Here’s part 1 of the most mind blowing documentaries we could find across the digital landscape (Read part 2 here). Compiling just 10 is difficult so we’ve created a full list of recommended documentaries with summarised ratings here. There will be weekly additions to our documentary and film page so keep an eye out and if you have any films you’d like to recommend, please comment with them below and we will get round to replying and watching them all where time permits.

“Belief is the death of intelligence.” – Robert A Wilson

These documentaries have been chosen for their thought provoking content and many discuss new ideas and concepts that are either currently impossible to be scientifically explored or have yet to be explored enough. As a note, Einstein’s special relativity theory was published in 1905 but wasn’t actually fully accepted into the physics community until 1920. So, I prefer not to dismiss the exploration of new ideas just because they do not adhere to the status quo, for that is the only way we make progress. So, onto the best documentaries on YouTube:


The Century of the Self is a thought provoking, four part documentary describing how Freudian and post-Freudian ideas about human nature were adopted by corporations and politicians to manipulate society and public values in the 20th Century. There is a particular focus on the influence of Edward Bernays, the inventor of public relations, on American culture, business, and politics. This is a well crafted, engagingly paced, and consistently interesting documentary, which has since developed a bit of a cult following.

Watch Part 1 here




Often referred to as ‘the greatest educational series of all-time’. Carl Sagan‘s ability to clearly communicate complex concepts in simple language without washing down the content of his explanations is such a rare approach. If you have the slightest curiosity about how the Universe works, this is the ultimate documentary series, taking you on a complete 13 hour ride through the Cosmos. The entire series is available on Youtube:

Watch Episode 1 Here




Hold your presumptions on this one, it’s probably not what you think. This documentary approaches the ‘new age’ and ‘all you need is love’ mindsets to question the over embracing of love and denial of negative reality. I’d be very interested to hear the opinions of Live Learn Evolve readers on this one, please comment below if you’ve seen it.

Watch it





This is a fascinating masterpiece about the social and economical dynamics of the present day compared to ancient mighty civilizations that have fallen. Exploring the ever growing problems we face as a culture and offering thoughtful technological solutions which can all be put in place immediately if we work together. This is streamable on Netflix.

Watch it here.




The corporation as a psychopath. Our daily lives are dominated by corporations, most goods, services, information and entertainment now flow from huge multinationals. But what if this dominant player in our existence is certifiably insane? This film is a compelling story of the evil that can be and is done by and in the name of corporations. Piles of detailed examples on top of interviews on top of documentary film clips, highly recommended.

Watch it on YouTube



A powerful visual masterpiece that takes you on a tour of the globe. If man sends another Voyager to the distant stars and it can carry only one film on board, that film might be “Baraka.” It uses no language, so needs no translation. It speaks in magnificent images, natural sounds, and music both composed and discovered. It regards our planet and the life upon it and stands outside of historical time. Highly recommend it’s follow up film Samsara too, which can be found here

Watch the Trailer on YouTube




Collaborative documentary piecing together some of the most thought-provoking clips from the most recent internationally renowned philosophical icons including Alan Watts and Terrence Mckenna. Other themes include our creativity, our power as individuals and the power as a collective to manifest our own reality. The quality of the production isn’t mind blowing but the content is incredible. One of the best documentaries on Vimeo.

Watch it on Vimeo





The film explores the macrocosm, the microcosm and the relationship of our inner worlds to the outer cosmos. A four part series exploring the concept of a vibratory field that connects all things. The same field of energy that saints, Buddhas, yogis, mystics, priests, shamans and seers, have explored by looking within themselves. Many of history’s monumental thinkers, such a Pythagoras, Kepler, Leonardo DaVinci, Tesla, and Einstein, have come to the threshold of this great mystery. It is the common link between all religions, all sciences, and the link between our inner worlds and our outer worlds.

Watch it




Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

Watch Documentary





DMT The Spirit Molecule takes you on a journey to explore the possibilities of what this molecule, DMT could mean to man kind. Although flawed in places if you’re unaware of DMT this documentary does an amazing job of explaining both the experiences of the substance and the science of the mind. Medical doctors, physical scientists, artists, and spiritual seekers work together to explore and quantify the effects of potentially the world’s most powerful psychotropic substance.

Watch it on YouTube


Recommend your favourite documentaries

We'll be updating our documentary and film page weekly, if you would like to contribute some suggestions please comment below

Also check out Top 40 most enlightening spiritual films of all time for a full list of weekly updated documentaries and films here.

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  • Alaadine A. El-Abd

    thanx for the is couple documanteries ilike -Ancient Knowledge, Kymatica, Spirit Science, Thrive, what the bleep do we know, the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy…those which i recall now keep blazing the world LLE ”,

    • livelearnevolve

      Thanks for the suggestions Alaadine! Literally watched Ancient Knowledge and What the Bleep do we know in the last week, very thought provoking documentaries. I’ll add the rest to my watch list, thanks for reading.

