List of environmental films

Environmental issues have increasingly become a topic in film and television.

Within the last twenty years, commercially successful films with an environmentalism theme have been released theatrically and made by the major Hollywood studios. The Annual Environmental Media Awards have been presented by the Environmental Media Association (EMA) since 1991 to the best television episode or film with an environmental message.[1]

Some notable films with an environmental message include:[2]

List of documentary films about the environment

A documentary film is a film whose author(s), at the time of its production, believed its information to be true.

Title Theme(s) and subtheme(s) Author(s) Year(s)
The 11th HourGlobal warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, social responsibility, Conservation movementNadia Conners, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Leila Conners Petersen2007
Angry InukHunting: seal huntingAlethea Arnaquq-Baril2016
The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning Climate Change research in Antarctica Mark Terry 2009
Ashes to HoneyNuclear power: radiationHitomi Kamanaka 2011
BarakaNatural phenomena, Human behaviorConstantine Nicholas and Genevieve Nicholas1992
Before the Flood Global Climate Change Mark Monroe 2016
Before VanishingWater pollution: Barada (river)Joude Gorani 2005
The Bell of Chernobyl Chernobyl nuclear disaster Rollan Sergienko 1987
Bhopal ExpressAir pollution: from a pesticide factoryPrasoon Pandey and Piyush Pandey1999
Biùtiful cauntriPollution: toxic waste dumping in Southern ItalyEsmeralda Calabria and Andrea D'Ambrosio 2007
Black HoleCoal mining: AustraliaJoão Dujon Pereira 2015
Blue VinylPollution: production and disposal of polyvinyl chlorideDaniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand2002
Burning the Future: Coal in AmericaMining: mountaintop removal miningDavid Novack and Richard Hankin2008
The Burning Season (1994)Forests: Amazon rainforestWilliam Mastrosimone1994
The Burning Season (2008)Forests: deforestation in IndonesiaCathy Henkel2008
ButterflyEnvironmentalism: resisting clearcuttingDoug Wolens 2000
Cane Toads: The ConquestIntroduced species: cane toads in AustraliaMark Lewis2010
Cane Toads: An Unnatural HistoryIntroduced species: cane toads in AustraliaMark Lewis1988
The Chances of the World ChangingEndangered species: turtlesEric Daniel Metzgar 2006
Chasing IceGlobal warmingJames Balog2012
Chernobyl HeartChernobyl disaster: acute radiation syndromeMaryann DeLeo 2003
Children of Tsunami: No More TearsNatural disasters: 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamiSatya Sivaraman, Nur Raihan, Suren de Silva, and Pipope Panitchpakdi 2005
The City DarkLight pollutionIan Cheney 2011
Climate RefugeesClimate change: effects on natural resourcesMichael P. Nash2010
Clouds of SmokeGlobal warmingFatmir Terziu 2007
Colombia Magia SalvajeColombian biodiversity and environmental protectionMike Slee2015
The CoveHunting: dolphin drive huntingMark Monroe2009
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability SecretAnimal husbandry, policies of environmental organizations, global warming, water use, deforestation, and ocean dead zones,Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn 2014
Crude (2007)Petroleum industry: peak oil and climate changeRichard Smith2007
Crude (2009)Petroleum industry: pollution and class actionJoe Berlinger2009
A Crude Awakening: The Oil CrashPeak oil, Petroleum industryBasil Gelpke and Ray McCormack 2006
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez DisasterPetroleum industry: Exxon Valdez oil spill, United States Environmental Protection Agency, disaster responsePaul Seed 1992
Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our EnvironmentEnergy: nuclear weaponsDebra Chasnoff 1991
Demain (English: Tomorrow)Sustainable communitiesCyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent2015
DreamlandDams: Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant in IcelandÞorfinnur Guðnason, Andri Snær Magnason 2009
Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11Air pollution: from September 11 attacks, United States Environmental Protection AgencyHeidi Dehncke-Fisher 2006
EarthEnvironmental change: effects on three particular speciesAlastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, and Leslie Megahey2007
