Best 3D Documentaries

by whittleboy615 | created - 04 Aug 2014 | updated - 10 Mar 2018 | Public

Best Stereoscopic 3D Documentaries & Performance Movies Ranked by 3D photography and story

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1. Hubble (2010)

G | 44 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

An IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Scott D. Altman, Megan McArthur, Andrew J. Feustel

Votes: 3,933 | Gross: $52.42M

Won 3 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner 3D Society's 2011 Best 3D Documentary Award Winner Blu-ray 3D

2. Space Station 3D (2002)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

From outer space countries don't exist.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Tom Cruise, James Arnold, Michael J. Bloomfield, Robert D. Cabana

Votes: 1,438 | Gross: $93.37M

Won 3 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner Blu-ray 3D

3. A Beautiful Planet (2016)

G | 46 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Samantha Cristoforetti, Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren

Votes: 880 | Gross: $15.53M

4. Under the Sea 3D (2009)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

77 Metascore

An underwater look at the diverse coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific areas and the impact of global warming on the oceans.

Director: Howard Hall | Star: Jim Carrey

Votes: 1,643 | Gross: $36.08M

Won 1 GSCA Award 3D Society's 2010 Best 3D Documentary Award Winner Blu-ray 3D

5. Deep Sea (2006)

G | 41 min | Documentary, Short

78 Metascore

A 3-D digital exploration of the ocean's depths and its creatures.

Director: Howard Hall | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

Votes: 1,579 | Gross: $46.39M

Won 3 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner Blu-ray 3D

6. Into the Deep (1994)

35 min | Documentary, Short

An underwater exploration beneath kelp forests in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The film captures the birth of a shark, squids mating, a lobster molting, a fish ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hall | Star: Kate Nelligan

Votes: 286

Won 1 GSCA Award Blu-ray 3D (Samsung Triple Feature)

7. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,826 | Gross: $25.88M

Won 4 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner Blu-ray 3D

8. Wonders of the Arctic 3D (2014)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short

Wonders of the Arctic 3D centers on our ongoing mission to explore and come to terms with the Arctic, and the compelling stories of our many forays into this captivating place will be ... See full summary »

Director: David Lickley

Votes: 54

9. Pina (2011)

PG | 103 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante

Votes: 13,464 | Gross: $3.52M

Academy Awards Best Documentary Nominee 3D Society's 2012 Jury Prize winner Blu-ray 3D

10. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 13,938 | Gross: $5.23M

3D Society's 2012 Best 3D Documentary Award Winner Blu-ray 3D

11. Cavedigger (2013)

TV-G | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

In this OSCAR® NOMINATED documentary short, artist Ra Paulette digs other-worldly, sculptural caves using nothing but hand tools. But, as patrons cut off his projects due to lack of funds ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Karoff | Stars: Ra Paulette, Pierre Delattre, Suzanne Eliel, David Heath

Votes: 274

Academy Awards Best Documentary Short Nominee

12. U2 3D (2007)

G | 85 min | Documentary, Music

83 Metascore

A 3-D presentation of U2's global "Vertigo" tour. Shot at seven different shows, this production employs the greatest number of 3-D cameras ever used for a single project.

Directors: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington | Stars: Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.

Votes: 2,753 | Gross: $10.35M

13. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

76 Metascore

By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,901

Blu-ray 3D (Australia: Region Free)

14. Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (2015– )


David Attenborough revisits the Great Barrier Reef after nearly 60 years. His visit takes him from the most exposed part of the reef as well as down to 300m below the surface discovering corals never seen before.

Stars: David Attenborough, Barack Obama

Votes: 922

3D Society's 2016 Best UHD Award Winner

15. David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D (2015)


Evolutionary story of flight from the very first insects to the incredible array of creatures which rule the skies today.

Stars: David Attenborough, Jesse R. Barber, Peter R. Houlihan, Akito Kawahara

Votes: 390

3D Society's 2016 Best 3D Documentary Award Winner Blu-ray 3D (UK)

16. Galapagos 3D (2013)


Filmed in one of the most extreme and hard-to-reach locations in the world, 'Galapagos' explores the unique environments and species of the Galapagos. It will take viewers on a voyage to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon De Glanville, Anthony Geffen, Alex Hemingway

Votes: 853

Blu-ray 3D (UK)

17. Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland (2014)

40 min | Short, Adventure

In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos. Amongst these remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature.

