach out.


Ancient Aliens


Researchers scour the world in search of evidence, their goal is to determine if life on Earth began in space and if aliens influenced the human race in ancient times. Could it be that aliens began visiting Earth sharing information about technology and influencing human religions? And even more importantly, if aliens visited the planet before, could they return? Alien theories claim that the answers to those two questions are a resounding yes.


Kappa Crucis

an older man with glasses looks through a hole

In this captivating film, the simple life of the astronomer Bernardo Riedel, a telescope maker, is interspersed with galactic opportunities such as the enigma of black holes, the study of a possible new planet, and the vision of a star cluster called "Kappa Crucis".


Watch Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified

a frame with a flying object

Although claims of extraterrestrial encounters have long been rejected, many believe that the existence of UFOs is not only probable but a certainty.


Mars Closer

a spaceship approaches mars

This sci-fi short film brings to light the poignant yet exhilarating journey of Paul Leeming and Pauls Irbins, two contenders on the shortlist for a one-way ticket to Mars. A private company propels the narrative into the cosmos, endeavoring to etch humanity’s mark on the red planet with the first settlement. Facing a future unrooted from Earth, both Pauls graciously share their envisioned celestial escapade with us, intertwining palpable human emotions with the boundless possibilities of the astral unknown. Their tales weave a story that flits between the bravery of uncharted exploration and the delicate human strings that tether them to a home they may never see again.


As we navigate these documentaries, a sense of wonder and skepticism goes hand in hand. While conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial life remains elusive, the journey these films provide is no less fascinating. As physicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan once said, "The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space."


Watch more great documentaries on Guidedoc


Join GuideDoc