environmental causes (movies)

by Hayduke555 | created - 21 Aug 2013 | updated - 25 Jul 2017 | Public

Good movies about environmental issues, conservation issues and environmentalism. Movies supporting eco-activists causes.

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1. Rosa blanca (1961)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

An illiterate Indian (Ignacio Lopez Tarso) lives an idyllic existence as a landowner on Mexico's Gulf Coast until the greed of a US oil company gets in the way. He is murdered and the lives... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Christiane Martel, Reinhold Olszewski, Rita Macedo

Votes: 81

2. Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos) (1965)

105 min | Drama

A worker of the Mexican Indigenist Institute tries to help the Tarahumara Indians to protect and keep their lands, but he must face corrupt landowners and politicians.

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Jaime Fernández, Aurora Clavel, Eric del Castillo

Votes: 73

3. Population Explosion (1968)

15 min | Short, Animation

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Director: Pierre Hébert | Star: Patrick Watson

Votes: 14

4. Silent Running (1972)

G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Votes: 23,834

6. Krtek (1957–2002)
Episode: Krtek a buldozer (1975)

6 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

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Director: Zdenek Miler

Votes: 57

7. Guardian of the Wilderness (1976)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Western

Based on the life of Galen Clark, whose determined efforts led to the creation of Yosemite National Park. When he is diagnosed with terminal tuberculosis, and disappointed that he hasn't ... See full summary »

Director: David O'Malley | Stars: Denver Pyle, John Dehner, Ken Berry, Cheryl Miller

Votes: 53

8. Fighting Mad (1976)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Peter Fonda, Gino Franco, Harry Northup, Philip Carey

Votes: 389

9. Trollsommar (1980)

85 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Three city kids are taken somewhat reluctantly to a farm out in the forests of Sweden. There they meet the resident country kids who's rosy cheeks and youthful antics mirror the apathy and ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Dahlberg | Stars: Teddy Rhodin, Marrit Ohlsson, Stefan Wånggren, Birger Åsander

Votes: 97

10. Wizards (1977)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Richard Romanus, David Proval

Votes: 8,761 | Gross: $9.00M

12. Bitter Harvest (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Ron Howard, Art Carney, Tarah Nutter, David Knell

Votes: 232

13. Krtek (1957–2002)
Episode: Krtek ve meste (1982)

29 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Krtek and meste.

Director: Zdenek Miler

Votes: 106

14. El Norte (1983)

R | 141 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Alicia del Lago

Votes: 4,303

15. Unfinished Business (1984)

99 min | Drama

Seventeen year old Isabelle Marks lives in Toronto with her divorced mother and finds her life directionless. Isabelle becomes involved with an anti-nuclear group that her boyfriend Jessie ... See full summary »

Director: Don Owen | Stars: Isabelle Mejias, Peter Spence, Leslie Toth, Julie Biggs

Votes: 22

16. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 122,396

17. The Emerald Forest (1985)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau, William Rodriguez

Votes: 8,350 | Gross: $24.47M

18. Choke Canyon (1986)

PG | 94 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A "cowboy"-scientist is fighting a corporation who wants to dump atomic waste on a piece of land he has leased.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Stephen Collins, Janet Julian, Bo Svenson, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 200

19. Killing Cars (1986)

R | 104 min | Action, Thriller

In a complex story of automotive intrigue, oil barons, corporate finance, and international villainy, the inventor of an environmentally friendly car powered by energy cells becomes the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Verhoeven | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Senta Berger, Agnès Soral, Daniel Gélin

Votes: 139

20. Taffin (1988)

R | 96 min | Action, Thriller

An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. The developers are ruthless ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Ray McAnally, Alison Doody, Jeremy Child

Votes: 1,291 | Gross: $0.16M

21. The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy (1989 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Thriller

Dramatisation of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship 'The Rainbow Warrior' by French agents in Auckland, New Zealand in 1985.

Director: Chris Thomson | Stars: Jack Thompson, Brad Davis, Mary Regan, Germain Houde

Votes: 55

22. The Smoggies (1989–1991)

30 min | Animation, Family

The tiny denzins of a paradisical island must prevent stupid treasure hunters from wrecking their environment.

Stars: Tedd Dillon, Brian Dooley, Richard M Dumont, Karen Marginson

Votes: 78

23. Resan till Melonia (1989)

104 min | Animation, Family, Adventure

When a ship sinks during a storm, a slave from the industrial island of Plutonia is washed up on the beaches of paradise island Melonia, where the "all-powerful" wizard Prospero and his strange friends reside.

Director: Per Åhlin | Stars: Allan Edwall, Robyn Carlsson, Olle Sarri, Tomas von Brömssen

Votes: 1,124

24. Indio (1989)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Action

"Indio", a half-Indian ex-Marine, fights to save the rainforest against the forces of a mega corporation that is trying to destroy it to make money, headed by a former US Army colonel.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Francesco Quinn, Brian Dennehy, Rene Abadeza

Votes: 160

25. Widget, the World Watcher (1990– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Widget is an alien that has come down from the sky to learn about humans with the aid of his sidekick, Brain. They explore the world and educate kids on health, safety, emotions and dangers.

