Environmental movies - Inspiring short list - Transition Town Mt Hawthorn

by lisey75 | created - 12 Nov 2014 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

This is a list of inspiring and positive environmental movies. See also our longer list of environmental movies here: [link]www.imdb.com/list/ls075735345[/link]

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

PG | 95 min | Documentary

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: 5,461 | Gross: $0.70M

2. Go Further (2003)

Unrated | 100 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

Woody Harrelson and a group of friends take a road trip on a bio-fueled bus to demonstrate ways to be environmentally responsible and visit people who live by that principle.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Ken Kesey, Tom Ballanco, Jessica Yoon Ji Chung

Votes: 333

3. Bag It (2010)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely. He comes to the conclusion ... See full summary »

Director: Suzan Beraza | Stars: Jeb Berrier, Jared Blumenfeld, Martin Bourque, Michael Braungart

Votes: 658

4. Project Wild Thing (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

Filmmaker David Bond invites parents everywhere to help their kids re-connect with nature in our digital age.

Director: David Bond | Stars: Michael Depledge, Susan Greenfield, Jay Griffiths, Geoffrey McMullan

Votes: 116

5. Play Again (2010)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family

Investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature. At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, this documentary unplugs a group of tech savvy teens and ... See full summary »

Director: Tonje Hessen Schei | Stars: James Barrett, Taylor Blake, Jerald Block, Michael Brody

Votes: 23

6. No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Directors: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein | Stars: Colin Beavan, Michelle Conlin

Votes: 1,447 | Gross: $0.10M

7. The Clean Bin Project (2010)

77 min | Documentary, Comedy, News

The Clean Bin Project is about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question 'is it possible to live completely waste free?' Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a comedic ... See full summary »

Director: Grant Baldwin | Stars: Arlene Lang, Luke Martin, David B. Starks, Lori B. Gosselin

Votes: 81

8. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary that investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Director: Chris Paine | Stars: Martin Sheen, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Reverend Gadget

Votes: 11,934 | Gross: $1.68M

9. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,872 | Gross: $1.33M

10. The Story of Stuff (2007)

21 min | Animation, Short

For most of the world, consumption has been the unquestioned duty of every individual. Then garbage activist Annie Leonard brought her two-hour lecture to Free Range who helped her turn it ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Fox | Star: Annie Leonard

Votes: 309

11. Voices of Transition (2012 Video)

65 min | Documentary, News

Voices of the Transition is an enthusiastic documentary on farmers- and community-led responses to food insecurity in a scenario of climate change and peak oil. How to create local ... See full summary »

Director: Nils Aguilar | Stars: Rachel Baker, Claude Bourguignon, Martin Crawford, Christian Dupraz

Votes: 23

12. Green Fire (2011)

73 min | Documentary, Biography

Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the twentieth-century. He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and ecological restoration. ... See full summary »

Directors: Ann Dunsky, Steve Dunsky, Dave Steinke | Stars: Peter Coyote, Aldo Leopold, Curt Meine

Votes: 31

13. The Natural History of the Chicken (2000)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

Through interviews and reenactments, The Natural History of the Chicken investigates the role of the chicken in American life and tells several remarkable stories. A Maine farmer says she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Lewis | Stars: Janet Bonney, Joseph Martinez, Joel Vavra, David Forrester

Votes: 388

14. Transition Town Totnes (2011)

14 min | Documentary, Short, History

The origins of the Transition movement with founder Rob Hopkins, interviewed in one of the original Transition Towns, Totnes, England.

Director: Deborah Koons

15. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 5,221

16. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008)

81 min | Documentary

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Dater, Lisa Merton | Stars: Larisa Eryomina, Njogu Kahare, Leah Kisomo, Kinyanjui Kiuno

Votes: 52

17. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

53 min | Documentary

The documentary, "The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil," was inspired when Faith Morgan and Pat Murphy took a trip to Cuba through Global Exchange in August, 2003. That year ... See full summary »

Director: Faith Morgan | Stars: Bruce Cromer, Jorge Mario, Rachel Bruhnke, Eugene 'Pat' Murphy

Votes: 233

18. The Recyclergy (2006)

Not Rated | 33 min | Documentary, Short

For decades the San Francisco Bay Area has been a hub for the recycling movement. Even the garbage companies have a long history of recycling practices. After the first Earth Day ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Kaller | Stars: Bob Besso, Arthur Robinson Boone, Mike Casady, Joe Garbarino

Votes: 16

19. Home (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Glenn Close, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 20,767

20. Tapped (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey | Stars: Sally Bethea, Earl Blumenauer, Amanda Brown, Eugene Brown

Votes: 1,215

21. Dirt! The Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

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

22. Nordfor sola (2012)

46 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing ... See full summary »

