I am just “getting into” documentaries. For some crazy reason, I had the mistaken idea that documentaries were just long-winded accounts on a subject I would find very boring. Oh, my, was I in the dark about documentaries. These have become a favorite genre for me. I especially love the ones that tell about the beginning of our nation (America) or, better yet, America’s Best Idea! (You’ll see what that is as you go to the list below.) I promise you will not be disappointed nor bored!
Sometimes real life is more interesting than fiction!
Now for the list of my favorite documentaries. These are not listed in any particular order of favoritism, some I have not even viewed yet but they are definitely on my bucket list. I think it is safe to say, these are all G-Rated, family films. This is also a small list of the available, information packed documentaries out. Start on some from my list if you want and, once hooked, you’ll be searching for more and more, just like I did. I stream mine over the Amazon Prime Video format
THE NATIONAL PARKS America’s Best Idea
By Ken Burns
What in the world is America’s Best Idea? Read on to find out why!
I’m going to say that this is my number one favorite. The first episode, is titled “The Scripture of Nature”, which gives one the hint it is going to be close to something bordering on the sacred. There is a deep spiritual quality to this feature that magnifies the godliness of nature combined with an in depth look at the man we can pretty much pinpoint as one who began the fledgling idea of preserving the primitive and wild natural landscapes, John Muir.
I had heard of him, of course, and knew him to be an eccentric wanderer through the wilderness, on foot, but I had no idea the depth of this man nor the seemingly impossible things he accomplished that seemed to defy gravity! The very laws of nature that keep the world spinning and the tides moving seemed not to apply to him. He was so in-tune with the natural world and such a lover for all things it contained. He truly was one with nature in the most literal sense of interpretation.
This is the most well-done documentary I have ever seen and after watching it, I wanted more and more, well made, real life events that are milestones to our times and our world. I know now that anything Ken Burns sets his hand to will be captivating as well as executed far beyond my meager expectations. The list of narrators is pretty amazing as well. For the record, America has 61 National Parks. I hope you’ll find something that moves you as much as this amazing list of documentaries has moved me!
Read more here: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a 2009 television documentary miniseries by director/producer Ken Burns and producer/writer Dayton Duncan which features the United States National Park system and traces the system’s history. The series won two 2010 Emmy Awards; one for outstanding non-fiction series and one for outstanding writing in Episode 2 “The Last Refuge”. A companion book (ISBN 978-0307268969) was released alongside.The National Parks:America’s Best IdeaGenreDocumentaryWritten byDayton DuncanDirected byKen BurnsStarring Tom Hanks Andy García Josh Lucas Eli Wallach Campbell Scott Sam Waterston John Lithgow George Takei Philip Bosco Carolyn McCormick Adam Arkin Kevin ConwayNarrated byPeter CoyoteCountry of originUnited StatesNo. of episodes6ProductionProducer(s)Ken Burns Dayton DuncanRunning time12 hoursDistributorPublic Broadcasting ServiceReleaseOriginal releaseSeptember 27 –October 2, 2009CastEditEpisodesEditPremiereEditReferencesEditExternal linksEdit
AMERICA The Story of Us
This is another wonderful Documentary, old car buffs will love seeing the first road worthy cars, included in a whole segment on Henry Ford and how his assembly lines made it possible for the “Average Joe” to own a vehicle. I, myself, loved the episode detailing all the steps it took from the time America received that amazing gift from France, The Statue of Liberty, and what went into erecting it. the star=shaped base alone being 65 feet tall. Then the 305 foot pedestal that Miss Liberty stands upon. The statue itself is 151 feet from top to bottom. Watching them erect the infrastructure to these edifices is mind boggling. I think anyone would be transfixed watching the erection of the statue of liberty and the story behind it all.
The American West
A Documentary from Executive Producer, Robert Redford, The American West tell the story of the aftermath of the Civil War and how the Unites States transformed into the “Land of Opportunity.”
Great Canadian Rivers
Great Canadian Rivers is a breathtaking journey through Canada’s diverse landscape, natural history and cultural heritage. Featuring Ostunning imagery of nature and wildlife and access to unique and hard to reach locations, the stories of these great rivers symbolize the county’s identity and provide an indelible link to it’s past.
The Story of Australia
This groundbreaking series explores the people, places and events that shaped the country and the continent of Australia. From the first native footprints to works of present day Aussies, this drama weaves together stories of Australia’s origin and offers an original thesis about the Australian struggle to create their homeland.