Environmental movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant environmental movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, touching and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with environmental, adventure, catastrophe, mentor, danger, environment, escapades, heroes, runaway and chase plots mostly in Adventure, Drama and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, Japan, France and other countries.
environmental movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as environmental: The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964), Erin Brockovich (2000), Prophecy (1979), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), The Odyssey (2016), Dark Waters (2019), Cold Zone (2017), Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006), Salt and Fire (2016).

List of environmental movies

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, exciting, disaster movie, sincere ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, apocalypse, end of the world, natural disaster, scientist, tsunami, forces of nature, evacuation, disaster film, global warming, post apocalyptic, climate change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: los angeles, new york, antarctica, usa, new delhi ...
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Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the beloved book by Scott O'Dell, this family movie tells the adventures of a young Native American girl. After her father is killed by a malevolent white trapper, Karana joins her community as they leave their island home in the ...
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, melancholic
Plot: survival, environmental, island, dog, friendship, death of pet, betrayal, ecology, native american, father son relationship, revenge, murder ...
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Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, factual, uplifting, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lawyer, against the odds, contamination, justice, relationship vs career, single mother, court, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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Prophecy (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror and death on a Maine countryside.
Style: rough, suspenseful, scary, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mutant, contamination, toxic, environmentalism, environmental, deadly, danger, rivalry, animal life, experiment gone awry, native american, toxic waste ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, maine
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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Style: sad, sincere, captivating, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: jungle, gorilla, extinction, environmentalism, mountain, human spirit, fighting the system, animals, obsessive quest, environmental, forces of nature, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1966
Place: africa, congo, rwanda
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The Odyssey (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Biopic of the great French ocean-going adventurer and filmmaker
Style: factual, thought provoking, exciting, captivating, disturbing
Plot: explorer, environmental, diver, flashback, sea, underwater scene, ship, love, unfaithful husband, frenchman abroad, environmental activist, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, year 1949, 1960s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: paris france, antarctica, france, new york
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Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: factual, thought provoking, realistic, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, legal investigation, lawyer, price of justice, fighting the system, corporate crime, uncover truth, courtroom drama, legal action, corporate crimes, investigation ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 2001, year 2003, year 1975 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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Cold Zone (2017)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A storm is coming. No one could predict it. No one can measure it. Now one family must survive it. You can't come in from the cold.
Style: disaster movie, suspense, serious, suspenseful
Plot: ice age, rescue, scientist, research, environmental, environment, laboratory, freeze to death, frozen, warning, disaster film, helicopter ...
Time: 2010s
Place: alaska, usa
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Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: It is 300 years into the future. Earth's environment had been devastated by mankind's own foolish plans and humankind is beleaguered by the sentient forests which they have awoken. The world balance is tipped when a young boy named Agito ...
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, suspense
Plot: heroes, heroic mission, time travel, future dystopia, chaos, imaginary, a.i., escapades, danger, apocalypse, changing the past or future, environmental ...
Time: future, 24th century
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Salt and Fire (2016)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Mexico, Bolivia, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, touching
Plot: ecology, boy, stranded, kidnapping, brother brother relationship, interracial friendship, hostage, intergenerational friendship, scientist, blindness, breaking the fourth wall, airport ...
Place: south america
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Visions of Europe (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Twenty-five films from twenty-five European countries by twenty-five European directors.
Style: anthology
Plot: compilation, bureaucracy, immigration, european union, environmental, female director, essay
Place: europe
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Hoot (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: fish out of water, school, environmentalism, adventure, save the day, teenager, misfit, vandalism, bully, restaurant, kidnapping, endangered species ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, florida, usa
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, colourful, scenic, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, miniature person, family, midget, adventure, parallel world, childhood, friends, maid, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Peru, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A girl was born and grew up in the deepest jungle of the Amazon, Colonia, that rests on the back of the most powerful Mother Spirit in the Amazon, Turtle Motelo Mama. One day she discovers that her homeland is being threatened and realizes that ...
