the earth

by paluze | created - 15 Oct 2011 | updated - 04 Apr 2013 | Public

A list of tv series and documentaries abouth the earth, environment, animals and beauty of nature.

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1. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

Documentary

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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,306

2. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary

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Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough, Jason Roberts

Votes: 18,851

3. Life in the Undergrowth (2005– )

50 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,018

4. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 126,766

5. The Botany of Desire (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary

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Michael Pollan, a professor of journalism and a student of food, presents the history of four plants, each of which found a way to make itself essential to humans, thus ensuring widespread ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Schwarz, Edward Gray | Stars: Frances McDormand, Michael Pollan

Votes: 441

6. Waste Land (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

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78 Metascore

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.

Directors: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, João Jardim | Star: Vik Muniz

Votes: 7,705 | Gross: $0.19M

7. African Cats (2011)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.6
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61 Metascore

A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Directors: Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Stewart, Mara

Votes: 5,457 | Gross: $15.42M

8. Life on Earth (1979– )

702 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,183

9. The Living Planet (1984– )

660 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,534

10. The Life of Birds (1998– )

TV-PG | 489 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,293

11. Life in Cold Blood (2008)

Documentary

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A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,276

12. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allan, Michael Pitts

Votes: 29,421

13. Life in the Freezer (1993– )

30 min | Documentary

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Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,160

14. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

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72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Anggun, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 13,294 | Gross: $38.05M

15. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

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84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 43,053 | Gross: $0.86M

16. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 14,639

17. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

8.6
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47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 19,617

18. Great Migrations (2010– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

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Great Migrations takes viewers on the epic journeys animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species.

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Stephen Fry, Thomas Fritsch, James Byrne

Votes: 578

19. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 30,723 | Gross: $1.25M

20. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 29,306 | Gross: $1.72M

21. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 9,754 | Gross: $1.57M

22. Genesis (2004)

G | 81 min | Documentary

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74 Metascore

A storyteller relates the creation of the world. A tall tale like all yarns. But this tall tale is a true tale - it is our very own story. The birth of the universe, the formation of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Star: Sotigui Kouyaté

Votes: 1,302 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

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82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 10,767 | Gross: $10.76M

24. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

PG | 96 min | Documentary

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75 Metascore

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Al Gore, Billy West, George Bush, George W. Bush

Votes: 73,571 | Gross: $23.81M

25. Madagascar (2011– )

240 min | Documentary

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Over 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Discover what made Madagascar so different from the rest of the world, and how evolution ran wild there.

Stars: David Attenborough, John Brown, Rainer Dolch, Jonathan Linus Fiely

Votes: 1,574

26. Nature's Most Amazing Events (2009– )

49 min | Documentary

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This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see the impact of the melting of the arctic ice in the summer, the annual return of the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Joe Stevens, Paul Beilstein, Steve Benjamin

Votes: 2,567

27. The Great Rift: Africa's Greatest Story (2010– )

176 min | Documentary

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The Great Rift Valley in Africa was created when the African and Arabian tectonic plates separated about 35 million years ago. This series investigates the forces that created the rift and focuses on the landscape and wildlife.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Phil Chapman, Martin Dohrn, Tim Fogg

Votes: 484

28. Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007– )

60 min | Documentary

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In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature, such as wind or volcanism. He also examines the various ways in which it ... See full summary »

Stars: Iain Stewart, Victor Baker, Phil Bland, Bernadette Carrion van Rijn

Votes: 1,761

29. The Private Life of Plants (1995– )

292 min | Documentary

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David Attenborough's study of the world of plants, which demonstrates, with the aid of time-lapse photography, the rich and varied ways in which they flourish.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,117