1. Koyaanisqatsi - This is a Hopi Indian word meaning "Life out of balance". This top 10 documentary was shot around the world, with its lack of dialogue allowing it to be one of the best global nature documentaries. Koyaanisqatsi is not a show to preach at you, nor does it tell you what to think. It just shows you the amazing world we live in, with truly awe inspiring camera work.
2. Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas - This National Geographic project was filmed in Botswana. It observes the daily struggle for survival between lions and hyenas. This struggle had never before been captured so vividly with the sheer brutality of the animal kingdom. Despite being an older documentary, filmed in 1992, the cinematography was well ahead of its time, capturing the raging conflict between these animals, and narrated by Powers Boothe.
3. Silencing The Thunder - This feature film follows the challenges facing bison, or buffalo, conservationists, and cattle ranchers in both Montana and near Yellowstone National Park. It shows the dispute between these parties due to a disease called Brucellosis, carried by immune elk and buffalo, and which has never been transmitted from bison to cattle. This disease can have devastating effects to cattle ranchers driving the conflict between the two, leading to calls for the buffalo to be driven away, and even removed from Yellow Stone National Park.
4. Samsara - Filmed over 5 years in over 25 countries on all 5 continents, this documentary shows you the different worlds of disaster zones, sacred grounds, natural wonders as well as man made industrial complexes. Filmed entirely on 75 mm film this takes you one on an unforgettable journey through our amazing world.
5. Chasing Coral - The world's coral reefs are vanishing at an alarming rate. A team of scientists, photographers and divers have set out on an adventure to reveal why this is happening throughout the globe, and to discover the underwater world and all its riches.
6. Time To Choose - Filmmaker Charles Ferguson addresses world wide climate changes, and the solutions to this global issue. Narrated by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, this documentary explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and looks into the solutions that are already available. Interviewing the innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs showing you the individuals living on the front line of battling climate change.
7. Congo - This award winning television series is based on the natural history of the Congo River, exploring the variety of animals and habitats that can be found along this rivers 4,700 km reach. Due to the second Congo war little filming was possible within the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but even so this 3 part show discovers the people and animals that depend on this huge waterway to support their way of life.
8. Oceans - This 8 part series shows in detail the state of the worlds oceans. Looking into the past present and future of these oceans as well as their significance in terms of global value.
9. Winged Migration - Dedicated to the French Ornithologist Jean Dorst, this documentary showcases the incredible journey routinely made by birds during their migrations. This movie was shot over 4 years on all 7 continents, using in-flight cameras making the viewer appear to almost fly alongside the birds shown. Most of the footage shown is of "tame" birds, which were raised by humans allowing them to imprint on staff members.
10. Micro Monsters - This could not be a list of nature documentaries without including David Attenborough. This documentary focuses on the world's arthropods. Looking at their behaviour, societies, and the important roles they play in global ecosystems. Using pioneering macroscopic 3D techniques, exploring in detail the intricate behaviours of these animals and the complex environments they create. This documentary gives you an unparalleled look into a world normally hidden from human eyes.