List of environmental films

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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[edit]

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 Hour Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, social responsibility, Conservation movement Nadia Conners, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Leila Conners Petersen 2007
Angry Inuk Hunting: seal hunting Alethea Arnaquq-Baril 2016
Ashes to Honey Nuclear power: radiation Hitomi Kamanaka 2011
Baraka Natural phenomena, Human behavior Constantine Nicholas and Genevieve Nicholas 1992
Before the Flood Global Climate Change Mark Monroe 2016
Before Vanishing Water pollution: Barada (river) Joude Gorani 2005
The Bell of Chernobyl Chernobyl nuclear disaster Rollan Sergienko 1987
Bhopal Express Air pollution: from a pesticide factory Prasoon Pandey and Piyush Pandey 1999
Biùtiful cauntri Pollution: toxic waste dumping in Southern Italy Esmeralda Calabria and Andrea D'Ambrosio 2007
Black Hole Coal mining: Australia João Dujon Pereira 2015
Blue Vinyl Pollution: production and disposal of polyvinyl chloride Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand 2002
Burning the Future: Coal in America Mining: mountaintop removal mining David Novack and Richard Hankin 2008
The Burning Season (1994) Forests: Amazon rainforest William Mastrosimone 1994
The Burning Season (2008) Forests: deforestation in Indonesia Cathy Henkel 2008
Butterfly Environmentalism: resisting clearcutting Doug Wolens 2000
Cane Toads: The Conquest Introduced species: cane toads in Australia Mark Lewis 2010
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History Introduced species: cane toads in Australia Mark Lewis 1988
The Chances of the World Changing Endangered species: turtles Eric Daniel Metzgar 2006
Chasing Ice Global warming James Balog 2012
Chernobyl Heart Chernobyl disaster: acute radiation syndrome Maryann DeLeo 2003
Children of Tsunami: No More Tears Natural disasters: 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami Satya Sivaraman, Nur Raihan, Suren de Silva, and Pipope Panitchpakdi 2005
The City Dark Light pollution Ian Cheney 2011
Climate Refugees Climate change: effects on natural resources Michael P. Nash 2010
Clouds of Smoke Global warming Fatmir Terziu 2007
The Cove Hunting: dolphin drive hunting Mark Monroe 2009
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret Animal 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 change Richard Smith 2007
Crude (2009) Petroleum industry: pollution and class action Joe Berlinger 2009
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash Peak oil, Petroleum industry Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack 2006
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Petroleum industry: Exxon Valdez oil spill, United States Environmental Protection Agency, disaster response Paul Seed 1992
Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment Energy: nuclear weapons Debra Chasnoff 1991
Demain (English: Tomorrow) Sustainable communities Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent 2015
Dreamland Dams: Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant in Iceland Þorfinnur Guðnason, Andri Snær Magnason 2009
Dust to Dust: The Health Effects of 9/11 Air pollution: from September 11 attacks, United States Environmental Protection Agency Heidi Dehncke-Fisher 2006
Earth Environmental change: effects on three particular species Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, and Leslie Megahey 2007
Earth Days Environmentalism: environmental movement in the United States Robert Stone 2009
Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson Hunting: anti-whaling Trish Dolman 2011
Elemental Water pollution: Ganges River Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Gayatri Roshan 2012
The End of Eden Environmental degradation: cattle ranching Rick Lomba 1986
Fight for the Planet Global warming, Social responsibility Colin Carter 2009
Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness Food, farming, natural farming, biophilia Patrick M. Lydon and Suhee Kang 2015
Flow: For Love of Water Water privatization: big business and the natural environment Irena Salina, Steven Starr 2008
Food, Inc. Agriculture: corporate farming, Sustainable agriculture, meat industry, Intensive farming, food labelling regulations Robert Kenner 2009
Forbidden Forest Forests: sustainable forest management Kevin W. Matthews 2004
Forests for the 21st Century Forests: reforestation, carbon emissions Forestry Commission of Great Britain, IUCN 2009
The Forgotten District Forests: ecotourism in Belize Oliver Dickinson 2008
The Fourth Revolution: Energy Energy: renewable energy Carl-A. Fechner 2010
Fractured Land Environmentalism: awareness of hydraulic fracturing, First Nations Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis 2015
The Future of Food Agriculture: genetically modified food Deborah Koons Garcia 2004
Global Warming: The Signs and The Science Global warming Alanis Morissette 2005
Global Warming: What You Need to Know Global warming Nicolas Brown 2006
GMO OMG Genetically modified organisms, Monsanto Jeremy Seifert, Elizabeth Kucinich 2013
The Great Global Warming Swindle Global warming: climate change denial Martin Durkin 2007
The Great Warming Global warming: politics of global warming, Climate change mitigation, Climate change policy of the United States Michael Taylor 2006
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World General environment of Haida Gwaii, Rising sea level, natural disaster, climate change Charles Wilkinson 2015
Home Various themes Yann Arthus-Bertrand 2009
How to Change the World Environmentalism: Greenpeace Jerry Rothwell 2015
Ice and the Sky Global warming: Antarctic Luc Jacquet 2015
