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free documentariesDo you love documentaries? Do you love watching them for free? Well, you’re in the right place.

Free documentaries come in a number of different styles and are made for a variety of reasons. Most of them aim to educate the viewer on a particular topic: war; environment; health. Documentaries can also be used to enlighten viewers and give them a new point of view. Mostly they serve to highlight our previous mistakes so they don’t happen again “” which is why it’s important to watch them. Many documentaries these days also try to incorporate stunning visuals and sound to keep the viewer’s attention as they’re watching.

Here’s ten of the best free feature-length documentaries available to watch online.

Sicko

Michael Moore might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Sicko is a timely insight into the world’s medical systems. If you’re not a fan of Michael Moore, rest assured that in this film he mostly holds off on his trademark angry interviews (not entirely, though). Instead, it’s a qualitative look at various medical systems around the world made largely by interviewing everyday people about their experiences with their own system. I found the insights quite revealing and would recommend this for anyone who wants to learn more about how health care works around the world.

If you’re into Michael Moore, check out Bowling for Columbine too.

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Religulous

Religulous is a documentary about the ridiculousness of organised religion. Bill Maher doesn’t just single out one religion “” he talks to people at many places of worship, including many smaller places like Truckers’ chapels. But, by pointing out the flaws and weirder practices, he essentially gets on the wrong side of just about every religion he discusses. He engages all manner of people in religious debate, including one guy who plays the part of Jesus for a religious theme park.

Keep your eye out for a notable interview with a senator which led to one incredibly stupid remark.

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Earthlings

Earthlings is about how humans treat the other living creatures on this planet. Primarily it focuses on day-to-day business practices which profit from animals. As you might guess, looking at it from this perspective doesn’t paint us humans in such a great light.

The film features some gorgeous footage of nature, Joaquin Phoenix on the voice-overs and music by Moby.

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Invisible Children

The film [NO LONGER WORKS] Invisible Children was made by three teenagers in 2003, who visited Africa in search of something worthy of attention. They eventually reached Northern Uganda and found the children suffering the effects of a 20 year war using child soldiers.

Home

Home is a great documentary about the earth and the delicate balance which sustains life on it. Even if you think you know all the movie will tell you, it still serves as a compelling reminder. The film was directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, produced by Luc Besson and features a voice-over from Glenn Close. Throughout the film, you can’t help but notice the amazing cinematography feature. It’s both beautiful and intriguing.

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After The Fall

After The Fall is a film about the physical and emotional memory of the Berlin Wall 10 years after the fall of the Berlin wall. While interviewing people who lived in Berlin at the time, the film features beautiful visuals of Berlin to keep you watching.

Man With A Camera

The Man With A Camera is both a documentary and experimental art, so it’s come to be one of the first movies film studies students are told to watch. The idea behind Dziga Vertov’s film is multi-layered and intriguing: Ostensibly it’s a documentary about life in the Soviet Union; it’s a documentary of the filming of that documentary; and it’s a documentary of the audience response to the documentary. However, none of the original film is in this documentary. Very meta.

The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara

[NO LONGER WORKS] The Fog of War is a fascinating insight into the US government’s decisions regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam policy. Robert McNamara gives viewers 11 lessons we all need to learn from those decisions in order to avoid making the same mistakes. To enhance the haunting visuals, the film score was written by Philip Glass and it beautifully matches the powerful imagery.

Super Size Me

Super Size Me is an experiment in food and health. Morgan Spurlock won a Sundance award with this horrifying insight into the way junk food affects your body. He also takes time to explore how junk food is marketed to children and how our choices are influenced by junk food marketing.

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The Corporation

The Corporation explores the concept of a corporation, the role of a corporation and how corporations came to have the powers they do. The movie also psychoanalyses corporations: if corporations have the same rights as “a person”, what sort of a person would they be?

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Let us know what your favourite documentary is in the comments!

  1. Anonymous
    May 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks for posting these links!

  2. Anonymous
    May 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for posting these links!

  3. Aibek
    January 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

    good point!