Earth DaysEnvironmentalism: environmental movement in the United StatesRobert Stone2009
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul WatsonHunting: anti-whalingTrish Dolman 2011
ElementalWater pollution: Ganges RiverEmmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Gayatri Roshan 2012
The End of EdenEnvironmental degradation: cattle ranchingRick Lomba1986
Fight for the PlanetGlobal warming, Social responsibilityColin Carter 2009
Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness Food, farming, natural farming, biophilia Patrick M. Lydon and Suhee Kang 2015
Flow: For Love of WaterWater privatization: big business and the natural environmentIrena Salina, Steven Starr 2008
Food, Inc.Agriculture: corporate farming, Sustainable agriculture, meat industry, Intensive farming, food labelling regulationsRobert Kenner 2009
Forbidden ForestForests: sustainable forest managementKevin W. Matthews 2004
Forests for the 21st CenturyForests: reforestation, carbon emissionsForestry Commission of Great Britain, IUCN 2009
The Forgotten DistrictForests: ecotourism in BelizeOliver Dickinson 2008
The Fourth Revolution: EnergyEnergy: renewable energyCarl-A. Fechner2010
Fractured LandEnvironmentalism: awareness of hydraulic fracturing, First NationsFiona Rayher and Damien Gillis 2015
The Future of FoodAgriculture: genetically modified foodDeborah Koons Garcia2004
Garbage WarriorGarbage WarriorOliver Hodge 2007
Global Warming: The Signs and The ScienceGlobal warmingAlanis Morissette 2005
Global Warming: What You Need to KnowGlobal warmingNicolas Brown 2006
GMO OMGGenetically modified organisms, MonsantoJeremy Seifert, Elizabeth Kucinich 2013
The Great Global Warming SwindleGlobal warming: climate change denialMartin Durkin 2007
The Great WarmingGlobal warming: politics of global warming, Climate change mitigation, Climate change policy of the United StatesMichael Taylor 2006
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the WorldGeneral environment of Haida Gwaii, Rising sea level, natural disaster, climate changeCharles Wilkinson 2015
HomeVarious themesYann Arthus-Bertrand2009
How to Change the WorldEnvironmentalism: GreenpeaceJerry Rothwell2015
Ice and the SkyGlobal warming: AntarcticLuc Jacquet2015
The Idiot CycleChemical industry: genetically modified organismsEmmanuelle Schick Garcia2009
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation FrontForests: eco-terrorismMarshall Curry and Matthew Hamacheck2011
If You Love This PlanetNuclear weapons, Nuclear power in the United States, Nuclear policy of the United StatesTerre Nash 1982
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to PowerClimate change: activity of Al GoreBonni Cohen, Jon Shenk 2017
An Inconvenient TruthGlobal warmingAl Gore2006
An Inconvenient Truth...Or Convenient Fiction?Global warmingSteven F. Hayward2007
Journey to the Safest Place on EarthRadioactive wasteEdgar Hagen2013
Laloorinu ParayanullathuEnvironment of India: municipal waste in LaloorSathish Kalathil2012
The Last Paradises: On the Track of Rare AnimalsEndangered speciesEugen Schuhmacher1967
March of the PenguinsWildlife: Emperor penguinsLuc Jacquet, National Geographic2005
Material Of The FutureControversies of plastic recycling, plastic pollution, plastic industry, bioplasticsVern Moen 2014
The MessengerSongbirds: bird conservationSu Rynard2015
Minamata: The Victims and Their WorldWater pollution: mercury poisoningNoriaki Tsuchimoto1971
Mountaintop Removal (film) Mining: mountaintop removal miningMichael O'Connell 2007
No Impact ManSustainability: sustainable living2009
No PressureClimate change mitigationRichard Curtis and Franny Armstrong2010
Oil on IcePetroleum industry: Arctic Refuge drilling controversyStephen Most2004
Oil Sands KaraokePetroleum industry: oil sands of Alberta2013
On the LinePetroleum industry: Enbridge Northern Gateway PipelinesFrank Wolf2011
Out of BalanceExxonMobil funding climate change deniers: climate changeTom Jackson2006
Pandora's PromiseNuclear power and climate changeRobert Stone2013
The Polar Explorer Climate Change research in the Arctic's Northwest Passage and Antarctica Mark Terry 2010
Polluting ParadiseWaste management: in TurkeyFatih Akın 2012
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak OilPeak oil: anti-consumerism, urban agriculture, energy dependence, and sustainabilityFaith Morgan 2006
