10 Earth Day Movies You Should Check Out


Earth Day is almost here and what are you going to do? There are so many things you can do on Earth Day or in honor of Earth Day. If you just want to wind down at the end of the day, watching an Earth Day movie is a great choice. Here is a list of 12 earth day movies you should watch this earth day. Don’t worry, not all of these earth day movies are documentaries, in fact, many amazing movies actually touch on the topic of the environment. So let’s enjoy some earth day movies.

Earth Day Documentary

There are so many amazing earth day movies and documentaries available, and here are our top picks!

A Plastic Ocean (2016)

A Plastic Ocean poster
First off, we have A Plastic Ocean, which is a documentary that focuses on the issue of plastic pollution in our beautiful ocean. How much of plastic are we producing and too much of it is ending up in our oceans. In the movie, we see how plastic is destroying the ocean, the ecosystem, and many homes of people. This documentary is very impactful because as you watch you will understand just how much plastic we are producing and how that plastic will come in a full circle and back to us.

An Inconvenient Truth (2006) – The Pivotal Earth Day Movie

Influential earth day movie - An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth is truly a pivotal earth day movie. When it first came out, it was said that the movie re-ignite people’s interest in climate change, environmental activism, and so on. In fact, many later environmental documentaries are inspired by this particular earth day movie. While An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, however, many of points spoken then still apply now.

The Game Changer (2019)

The Game Changer
The Game Changer is unlike many of the documentaries that focus on our diet and the impact of consuming meat. Instead of blatantly just showing numbers, The Game Changer takes you through a journey where we see some pro elite athletes’ plant-based diet. It shows the true possibilities of relying on plant-based products as many sources of protein and other nutrients as have many athletes. It opens up your perspective on protein and where you should get your protein from.

Chasing Coral (2017)

Chasing Coral - earth day movie about corals
This earth day documentary has received 100% from Rotten Tomato. Chasing Coral has also won in the Sundance festival. Unlike many documentaries about the ocean, Chasing Coral focuses specifically on the coral and how important they are for our ecosystem. As literal as the title can get, the film chases corals as the film crew realizes the corals are dying at extreme speed. The aim of this earth day movie is to hope to open up people’s minds and realize that we are still capable of saving the corals.
P.S. if you like this Chasing Coral, you might want to check our Chasing Ice.

Earth Day Movies You’ll Love

If documentaries are not your cup of tea, here are some movies that touch on environmental topics and some of the issues that honor earth day ideals.

Okja (2017) – Adventurous Earth Day Movie

Okja's film poster
Directed by the award-winning director, Bong Joon-ho, Okja tells the story of a young and her super pig. This movie portrays greedy corporations in a satirical and adventurous way. Not only is it a wild ride, but it is also a fun and educational one. The idea of animal liberation and animal rights are some of the key points being conveyed.

Rom-Com Earth Day Movie: Long Shot (2019)

Long Shot - Rom-Com but also a earth day movie
If you like to watch a rom-com, Long Shot is the perfect earth day movie for you! It stars the amazing Charlize Theron and her character constantly fights for the environment. While there were times where it seems almost impossible, but luckily, in the end, she was able to make ethical choices for the environment and what she believes in.

2040 (2019)

2040 film poster
Unlike many earth day movies, 2040 shows the audience the bright future we can have if we make changes now. The director explores the possibilities for his daughter’s future. 2040 is all about sustainability and find possible solutions to the critical issues we are facing now. This earth day movie gives us hope and the motivation to change and make a difference for our planet.

Earth Day Movies for children

Oftentimes earth day movies are documentaries, which can be hard for children to sit through. In fact, it is hard for some adults to sit through too. So here are 3 amazing earth day movies that both children and adults can enjoy.

WALL-E (2008)

WALL-E, a great earth day movie for all
This sci-fi futurist Pixar Animation is a great choice as your earth day movie to watch. Not only is it a rom-com, the underlining warning about how we humans consume, how we treat our planet, and what is to come if we continue the way are now, are strikingly real. In addition, this earth day movie was very highly acclaimed, receiving many awards and loved by many, including myself. I think WALL-E is a great movie not just for children but for adults too!

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (2012)

Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Many of us grew up with Dr. Seuss’s books, while you might not remember Lorax’s book, but you should definitely remember The Lorax movie. This earth day movie is also another great example of what our society might become in the future if we don’t take action for our earth.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke, a classic movie
Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki is a classic movie that is loved by both children and adults. This animation focuses on the battle between nature and technology. Where human actions cause a drastic change to nature which in return became something scary. This movie makes us reflect on the battle between nature and humanity and what is going to happen if this continues.

Final Words

Watching these earth day movies is a great way to learn more about the earth and show your support. However, more importantly, is the action you take after watching these movies. For example, the recently released Seaspiracy, film will leave you in shock, however, it is very important to do some research of your own. While it does raise awareness about overfishing which is extremely important, but just as important, it is the viewer’s responsibility to do more research. Many of the documentaries alone are not enough to understand the complexity of many environmental topics, however, documentaries are a great way to help you become aware. This is why these earth day movies are great because they will make you think.
Hopefully, these earth day movies will inspire you to take action such as researching more or make more ethical choices for the earth and yourself.
If you are looking for earth day things to do or even some earth day fun facts, we got you covered!

Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!