  • frank

    Watch the trilogy of mind blowing films at

    • livelearnevolve

      Thank you Frank, we will watch these and keep you posted on our thoughts. We’ll also add them to the documentary page if they are as good as you say they are!

    • Andrew benson

      Four Horsemen is also a great documentary, similar to I Am or the Zeitgeist films but from the perspective of more respectable intellectuals..

      • Believer

        I have no respect for intellectuals. It is the believers that will change this world

        • Really? Where do you think the believers got their start? Right. From ONE intellectual.

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  • Jeremy Lynes Serious reexamination of the official 9/11 narrative. 5.6 hours long, but well worth it… an award winning documentary maker.

  • Defiant

    I WAS interested…but as soon as you tell me that these “documentaries” are not all based on fact…I have to ask if you know what a documentary IS! I just read that statement as you putting REAL documetaries on the same footing as say, the HUGE tangle of lies represented by Michael Moore’s body of “work.” You lose me there…

    • livelearnevolve

      Hi Defiant,

      If you check the oxford dictionary you’ll see that ‘documentary’ is defined as ‘consisting of or based on official documents’. It’s the most appropriate universal noun for promoting these videos and also if you re-read we did not say they are not ‘based on fact’ we said they are not listed in our opinion as ‘100% fact’. Many similar sites to us push out the derogatorily labelled ‘conspiracy theory’ type content as truth, whereas we prefer to offer out thought provoking content without attached belief, where the readers openly voice their own uninfluenced opinions.

      Thanks for reading!

      • Christian Valenzuela

        That is a slight word change, but believe their point is the same.

        • Suck it defiant

          I think the whole point of a documentary is to make you think, not learn. Therefore a documentary having fact is a bogus. anybody can make a documentary, but certainly everyone views the world differently so it’s impossible for anyone to make a “factual” documentary as it is all based on perception

  • Aivilo Truoccm

    Another very good one ks The Power of Nightmares.

    • livelearnevolve

      Thanks Aivilo, will definitely check this one out, thanks for commenting

  • Aivilo Truoccm

    Sorry it is on youtube.

  • Brookin

    The Power of Nightmares is a 3-part BBC documentary about the end of the politics of hope and the rise of the politics of fear – it also explains where Al Qaeda actually came from. Give them a try – I found a copy on a file sharing site with a ship as a mascot!

  • Angelina Sereno

    Surviving Progress is a masterpiece! Check it out if you haven’t seen it, it’s free on YouTube. 🙂

    • @angelinasereno:disqus I just watched this and it blew my mind. Super concise and really put our technological obsession into perspective! Thanks for sharing

  • Alexandra Kuvaldina

    “Earthlings” is the type of documentary that defines mind blowing.
    Project Nim is impeccable. Deeply moving.

    • @alexandrakuvaldina:disqus, it really was a game changer! Also, equally as mind blowing was ‘Cowspiracy’ which is now on Netflix and ‘Inner Outer Worlds’ a four part documentary on YouTube – highly, highly recommend that!

  • Nemo

    The Path of the Horse

  • Home and The Spirit Molecule are amazing docos !!

    • Yes @thehealthadvocate:disqus, home is visually breathtaking. I’d also recommend Baraka and Samsara if you’ve not seen them

  • Giulia Raissa Bazzanella

    Hello there. I would like to recommend “Human” together with the above.
    there are 3 volumes, all of them available on youtube.


    • @giulia, seriously good find. I watched 10 minutes of the first volume and it really hit me hard. This is a seriously potent example of progressive film making, thank you for sharing with us!

      • Giulia Raissa Bazzanella

        Glad you like Sam, and congratulations for your project! I absolute love everything about it.

  • Jessie Lc

    So far I have only seen THE SPIRIT MOLECULE but, now I should check out the other great documentaries.

    • haha yeah that’s pretty far out doc @jessie_lc:disqus. Really got me interested in trying DMT, yet to jump in yet though 🙂

  • Kat Paige

    I do enjoy “An Inconvenient Truth” It is a truly good one

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  • Adriaan Reivers

    i recommend fool me twice doco on terrorism

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  • Gilad

    A beautiful movie that just primiered and available “on demand” at vimeo:

  • Ian Mcintosh

    Vacant watch many of them of was looking forward to it netflix, Amazon you tube tried them all

  • Husni

    I have watched “Before the Flood” and it will make you seriously think about what we aredoing to the environment. I think it is one of the most mind awakening documentaries.

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  • Lyle Novak

    Great list of documentaries.
    I have found the following worth a watch
    Lo and Behold
    Where to invade next
    The Millionaire Project

  • Grim

    Blackfish has changed the aquatic mammal entertainment industry.