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Here is a curated collection of high quality full-length history documentaries that you can watch online for free.

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The Internet Archive

Run time00:13:04
Rated 100

How the internet will be saved for future generations to study. Brewster Kahle and his team have been working to save all of the information in books, lp’s, DVDs and websites since the mid...

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K2: The Killer Summit

Run time01:14:09
Rated 100

K2: The Killer Summit is a documentary film about the 2008 K2 disaster where 11 climbers were killed on the second largest peak in the world, the worst incident to ever to happen there. With dram...

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Genius of the Modern World: Karl Marx

Run time00:58:54
Rated 100

The first episode in a three part documentary series Genius of the Modern World. This film investigates the revolutionary ideas of German Journalist, Sociologist, philosopher and economist Karl Marx (...

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Man with a Movie Camera

Run time01:08:45
Rated 100

A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. This is one of the first “documentary” film examples which documents the...

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Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

Run time00:54:56
Rated 100

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing, a PBS produced documentary about Steve Jobs’ and Steve Wozniaks’ founding of Apple computer and the huge influence it has had on the personal computers we use t...

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CIA Secret Experiments

Run time00:50:13
Rated 100

A 2007 National Geographic about CIA Secret Experiments, during the mid 20th century the United States Central Intelligence Agency embarked on covert experiments using humans as guinea pigs...

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The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Run time00:58:19
Rated 100

The Kon-tiki expedition was a journey led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl with the aim to prove that the ancient people of South America could have colonised the Islands of Polynesia more than 15...

How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank documentary cover image

How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank

Run time00:59:09
Rated 98

Jodrell Bank documentary. In this film we follow the story of Sir Bernard Lovell and how Britain won the space race. The story starts in the early 20th century when Lovell was inspired to get involved...

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Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring

Run time00:59:33
Rated 95

Boxing at the movies: Kings of the Ring, a documentary directed by Angus Mclntyre which looks through the history of boxing in the cinema from its early days right through to the present day. At first...

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara documentary cover image

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Run time01:47:00
Rated 95

The Fog of war is a 2003 documentary film directed by Errol Morris about the life of former US secretary of Defense, Robert s. McNamara. Using a wealth of archive footage we see some of the tough deci...

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Trinity and Beyond

Run time01:30:46
Rated 94

Trinity and beyond takes us on one of the most possibly folish endevours that humanity has ever encountered. In this documentary we see the preparations for the Trinity event through to the first...

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The Putin System

Run time01:28:36
Rated 93

The Putin System: Vladimir Putin, former KGB officer is both the instrument and the architect of a new Russian political system.    Whether it be called a managed democracy, a mil...

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Man on wire

Run time01:34:06
Rated 92

Man on wire watch online. A documentation of Philippe Petit's life leading up to his daring attempt to walk between the two world trade centre buildings in 1974. This is what many say to...

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Mystery of the Sphinx

Run time01:34:33
Rated 91

Is the Great Sphinx of Giza really as old as Egyptologists say it is? Traditionally it is thought that it is no more than 4000 years old however there are a growing number of scientists...

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Adolf Hitler - Nazi rise to power

Run time01:10:43
Rated 90

Looking into the rise of the NAZI superpower. This documentary explores the early life of Hitler, through mein kampf until his promotion of becoming the Führer of Germany in 1934 and the subseque...

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Hitlers Hidden Drug Habit: Secret History

Run time00:46:20
Rated 90

During his rein as Führer of Germany Hitler represented himself as a supreme leader and war lord with a god like presence. As the leader of the so called “master race” the people of G...

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Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World

Run time01:38:58
Rated 90

When one thinks about Easter Island the first thing that comes to mind is the ancient civilisation who lived there 1000’s of years ago and built the great monuments which turned Rapa Nui into th...

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The Act of Killing

Run time02:39:54
Rated 90

The act of killing, a 2012 documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and produced by award winning producer Signe Byrge Sørensen about the people who took part in the 1965-66 Indonesian k...


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