Powerful: Energy for EveryoneEnergy: renewable energyDavid Chernushenko2010
The RedwoodsForests: protection of redwoodsTrevor Greenwood, Mark Jonathan Harris 1967
RenewalEnvironmentalism: environmental movement in the United States, religious-environmental movementMarty Ostrow, Terry Kay Rockefeller 2008
The Return of Navajo BoyUranium mining in the United States, environmental racism, uranium pollutionJeff Spitz 2000
Revenge of the Electric CarSustainable design: electric carsChris Paine and P.G. Morgan2011
RevolutionVarious themes, including environmental collapseRob Stewart2012
The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (short)Various themes, including ice age and anthropogenic changeBill Mason, National Film Board of Canada1968
Sea of LifeVarious themes, including ocean acidification and overfishingJulia Barnes2016
Search for the Super BatteryEnergy: energy storage devices, including batteriesDaniel McCabe2017[3]
Semper Fi: Always FaithfulWater pollution: Camp Lejeune water contaminationRachel Libert and Tony Hardmon 2011
Sexy KillersEnvironmental impact of the coal industry in IndonesiaDandhy Dwi Laksono and Ucok Suparta 2019
SharkwaterEndangered species: sharksRob Stewart2007
The Shiranui SeaWater pollution: mercury poisoningNoriaki Tsuchimoto1975
Shored UpWeather: Hurricane Sandy: rising sea levelBen Kalina 2013
Silent StormNuclear weapons testing: radioactive contaminationPeter Butt2003
Spoiled the MovieEnergy: environmental impact of the energy industry, problems with alternative energy, etc.Kevin Miller2011
The Story of StuffProduct lifecycle management: anti-consumerismAnnie Leonard2007
Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic AuntNuclear power: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disasterKyoko Miyake 2013
That Should Not Be: Our Children Will Accuse UsAgriculture: agrochemicalsJean-Paul Jaud 2008
The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming DisasterAir pollution: from September 11 attacksAlison Johnson 2006
Toxic LegacyAir pollution: from September 11 attacksSusan Teskey 2006
Trash Inc: The Secret Life of GarbageWaste management: landfillsAlison O'Brien, Carl Quintanilla 2010
The True CostGarment industry, consumerism, river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, fair trade, sustainable clothingAndrew Morgan 2015
Ultimate TornadoUnusually violent tornadoes in the United StatesNational Geographic Channel 2006
Unacceptable LevelsEnvironmental toxicologyEdward Brown2013
Under the DomeAir pollution in ChinaChai Jing2015
Vanishing of the BeesHoney bees: colony collapse disorderMaryam Henein, George Langworthy, and James Erskine2009
Vanishing PointClimate change: Arctic sea ice declineMarina Endicott and others2012
VirungaWildlife conservation: Democratic Republic of the CongoOrlando von Einsiedel2014
Voices of TransitionAgriculture: energy and resource scarcityNils Aguilar2012
Walking Through A Minefield Uranium mining in Australia Cathy Henkel 1999
WatchForests: clearcuttingBriana Waters2001
WatermarkWaterJennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky2013
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of EmpireVarious themes: peak oil, climate change, overpopulation, and species extinctionTimothy S. Bennett2007
What Is the Electric Car?Sustainable design: electric carsKen Grant and Scott DuPont 2010
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and NagasakiAtomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: acute radiation syndromeSteven Okazaki2007
Who Killed the Electric Car?Sustainable design: electric cars and roles of industries and governmentsChris Paine2006
Wind Over Water: The Cape Wind StoryEnergy: Cape WindOle Tangen Jr.2003
WindfallWind power: environmental impact of wind powerLaura Israel 2010
The World According to MonsantoAgriculture: MonsantoMarie-Monique Robin2008
The Plow That Broke the Plains Dust Bowl Pare Lorentz 1936
The River (1938 film) Erosion: Mississippi River Pare Lorentz 1938
De platte jungle Wadden Sea, overfishing, nuclear energy, water pollution, Overexploitation Johan van der Keuken 1978
The Atomic Cafe Nuclear warfare Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty and Pierce Rafferty 1982
Koyaanisqatsi Various themes, including natural landscape, urbanization, development Godfrey Reggio with Philip Glass 1982

List of fictional films about the environment

Some fictional films are based on true events.

Title Theme(s) and subtheme(s) Author(s) Year(s)
The Roots of Heaven Conservation of elephant herds from poaching. John Huston, Romain Gary 1958
Absurdistan (film) Water shortage in drought striken area, sex strike. Veit Helmer 2008
Iracema (1975 film) Trans-Amazonian Highway, Ecology Jorge Bodanzky and Orlando Senna 1975
L'An 01 Consumerism, Ecology Jacques Doillon, Alain Resnais and Jean Rouch 1973
The War Game Nuclear warfare Peter Watkins 1965
Wind Across the Everglades Conservation biology: poaching Nicholas Ray 1958
2012Natural disasters: 2012 phenomenonHarald Kloser and Roland Emmerich2009
The Age of StupidClimate changeFranny Armstrong2009
AftermathNuclear warfareChristian McDonald2012
AvatarNatural resourcesJames Cameron2009
Beyond the PoleClimate ChangeDavid L. Williams2009
Birdemic: Shock and TerrorGlobal warmingJames Nguyen2008
CarfacePetroleum industry: car culture2015
The China SyndromeEnergy: nuclear meltdownMike Gray, T.S. Cook, and James Bridges1979
A Civil ActionWater pollution: by trichloroethyleneSteven Zaillian1998
Climate Change Denial DisorderClimate change denialNicol Paone2015
The Day After TomorrowClimate changeRoland Emmerich and Jeffrey Nachmanoff2004
DenmarkPollution: water pollution2010
EarthquakeEarthquake in Los AngelesGeorge Fox and Mario Puzo1974
Earthquake in ChileEarthquake in ChileHelma Sanders-Brahms1975
Erin BrockovichEnergy development: water pollutionSusannah Grant2000
FernGully: The Last RainforestForests: rainforests1992
First ReformedClimate changePaul Schrader2017
Fire Down BelowPollution: from mining1997
Fly Away HomeWildlife: Canada gooseBill Lishman, Robert Rodat, and Vince McKewin1996
Futurama: Into the Wild Green YonderNatural resources and WildlifePeter Avanzino2009
H2OWater supply: Kaveri River water dispute in IndiaUpendra2000
The HappeningToxicologyM. Night Shyamalan2008
Happy FeetEnvironment of AntarcticaWarren Coleman, John Collee, George Miller, and Judy Morris2006
Hell and High WaterAtomic bomb explosion in the Cold WarJesse L. Lasky, Jr., Samuel Fuller, and David Hempstead1954
If You Love Your ChildrenClimate changeSanjay Patel (filmmaker)2014
An Inconvenient PenguinInvasive species2008
The Lorax ForestsDr. Seuss2012
Chicken Run Battery cage and Intensive animal farming2000
Over the Hedge Forests being taken over by suburbiaMichael Fry and T. Lewis2006
Muro AmiFishing: illegal, unreported and unregulated fishingMarilou Diaz-Abaya1999
On Deadly GroundPollution: from petroleum industryEd Horowitz and Robin U. Russin1994
Once Upon a ForestForests1993
Paddle to the Sea (short)Various themesHolling C. Holling, Bill Mason, National Film Board of Canada1966
Plastic BagPlastic bagsRamin Bahrani and Jenni Jenkins2009
SafeMultiple chemical sensitivityTodd Haynes1995
San AndreasEarthquake in California2015
SharknadoSevere weather and sharksThunder Levin2013
Silent Running Deforestation Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino and Steven Bochco 1972
SizzleGlobal warmingRandy Olson2009
Soylent GreenNatural resources, pollution, global warming, Human overpopulationRichard Fleischer1973
Space TouristsPollution: space debris2002
Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeWildlife: Humpback whale1986
Super Comet: After The ImpactImpact event2007
TentaclesWildlife: gigantic octopusSteven W. Carabatsos, Tito Carpi, Jerome Max, and Sonia Molteni1977
WALL-EWaste management2008
Pom PokoDeforestation: wildlife displacementIsao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki, Kenji Miyazawa1994
Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindConservation: insectsHayao Miyazaki 1984
Princess MononokeTechnology vs. natureHayao Miyazaki1997
ArkPollution vs. natureRolf Forsberg1970


Title Theme(s) and subtheme(s) Producer(s) Year(s)
Saving Britain's PastCultural heritageMary Sackville-West2009
The Truth About WildlifeWildlife: United KingdomSimon Willis2011
Years of Living DangerouslyClimate changeJames Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger2014
Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World (series of videos) Various themes, including local knowledge David Maybury-Lewis 1992
Hinterland Who's Who Wildlife Environment Canada Wildlife Service and the National Film Board of Canada 1960s, 1970s, 2000s

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