In this list, you’ll find a comprehensive round-up of the best green films – new and old – here for you in one place. We’re saying 100, but actually, it’s 100 and counting as we keep adding in the best of the new releases.
You’ll see to make sense of this big list we’ve grouped them by topic or genre. These categories begin to give you a feel for the range and depth of green films out there.
Let us know what you think in the comments. And whether we’ve missed any good ones!
Children of Men
Dances With Wolves
Gorillas in the Mist
Into the Wild
The Age of Stupid
The Day After Tomorrow
Honourable mentions: The Road, Interstellar, Chinatown, Born Free, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest
Horton Hears a Who
Over the Hedge
The Lion King
The Wisdom to Survive
Time to Choose
An Inconvenient Truth
Cross of the Moment
The 11th Hour
This Changes Everything
Not Without Us
Honourable mentions: Years of Living Dangerously (documentary television series)
Life Off the Grid
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
How to Let Go of the World (and Love all the Things Climate Can’t Change)
Switch: The Future of Energy
Catching the Sun
No Impact Man
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson
Force of Nature – The David Suzuki Movie
The Island President
A Fierce Green Fire: the battle for a living planet
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
How to Change the World
In the Shadow of the Moon
Encounters at the End of the World
The True Cost
Tiny: A Story About Living Small
FOOD and AGRICULTURE
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Dirt! The Movie
A Place at the Table
Fast Food Nation
Just Eat It – a food waste story
The Future of Food
Forks Over Knives
The World According to Monsanto
Seeds of Time
Queen of the Sun: what are the bees telling us
Vanishing of the Bees
More Than Honey
POLLUTION and WASTE
The Great Invisible
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
The City Dark
The Politics of Pollution: Toxic Soup
Honourable mention: The Story of Stuff (YouTube video)
A Crude Awakening
Dirty Business: “clean coal” and the battle for our energy future
Bikes v Cars
Revenge of the Electric Car
Who Killed the Electric Car?
The End of Suburbia
CONSERVATION and ANIMALS
The Burning Season
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The End of the Line
Blue Gold: world water wars
Last Call at the Oasis
March of the Penguins
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Animals in Love
Honourable mentions: David Attenborough TV documentaries e.g. The Blue Planet
VISUAL SPECTACULARS (NATURE AND HUMANITY)
General Orders No. 9
A few things to note about these movies:
Very few green films get wide exposure or even a run at movie theatres. (‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is one of the few standouts.) Yet there are many great enviro films out there that are just as good. The vast majority fall under the radar.
We’ve categorised these films for you. This came about as we compiled them. We started to see patterns with sub-categories of green films. Hope this helps if you have an interest in one of those areas.
The sum total
When you put the message of them all together, it is a little confronting. Some might say depressing. But that’s what we’ve got: a planet with systems in decline on multiple fronts – thanks to the weight of human activity. We all need to get our heads around it and understand how we are affecting our home – planet Earth.
That’s why these films together are so important. They’re a big wake up call. It ain’t just climate change we need to worry about. That’s just one symptom of a larger challenge. Humans have put systems for the whole planet under pressure. We need live sustainably with the planet. That’s the big picture.
Old and new
The list includes films from many decades ago (when only the odd green film came out) to recent time – when there’s a swag of new green movies released each year. It’s possibly a sign of growing awareness of the problems that there seem to be an ever increasing number of environmental films. Or maybe the problems are getting bigger. Or both.
Have we missed any good green films? Let us know what they are in the comments.
Keep an eye on this list too. We’ll be adding other good ones as they’re released. Our intention is to make best reference on the internet for finding green movies.
Too many to contemplate? Check out our ‘Best Environmental Films of All Time’. We’ve shortened it down for you. These are the 4 and 5 star movies that will really get you to think or take you the biggest cinematic ride.
Want the very latest green films? One of the best places to look are the environmental film festivals. They snaffle the best of the new releases. To help you out on this front we also put together a list of ‘The Best Environmental Film Festivals’.
We’ve mostly steered clear of TV and video programs as we’ve wanted to stay focused on film. There are some honourable mentions in our list – which tend to be pieces which have been largely produced for TV.
Want to overdose on trailers for environmental movies? Watch this – our compilation of green film trailers.