  4. Monique
    January 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    great collection of free documentaries, THANK YOU!

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy them. :)

  5. LegumeOfDoom
    December 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Please stop watching Michael Moore's steaming piles of dog poo.

    • Angela Alcorn
      January 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

      Heh. I take it you're not a fan of Michael Moore, then. Sorry! :)

  6. Angela Alcorn
    December 15, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Yeah, Michael Moore is more about being sensationalist than being entirely correct and balanced in opinion. However, some interesting facts do bubble through and some people absolutely love his movies. Sicko is still number 33 on IMDB's best documentary list - even though it's been around for 3 years! http://www.imdb.com/chart/docu...

  7. dontworryaboutit
    December 15, 2010 at 3:50 am

    These are okay, aside from one very very very bad choice. Michael Moore should never be considered a good filmmaker, especially because the films he tries to pass off as "journalistic movies" or "Non-fiction" Are highly fictional. Why is this? Because he fabricates and rearranges his movies in order to back his own opinions. This makes any sort of possible valid points moot...Terrible film making at its worst.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 15, 2010 at 6:03 am

      Yeah, Michael Moore is more about being sensationalist than being entirely correct and balanced in opinion. However, some interesting facts do bubble through and some people absolutely love his movies. Sicko is still number 33 on IMDB's best documentary list - even though it's been around for 3 years! http://www.imdb.com/chart/documentary

  8. Angela Alcorn
    December 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Please pay attention to the other replies — I think you're getting the wrong impression.

    Documentaries in general tend to mainly be educational or awareness-building for an issue the makers believe in. Most of the films available for free are the ones with an agenda (the ones without an agenda tend to wait for people to pay for it).

    I tried to vary the list to cover different topics: environment, food, religion, health, art/film-making, war, animals.

    There's no overall agenda — it's just a good mix of what was popular and available for free.

  9. Angela Alcorn
    December 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I'm sorry - none of these movies are anti-American and the only one that could be seen as anti-Christian is actually anti-religion in general.

    There are quite a few neutral left/right documentaries in this list. You just seem to have overlooked them.

    As for the other movies you mention, I don't know of them. So they're either not in the top 250 documentaries on IMDB or they're not available for free online and I didn't see them while I was researching. If you do happen to find them free online, feel free to link to them from here to help balance the right-wing viewpoint. Thanks!

  10. Angela Alcorn
    December 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I meant different agendas as in environment, food, religion, health, art/film-making, war, animals.

    I also think the term leftist gets used to mean activist these days. There's not really activists who say "we should really eat meat", but anyone who says we shouldn't gets called left-wing even though it has very little to do with the original left/right divide in politics. :)

  11. Anelson
    December 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    jesus hates you, mitch.

  12. desbest
    December 8, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    delete me

  13. Angela Alcorn
    December 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    They're all able to be watched from France (where I am), so it's not US-only restricted. Which video are you looking at?

    Also, be aware that for a lot of the pages, there's a YouTube preview (which may be restricted), but below is a red button to "Watch film now".

  14. Tohans
    December 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Why cann't I view the documentaries? Is this only for US citizens, like Hulu?

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      They're all able to be watched from France (where I am), so it's not US-only restricted. Which video are you looking at?

      Also, be aware that for a lot of the pages, there's a YouTube preview (which may be restricted), but below is a red button to "Watch film now".

  15. Lmfinnegan
    December 5, 2010 at 2:47 am

    What's the matter? Couldn't find any kids to bully? Poor people to mock? Women to control? Sick people to abuse? Unemployed to blame today? Give the lady a break! Go p!ss and moan somewhere else!

  16. vesey
    December 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    should'nt the list been called "ten left wing documentaries to make you awesomely ill"................

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 5, 2010 at 3:18 am

      Sorry it is a little imbalanced. I honestly wasn't thinking about left/right wing when I made the final decisions of what stayed in. See other comments for more details.

