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.
The Ivory Game (2016)
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.
72 Cutest Animals (2016)
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.
Our Planet (2019)
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.
Night on Earth (2020)
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.
Mission Blue (2014)
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.
We're absolutely fascinated by life underneath the water, so this documentary had us hooked from the beginning. Filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud explore the underwater world in this documentary from DisneyNature, and as can be expected from a DisneyNature film, the scenery is awe-inspiring. Take in endangered species and majestic ocean life, as well as the threats to their well-being.
National Parks Adventure (2016)
Robert Redford narrates this documentary, celebrating America's natural wonders. Follow a trio of adventurers visiting the national parks and prepare yourself for truly majestic scenery. You'll get a look at Yellowstone, Arches, Yosemite, Devils Tower, Grand Teton, and more.
Travel to the highest peaks around the world in this documentary. You'll see tightrope walkers, skiers, mountain bikers, and rock climbers at peaks everywhere from Tibet to Alaska. If you have a fear of heights, prepare for major sweaty palms.
Dancing With the Birds (2019)
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.
Chasing Coral (2017)
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.