The Idiot Cycle Chemical industry: genetically modified organisms Emmanuelle Schick Garcia 2009
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Forests: eco-terrorism Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamacheck 2011
If You Love This Planet Nuclear weapons, Nuclear power in the United States, Nuclear policy of the United States Terre Nash 1982
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Climate change: activity of Al Gore Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk 2017
An Inconvenient Truth Global warming Al Gore 2006
An Inconvenient Truth...Or Convenient Fiction? Global warming Steven F. Hayward 2007
Journey to the Safest Place on Earth Radioactive waste Edgar Hagen 2013
Laloorinu Parayanullathu Environment of India: municipal waste in Laloor Sathish Kalathil 2012
The Last Paradises: On the Track of Rare Animals Endangered species Eugen Schuhmacher 1967
March of the Penguins Wildlife: Emperor penguins Luc Jacquet, National Geographic 2005
Material Of The Future Controversies of plastic recycling, plastic pollution, plastic industry, bioplastics Vern Moen 2014
The Messenger Songbirds: bird conservation Su Rynard 2015
Minamata: The Victims and Their World Water pollution: mercury poisoning Noriaki Tsuchimoto 1971
Mountaintop Removal (film) Mining: mountaintop removal mining Michael O'Connell 2007
No Impact Man Sustainability: sustainable living 2009
No Pressure Climate change mitigation Richard Curtis and Franny Armstrong 2010
Oil on Ice Petroleum industry: Arctic Refuge drilling controversy Stephen Most 2004
Oil Sands Karaoke Petroleum industry: oil sands of Alberta 2013
On the Line Petroleum industry: Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Frank Wolf 2011
Pandora's Promise Nuclear power and climate change Robert Stone 2013
Polluting Paradise Waste management: in Turkey Fatih Akın 2012
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Peak oil: anti-consumerism, urban agriculture, energy dependence, and sustainability Faith Morgan 2006
Powerful: Energy for Everyone Energy: renewable energy David Chernushenko 2010
The Redwoods Forests: protection of redwoods Trevor Greenwood, Mark Jonathan Harris 1967
Renewal Environmentalism: environmental movement in the United States, religious-environmental movement Marty Ostrow, Terry Kay Rockefeller 2008
The Return of Navajo Boy Uranium mining in the United States, environmental racism, uranium pollution Jeff Spitz 2000
Revenge of the Electric Car Sustainable design: electric cars Chris Paine and P.G. Morgan 2011
Revolution Various themes, including environmental collapse Rob Stewart 2012
The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes (short) Various themes, including ice age and anthropogenic change Bill Mason, National Film Board of Canada 1968
Sea of Life Various themes, including ocean acidification and overfishing Julia Barnes 2016
Search for the Super Battery Energy: energy storage devices, including batteries Daniel McCabe 2017[3]
Semper Fi: Always Faithful Water pollution: Camp Lejeune water contamination Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon 2011
Sharkwater Endangered species: sharks Rob Stewart 2007
The Shiranui Sea Water pollution: mercury poisoning Noriaki Tsuchimoto 1975
Shored Up Weather: Hurricane Sandy: rising sea level Ben Kalina 2013
Silent Storm Nuclear weapons testing: radioactive contamination Peter Butt 2003
Spoiled the Movie Energy: environmental impact of the energy industry, problems with alternative energy, etc. Kevin Miller 2011
The Story of Stuff Product lifecycle management: anti-consumerism Annie Leonard 2007
Surviving the Tsunami - My Atomic Aunt Nuclear power: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster Kyoko Miyake 2013
That Should Not Be: Our Children Will Accuse Us Agriculture: agrochemicals Jean-Paul Jaud 2008
The Toxic Clouds of 9/11: A Looming Disaster Air pollution: from September 11 attacks Alison Johnson 2006
Toxic Legacy Air pollution: from September 11 attacks Susan Teskey 2006
Trash Inc: The Secret Life of Garbage Waste management: landfills Alison O'Brien, Carl Quintanilla 2010
The True Cost Garment industry, consumerism, river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, fair trade, sustainable clothing Andrew Morgan 2015
Ultimate Tornado Unusually violent tornadoes in the United States National Geographic Channel 2006
Unacceptable Levels Environmental toxicology Edward Brown 2013
Under the Dome Air pollution in China Chai Jing 2015
Vanishing of the Bees Honey bees: colony collapse disorder Maryam Henein, George Langworthy, and James Erskine 2009
Vanishing Point Climate change: Arctic sea ice decline Marina Endicott and others 2012
Virunga Wildlife conservation: Democratic Republic of the Congo Orlando von Einsiedel 2014
Voices of Transition Agriculture: energy and resource scarcity Nils Aguilar 2012
Walking Through A Minefield Uranium mining in Australia Cathy Henkel 1999
Watch Forests: clearcutting Briana Waters 2001
Watermark Water Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky 2013
What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire Various themes: peak oil, climate change, overpopulation, and species extinction Timothy S. Bennett 2007
What Is the Electric Car? Sustainable design: electric cars Ken Grant and Scott DuPont 2010
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: acute radiation syndrome Steven Okazaki 2007
Who Killed the Electric Car? Sustainable design: electric cars and roles of industries and governments Chris Paine 2006
Wind Over Water: The Cape Wind Story Energy: Cape Wind Ole Tangen Jr. 2003
Windfall Wind power: environmental impact of wind power Laura Israel 2010
The World According to Monsanto Agriculture: Monsanto Marie-Monique Robin 2008
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[edit]

