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1. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

8.7
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,417

2. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 30,406 | Gross: $2.67M

3. Tomorrow (2015)

G | 118 min | Documentary

8.1
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71 Metascore

Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions.

Directors: Cyril Dion, Mélanie Laurent | Stars: Anthony Barnosky, Olivier De Schutter, Cyril Dion, Emmanuel Druon

Votes: 2,896 | Gross: $0.04M

4. The Olive Tree (2016)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A girl, her uncle and a friend start an emotional travel to recover a family tree.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs, Manuel Cucala

Votes: 2,816

5. The 11th Hour (I) (2007)

PG | 95 min | Documentary

7.3
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63 Metascore

A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.

Directors: Leila Conners, Nadia Conners | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kenny Ausubel, Thom Hartmann, Wangari Maathai

Votes: 5,456 | Gross: $0.70M

6. Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

Not Rated | 161 min | Documentary

8.2
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A feature length documentary work which presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Peter Joseph, Robert Sapolsky, Gabor Mate, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 16,992

7. Mindwalk (1990)

PG | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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Philosophical conversations between a poet, politician, and scientist. No one is psychotic or out for revenge.

Director: Bernt Amadeus Capra | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye

Votes: 2,701 | Gross: $0.77M

8. Dirt! The Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.3
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The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.

Directors: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, Eleonore Dailly | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Logan, Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra

Votes: 450

9. Urbanized (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

7.4
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A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Rem Koolhaas, Jan Gehl, Ricardo Scofidio, Norman Foster

Votes: 1,951

10. Building Off the Grid (2014 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.1
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What do you do if you don't trust the world around you? You build a new one. That's the motto of Michael Reynolds, Architect and visionary that created the Earthship. Earthships are houses ... See full summary »

Star: Michael Reynolds

Votes: 18

11. Greensburg (2008– )

Reality-TV

8.5
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A reality series in which an American town is reconstructed as a green utopia of tomorrow.

Star: Alanna Goodman

Votes: 237

12. Climate Refugees (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

8.0
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Filmmaker Michael Nash investigates mass migration caused by our changing climate.

Director: Michael P. Nash | Stars: Lester Brown, Yvo de Boer, Paul Ehrlich, Newt Gingrich

Votes: 87

13. Death by Design (2016)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary

7.1
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Consumers love - and live on - their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Williams

Votes: 68

14. Time to Choose (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

7.6
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75 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Peter Agnefjall, Tasso Azevedo, Neal Barnard

Votes: 194 | Gross: $0.03M

15. e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious (2006– )

Documentary

8.3
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A six-part series about international efforts to design and build eco-friendly structures through sustainable architecture.

Stars: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, William McDonough, Jeroen Bergsma

Votes: 72

16. Jungletown (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

5.9
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In the depths of the Panamanian jungle, an American entrepreneur and hundreds of young people are building the world's "most sustainable modern town".

Votes: 84

17. Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future (2018)

85 min | Documentary

8.6
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Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors: Jordan Osmond, Antoinette Wilson | Stars: Helen Dew, Charles Eisenstein, Mike Joy, Susan Krumdieck

Votes: 38

18. Bitter Seeds (2011)

88 min | Documentary

7.8
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India has more farmers than any country in the world, and they are in a crisis that is unprecedented in human history. Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Micha X. Peled | Stars: Manjusha Ambarwar, Ram Krishna, Mahhav Shande, Vandana Shiva

Votes: 105

19. Urban Farmers (2017)

84 min | Documentary, Family, News

7.2
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Urban Farmers is a feature documentary that profiles operating farms in New York City and their relationships to the communities they serve. The film explores the importance of supporting ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Caccese | Stars: Alyson Abrami, Jacquie Berger, Zoe Borghard, Khin Mar Cho

Votes: 11

20. The Man Who Stopped the Desert (2010)

Not Rated | 64 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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Yacouba Sawadogo, an illiterate farmer from Burkina Faso has transformed the lives of thousands of people across West Africa. Over cinematic reconstruction Sawadogo tells his incredible story of his battle with nature and man.

