What to Watch

Here are some of EAB’s favorite eco-friendly films. If you have a couple of hours, here’s how you should spend it!

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

  • 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • This Oscar-winning documentary about the environment featuring the unlikeliest of movie stars. Former president candidate Al Gore holds this film together as, in front of an audience and with few aids beyond photo slides, he explains how humans have messed up the planet. Gore issues an urgent warning on what must be done, and done quickly, to save the Earth
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
    • Academy Award for Best Original Song
    • 16+ smaller awards for Best Documentary

Erin Brockovich (2000)

  • 84% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry to hire her at his law firm. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces E to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award for Best Actress (Julia Roberts)

Chasing Coral (2017)

  • 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Coral Reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
  • Awards:
    • Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture-Documentary
    • News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Documentary
    • Peabody Award-Documentary

The True Cost (2015)

  • Liked by 96% of Google users
  • This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on this world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. 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?
  • Award:
    • Environmental Media Awards Nomination for Best Film

Carnage: Swallowing the Past (2011)

  • 95% of Google users liked this movie
  • It’s 2017, the UK is vegan, but older generations are suffering the guilt of their carnivorous past. Simon Amstell asks us to forgive them for the horrors of what they swallowed. This mockumentary is set in a world where carnism is outdated.

Plastic China

  • 95% of Google users liked this movie
  • Yi-Jie, an unschooled 11-year-old girl, whose family works and lives in a typical plastic waste household-recycling workshop. As much  as her life is poor and distorted, she’s truly a global child who learns the outside world from the waste workshop that her family lives in and works in – also known as the “United Nations of Plastic Wastes.”
  • Awards:
    • Official Selection 2017 Sundance Film Festival
    • 2014 Sunnyside of The Doc Best Politics & Society Pitch Award
    • Best Director Award For One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
    • Grand Jury Award winner for Best Documentary Feature – Asian International of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)

  • 100% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Every year 1/3 Billion tonnes of food is thrown away, adding up to one-third of all food grown for human consumption. Filmmakers explore the reasons for this waste and look for ways to fix the problem.
  • Awards:
    • Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design
    • Aspen Film Festival Audience Favorite Documentary

Princess Mononoke (1997)

  • 92% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • In the 14th century, the harmony that humans, animals, and gods have enjoyed begins to crumble. The protagonist, young Ashitaka – infected by an animal attack, seeks a cure from the deer-like god Shishigami. in his travels, he sees humans ravaging the Earth, bringing down the wrath of wold god Moro and his human companion Princess Mononoke. HIs attempts to broker peace between her and the humans bring conflict.
  • Award:
    • Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year
    • Mainichi Eiga Concours Award for Best Film


  • 86% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multi-national conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission
  • Awards:
    • Official Selection of the Cannes International Film Festival

Food Inc.

  • 95% on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where its sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.
  • Awards:
    • Academy Award Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film