Some fictional films are based on true events.

Title Theme(s) and subtheme(s) Author(s) Year(s)
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
2012 Natural disasters: 2012 phenomenon Harald Kloser and Roland Emmerich 2009
The Age of Stupid Climate change Franny Armstrong 2009
Aftermath Nuclear warfare Christian McDonald 2012
Avatar Natural resources James Cameron 2009
Birdemic: Shock and Terror Global warming James Nguyen 2008
Captain Planet, Ted Turner's animated television series Various themes
Carface Petroleum industry: car culture 2015
The China Syndrome Energy: nuclear meltdown Mike Gray, T.S. Cook, and James Bridges 1979
A Civil Action Water pollution: by trichloroethylene Steven Zaillian 1998
Climate Change Denial Disorder Climate change denial Nicol Paone 2015
The Day After Tomorrow Climate change Roland Emmerich and Jeffrey Nachmanoff 2004
Denmark Pollution: water pollution 2010
Earthquake Earthquake in Los Angeles George Fox and Mario Puzo 1974
Earthquake in Chile Earthquake in Chile Helma Sanders-Brahms 1975
Erin Brockovich Energy development: water pollution Susannah Grant 2000
FernGully: The Last Rainforest Forests: rainforests 1992
Fire Down Below Pollution: from mining 1997
Fly Away Home Wildlife: Canada goose Bill Lishman, Robert Rodat, and Vince McKewin 1996
Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder Natural resources and Wildlife Peter Avanzino 2009
H2O Water supply: Kaveri River water dispute in India Upendra 2000
The Happening Toxicology M. Night Shyamalan 2008
Happy Feet Environment of Antarctica Warren Coleman, John Collee, George Miller, and Judy Morris 2006
Hell and High Water Atomic bomb explosion in the Cold War Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., Samuel Fuller, and David Hempstead 1954
If You Love Your Children Climate change Sanjay Patel (filmmaker) 2014
An Inconvenient Penguin Invasive species 2008
The Lorax Forests Dr. Seuss 2012
Chicken Run Battery cage and Intensive animal farming 2000
Over the Hedge Forests being taken over by suburbia Michael Fry and T. Lewis 2006
Muro Ami Fishing: illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing Marilou Diaz-Abaya 1999
On Deadly Ground Pollution: from petroleum industry Ed Horowitz and Robin U. Russin 1994
Once Upon a Forest Forests 1993
Paddle to the Sea (short) Various themes Holling C. Holling, Bill Mason, National Film Board of Canada 1966
Plastic Bag Plastic bags Ramin Bahrani and Jenni Jenkins 2009
Safe Multiple chemical sensitivity Todd Haynes 1995
San Andreas Earthquake in California 2015
Sharknado Severe weather and sharks Thunder Levin 2013
Sizzle Global warming Randy Olson 2009
Soylent Green Natural resources, pollution, global warming, Human overpopulation Richard Fleischer 1973
Space Tourists Pollution: space debris 2002
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Wildlife: Humpback whale 1986
Super Comet: After The Impact Impact event 2007
Tentacles Wildlife: gigantic octopus Steven W. Carabatsos, Tito Carpi, Jerome Max, and Sonia Molteni 1977
WALL-E Waste management 2008
Pom Poko Deforestation: wildlife displacement Hayao Miyazaki 1994
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Conservation: insects Hayao Miyazaki 1984
Princess Mononoke Technology vs. nature Hayao Miyazaki 1997

Television[edit]

Title Theme(s) and subtheme(s) Producer(s) Year(s)
Saving Britain's Past Cultural heritage Mary Sackville-West 2009
The Truth About Wildlife Wildlife: United Kingdom Simon Willis 2011
Years of Living Dangerously Climate change James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger 2014
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Environmental Media Awards website Archived 2007-09-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Georgia Strait "Top 10 environmental movies of all time"
  3. ^ Staff (February 1, 2017). "Search for the Super Battery". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved February 2, 2017.

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