Nature's Top 10 Documentaries: Unveiling the Grandeur of the Natural World

12 de juliol de 2023

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum - Senegalese forestry engineer


An orchestra of interconnected life forms, a canvas of awe-inspiring landscapes, and an enduring testimony to evolution's masterpiece - the natural world captivates us like no other. Documentaries and docuseries about nature translate the majestic opus of the outdoors into visual narratives, enriching our understanding and appreciation of the world we inhabit.

The Fungus world on Netflix and the works of the legendary naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, are prime examples of the spellbinding power of nature documentaries. The former takes us into the under-explored kingdom of fungi, unveiling its fascinating characteristics and crucial role in the ecosystem. Attenborough's documentaries, on the other hand, have been instrumental in bringing the world's most remote corners and intriguing wildlife into our living rooms.


an elephant in digital art


Nature documentaries and docuseries have the power to inspire wonder, ignite curiosity, and promote conservation. By encapsulating the breathtaking diversity of landscapes and lifeforms on Earth, they provide an accessible platform for environmental education and advocacy.


From Fungi Wonders to Attenborough's Voyages: Top Ten Documentaries 




a huge bear accompanied by a mountaineer

In this compelling documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Roman Droux leaves behind the familiarity of civilization to embark on a fascinating exploration into the world of bears. Droux, along with bear researcher David Bittner, immerses himself in the untouched wilderness for one summer, allowing audiences a window into a world rarely seen. This cinematic odyssey presents the diverse personalities of these majestic creatures, ranging from the shy and cautious to the cheeky and curious. Every bear, we find, is as distinct as any human. We see these attentive and incredibly peaceful individuals in their natural habitat, even allowing Droux and his camera to get so close that we can hear their breath. This intimate encounter invites us into the bears' biosphere, revealing a connection between mankind and nature that transcends the barriers of our differing species


The Tigers of Scotland

a cute cat in the field

Having already made waves on major streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV, this profound documentary now graces Guidedoc with its captivating exploration into the lives of the endangered Scottish Wildcats. Renowned Game of Thrones actor, Iain Glen, lends his voice to guide us through this poignant narrative, acquainting us with the distinctive attributes of these majestic felines. This film takes a deep dive into the valiant endeavors undertaken to thwart the potential extinction of these creatures from our planet, offering viewers a compelling glimpse into the urgent struggle for their survival.


Memoirs of a Plague

a group of young people walk through the savannah

Pivoting on this contemplation, this documentary unfolds as an introspective analysis of the complex relationship between mankind and locusts. How does each individual factor into this grand tapestry? What parts are assigned to destiny and science? Are we external observers or intrinsic participants of nature, and in this dance of survival, who is the hunter and who becomes the hunted? This film prompts viewers to grapple with these thought-provoking questions, encouraging introspection on our place and role within the natural world.


Apex Survival

a diver and a great white shark

Embark on an inspiring journey in this documentary, with an international squad of shark specialists and conservation advocates, a team notable for its dynamic, intelligent, and independent women at the forefront. United by a common mission, they trail the migratory pathway of the formidable Great White sharks, unraveling the mysteries of these majestic marine predators while advocating for their preservation. This thrilling expedition not only immerses viewers in the world of these misunderstood creatures, but also sheds light on the important role of women in marine conservation.



Kersti Uibo's evocative short film encapsulates the awe and wonder of a first glimpse into the world, reminiscent of the untarnished perspective of a newborn baby or even a fetus. It prompts us to ponder: do we sense limits while in the womb, or do we feel intrinsically connected to the infinite Universe? Is a beach-side boulder as expansive as the world itself or as minuscule as a grain of sand? The film beautifully weaves together the grandeur of crashing waves with the delicate flutter of an insect's wingbeat, recounting a primordial narrative from a time before human footprints marked the shores of the Baltic. It's a captivating exploration of perspective, scale, and our primal relationship with the natural world.


Man-Eating Zombie Cats

a sleepy leopard

This intriguing documentary blends scientific exploration with elements of horror as it delves into the unsettling phenomenon of domestic cats turning into ruthless predators. With an escalating population of feral cats worldwide, the film investigates the significant ecological impact and potential zoonotic threats they pose. The documentary offers an engaging study of the cat’s evolutionary journey from revered Egyptian deity to a modern-day ecological menace, asking what can be done to manage this escalating problem.



an orange frog on a leaf

Directed by acclaimed French photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, "Genesis" is a visual masterpiece that explores the natural wonders of our world. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey across the globe, showcasing the planet's incredible landscapes and the diverse species that inhabit them. Utilizing aerial photography and narrated with profound reflections on our relationship with nature, "Genesis" serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of our planet and our duty to protect it.


Fantastic Fungi

a man with a hat and glasses near some giant mushrooms

A fascinating journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycology, "Fantastic Fungi" explores the ecological and medicinal importance of fungi. The film presents an in-depth examination of how the fungal networks, or 'Wood Wide Web,' operate, highlighting their crucial role in maintaining the health and sustainability of our ecosystems. Additionally, the documentary delves into the potential of mushrooms as solutions to some of our most pressing medical and environmental challenges, transforming viewers' understanding of the fungi kingdom and its profound implications for the future of the planet.


Planet Earth 3

a puma in a flowery field

The latest installment in the groundbreaking "Planet Earth" series, "Planet Earth 3" continues the tradition of delivering breathtakingly stunning footage of nature and wildlife. With advanced filming technologies, the series traverses our planet's vast landscapes, from the depths of the oceans to the peaks of the highest mountains, showcasing the astounding richness and variety of life on Earth. Each episode narrates an intricate tale of the intricate interplay between the flora, fauna, and the environment, emphasizing the urgent need for biodiversity conservation in the face of accelerating climate change.


The Private Life of Plants

a man with white hair and a blue shirt on top of a zip line

In this captivating six-part docuseries, renowned broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough provides a groundbreaking look into the unseen world of plants. From pollination to predation, the series offers a unique perspective on plant life and behavior, with stunning time-lapse photography capturing the slow, grandeur dance of growth and seasonal change. In every episode, from 'Travelling' to 'Surviving', Attenborough brings to life the intricate, often overlooked world of plants and paints a vivid picture of the dramatic, relentless struggle for survival happening under our feet and over our heads.


Nature documentaries are not just aesthetically pleasing cinematic experiences, they're powerful tools of awareness and education. They invite us to marvel at the natural world's wonders and instill a sense of responsibility to safeguard our planet for generations to come.


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