Director: Martin Williams | Stars: Jeff Corwin, David Attenborough

Votes: 92

18. Kingdom of Plants 3D (2012– )

50 min | Documentary

3D technology reveals a whole new dimension in the lives of plants, from the most bizarre to the most beautiful. In this sensational series, shot over the course of a year, David ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Tim Cragg, Anthony Geffen, Robert Hollingworth

Votes: 720

Blu-ray 3D (UK: Region Free)

19. David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (2014 TV Movie)

64 min | Documentary

This documentary narrated by David Attenborough was filmed at the Natural History Museum, London, and uses state of the art CGI imagery to bring to life several extinct animals in the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel M. Smith

Votes: 596

3D Society's 2015 Best 3DTV Historical Documentary Award winner Blu-ray 3D (UK)

20. Micro Monsters 3D (2013)


David Attenborough uses the latest 3D technology to bring to life the extreme and deadly unseen world of bugs.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alan Henderson

Votes: 602

Blu-ray 3D (UK)

21. Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)

TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary

Famous naturalist David Attenborough explains the rise and fall of pterosaurs, mistakenly known as flying dinosaurs. He also flies a glider to show how big the Quetzalcoatlus, at the time the largest known pterosaur species, really was.

Director: Matthew Dyas | Stars: David Attenborough, Douglas A. Lawson

Votes: 780 | Gross: $5.69M

Blu-ray 3D

22. Tiny Giants 3D (2014)

44 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

A short about what happens under and around us. A chipmunk and a small mouse go on an adventure; they grow and learn about life and its obstacles.

Director: Mark Brownlow | Star: Stephen Fry

Votes: 667

Won 1 GSCA Award 3D Society's 2015 Best 3DTV Documentary Award winner Blu-ray 3D

23. Earthflight (2011–2012)

59 min | Documentary

A nature documentary about a bird's-eye view of the natural world, joining the journeys of snow geese, cranes, albatrosses, eagles and other birds across six continents. Beginning in North ... See full summary »

Star: David Tennant

Votes: 498

Wings 3D: Blu-ray 3D

24. Enchanted Kingdom 3D (2014)

G | 87 min | Documentary

This absolutely beautiful documentary on our World, its mystical beauty and miracles including slow motion footage of nature, animals, seasons, new life and daily beauties I've never seen ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Morris, Neil Nightingale | Stars: Idris Elba, Lambert Wilson, Humberto Tan, India Dale-Hill

Votes: 616

3D Society's 2015 Best 3D Documentary Award Winner Blu-ray 3D

25. Jerusalem (2013)

Not Rated | 44 min | Documentary

Filmed in 3D for IMAX and Giant Screen cinemas, JERUSALEM is an immersive experience about one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to billions... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Ferguson | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodi Magness, Farah Ammouri, Austin Carder

Votes: 1,052 | Gross: $7.99M

Won 2 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner Blu-ray 3D

26. Mysteries of the Unseen World (2013)

Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short

MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD transports audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front... See full summary »

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Andrew Bankston, Payton Bourgeois, Elizabeth Donner

Votes: 689

Blu-ray 3D

27. Great White Shark (2013)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Family

An encounter with the predator we love to fear.

Directors: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas, David Newton | Star: Christopher Lowe

Votes: 187

28. The Last Reef 3D (2012)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Family

From the Academy-Award nominated creators of the Broadway show STOMP and the award-winning film Wild Ocean, The Last Reef is an uplifting, inspirational large-format and 3D cinema ... See full summary »

Directors: Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas

Votes: 272

Won 2 GSCA Awards

29. Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)

Unrated | 37 min | Documentary, Short

Filmmakers of "Pandas: The Journey Home" were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China. Meet all of the pandas at the center as they get ready for their new lives in... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Brown

Votes: 147

Blu-ray 3D

30. Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (2007)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the ... See full summary »

Director: Sean MacLeod Phillips | Stars: Jerry Hoffman, Liev Schreiber, Jennifer Aguilar, Michael Ashcraft

Votes: 880 | Gross: $23.55M

Won 2 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner

31. Flight of the Butterflies (2012)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

A film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico.

Director: Mike Slee | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Patricia Phillips, Shaun Benson, Stephen Bogaert

Votes: 413

Won 5 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner

32. Bugs! (2003)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Documentary

61 Metascore

A film about the various insects in Borneo's rainforest.

Director: Mike Slee | Star: Judi Dench

Votes: 320 | Gross: $13.63M

Won 4 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner Blu-ray 3D (Germany: Region B)

33. Robots (2015)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Some gosh darn robots do in robot things

Director: Mike Slee

Votes: 15

34. Galapagos (1999)

39 min | Documentary, Short

Part adventure, part scientific expedition, part personal quest, and part fantastic voyage, this unprecedented non-fiction film takes audiences on a journey with marine biologist Dr. Carole... See full summary »

Directors: David Clark, Al Giddings | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Carole Baldwin, John E. McCosker, David Pawson

Votes: 352 | Gross: $18.62M

Blu-ray 3D (Samsung Triple Feature)

35. Titans of the Ice Age (2013)

38 min | Documentary

Explore the Pleistocene through archaeological discoveries, reenactments, and CGI.

