Hard core movie lovers don't want to miss out on many documentary films that are made across the globe. But often they are not sure where to watch documentaries for free. We created list of best quality free online websites that stream documentary movies.
A documentary film page from Wikipedia defines that it is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas.
Best place for watching free documentaries is: Google Video, YouTube, and Vimeo. But you need to search for specific documentary film and then have to watch. Instead, there is a better way to watch those films by using other streaming websites, they have alreadey categorised films for you.
List of best documentary film streaming sites
We collected a list of 8 sites for watching documentaries online. These sites have good quality, large colelction of films and have frequent updates
Review of top streaming sites for documentary films
All the mentioned websites do NOT host their videos, instead, they link to such videos from the web(such as YouTube and Vimeo) and embed on their site. In doing that, they neatly arranged documentaries in categories, making your life easier.
DocumentaryAddict.com is probably the biggest documentary online resource with over 4500 films. Collection of documentaries range across multiple genres such as Crime, History, Conspiracy, Mystery, and Health.
Site has regular updates and also gives subscription option. Website is easy to use. Users can browse films by Most popular, Just added, Random selection or also by Categories.
Documentary Heaven has big database of documentary films. They have more than 2500 documentaries from multiple genres and sub genres. They also have forum where you can exchange opinions on topics related to documentary films.
Website has excellent design with easy navigation links.
DocumentaryTube has over 1000 collection of documentary films. These are grouped under more than 30 categories and subcategories.
Website design is good and is easy to use. They have all genres listed on the top and you can easily navigate from there. Updating here is done weekly, so you will not wait too long for new films. Also for those who are more in to documentary film, here you can find info about upcoming film festivals and events. This is one of the sites that should be on the short list for watching documentaries for sure.
Documentary.net website looks very professional and offers many easy to use options and features. Site has a large collection of documentary films(over thousands). Collection is for only quality films that meet certain minimum standards.
Some of the interesting ones are listed below:
- Users can browse films by location, which is great if you are interested only for films from some region or country
- Users can browse films by length: Short Film (less than 10min), Medium Fillm (11-30 minutes), or long Film (longer than 30 minutes)
- Magazine section in the site has info about upcoming film events, documentary reviews and more.
DocumentaryZ has an excellent site design which looks very clean and simple. Therefore it is easy to use and navigate. There are around 25 categories which lists more than 2500 films.
Site update is not very frequent, may be once a month. But they already have huge collection. So, you can mostly get all popular films easily.
Hulu is a well known American online company and partially ad-supported streaming service offering a selection of TV shows, clips, movies, and other streaming media. As of 2015 Hulu is offered only to users in Japan and the United States and its overseas territories. But, you can bypass this geo-restriction and watch those videos.
Documentary section of Hulu has good collection of films and the quality of videos is very good.
Note that Hulu is not completely free, but its free to watch videos itself has impressive collection.
TopDocumentaryFilms(aka TDF) is one of the most popular site for watching streaming documentaries online. It has more than 80K subscribers and over 3000 collection of documentaries and the collection is constanly increasing. Website is grouping these films in total 25 different genres such as History, Politics, Religion, Science, and Society.
TDF also has film store from where you can buy almost every comercial documentary film.
DocumentaryStorm website has simple design with all documentaries listed are on the home page with corresponding posters. Website looks professional and neat.
DocumentaryStorm has a descent collection of films, at present it is around 1000's. But they have good quality videos.