Most Impactful Documentaries

I enjoy watching documentaries as a method for learning about important topics and gaining new perspectives.  Following are some of my favorite documentaries that I have found to be both informative and impactful.


  • The Age of Stupid (free on Youtube) – set in the future looking back on society today, shows the insanity of consumerism
  • I Am (available on Netflix) – entertaining and informative narrative with a goal of figuring out what life is all about.  It shows the interconnectedness of people, and it is generally positive and inspiring


  • The World According to Monsanto – exposes the most evil company in the world and how it is poisoning the population
  • King Corn (available on Netflix) – entertaining, informative journey of 2 guys setting up a corn plantation then following their crop through the food system

U.S. Politics & World Affairs

  • The World According to Dick Cheney (available on Showtime) – provides an inside view into U.S. politics in the past couple of decades, especially in terms of the “war on terrorism”
  • Death by China (available on Netflix) – explains the trade relationship between the U.S. and China, as well as the huge impact Chinese production has made on society
  • Occupation 101 Zionism – provides the history and current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents surprising facts about U.S. involvement


  • Money Masters – provides the facts about the origins of money and the history of it in the past few hundred years. Includes a thorough explanation of the Federal Reserve (It’s old, long, and sometimes boring, but it’s very informative and comprehensive.)
  • If Money Masters is too long or not entertaining enough, get an overview of the money system here: The Biggest Scam in the History of Mankind – Hidden Secrets of Money


Do you have some favorites?  Please leave a comment/reply below.  Thank you!!


    • Some documentaries tend to present skewed information in order to forward their agenda. I don’t remember the names of all the crappy documentaries I’ve seen, but one example is the “Look Inside” documentaries, where the information presented shows their corporate sponsors only in a good light. Another example is “Chariot of the gods.” In general, I try to make sure that the researchers/presenters/interviewees are reputable and there are no hidden agendas to the documentary.

  1. Hi Libby, I have heard the call and I am here to deliver. You may also like the following documentaries (listed in no particular order). I’m timeboxing this comment so I don’t ramble on too much. There are many many more, but these are the ones that I can name just off the cuff in a few seconds:

    – The Corporation
    – The Yes Men
    – The World According to Bush
    – Zeitgeist
    – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
    – The Smartest Guys in the Room
    – Why We Fight
    – Syrian Bride
    – “Twelve documentaries that changed the world” (4-disc box set) ( Or any John Pilger documentary really.(Google him and check out his Wikipedia entry)

    There are a couple hundred more which I thought were good; a list which I meticulously curated over the years… until the hard drive containing this list blew up.

    • Thank you so much Simon! I can’t wait to get started watching all of these. I have only seen Zeitgeist, which I agree was excellent.

  2. I’ve remembered a few more:

    – The Power of Nightmares (how fear is used to manipulate the masses)
    – Global Dimming
    – Outfoxed
    – The Take
    – Distorted Morality (Noam Chomsky)
    – Orwell Rolls in his Grave (this film was made well before the time of Assange/Snowden)
    – Rebels With a Cause
    – The Persuaders
    – Blowing Up Paradise
    – Born Rich
    – Sir! No Sir! The GI Revolt
    – The Fourth World War
    – Venezuela Bolivariana
    – The Century of the Self (from Wikipedia: British television documentary series by Adam Curtis, released in 2002. It focuses on how the work of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analyzed, dealt with, and controlled people)

  3. […] HOW WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE:  Let’s stop consuming mainstream media (e.g., CNN, FOX, NBC, Yahoo!, USA Today), and switch to independent news sources. Try, Aljazeera, the Anti-Media, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. Independent documentaries are also a great source of knowledge; check out My Most Impactful Documentaries. […]

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