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Educational Movies for High School Students on Netflix

When I’m setting up my lesson plans, I like to add a little film to my homeschool week. It’s a nice break and these educational movies for high school students on Netflix actually teach some things that, well, you can’t learn anywhere else!

So, I pulled together this list of film resources for our high school homeschool curriculum, to make it easy on me when I’m building my lesson plans.

If you’re ready to break out the ruler and get to studying some of the best historical movies and educational resources on film, let’s get these reels rolling.

Educational Movies for High School Students on Netflix

Science & Nature Documentaries on Netflix

Wild Babies (TV-PG)

Follow the adventures of baby lions, elephants, penguins, pangolins, and more as they learn to navigate the highs and lows of life in the wild.

Animal (TV-PG)

This immersive series follows the world’s most magnificent creatures, capturing never-before-seen moments from the heartwarming to the outrageous.

Night on Earth (TV-PG)

This nature series’ new technology lifts night’s veil to reveal the secret lives of the world’s creatures, from lions on the hunt to bats on the wing. 

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Our Planet (TV-PG)

Experience our planet’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope. 

Our Great National Parks (TV-PG)

Narrated by former President Barack Obama, this stunning docuseries shines the spotlight on some of the planet’s most spectacular national parks.

Dangerous Animals (rated TV-14)

From fangs to claws to venomous stings, they all wield deadly weapons.

Human: The World Within (TV-PG)

Cutting-edge science and captivating personal stories collide in this illuminating docuseries about the incredible workings of the human body.

Diagnosis (rated TV-14)

Dr. Lisa Sanders crowdsources diagnoses for mysterious and rare medical conditions in a documentary series based on her New York Times Magazine column.

The Mind: Explained (rated TV-14)

Ever wonder what’s happening inside your head? From dreaming to anxiety disorders, discover how your brain works with this illuminating series.

The Principles of Pleasure (TV-MA)

Sex, joy, and modern science converge in this eye-opening series that celebrates the complex world of women’s pleasure — and puts stubborn myths to rest.

Edge of the Universe (TV-G)

Leading astronomers reveal the latest discoveries about death-trap planets, asteroids, comets, and other wonders of the cosmos.


Art Documentaries on Netflix

Abstract: The Art of Design  (rated TV-14)

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

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Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (TV-14)

Bob Ross brought joy to millions as the world’s most famous art instructor. But a battle for his business empire cast a shadow over his happy trees.

Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art (TV-14)

A woman walks into a New York gallery with a cache of unknown masterworks. Thus begins a story of the art world’s greed, willfulness, and a high-stakes con.

Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire (TV-PG)

Mixing archival footage with interviews, this film celebrates one of Los Angeles’s most influential painters and Chicano art activists from the 1970s.

History Documentaries on Netflix

History 101 (TV-14)

Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements, and world-changing discoveries.

Conspiracies (TV-14)

This season presents theories that Hitler lived past 1945, Bruce Lee and his son Brandon were murdered, the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked, and more.

How to Become a Tyrant (TV-MA)

Ruling with an iron fist requires an aspiring dictator to know the playbook for absolute power, as history’s despots prove in this sardonic docuseries.

Age of Tanks (TV-PG)

The history of military tanks unfolds in a documentary series that traces their role in history and geopolitics from World War I to the 21st century.

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Journey of an African Colony (TV-MA)

This docuseries delves into the untold stories and unsung heroes that paved Nigeria’s road to independence. Based on the books by host Olasupo Shasore.

Faith Documentaries on Netflix

Islands of Faith (TV-PG)

Through the lens of faiths and cultures in seven provinces in Indonesia, this documentary follows individuals who strive to address climate change.

Whew! That’s a lot of educational movies. Perfect for a whole homeschool curriculum for high school, don’t you think?! I’m feeling very ready to tackle some Friday afternoon homeschool movie days. LOL!

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