The Best Documentaries List for Students to Learn From

The Best Documentaries List for Students to Learn From. I am sympathetic to my students readers who are trying to get that next assignment done. Are you looking for captivating documentaries that not only entertain but also educate? Well, perfect, fancy meeting you here! So, yeah, I’ve compiled a list of ten of the most thought-provoking films that I can’t stop watching over and over again, that will expand your horizons and enrich your learning experience. Whether you’re passionate about social issues, the environment, history, or science, there’s something for everyone on this must-watch list. So, grab your popcorn and get ready for an enlightening cinematic journey!

You may not know this about me, but I genuinely love mind-job movies that will rearrange your grey matter… but I even more so love a good documentary. Don’t know if you know this, but documentaries are often used by students as a source of inspiration for homework regarding history or other classes, but sometimes, documentaries won’t even cut it. In those moments, I’ve found that you can turn to services like AssignmentBro for help. Personally, I just like having documentaries running in the background as I write blog posts, work things, and random whatnots. Do you run random movies in the background while you work? Maybe I’m weird that way.

“Blackfish” (2013)

Dive into the world of captive killer whales as this gripping documentary explores the ethical implications of their captivity in marine parks. Prepare to have your perspective challenged and your empathy awakened.

“The Cove” (2009)

Join an inspiring team of activists as they uncover the shocking truth about dolphin hunting in Japan. This eye-opening film sheds light on environmental conservation and the fight for animal rights.

“An Inconvenient Truth” (2006)

Former Vice President Al Gore delivers a compelling case for urgent action on climate change. Prepare to be inspired and empowered to make a positive difference in our world.

“Food, Inc.” (2008)

Brace yourself for an in-depth examination of the food industry and its impact on our health, environment, and society. This thought-provoking documentary will forever change the way you look at your plate.

“13th” (2016)

Directed by the talented Ava DuVernay, this powerful documentary delves into the history of racial inequality in the United States and sheds light on the systemic issues within the criminal justice system. Get ready for a paradigm-shifting exploration of social justice. This is my own personal favorite documentary in this stellar list of films.

“Planet Earth” (2006) –

Embark on a breathtaking visual journey to explore the wonders of our planet’s ecosystems. This groundbreaking nature documentary series will leave you in awe of the beauty, and diversity, of our natural world.

“Inside Job” (2010)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 financial crisis and the factors that contributed to it. This eye-opening documentary provides a comprehensive analysis of the crisis and its far-reaching consequences.

“Super Size Me” (2004)

Join filmmaker Morgan Spurlock as he takes on a daring experiment: consuming nothing but fast food for 30 days. This entertaining and educational documentary raises awareness about the health risks associated with a fast-food diet. Funny. Sad. Laugh/Cry. Great movie.

“The Civil War” (1990) –

No one beats Ken Burns. Immerse yourself in the history of the American Civil War through this extraordinary documentary series. Gain a deeper understanding of the war’s causes, impact, and the people who shaped its course. If you like this, check out his recent documentary on Vietnam, featuring new music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (2014)

Embark on a mind-blowing journey through the cosmos with the charismatic astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. This awe-inspiring series brings complex scientific concepts to life, making them accessible and captivating.


I mean, what is better than being entertained WHILE you are also learning? Watch all ten of these films and I promise that SOMETHING will change in your life. Don’t want change… you probably should avoid them. And congratulations, you now know that you are stagnating. And heck, you didn’t even need to pay a therapist hundreds of dollars an hour to learn that about yourself… that psych eval. was free of charge!! Anyway, these compelling documentaries are not only educational but also serve as catalysts for critical thinking and meaningful discussions. They will broaden your perspectives, deepen your understanding of the world, and inspire you to take action.

Please, remember, that watching documentaries is not just about passive consumption. It’s an opportunity to reflect, question, and engage with the content. So grab a notebook, jot down your thoughts, and get ready to share your insights with friends and classmates.

Whether you’re studying sociology, environmental science, history, or simply seeking inspiration, these documentaries are sure to fuel your curiosity and nurture your thirst for knowledge. So, let’s embark on this cinematic adventure together and unlock a world of learning through the lens of captivating documentaries. Happy watching, my fellow students!

Edited by: CY