Whether you think climate change is a real threat or nothing more than a fabricated hoax, you're sure to learn more about the subject with the 5 best global warming documentaries. Global warming has been at the forefront of political discussions for the past decade, yet many are still unaware or misinformed in regards to the scientific communities' opinion on the subject. Educate yourself and form your own opinions with these global warming documentaries.

  1. "An Inconvenient Truth" - Written by and starring former Vice President Al Gore, "An Inconvenient Truth" won two Academy Awards, including best documentary. This global warming documentary seeks to provide viewers with a general background on climate change as well as combat some of the more common critiques and misconceptions. Easy to understand yet incredibly informative, if you only watch one documentary on this list, make it "An Inconvenient Truth".

  2. "Global Warming: The Signs and the Science" - Narrated by singer Alanis Morissette, this PBS produced documentary focuses on the lives of individuals who have been affected by the change in the Earth's climate over the last several decades. "Global Warming: The Signs and the Science" is one of the best global warming documentaries because individual lives such as the ones profiled here are often ignored in the climate change debate.

  3. "The Great Global Warming Swindle" - Offering theories and opinions both in support and denial of climate change, this global warming documentary was started as a rebuttal to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth". Produced by the BBC, this documentary is a little harder to understand with more science than the others on this list, but it is must-see if you've watched "An Inconvenient Truth".

  4. "The Politics of Global Warming: Climate Change in Washington" - Offering a slightly different perspective than most of the global warming documentaries on this list, "The Politics of Global Warming: Climate Change in Washington" primarily examines global warming as it relates to national politics. Interviews with politicians such as John Kerry discuss the current attitude towards climate change in our nation's capitol and what the future of global warming and politics may hold.

  5. "Global Warming: The Rising Storm" - This global warming documentary is presented in two parts. The first (titled "Warnings from a Warmer Planet") looks at the current state of the Earth's climate and how human beings have affected it over the past century. The second part (titled "Predictions for a Warmer Planet") predicts what the next 100 years holds for the planet Earth, based on computational models and scientific hypotheses.