  17. Lmfinnegan
    December 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Great list! I'll be checking out quite a few of them. And don't mind the naysayers...........haters gonna hate!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 5, 2010 at 3:03 am

      Thanks - Glad you liked it. :)

  18. Angela Alcorn
    December 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

    This list was mainly built by searching for popular documentaries as defined by IMDB http://www.imdb.com/chart/documentary

    When I found them legally for free, they were added to the list. A few other movies were added along the way by finding what was popular with a given particular free documentary service. Then I made sure there weren't too many of the same sort of film. I honestly didn't even think of balancing left/right wing opinions, simply because I don't think about it that much. I was merely balancing topics covered: environment, health, religion, war, art, food.

    There was no intention of making a left/right-wing list - it's purely what is popular and free. Neither myself nor anyone at MakeUseOf implied that we support the views in all of these films. We merely present the films to be watched by those who wish to see them.

    Please don't imply that the list is useless just because you don't agree with a few of the choices. When it comes to all lists, opinions will come in to it. This goes for applications as well as entertainment. Sometimes, you just won't agree with all of the choices which made the list. Sorry it bothers you so much.

    I have also pointed out both in the article and in previous comments that both Michael Moore and Bill Maher are not everyone's cup of tea as they tend to upset people. Both of them quite obviously paint the world as they see it - they interview and edit selectively and deliberately. However, so do very credible news sources - this is the world of journalism and documentaries. It doesn't mean everything they say is a lie, it just means you have to factor in their sensationalism, then balance their opinion with opposing viewpoints and form your own ideas.

  19. Ciarpame
    December 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    You can find "Man With A Movie Camera" here, at much higher resolution: http://www.archive.org/details...

  20. Angela Alcorn
    December 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

    This list was mainly built by searching for popular documentaries as defined by IMDB http://www.imdb.com/chart/docu...

    When I found them legally for free, they were added to the list. A few other movies were added along the way by finding what was popular with a given particular free documentary service. Then I made sure there weren't too many of the same sort of film. I honestly didn't even think of balancing left/right wing opinions, simply because I don't think about it that much. I was merely balancing topics covered: environment, health, religion, war, art, food.

    There was no intention of making a left/right-wing list - it's purely what is popular and free. Neither myself nor anyone at MakeUseOf implied that we support the views in all of these films. We merely present the films to be watched by those who wish to see them.

    Please don't imply that the list is useless just because you don't agree with a few of the choices. When it comes to all lists, opinions will come in to it. This goes for applications as well as entertainment. Sometimes, you just won't agree with all of the choices which made the list. Sorry it bothers you so much.

    I have also pointed out both in the article and in previous comments that both Michael Moore and Bill Maher are not everyone's cup of tea as they tend to upset people. Both of them quite obviously paint the world as they see it - they interview and edit selectively and deliberately. However, so do very credible news sources - this is the world of journalism and documentaries. It doesn't mean everything they say is a lie, it just means you have to factor in their sensationalism, then balance their opinion with opposing viewpoints and form your own ideas.

  21. mitch77
    December 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Might I suggest you do a bit of research into the people behind Zeitgeist?
    I know it's so much easier to just believe all that spooky stuff (esp if you are good and high) but you might want to actually look into the facts because it is so full of holes, lies, and fallacies that it makes a well read person laugh hysterically.

  22. mitch77
    December 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Zeitgeist is great unless you are hindered by rational thought!
    You'll love it if you are a "birther" who thinks the CIA blew up the towers and shot Kennedy!

  23. mitch77
    December 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

    ...choke...gag....barf...OH FREAKIN PLEASE!
    No really it was balanced...you have lying leftist BS on the top and the bottom!

    GOOD JOB!

  24. mitch77
    December 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

    This is PURE crap. Moore is a compulsive liar and the comments about Sicko are incredibly deceitful or naive. Do you not think this marxist ass didn't choose his interviews to paint the issue the way he already decided? Could you be that stupid?
    The FACT is that he lied has ass off about health care. UK health care is abysmal. To give just a single example for the 2nd time in less than 6 months people in UK hospitals were so neglected they were LITERALLY dying of thirst and resorting to drinking from old flower vases they found. There is a reason tens of thousands of UK, and Canadian people alone come here each month for care.

