There are a lot of documentaries freely available on YouTube.
Sometimes the producers release them for free, but most often other people upload the films and the copyright owners don't bother with taking them down.
xDocumentaries is a central place where you can easily find these documentaries...
A 2013 documentary broadcasted on BBC in which Goodall presents the evolution of music from prehistory and the first pieces of music written on paper, onwards through all the important breakthroughs and evolutions steered by the brilliant musicians in history.
It has six parts: The Age of...(show more)
A 2013 documentary presented by the Swedish statistician Hans Roling looking into the projected population growth in the 21st century and related statistics, pointing out that things aren't that bad as most people would think.
The film is based on a live recording of a talk by Hans Roling...(show more)
A 2012 BBC documentary presented by James Fox that looks into how three colours had serious and profound influence in the history of art: gold - the colour of sacred and power, blue - the colour of our dreams, and white - the colour of virtue and purity.
1. Gold - From being considered the...(show more)
A 2013 episode of the VPRO Backlight documentary program about high-frequency trading on Wall Street and a trading algorithm builder who discovered the system was rigged to favor algorithms from insiders and started talking publicly about it.
Most trade on Wall Street is not done by humans...(show more)
A documentary created by Adam Curtis that looks into how psychoanalysis became important in the 20th century, with governments and corporations using Sigmund Freud's ideas to influence and manipulate people.
It has 4 episodes:
1. Happiness Machines
2. The Engineering of Consent
3. There...(show more)
Science, 2008, with Richard Dawkins, 2 hrs 25 mins
A 2008 documentary written and presented by Richard Dawkins looking into Charles Darwin's life work that introduced and explained the theory of evolution. Dawkins insists that evolution is now not just a theory, but scientific fact, and explores why a significant part of today's society is...(show more)
A 2008 National Geographic documentary presenting an imaginary journey starting from Earth and exploring — and learning about — the most important parts of the known universe. It is narrated by Alec Baldwin.
The documentary uses images from the Hubble telescope as a starting point and is...(show more)
A 2009 documentary that explores and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan, especially the annual dolphin capture and slaughter in a cove in the Japanese fishing town of Taiji. It follows Ric O'Barry and people from the Oceanic Preservation Society as they conduct a covert operation...(show more)
A 2004 documentary about the Medici family, how they grew to immense power and wealth during the Middle Ages, and how they were at the forefront of the Renaissance, supporting and encouraging the most well known artists of those times.
A BBC documentary by Adam Curtis, in which he goes into different contemporary episodes and explains how politicians and corporations are showing a simplified and less-damaging reality to the general public.
The film consists of nine chapters: 1975, The Human Bomb, Altered States, Acid Flashback,...(show more)
Philosophy, 2000, with Alain de Botton, 2 hrs 25 mins
A Channel 4 TV series written and presented by Alain de Botton in which he presents the main ideas of the six philosophers he admires the most, Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche, how these ideas apply to our modern life and how they might make us happier. The...(show more)
A documentary about manic depression and people suffering from it, featuring interviews with several people talking about how it affects them. Stephen Fry also had some mild manic depression episodes. The film won an Emmy Award.
A 2014 documentary about the life of computer programmer, entrepreneur and political hacktivist Aaron Swartz.
Swartz started programming at a young age, was involved in the development of the RSS web feed, was one of the early architects of Creative Commons, and his company InfoGami merged...(show more)
Religion, 2006, with Richard Dawkins, 1 hr 36 mins
A documentary presented by Richard Dawkins in which he explores the ways religion negatively influences nowadays life and how, he claims, life would be better if people wouldn't believe in supernatural entities.
A 2014 documentary film about Edward Snowden's leaks that started the 2013 NSA spying scandal. It was directed by Laura Poitras and contains real footage of several meetings Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Ewen MacAskill from The Guardian had with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as he...(show more)
A 1990 documentary film about the black gay ball culture in the late 80's in New York, and the surrounding drag, gay, and transgender scene.
