Watch Free Documentaries Online
Documentary DVDs can be expensive acquisitions for some school departments and individuals. The following links address this problem by enabling anyone (teachers, students and other interested parties) to watch high quality educational documentaries online for free. All you need is a computer, television or mobile device with an Internet connection.
This free site offers over 1,600 documents found across the Internet in a
variety of subject areas.
This site doesn't host videos, but
displays embedded full-length documentaries that can by searched by subject
This site provides hundreds of documentaries organized into two dozen
categories (e.g., Environment, Health, Science).
This site specializes in videos exploring the work of non-profit organizations
around the world and is organized by running time (from 3 minutes to
feature-length) and subject.
Through online streaming, Folkstreams.net offers viewers access to a national
archive of hard-to-find independent documentary films about American folk
culture and arts from different regions and communities. Some films include
transcripts, teaching guides or additional background information.
This streaming site provides access to hundreds of full-length documentaries hosted on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Videos, etc. All titles are assumed to be either in the public domain or uploaded with the consent of their copyright owners. A helpful "Documentary List" link enables users to search for documentaries by topic (e.g., Science, Politics, Conspiracy, etc.). The site cautions that no title should be considered factual on face value alone and users are encouraged to use discernment.
PBS lets users view a number of high quality documentaries online, including
many American Experience,
Nova, POV and Nature programs.
SnagFilms.com offers over 2,5000 free independent movies and documentaries
(e.g., SuperSize Me) to
watch online or share with others. Besides the usual subject genres, Snagfilms
offers its Filmanthropy collection
(films that specifically address social issues) and Snag Learning, which offers access to hundreds of
educational documentaries searchable by grade level and subject.
Top Documentary Films
TDF is an alternative educational resource for watching over 2,100 full-length documentaries online. Like Documentary Tube, it doesn't host videos but displays embedded media from other sites like Google Video and YouTube.
This site is not affiliated with YouTube.com, but provides links (updated almost daily and which can be browsed by subject categories) to the best free documentaries available online. You can also sign up to receive email notifications of new documentary releases and listings .