Directors: Jørn Nyseth Ranum, Inge Wegge | Stars: Jørn Nyseth Ranum, Inge Wegge

Votes: 442

23. DamNation (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Adventure

52 Metascore

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | Stars: Edward Abbey, Bruce Babbitt, Lori Bodi, Yvon Chouinard

Votes: 652

24. Lost Rivers (2012)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories.... See full summary »

Director: Caroline Bacle | Star: Caroline Bacle

Votes: 68

25. Chicken Karma (2012)

8 min | Short, Comedy

Deep in the darkest battery hen cage, a chicken secretly pens a short film screenplay on an egg. That egg was fortuitously discovered in an egg carton by a couple of hungry film makers.

Directors: Christian Cordeaux, Toby Etchells | Stars: Amber Cordeaux, Daniel Cordeaux, Jeremy Cordeaux, Saxon Cordeaux

26. Planeat (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

The story of three men's life-long search for a diet which is good for our health, the environment and the future of our planet - showcasing some of the best food you have ever seen.

Directors: Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi | Stars: T. Colin Campbell, Richard Doll, Gidon Eshel, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.

Votes: 139

27. Symphony of the Soil (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

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: 115

28. The Majestic Plastic Bag (2010)

4 min | Short, Action, Comedy

A plastic bag encounters enemies and escapes death on its epic migration to its final destination: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Director: Jeremy Konner | Star: Jeremy Irons

Votes: 81

29. Return of the River (2014)

69 min | Documentary, Drama, History

'Return of the River' tells the story the largest dam removal in history, currently unfolding on the Elwha River in Washington State. The film explores an extraordinary community effort to ... See full summary »

Directors: John Gussman, Jessica Plumb | Stars: Environmental Activists, Lower Elwha Kllalam Tribe Ben Charles, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Frances Charles, Debbe Hirata

Votes: 17

30. TINY: A Story About Living Small (2013)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary

Two young people decide to downsize their lives by building a 'tiny home' on a flatbed trailer.

Directors: Merete Mueller, Christopher Smith | Stars: Daryl Gibson, Merete Mueller, Jay Shafer, Christopher Smith

Votes: 806

31. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Happy takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 3,059

32. The Meaning of Wild (2014)

24 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

A young wildlife filmmaker ventures to Alaska to discover the importance of Wilderness today.

Director: Ben Hamilton

33. Within Reach (I) (2012)

98 min | Documentary

Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Ao | Stars: Ana Alderstein, Alline Anderson, Pema Antoniotti, Ryan Ao

Votes: 27

34. Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and ... See full summary »

Director: Grant Baldwin | Stars: Grant Baldwin, Jenny Rustemeyer, Dana Gunders, Jonathan Bloom

Votes: 594

35. Natural Heroes (2004– )

27 min | Documentary

NATURAL HEROES is the Emmy Award-winning Public Television series showcasing independent films about people making positive environmental changes for our world.

Stars: Daryl Hannah, Michael Pollan, Annie Leonard, Marisol Becerra

Votes: 29

36. The Mighty River (1993)

24 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

The environmental history of the St. Lawrence River and the impact of human exploitation of it.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Paul Hébert, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 435

37. Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home (2009)

78 min | Documentary

Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the powerful struggle of conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who come to question the basic ... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Stein | Stars: Harold Brown, Cheri Ezell-Vandersluis, Howard Lyman, Cayce Mell

Votes: 215

38. Earth Days (2009)

90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The story of our growing awareness and understanding of the environmental crisis and emergence, during the 1960's and '70's, of popular movement to confront it.

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Rachel L. Carson, Bill Clinton, Paul Ehrlich

Votes: 167 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Plastic Bag (2009)

18 min | Short, Drama

A plastic bag, thrown out in the trash, attempts to find his way back to his owner and along the way discovers the world.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Werner Herzog, Barbara Weetman

Votes: 1,102

40. YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip (2011)

113 min | Documentary

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

41. Bicycle (I) (2014)

87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Why is the bicycle back in fashion? The film explores this and tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it's birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today.

Director: Michael B. Clifford

Votes: 70

42. The Story of Cosmetics (2010 Video)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The ugly truth of 'toxics in, toxics out'.

Director: Louis Fox | Star: Annie Leonard

Votes: 20

43. Good Food (2008)

72 min | Documentary

A look at how local farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwestern part of the United States develop sustainable and organic agriculture.

Directors: Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young | Star: David Suzuki

Votes: 11

44. A Sense of Wonder (2008 Video)

TV-G | 55 min | Biography

Captures Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement and author of Silent Spring, in the final months of her life as she defends her book and battles with cancer.

Director: Christopher Monger | Star: Kaiulani Lee

Votes: 13