    Bill Marr is a liar and a coward who can not handle anyone with a brain who disagrees. The ONLY "opposing" voices on his show are either slightly left of center or people prone to verbal gaffs. His idiotic film is almost completely an attack on Catholicism which he (being an ignorant fool) thinks , of pretends, is the same as the rest of Christendom. You have to be very ignorant to confuse the two.
    The biggest problem with the anti-Christian wingnuts is pure ignorance. Few of them realize that EVERY single great social movement in US history (anti-slavery, anti-child labor, women vote, etc) was STARTED IN and manned by the church.
    The "horrible" Crusades were a response to decades of murder of Christians by muslims. One of the biggest and constant lies of the left is that many wars are over religion..LOL MORONIS! Almost 100% of wars are over economic reasons and the leaders just used religion, and every other thing to motivate people. Even Hitler claimed Christ though he hated Christians and they were the 2nd largest group he murdered because trhey stood up to him and hid Jews. Virtually every Jew in EU that was rescued was by CHRISTIANS. No! I mean real GOD fearing people.

    ***FINALLY*** (though I could obliterate much more of this tripe)You pseudo-intellectual lefties really ought to have the integrity to read up on the other side of issues before you promote such pablum.

    TRY THIS ON
    ...explain how a system who declare Christianity one of if not their greatest enemy comes to this conclusion.. (I'll tell you how after you read the quote)

    Jiang Zemin, the former leader of Communist China was speaking to Former Time correspondent, David Aikman. As he interviewed the retiring head of state in Communist China in 2002 and asked what Zemin wished for in regard to China’s future. Zemin's response shocked Aikman, and much of the world, when he replied:

    “I would like for my country to become a Christian nation.” (Aikman, David. “A Report on Christianity in China: A Conversation With David Aikman.” Speech at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, September 26, 2002.)

    When asked “Why?” Zemin’s response was an amazing revelation. He explained how a panel of Chinese scholars had spent twenty years studying why China continually lagged behind the West in science, industry, and culture. After considering every possible explanation, they concluded that it was the religious heritage of the West that had allowed it to reach such heights. The statement of these Chinese scholars was:

    “One of the things we were asked to do was look into what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because of a more powerful military. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic systems. But in the past 20 years we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. This is why the West is powerful. The Christian moral foundation of the social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.” (Quoted from Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Changing the Global Balance of Power, by David Aikman.)

    Want to know how this could be!?! Because they were HONEST. They actually wanted to know the facts and truth. They were not a bunch of weenies too lazy to read both sides of an issue.. So puffed up and impressed with their own thoughts that they imagined they were privy to stuff the rest of us are too slow to comprehend. Moors and most of the twits in these leftist vids don't bother to mention the fact that socialism has a 100% failure rate. It was tried in the New testament by the church. If FAILED. It was tried by the Pilgrims...most of them died. It was tried over and over and over...and it always fails.

    When you suggest a selection of anti-virus apps you have integrity.
    When you do this crap you just expose you ignorance and spread it to others too lazy to check the facts.

    Please get honest and educated of stick to the apps.

  25. Bnwrocka
    December 4, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I'm a big fan of 'One Man, One Cow, One Planet.'. Don't think this one falls 'right' or 'left' so hopefully everyone here can learn something without feeling too political.

    Happy holidays,

    Brian

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:41 am

      Thanks for sharing - I love documentaries which actually give some advice on what can be done to help the earth. :)

  26. Cindygc
    December 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Hmmm. Not really crazy about these docs. I've lived out of the US extensively and have found some of this stuff to be bogus. But... people seem to eat it up. Don't really care for just "opinion documentary".