It features footage from various balls in these years, intertwined with parts of interviews with people involved in them, talking about how life was...(show more)
A 2001 documentary presenting the life and work of innovative film director Stanley Kubrick (1928 - 1999), telling his story by focusing on his iconic films, including Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut.
The film...(show more)
A 2005 documentary depicting the consequences of the Decree 770 authorized in communist Romania by Nicolae Ceaușescu in 1966 which made abortion illegal, excepting women over 40 or already having four children.
As contraceptive methods were also de facto illegal, the result was a lot of...(show more)
A 2014 documentary written and produced by Stuart Brown that explores the evolution of computer graphics in video games starting with the first games in the '70s and up until present day games.
The film goes through the different graphic techniques employed over time, showing gameplay footage...(show more)
A 2013 documentary presenting the events at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva from the first firing in 2008 and up to the identification of the Higgs boson in 2012.
The film follows different theoretical and experimental physicists working at or directly interested in the developments...(show more)
A 2006 documentary narrated by David Carradine that explores the important role the United States played in World War I from when they first entered the conflict in April 1917 and up to the end of the war in November 1918, by focusing on those stories about the American troops that became most...(show more)
A 1999 documentary series presented by Matthew Collings exploring the different expression forms in modern art by looking at the work and ideas of dozens of prominent artists, including Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Rene Magritte, and...(show more)
Music, 2008, with Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, 1 hr 38 mins
A 2008 documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim which looks into the careers and playing styles of the three famous guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White.
As the three meet up in a 2008 summit of talking and jamming together, the film presents flashes from their lives intertwined,...(show more)
A 2018 crowdfunded film presented by Danny O'Dwyer and produced by his media company Noclip. The documentary focuses on the Half-Life first-person shooter video game series created by Valve, its development, its innovating gameplay ideas, and the impact it had on gamers and overall on the game...(show more)
A Michael Moore documentary looking into the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, the environment that made this kind of thing possible, and generally the history of gun violence in the United States. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
A 2004 documentary written and presented by Matthew Collings that tries to explain the Impressionism art movement of the 19th century by focusing on the lives, works and art philosophies of four of its greatest painters: Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cézanne.
We see how Impressionism started...(show more)
The true story behind the famous A Beautiful Mind movie, the story of brilliant mathematician John Nash. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at the age of 30, he was in and out of psychiatric hospitals for the next 30 years, and, after he showed signs of recovery, received a Nobel prize for...(show more)
A 2011 documentary about the life of American chess grandmaster and eleventh World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer (Robert James Fischer, 1943 - 2008), considered by many one of the greatest chess players of all times.
The film follows his story as a brilliant chess player from an early age,...(show more)
A 2006 documentary directed by Marty Callaghan that looks into the military and political events that unfolded in the Middle East during and after World War I to understand why this region has been so unstable since then.
The first part presents how the Ottoman Empire got involved in World...(show more)
A 2016 BBC documentary by Stephen Fry in which he presents the stories of several people suffering from bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) by interviewing them, going through their manic episodes and how they each try to cope with their mental illness, in an effort to see how...(show more)
A 2011 BBC documentary written and presented by art critic Alastair Sooke in which he goes through the list of the top ten most expensive paintings ever sold at an action as of 2011, exploring what made those paintings so valuable.
The list contains works by famous painters such as Francis...(show more)
A documentary about the team of software engineers at Netscape and how they were trying in 1998, against a tight schedule, to release a new open-source version of their browser, which later became Mozilla Firefox.
A Michael Moore documentary criticizing George Bush's War on Terror, how, in his view, the president used the 9/11 attacks as a justification to follow his agenda of going to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. It won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival in 2004.
A 2015 BBC documentary about the life and work of Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) with an emphasis on the women in his life and how they influenced his art.
Born in Malaga, Spain, Picasso lived for most of his adult life in France and was involved with many women, having serious relationships...(show more)
A 2013 documentary produced by GamerSpawn that looks into the evolution of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) video game series from the first title released in 1997 and up to GTA V in 2013, showing gameplay footage, talking about how the games were received and the impact they had.
Developed by...(show more)