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Movies and documentaries that will make you feel like an eco-warrior

While there will always be films made solely for enjoyment, there are many more that convey important and often thought-provoking themes about our world and the implications of human-caused destruction. Our catalog of documentaries, films, and children’s films featuring environmental topics ranges from melting ice caps to minimalist living.


Animal Kingdom

1. Dominion

The feature-length video analyzes the morality and validity of our rule over the animal kingdom by using drones, concealed & handheld cameras to expose the ugly underbelly of modern animal husbandry.

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2. Earth

Planet Earth (2006) is a feature-length adaptation of the documentary television series Planet Earth (2006), which follows the migration pathways of four animal families.

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3.  Earthlings

Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film exposing humanity’s complete economic reliance on animals.

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4.  More Than Honey

Honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China, and Australia are examined in depth.

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4.  My Octopus Teacher

An incredible story about a man and his friendship with an Octopus – made in South Africa.

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Earth and climate change

5. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A theatrical documentary on the planet’s dwindling oil resources.

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6. An Inconvenient Truth

A former presidential candidate is running a campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of global warming and to demand immediate action to mitigate its environmental damage.

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7. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

The follow-up to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth, which brought climate change to the forefront of popular culture, demonstrates how close we are to a true energy revolution.

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8. Before the Flood

Before the Flood, a National Geographic film, follows Leonardo DiCaprio on a trip across the world as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, visiting five continents and the Arctic to observe climate change firsthand.

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9. Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice tells the narrative of a man on a mission to change the course of history by accumulating irrefutable evidence of our planet’s shifting climate.

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10. Planet Earth

David Attenborough highlights the incredible diversity of the natural world in this four-year documentary series shot in 64 countries.

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11. The 11th Hour

A look at the state of the world’s ecosystems, as well as imaginative and realistic solutions for recovering them.

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12. This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything is an enormous attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change, shot over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years.

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13. Tomorrow (Demain)

TOMORROW is more than a film; it is the start of a global campaign to persuade local communities to change their lifestyles for the benefit of our planet.

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14. Trashed

As he travels around the world to beautiful sites damaged by pollution, Jeremy Irons sets out to explore the magnitude and effects of the worldwide trash problem.

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15. Virunga

Virunga is a dramatic expose of the realities of life in the Congo and the extraordinary true story of a group of heroic people risking their lives to build a brighter future in a corner of Africa that the world has forgotten.

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16. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

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Jeremy Seifert, the director of GMO OMG and a worried father, is looking for answers. What impact do GMOs have on our children, our planet’s health, and our freedom of choice? And, perhaps most importantly, Seifert puts himself to the test: is it even feasible to reject the current food system, or have we lost something we can’t get back?

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18. Food Choices

Filmmaker Michal Siewierski analyzes the impact that dietary choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet, and the lives of other creatures who share our globe in this documentary.

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19. What The Health

The award-winning documentary Cowspiracy’s makers return with What the Health, a breakthrough follow-up film. The video reveals the government and large business cooperation and corruption that is costing us trillions of dollars in healthcare and keeping us sick.

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20. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Examining the many levels of minimalism by looking inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life.

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21. How to Change the World

In the 1970s, a group of activists who gathered to protest nuclear testing formed the iconic Greenpeace environmental organization.

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22. How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

Documentarian Josh Fox (“Gasland”) travels the globe to meet with global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming.

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23. The Game Changers

Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul — a revolutionary new film about meat, protein and strength.

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24. The True Cost

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

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Marine Life

25. Chasing Coral

Coral reefs are disappearing at an alarming rate all around the world. A group of divers, photographers, and scientists embarked on a fascinating ocean journey to find out why and disclose the undersea secret to the rest of the world.

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