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:38 am

      From this list, try "Man with a Camera" or "Home". Not as opinionated as the rest. :) And yeah, the opinionated documentaries seem to be both popular and most likely to be made available for free.

  27. Bnwrocka
    December 4, 2010 at 6:29 am

    I'm a big fan of 'One Man, One Cow, One Planet.'. Don't think this one falls 'right' or 'left' so hopefully everyone here can learn something without feeling too political.

    Happy holidays,

    Brian

  28. Dvd Marc 12
    December 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    You guys forgot "Carts Of Darkness". it is a documentary about a guy who chooses to live outside and ride shopping carts. It's really cool. It won some awards too!

    http://films.nfb.ca/carts-of-d...

  29. Pete Bollini
    December 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hi there...I clicked on your advice for Bowling for Columbine but youtube had a sign that it was taken down due to multiple copyrite infringements. Just for your info...Thanks for the article, very good!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:08 am

      That's just the preview which has been removed. If you click on the red "Watch film now" button below it, it will let you watch a legal version for free. :)

  30. Dvd Marc 12
    December 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    You guys forgot "Carts Of Darkness". it is a documentary about a guy who chooses to live outside and ride shopping carts. It's really cool. It won some awards too!

    http://films.nfb.ca/carts-of-darkness/

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 10, 2010 at 5:11 am

      Thanks - "Carts of Darkness" looks amazing. I'll try to watch the whole thing soon. :)

  31. Buccanoles
    December 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Moore and Maher are both waste of space. Anybody who looks to them for any intelligent news or discussion needs to expand their horizons.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:05 am

      I tend to agree a little there. Both Moore and Maher try so hard to make their point that they over-do their stance well into the ridiculous zone. However, taken with a grain of salt, one can learn interesting facts about important issues by watching their films.

  32. John Muldoon
    December 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    So quit whining and give us some examples of some well made Fair and Balanced documentaries from a right wing perspective.
    And by the way the only one on the list that mentions Muslims at all would be Religulous... not exactly a pro-Muslim screed, what?

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:14 am

      So true. Thanks for your support. :)

  33. Buccanoles
    December 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Moore and Maher are both waste of space. Anybody who looks to them for any intelligent news or discussion needs to expand their horizons.

  34. Steve Butterworth
    December 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I love the segway across America full length documentary. A road trip with a difference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdR41fe9Zeg

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Wow - Unexpected. Checking it out now, thanks!

  35. John Muldoon
    December 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    So quit whining and give us some examples of some well made Fair and Balanced documentaries from a right wing perspective.
    And by the way the only one on the list that mentions Muslims at all would be Religulous... not exactly a pro-Muslim screed, what?

  36. Wallyinthegame
    December 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    A couple that were missing but are definitely as good as the above:

    Celsius 41.11 - The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die

    Fahrenhype 9/11

    Islam: What the West Needs to Know

    Michael & Me

    Michael Moore Hates America

    Ben Stein's: Expelled

    Cheers!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 4:58 am

      Ooh, some of them sound quite interesting. As for the Michael Moore movies, I figured one feature mention and a bonus link was enough for this list. I might check out the anti-Michael Moore movies you mentioned. :)

  37. Yancy
    December 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    This is the greatest list of socialist documentaries! I love the leftists! Cool. No right or center allowed!! Do not allow them! They suck!!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:02 am

      Please feel free to add some links to popular right-wing documentaries available to watch for free. I wasn't trying to exclude right-wing films, I was merely looking for a variety of popular documentary films available to watch for free. :)

  38. Steve Butterworth
    December 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I love the segway across America full length documentary. A road trip with a difference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  39. Deadkennedys
    December 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I love that there are only left-wing, socialist documentaries on makeuseof's list! Great! Screw the right. Do not lot anyone see there crap. Long live communism! Screw anyone else!

