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No Subscription? No Problem! Free Documentaries and How to Find Them

by Angelyn Thornton on 2021-04-21T08:00:00-04:00 | Comments


Gali Halevi, MLS, PhD

Associate Dean of Libraries and Information Sciences


I am a well-known documentaries enthusiast. I find them to be informative and insightful. The main streaming channels like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others have plenty to offer but they each require a subscription. Lately, I began to look for documentaries that are legally free to watch and do not infringe on copyrights and found a few good options. 

A simple Google search for “free documentaries” has a curated list of documentaries organized by topics. Each movie option lists all the channels where it is available to watch, including those that are free of charge:



Top Documentaries Films has a vast collection of free-to-watch documentaries. Organized by topics, this site makes it easy to browse which films are new or most popular:



Documentary Heaven has a big collection of free documentaries that are free to watch. Also organized by category and rankings, this easy-to-navigate site will help you find your next documentary to watch:


Finally, Documentary Tube includes a wide variety of full-length documentaries covering twenty-two categories:


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