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15 Earth Day Movies

These Earth Day movies are perfect for watching on Earth Day, other environmental holidays, or any other time of year. Nonfiction programs, documentaries, behind-the-scenes videos, and more.

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Earth Day Movies

Being Caribou
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leanne Allison, Diana Wilson (Actors)

Being Caribou

Environmentalist Leanne Allison and wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot, across 1,500 kilometers of rugged Arctic tundra.

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Disneynature: Born in China
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • John Krasinski (Actor)

Born in China

Disneynature takes you on an epic journey into the wilds of China. Follow three animal families – panda, golden monkey and snow leopard – as their stories unfold over China’s vast terrain.

Hole Story
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Richard Desjardins (Actor)

The Hole Story

In this feature documentary, Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie continue in the same provocative vein as their earlier Forest Alert, this time turning their lens on Canada's mining industry.

Using striking images, rare archival footage, and interviews, The Hole Story analyzes company profits and the impact of mining on the environment and workers' health.

The 11th Hour (2007)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvia Earle Ph.D., Mikhail Gorbachev (Actors)

The 11th Hour

Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio presents more than 50 of the leading scientists, thinkers, and leaders of our time — from all over the earth

Dancing with the Birds

From ruffling their majestic feathers to nailing im-peck-able courtship routines, birds in paradise flaunt their best moves in hopes of landing a mate. | Stream on Netflix

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Kiss the Ground

Science experts and celebrity activists unpack the ways in which the earth's soil may be the key to combating climate change and preserving the planet. | Stream on Netflix


Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species — and uncovers alarming global corruption. | Stream on Netflix

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kip Andersen, Richard Oppenlander, Michael Pollan (Actors)

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

My Octopus Teacher

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. | Stream on Netflix

Chasing Coral

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. | Stream on Netflix

A Plastic Ocean
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Craig Leeson, Tanya Streeter (Actors)

A Plastic Ocean

An epic global adventure following a filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there

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An Inconvenient Truth
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Al Gore, Billy West (Actors)

An Inconvenient Truth

This is a wake-up call that cuts through myths and misconceptions to deliver the message that global warming is a real and present danger. An Inconvenient Truth brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we must act now to save the earth.

Earth From Above- Earth Part I
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Actor)

Earth from Above

Take a remarkable trip across the globe to discover beautiful lands, from steep mountains to lush jungles. Your itinerary includes flights above Yellowstone, the Amazon, the Rocky Mountains, and China.

Human Planet Season 1 (Original BBC Director's Cut)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mark Flowers (Director) - Dale Templar (Producer)

Human Planet

Humans are the only animals that have adapted to life in every habitat on Earth. From oceans to jungles, to poles and deserts, Human Planet explores man's incredible ability to survive in the most extreme environments.

Three years in the making, the series travels to the far-flung corners of the globe to illustrate the most diverse, original, and often, never-before-seen stories of human existence.

Planet Earth Season 1 (Narrator - David Attenborough)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • David Attenborough (Actor)

Planet Earth

This jaw-dropping, award-winning, landmark series from the BBC's Natural History Unit presents the epic story of life on Earth.

Four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet.

Using a budget of unprecedented proportions, HD photography, and unique, specially developed filming techniques, Planet Earth shows you our world in a way you've never quite seen it before.

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