22 Documentaries That Will Make You Think

Documentaries in their very essence seek to explore the truth about life. Whether dealing with the subject of truth  itself, or just unveiling aspects of our society that have been shrouded in lies.

These 20 documentaries seek to open up your eyes to the various perspectives surrounding some of life’s biggest topics.

Wether you agree with all they explore or expose, they will get you thinking, asking questions, and if most effective, doing something about what you feel you have discovered.



Freakonomics – Exposes the hidden side of everything, debunking conventional wisdom, and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions.

Why We Fight – History shows that we don’t do a great job avoiding war, but what influences us to fight?

The Corporation – Ever considered how the concept of a corporation came to be?

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War On Journalism – Looks into fox news and the ever increasing role large corporations has compromised the public’s right to know.



Examined Life – Takes philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets.

Philosophy: A Guide To Happiness – A look at six thinkers who have influenced history, and their ideas about the pursuit of the happy life.

Sartre: The Road to Freedom – Exploring existentialism and the thinkers involved in shaping and articulating philosophy.

Return To Source : Matrix – Goes over many philosophical concepts that inspire, and are presented in, the Matrix trilogy.

Waking Life – A man walks around through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.



A History Of God Explores the 4000 year historic quest for God found in the worlds religions.

The Buddha –  PBS documentary that tells the story of Buddha

Is Religion A Force For Good in The World



The Century Of The Self – Where does power really lie, in the hands of the people, or elsewhere?

Waiting For Superman – A methodical look into America’s system of education.



Exit Through The Gift-shop – Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child – Tamra Davis, friend of Basquiat, tells the story of the quick rise of a young  street artist, and what made him and his art what it was.



Fork Over Knives – Examines the claim that a lot of the diseases we have, can be slowed, or reversed by changing our diet to a plant based diet.

Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead – 310 pound man goes on a personal mission to regain his health.

Food Matters – Uncovering the sickness industry.

Food Inc. – An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry.



Through The Wormhole – Exploring the deepest mysteries of existence.

An Inconvenient Truth – Former Vice President Al Gore shares what he feels science is showing us about the effects of man-made pollution to our environment.


What are some of the documentaries that have really got you thinking?  If you don’t see it on this list, share the experience, by mentioning it in the comments!


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