Director: Mark Dodd

Votes: 22

21. Urban Conversion (2013– )

Reality-TV

9.0
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Businessman and entrepreneur Rodman Schley is inspired to learn more about the sustainability movement in order to get on the same page with his wife, Gina, who is wanting to simplify their fast- paced, modern lifestyle.

Stars: Rodman Schley, Gina Schley, Bell Corwin

Votes: 10

22. The Fields (2019)

83 min | Documentary

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An organic CSA in central Pennsylvania goes through a year of changes.

Director: Theodore Rosenblum | Stars: Theodore Rosenblum, Dave Sandy, Sara Eckert, John Eckert

23. Portlandia (2009)

133 min | Comedy

5.4
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Director: Laura Spitze | Stars: Ian Anderson-Priddy, Alex Ansary, Charles Ayers, Zachary Ayers

Votes: 9

24. Garbage Warrior (2007)

86 min | Documentary

7.8
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Imagine a home that heats itself, that provides its own water, hat grows its own food. Imagine that it needs no expensive technology, that it recycles its own waste, that it has its own ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Hodge | Stars: Michael Reynolds, Chris Reynolds, Shauna Malloy, Dave DiCicco

Votes: 728

25. Bugs (2016)

73 min | Documentary

6.8
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70 Metascore

In an effort to determine their sustainability as a food source, two chefs travel throughout the world tasting insects.

Director: Andreas Johnsen | Stars: Josh Evans, Roberto Flore, Ben Reade

Votes: 215 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Belonging (II) (2008)

52 min

5.3
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Directors: Audrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman | Star: Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 20

27. Symphony of the Soil (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

8.4
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Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Koons | Stars: Ignacio Chapela, Dan Barber, Vandana Shiva, Daniel Hillel

Votes: 114

28. Normal Is Over (2015)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

8.0
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New Award-winning environmental Feature Documentary offers Hope and Solutions for our Planet.

Director: Renée Scheltema | Stars: Heike Brunner, Ta'kaiya Blaney, Lester Brown, Charles Eisenstein

Votes: 20

29. Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Fauchere | Stars: Esraa Bani, Albert Bartlett, Lester Brown, Martha Campbell

Votes: 125

30. Call of Life (2010)

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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The first feature-length documentary film to fully investigate the growing threat to Earth's life-support systems from the loss of biodiversity. If current trends continue, scientists warn ... See full summary »

Director: Monte Thompson | Stars: Steven Beissinger, Sally Bingham, Ignacio Chapela, Peter Coyote

Votes: 31

31. Are We Changing Planet Earth? (2006 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

8.3
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Sir David Attenborough undertakes a personal journey to discover how global warming is changing the planet. The Truth About Climate Change is a two part documentary presented by him asking the question: What is the future for our world?

Directors: Nicolas Brown, Stephen Cooter | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 139

32. Switch (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Adventure, News

6.5
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50 Metascore

What will it really take, to transition from oil and coal, to the energies of tomorrow? SWITCH goes where no film has gone before, deep into the world's most restricted energy sites, to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lynch | Stars: David Crane, Steve Koonin, Dan Sperling, Scott Tinker

Votes: 51

33. Trashed... (2007)

60 min | Documentary

7.4
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Trashed is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture...... See full summary »

Director: Bill Kirkos | Stars: Lee Addleman, Ray Anderson, Kathy Angerer, Rick Anthony

Votes: 17

34. So Right So Smart (2009)

93 min | Documentary

8.7
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As awareness grows about the consequences of environmental disregard, the sustainability movement is gathering momentum, and the institutions with the furthest reach and the highest stakes ... See full summary »

Directors: Justin Maine, Guy Noerr, Leanne Robinson-Maine, Michael Swantek | Stars: Mona Amodeo, Ray Anderson, Janine Benyus, Lester Brown

Votes: 14

35. Rooted in Peace (2016)

88 min | Documentary

6.3
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ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence.

Director: Greg Reitman | Stars: Pete Seeger, Deepak Chopra, Desmond Tutu, David Lynch

Votes: 28

36. Spaceship Earth (2016)

122 min | Documentary

7.2
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The film takes a look at several ways of living sustainable in a world faced with the challenges of global warming.