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 4:56 am

      Honestly, it all comes down to what is both popular and what is available legally for free online. Do feel free to add links here to some decent right wing documentaries (legally available for free). There are a few commenters who would be keen to see them. :)

  40. Sadtruth
    December 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Documentaries
    - Left-wing documentaries...CHECK
    - Michael Moore documentaries that have been proven to include many lies, half-truths, and creative editing....CHECK
    - Anything ant-Christian....CHECK

    Documentaries
    - Exposing Michael Moore's lies and manipulation....NOPE.
    - Anti-Muslim or those negative of Islam's agenda documentaries...NADDA.
    - Anything that might expose the a socialist or left-wing agenda....NOT HAPPENIN'.

    This is why people do not listen...And vote Right. Are you scared there might be another point of view? Facts?

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 4:53 am

      That wasn't the intention, honestly. These are just the most popular documentaries I could find for free legally online. Feel free to add some links to legal, full-length right-wing documentaries we should see. :)

  41. Pelosilostherjob
    December 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Ahh, nice to see every left-wing, angry, ant-Christian, anti-American, blah-blah "documentaries"/ propaganda pieces listed on here. Really shows your bias.

    Where are the Obama or Clinton scandal documentaries? Where is the ACORN investigative series? How about the documentaries that exploited Moore's own leftist political propaganda machine? Or maybe even more neutral documentaries like Restrepo or the dolphin-killing one in Japan? Haf, Makeuseof.com just pushes out their demented view of the world and shove it down your throat. No wonder Obama took an ass-whooping in the last election. You just do not get it.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      I'm sorry - none of these movies are anti-American and the only one that could be seen as anti-Christian is actually anti-religion in general.

      There are quite a few neutral left/right documentaries in this list. You just seem to have overlooked them.

      As for the other movies you mention, I don't know of them. So they're either not in the top 250 documentaries on IMDB or they're not available for free online and I didn't see them while I was researching. If you do happen to find them free online, feel free to link to them from here to help balance the right-wing viewpoint. Thanks!

  42. Wallyinthegame
    December 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    A couple that were missing but are definitely as good as the above:

    Celsius 41.11 - The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die

    Fahrenhype 9/11

    Islam: What the West Needs to Know

    Michael & Me

    Michael Moore Hates America

    Ben Stein's: Expelled

    Cheers!

  43. Sadtruth
    December 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Documentaries
    - Left-wing documentaries...CHECK
    - Michael Moore documentaries that have been proven to include many lies, half-truths, and creative editing....CHECK
    - Anything ant-Christian....CHECK

    Documentaries
    - Exposing Michael Moore's lies and manipulation....NOPE.
    - Anti-Muslim or those negative of Islam's agenda documentaries...NADDA.
    - Anything that might expose the a socialist or left-wing agenda....NOT HAPPENIN'.

    This is why people do not listen...And vote Right. Are you scared there might be another point of view? Facts?

  44. Pelosilostherjob
    December 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Ahh, nice to see every left-wing, angry, ant-Christian, anti-American, blah-blah "documentaries"/ propaganda pieces listed on here. Really shows your bias.

    Where are the Obama or Clinton scandal documentaries? Where is the ACORN investigative series? How about the documentaries that exploited Moore's own leftist political propaganda machine? Or maybe even more neutral documentaries like Restrepo or the dolphin-killing one in Japan? Haf, Makeuseof.com just pushes out their demented view of the world and shove it down your throat. No wonder Obama took an ass-whooping in the last election. You just do not get it.

  45. RADCOW
    November 28, 2010 at 2:59 am

    you HAVE TO WATCH THE THE TRAP BY Adam Curtis
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trap_(television_documentary_series)

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 4, 2010 at 5:15 am

      Wow. That looks fascinating. Thanks for the link!

  46. RADCOW
    November 28, 2010 at 3:59 am

    you HAVE TO WATCH THE THE TRAP BY Adam Curtis
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

  47. Angela Alcorn
    November 28, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Thanks. I just found Zeitgeist here to watch for free: http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

  48. Angela Alcorn
    November 28, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Thanks for the tip - Just found it here to watch for free: http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

  49. rdezso
    November 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Yeah Zeitgeist is a great documentary....covering religion, the money system and more.