Director: David Clark | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Trevor S. Valle, Christoph Walter

Votes: 155

36. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

71 Metascore

This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon. It provides a romantic, inspirational depiction of the Apollo astronauts travels on the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cowen | Stars: Tom Hanks, John Corbett, Andrew Husmann, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 861 | Gross: $34.14M

37. Humpback Whales (2015)

40 min | Documentary, Short

An in-depth look at the lives of humpback whales and the challenges they face to avoid extinction.

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Star: Ewan McGregor

Votes: 360

Won 3 GSCA Awards, Best Film Winner

38. Journey to the South Pacific (2013)

G | 40 min | Documentary

An underwater voyage to Indonesia to learn about its inhabitants such as giant rays and whale sharks as well as efforts being made in the region for ocean conservation.

Directors: Stephen Judson, Greg MacGillivray | Stars: Ferdiel Ballamu, Cate Blanchett, Menas Mambasar, Jawi Mayor

Votes: 145 | Gross: $7.64M

39. Ocean Planet 3D

Documentary | Post-production

A look at the ocean as seen from the inner depths to outer space.

Director: Greg MacGillivray

40. Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

G | 61 min | Documentary, Family

67 Metascore

James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Bill Paxton, Lori Johnston, Lewis Abernathy, John Broadwater

Votes: 4,701 | Gross: $17.09M

Blu-ray 3D

41. Aliens of the Deep (2005)

G | 100 min | Documentary, Family

71 Metascore

James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life forms.

Directors: James Cameron, Steven Quale | Stars: James Cameron, Anatoly M. Sagalevitch, Genya Chernaiev, Victor Nischeta

Votes: 2,534 | Gross: $8.97M

42. Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A 3D documentary chronicling filmmaker James Cameron's diving expeditions in his Deepsea Challenger submersible.

Directors: John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight | Stars: James Cameron, Suzy Amis, Lachlan Woods, Frank Lotito

Votes: 1,458 | Gross: $0.15M

Blu-ray 3D

43. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)

G | 39 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

A documentary that follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered.

Director: David Douglas | Stars: Patricia Wright, Morgan Freeman, Hantanirina Rasamimanana

Votes: 846 | Gross: $11.26M

Blu-ray 3D

44. NASCAR: The IMAX Experience (2004)

PG | 48 min | Sport

58 Metascore

A big-screen look into one of America's most successful entertainment industries, NASCAR racing.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson

Votes: 566 | Gross: $20.03M

Won 1 GSCA Award

45. D-Day: Normandy 1944 (2014)

43 min | Documentary, Short, Family

June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region ... See full summary »

Director: Pascal Vuong | Stars: Tom Brokaw, François Cluzet, Glynis Loizeau

Votes: 95

Won 4 GSCA Awards 3D Society's 2015 3D Jury Prize: Historical Documentary winner

46. Sea Rex 3D: Journey to a Prehistoric World (2010)

Not Rated | 41 min | Documentary

The T-Rex of the Seas come alive.

Directors: Ronan Chapalain, Pascal Vuong | Stars: Guillaume Denaiffe, Norbert Ferrer, Chloe Hollings, Richard Rider

Votes: 363 | Gross: $6.60M

Blu-ray 3D

47. African Adventure: Safari in the Okavango (2007)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Join ranger Liesl Eichenberg and renowned wildlife photographer Tim Liversedge, on a live-action 3D IMAX photo-safari on the waterways of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Come face-to-face ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Stassen | Stars: Tim Liversedge, Liesl Eichenberger, June Liversedge

Votes: 22

48. Cathedrals of Culture (2014)

165 min | Documentary

Six directors tackle the question "If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?" by capturing iconic buildings with narration from the perspective of the buildings.

Directors: Karim Aïnouz, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Margreth Olin, Robert Redford, Wim Wenders | Stars: Meret Becker, Gennadi Vengerov, Benedicte C. Westin, Jonas Salk

Votes: 193

49. Land of the Bears (2014)

86 min | Documentary

Set in the wilderness of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the land of legends and the kingdom of wild brown bears, we follow the daily adventures of five wild brown bears. A mother bear and her two... See full summary »

Director: Guillaume Vincent | Star: Marion Cotillard

Votes: 249

Blu-ray 3D (Australia)

50. Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy