Written By Franklin V on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 9:01 AM
50 Free Online Documentaries
Documentaries provide us with some of the most effective learning methods of all. Though often biased, documentaries give us first-hand accounts of the people and situations that drive our culture, and allow us inside access to some of the most remote and exclusive places on the planet, from the drug wars in Colombia to the White House. These 50 fascinating documentaries are free to watch and address all sorts of issues and topics in history, science, and beyond. History and Politics From ancient times to the wars that dictated the terms of modern times, these history and political documentaries will teach you about Egypt, the Cuban Missile Crisis, 9/11, the Great Wall of China, and more.
Copenhagen Fall Out: Here you’ll learn about the efforts of a German physicist and a Danish man to build an atomic bomb during World War II.
The Road to Guantanamo: This film won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and gives the world an inside look at those wrongly accused and sent to the military prison for terrorists at Guantanamo.
Plan Colombia: Watch this documentary to better understand the war on drugs and the U.S.’ involvement in Colombia’s civil unrest.
Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece: Find out why structures like the Palace of Knossos and Temple at Delphi are still regarded as significant monuments today.
The Trials of Henry Kissinger: This filmmaker considers Henry Kissinger as a war criminal and includes footage and interviews with top historical figures in American history.
Legacy: the Origins of Civilization: Film host Michael Wood discusses the rise of Asian and Western civilizations — including Iraq, India, China, the Barbarian West, Central America and Egypt — in this documentary to remind us of our past and where we could be headed tomorrow.
Science and Exploration These documentaries ask us to consider new ideas when studying space, the environment, and our own past.
The Four-Winged Dinosaur: This documentary covers the 2002 discovery of a fossil that could indicate the beginnings of flight.
Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery: NASA, NewScientist and other groups supported the making of this documentary about the significant discoveries made from using the Hubble Telescope.
Car of the Future: Car of the Future is a 1-hour documentary about the sporty, environmentally conscious cars of the future.
Neanderthal: Scientists consider the habits, environment and evolution of Neanderthals that walked the Earth eighty thousand years ago.
Bowling for Columbine: Michael Moore’s powerful and controversial commentary considers our culture’s obsession with guns and violence.
Century of Self: This series takes a look at how our culture is a mass consumer-driven culture of people obsessed with pleasing themselves.
Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace and Music: Woodstock happened over 30 years ago, but it’s still considered one of the greatest music events in history. Find out why it was such a success when you watch this documentary.
The Age of AIDS: This film was made on the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and considers how far we’ve come, and how much more we need to do to treat disadvantaged populations.
Merchants of Cool: Consider how the purchasing power of teens is exploited by big businesses.
Biographies Get behind-the-scenes stories about some of the most important and brilliant people in world history, from Gandhi to Napoleon to Spartacus.
Beneath the Veil: This 2001 documentary focuses on the world coverage of a story of a burka-clad woman who was shot in the middle of a football stadium in Afghanistan, and what could have saved her life.