Stars: Russi Taylor, Jim Cummings, Kath Soucie, Dana Hill

Votes: 259

26. Amazon (1990)

R | 96 min | Drama

Widowed and broke Finnish businessman Kari takes his two teenage daughters with him to Brazil. A bush pilot introduces him to the idea of gold mining in the jungle, but a beautiful and ... See full summary »

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Kari Väänänen, Robert Davi, Rae Dawn Chong, Minna Sovio

Votes: 396

27. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1996)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A quintet of teenagers work together to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and can summon a superhero to deal with ecological disasters.

Stars: David Coburn, Joey Dedio, Kath Soucie, LeVar Burton

Votes: 9,191

28. Clearcut (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

He's not a "militant"... he's manito. Spirit Being.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Graham Greene, Ron Lea, Michael Hogan, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Votes: 499

29. Indio 2 - La rivolta (1991)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure

A corporation building a highway through the rainforest hires a gang of mercenaries to get rid of the local Indians, who don't want the highway built through their lands. The mercenaries ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Frank Cuervo, Dirk Galuba, Maurizio Fardo

Votes: 90

30. Medicine Man (1992)

PG-13 | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In the beautiful and dangerous Amazon rainforest dissimilar people must should make their choice between business, science and love.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco, José Wilker, Rodolfo De Alexandre

Votes: 19,209 | Gross: $45.50M

32. Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1992 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

The real-life struggle to contain the environmental and financial damage caused to Alaska by the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez is dramatized.

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: John Heard, Bob Gunton, Mark Metcalf, Bruce Gray

Votes: 236

33. The Rainbow Warrior (1993 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

This film tells the true story of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior (commanded by Jon Voight), in Auckland Harbor in 1984, and the subsequent investigation by the New ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Jon Voight, Sam Neill, Bruno Lawrence, Kerry Fox

Votes: 236

34. Divine Fate (1993)

11 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An environmental morality tale. A divine gate gives one all that one desires, on the condition that one takes only what one needs and one gives something good in return.

Director: Ishu Patel | Stars: Linda Morrison, Jason Lang, Aron Tager, Susan Glover

Votes: 36

35. The Airzone Solution (1993 Video)

65 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

It is the near future and, thanks to the Industrial age, an environmental catastrophe looms. The public is given gas masks as Toxic Air Alerts increase and it looks like the Earth is slowly... See full summary »

Director: Bill Baggs | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Heather Tracy

Votes: 127

36. Fire on the Amazon (1993)

R | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In Bolivia's Amazon basin, corporate cattle ranches are replacing the rain forest. When Santos, charismatic leader of the union of rubber tappers, forges an alliance with Indians to protest... See full summary »

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Sandra Bullock, Juan Fernández, Judith Chapman

Votes: 2,261

37. On Deadly Ground (1994)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mystical martial artist/environmental agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.

Director: Steven Seagal | Stars: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley

Votes: 20,127 | Gross: $38.59M

38. Arkelope! (1995)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Late at night, a couch-potato couple watches a documentary on the Arkelope, a rare animal hunted down to a single survivor. The doorbell rings...

Director: Roslyn Schwartz | Stars: Harry Hill, Sheena Larkin, Mark Trafford

Votes: 65

39. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: Darkness Falls (1994)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A group of loggers working in a remote forest unearths thousands of deadly insectlike creatures that paralyze and cocoon their victims. Scully, Mulder and a few others end up trapped there.

Director: Joe Napolitano | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jason Beghe, Tom O'Rourke

Votes: 3,647

40. The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994 TV Movie)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama

Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Raul Julia, Carmen Argenziano, Sônia Braga, Kamala Lopez

Votes: 582

41. Ocean Girl (1994–1997)

25 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Neri - the title character - is a young girl with an affinity for water, super-human strength, the ability to swim long distances, and super-human lung capacity. She lives alone on an ... See full summary »

Stars: Marzena Godecki, David Hoflin, Jeffrey Walker, Alex Pinder

Votes: 1,491

42. Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Teenager Jesse becomes reunited with Willy two years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill.

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Jason James Richter, Michael Madsen, Francis Capra, Mary Kate Schellhardt

Votes: 14,857 | Gross: $30.08M

45. Forest Warrior (1996)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A shape-shifting mountain man and a group of children team up to protect an enchanted forest from evil lumberjacks.

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Terry Kiser, Max Gail, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 2,217

46. Gift (1996)

15 min | Short

Gift was shot in the notorious post-industrial lunar landscape of the Wolfen-Bitterfeld district of former East Germany, where composer Ulf Langheinrich was born. The area is famous as a ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Stubbs

47. Nach uns die Sintflut (1996 TV Movie)

90 min | Thriller

A Greenpeace expedition ship in the arctic anticipates an environmental catastrophe. An arctic glacier as large as France will soon break down into the ocean producing a flood wave one of ... See full summary »

Director: Sigi Rothemund | Stars: Leslie Malton, Peter von Strombeck, Robert Stadlober, Nina Petri

Votes: 28

48. Die Aktion (1996 TV Movie)

Comedy, Thriller

Countess Tatjana von Selasinsky is not willing to accept entrepreneur Mauss' environmental behaviour any longer. Not only that the region lacks ground-water because of his milk production, ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Bohn | Stars: Hannes Jaenicke, Ingo Naujoks, Désirée Nosbusch, Adolf Laimböck

Votes: 9

49. La belle verte (1996)

99 min | Comedy

The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Coline Serreau, Vincent Lindon, James Thierrée, Samuel Tasinaje

Votes: 3,483

50. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy