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When you come across a great film, it’s always a good idea to do some research and check out other movies that are in the same sphere, so to speak. With our If You Liked series we intend to do just that. Each week we’ll be presenting you with a selection of films you’ll love “if you liked” that week’s particular highlighted movie and/or director.

This week’s film recommendations were inspired by the recent IMAX release, A Beautiful Planet. A breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, A Beautiful Planet provides a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet as never seen before. Made in cooperation with NASA, the film features stunning footage of our blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Much like A Beautiful Planet, today’s films each offer a truly unique perspective on the planet we all call home: Earth.

Baraka (1992)

Featuring no conventional narrative, Baraka presents footage of people, places and things from around the world. From chaotic cities to barren wilderness, the movie takes viewers around the globe to witness a variety of spectacles in both natural and technological realms. The production doesn’t shy away from the dark side of humanity, and ultimately shows how much of the world is interconnected by both the tragedy and the vibrancy of life.

Blue Planet (1990)

A space film about Earth, Blue Planet gives you an experience of our home planet that is typically reserved for astronauts. Spectacular scenes from space, filmed aboard several space shuttle missions, are intercut with scenes of Earth’s surface, clearly showing the powerful forces that affect our planet.

Home (2009)

Home is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. The film shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” Koyaanisqatsi focuses on how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music.

March of the Penguins (2005)

At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual. Oh, and it’s narrated by Morgan Freeman.

One Life (2011)

Narrated by Daniel Craig, One Life features incredible, intimate footage of amazing creatures that are in turn heroic, strange, loveable, beautiful and surprisingly funny.

Powaqqatsi (1988)

This film is the sequel to the aforementioned Koyaanisqatsi

While Koyaanisqatsi focused on modern life in industrial countries, Powaqqatsi, which similarly has no dialogue, focuses more on the conflict in third world countries between traditional ways of life and the new ways of life introduced with industrialization.

Samsara (2011)

Samsara reunites the filmmakers of the aforementioned, award-winning film Baraka. Filmed over five years in twenty-five countries, Samsara creates a global travelogue with pictures and music, exploring the Himalayas, the American Southwest, European cathedrals, and other beautiful sites.

Secrets of Life (1956)

The fourth in Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventure series, Secrets of Life features previously rarely-seen film footage of nature’s “behind-the-scenes” goings-on that play a huge role in making the planet what it is.

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Brian Farmer is Highsnobiety's Managing Editor and is based in New York City.

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