    Would love to see this as a regular feature on Makeuseof

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

      Thanks. I just found Zeitgeist here to watch for free: http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Might I suggest you do a bit of research into the people behind Zeitgeist?
      I know it's so much easier to just believe all that spooky stuff (esp if you are good and high) but you might want to actually look into the facts because it is so full of holes, lies, and fallacies that it makes a well read person laugh hysterically.

  50. rdezso
    November 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Yeah Zeitgeist is a great documentary....covering religion, the money system and more.

    Would love to see this as a regular feature on Makeuseof

  51. Ad
    November 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    How about Zeitgeist?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

      Thanks for the tip - Just found it here to watch for free: http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Zeitgeist is great unless you are hindered by rational thought!
      You'll love it if you are a "birther" who thinks the CIA blew up the towers and shot Kennedy!

  52. Bob Constans
    November 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    This is exactly the kind of article that Make Use Of is meant for. Excellent article.
    For those who want a regular feature, might I suggest that they check out some of the video sites that can be configured to send out regular recommendations like Metacafe, LetMeWatchThis, Veoh in addition to the above mentioned.

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Very true - great idea!

  53. Bob Constans
    November 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    This is exactly the kind of article that Make Use Of is meant for. Excellent article.
    For those who want a regular feature, might I suggest that they check out some of the video sites that can be configured to send out regular recommendations like Metacafe, LetMeWatchThis, Veoh in addition to the above mentioned.

  54. Matt Stegall
    November 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    How about finding ten that don't have such a blatant agenda?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Most feature-length documentaries have some sort of agenda - especially the ones available for free online. The ones without agendas don't usually feel the need to put the full film online for free. Usually they're awareness-building films attempting to educate people or change how people behave. I tried to not dwell on any one agenda at least. :)

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

      ...choke...gag....barf...OH FREAKIN PLEASE!
      No really it was balanced...you have lying leftist BS on the top and the bottom!

      GOOD JOB!

    • Anonymous
      December 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      Are you serious? What "agenda" other than "leftists" made it to your list?

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      I meant different agendas as in environment, food, religion, health, art/film-making, war, animals.

      I also think the term leftist gets used to mean activist these days. There's not really activists who say "we should really eat meat", but anyone who says we shouldn't gets called left-wing even though it has very little to do with the original left/right divide in politics. :)

    • George Jones
      December 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Great comment Matt. This shows the intent, heart and agenda of the editors of this website. Very telling. My respect level for them just went down a few notches.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 14, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      Please pay attention to the other replies — I think you're getting the wrong impression.

      Documentaries in general tend to mainly be educational or awareness-building for an issue the makers believe in. Most of the films available for free are the ones with an agenda (the ones without an agenda tend to wait for people to pay for it).

      I tried to vary the list to cover different topics: environment, food, religion, health, art/film-making, war, animals.

      There's no overall agenda — it's just a good mix of what was popular and available for free.

    • BAMF
      December 27, 2010 at 2:35 am

      Yeah, you're right, the site is for the left only. You're an idiot. Don't use the site anymore if you're that ignorant.

  55. Jennifer
    November 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I've seen every one of these documentaries. Funny how every one of them has some sort of extreme liberal biases.
    How about I recommend a site with some extreme conservative biases.
    https://obamaisabitch.wordpres...

  56. timelady
    November 26, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Love the idea of it being a regular feature:)

  57. Guest
    November 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks, Angela. Similiar to "Sound Sunday", any chance you could talk Mr O'Neill
    into having you provide this to us once a week (or at least once a month)?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 26, 2010 at 12:04 am

      Glad to hear you like it that much! I'll forward the suggestion to him, for sure. :)

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the post so much, but I don't think there is sufficient demand to have it as a regular feature.

  58. Guest
    November 26, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Thanks, Angela. Similiar to "Sound Sunday", any chance you could talk Mr O'Neill
    into having you provide this to us once a week (or at least once a month)?

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