Director: Kevin McMahon | Stars: Jared Diamond, David Hughes, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

Votes: 8

37. The Gateway Bug (2017)

TV-14 | 84 min | Documentary

8.1
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Over 2 billion people on earth eat insects for protein. The Gateway Bug explores how changing daily eating habits can feed humanity in an uncertain age, one meal at a time.

Director: Johanna B. Kelly | Stars: Andrew Zimmern, Terese Pagh, Tom DeNucci, Syrie Moskowitz

Votes: 45

38. Code of Survival (2017)

95 min | Documentary

6.4
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A documentary to inspire a different way of thinking and living. Can organic agriculture really feed the world? Or must we continue to poison ourselves and destroy the soil with genetic engineering and artificial chemicals?

Director: Bertram Verhaag

Votes: 9

39. YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip (2011)

113 min | Documentary

8.4
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YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) is an adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity - a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Evans | Stars: Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Bob Berkebile, Mark Dixon

Votes: 89

40. #Powerplant (2019)

61 min | Documentary

8.6
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Documentary made by Marianne Thieme in which the chances of a plant-based society are examined.

Director: Robert van Tellingen | Stars: Birgit Dekkers, Alexis Gauthier, E.J. Milner-Gulland, Moby

Votes: 11

41. The Sun Island (2017)

89 min | Documentary, Biography

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The Sun Island is an essay film using home movies and interviews to document a historic love triangle among architects. Time and place: Frankfurt and Berlin between the wars (1927-1935), during WWII (1940-46) and in the present (2008-2018).

Director: Thomas Elsaesser | Stars: Konrad Elsaesser, Regine Elsaesser, Silvan Linden

42. Climate of Change (2010)

TV-G | 86 min | Documentary

6.5
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A documentary focused on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming.

Director: Brian Hill | Star: Tilda Swinton

Votes: 41

43. Escape to Costa Rica (2017)

180 min | Documentary

8.4
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Science writer and explorer Gaia Vince visits Costa Rica to discover how this remarkable little republic has become the happiest and most sustainable country on earth.

Stars: Gaia Vince, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera

Votes: 8

44. Slums: Cities of Tomorrow (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, News

7.8
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From the heart of the planet's slums and squats, individuals have taken over these marginalized worlds and erected cities in their own image.

Director: Jean-Nicolas Orhon | Stars: Robert Neuwirth, Nicolas Reeves, Jeremy Seabrook

Votes: 31

45. In Organic We Trust (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

6.5
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A documentary that follows director Kip Pastor on a personal journey to answer commonly asked questions about organic food: What exactly is organic? Is it really better, or just a marketing scam?

Director: Kip Pastor | Stars: Nyeila Grissom, Linda Domeyer, Ben Skolnik, Lisa McClain

Votes: 96

46. Kommen Rührgeräte in den Himmel? (2016)

Documentary

6.5
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Director: Reinhard Günzler | Star: Laura Angelina Palacios

Votes: 10

47. Power of Pearl (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure, History | Completed

POWER OF PEARL: THE FARM BENEATH THE SEA is an adventure into remote areas of the world, documenting the unique relationship pearl farmers have with nature, climate change, local communities, and all that surrounds them.

Directors: Ahbra Perry, Robert Taylor Higgins

48. Dennis Weaver's Earthship: Documentary (1990 Video)

Documentary, Short

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I have not seen this show, but I imagine it is a documentary about a house he built/had built in Colorado. Google "Earthship" and you can find pictures of it and others. The concept was ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Scarpaci | Stars: Tom Griepenprog, Charles Keeling, Michael Reynolds, Dennis Weaver

49. Into the Bank (2019)

72 min | Documentary | Post-production

A Swedish investment banker faces the compromises of modern day capitalism as he tries to push the big bank he works for in a more responsible direction.

Directors: Oscar Hedin, Eva Hillström

50. Solutions locales pour un désordre global (2010)

113 min | Documentary

7.6
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Heroic machist industrial agronomy producing heavily contaminated and modified food and arid wastelands is challenged by several world examples of sensitive organic approach to producing food.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Dominique Guillet, Vandana Shiva, Ana Primavesi, Philippe Desbrosses

Votes: 279



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