The Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix Will Make You Worldlier

For an Intellectual Night in

Best nature documentaries on netflix

Cristina Cianci


Whether you live in a city and need to fill the tree-shaped void in your life or just want to take in some truly spectacular scenery, a nature documentary is the answer to captivate, educate, and inspire you. There are so many great documentaries on Netflix right now, and it's worth adding some of their nature-focused offerings to your queue. We found the best nature documentaries on Netflix that will, without a doubt, make you worldlier. From a visually stunning film showcasing incredible underwater life to an eye-opening look at the illegal ivory trade, these are the flicks that we think everyone should watch this Sunday night.

Here are our picks for the best nature documentaries on Netflix.

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The Ivory Game (2016)

The Ivory Game


Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, The Ivory Game, exposes the deep-rooted corruption driving the global ivory trafficking crisis. Filmed over the course of 16 months, filmmakers went undercover to gain intel on the trade. The film watches more like a thriller, but shockingly, it's all true.

Available on: Netflix

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72 Cutest Animals (2016)

72 Cutest Animals


If you just want a daily dose of cute without any of the extreme or gory footage nature documentaries can often bring, this is a failsafe option. With episodes titled "Fluff and Stuff" and "Bouncing Buddies," this documentary is guaranteed to warm your heart.

Available on: Netflix

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Our Planet (2019)

our planet


This is the first original nature documentary made by Netflix, and it's definitely worth checking out. You'll experience earth's natural beauty and learn how climate change impacts all its living creatures.

Available on: Netflix

04 of 07

Night on Earth (2020)

night on earth


Curious what life is like when night falls and the world is asleep? This nature series takes you inside the lives of the world's nocturnal creatures and animals that are active during the night, including lions hunting and bats in flight.

Available on: Netflix

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Mission Blue (2014)

mission blue


This critically-acclaimed documentary follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle on her personal mission to save the ocean from threats like pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Not only will you take in spectacular scenery, but you'll also witness a story with a profound purpose.

Available on: Netflix

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Dancing With the Birds (2019)

dancing with the birds


Bird lovers, this ones for you. See birds flaunt their moves to find a mate and learn about mating behavior from tropical bird species around the world. The stunning film features gorgeous cinematography, as well as narration from Stephen Fry.

Available on: Netflix

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Chasing Coral (2017)

chasing coral


This Netflix original documentary comes from the director of Chasing Ice. It takes you inside the world of coral reefs, which are vanishing rapidly. The Emmy award-winning documentary seeks to discover why the reefs are disappearing and gives viewers a glimpse inside the underwater world.

Available on: Netflix

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