Style: exciting, feel good, colourful, sweet, visually appealing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, human animal relationship, forces of nature, obsessive quest, computer animation, environmental destruction, friendship, good versus evil, environmental, jungle girl, grownups, heroic mission ...
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Waterworld (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In a futuristic world where the polar ice caps have melted and made Earth a liquid planet, a beautiful barmaid rescues a mutant seafarer from a floating island prison. They escape, along with her young charge, Enola, and sail off aboard his ship. ...
Style: exciting, serious, futuristic, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: survival, apocalypse, post apocalypse, adventure, ocean, post apocalyptic, future dystopia, dystopic future, rescue, sailboat, sailing, ocean or sea ...
Time: future
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Birthday Wonderland (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story follows Akane, a girl with no self-confidence. On the day before her birthday, she meets a mysterious alchemist Hippocrates and their student Pipo, who both tell her they're on a mission to save the world. Together, they set out from ...
Plot: swinger, alchemist, parallel world, environmental, magic, journey, cat, playing violin, carpet, spider, sheep, cartoon cat ...
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Eleventh Hour (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Jacob Hood is a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government who investigates scientific crises and oddities. His crusade is to protect the substance of science against those who would abuse and misuse scientific ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, captivating, serious
Plot: scientist, fbi, mad scientist, misfit partners, save the day, bio weapon, characters in danger, investigation, reluctant partners, supernatural, partners against crime, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
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Future Boy Conan (1978)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Post nuclear future. Earth has been almost completely submerged by oceans. Indastria, an hyper-technological isle, is the new world capital. Conan is the only survived boy in the attempt of a bunch of astronauts to escape the earth when nuke bombs ...
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, serious
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, island, post apocalypse, extinction, super weapon, starting over, adventure, bittersweet, family relations, deadly weapon, siblings relations, future dystopia ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the ...
Style: serious, epic, stylized, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: save the world, steampunk, apocalypse, ecology, toxic, adventure, princess, airplane, giant, post apocalypse, coming of age, dealing with death ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Lorax (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, France, Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Style: feel good, entertaining, fairy tale, colourful, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: disney, tree, family, deforestation, childhood, obsessive quest, friendship, environmentalism, computer animation, danger, greed, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: captivating, emotional, exciting, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, mythology, adventure, demon, princess, danger, heroic mission, curses spells and rituals, talking animals, in the woods, master warrior, hopes ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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On Deadly Ground (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Forrest Taft is an environmental agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt CEO, Michael Jennings, is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land, just as long ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, heroes, fight, heroic mission, rivalry, danger, save the day, deadly, righting the wronged, tough heroes, environmentalism, violence spree ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: alaska, usa
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The Emerald Forest (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: For ten years, engineer Bill Markham has searched tirelessly for his son Tommy who disappeared from the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. Miraculously, he finds the boy living among the reclusive Amazon tribe who adopted him. And that's when ...
Style: thought provoking, rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: jungle, jaguar, tribe, adoption, kidnapping, missing person, cannibalism, amazon, deforestation, rain forest, adventure, culture clash ...
Time: 80s
Place: brazil, latin america, south america, india
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And Then There Was Light (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Events in an idyllic African village are shown in detail in the period just before logging trucks come in and cut down the forest around the villagers, forcing them to move into the wretched shantytowns that surround major cities throughout the ...
Plot: matriarchy, magic, reanimation, forest, deforestation, native, fable, environmental, tradition, civilization, globalization, morality
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Edge of Darkness (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 317 min.
TV show
Story: The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, loss of daughter, nuclear, conspiracy, legal investigation, dishonesty, deadly, mystery, chases and races, price of justice, vengeance, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, northern england, yorkshire
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Dersu Uzala (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.
Style: epic, atmospheric, stylized, touching, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, wilderness, survival, cold weather, nature, russian soldier, tiger, culture clash, hopes, adventurer, expedition ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 19th century
Place: siberia, russia, japan, tokyo
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Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The real-life struggle to contain the environmental and financial damage caused to Alaska by the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez is dramatized.
Plot: senator, oil industry, ship, conservation, oil, catastrophe, corporation, oil company, ship captain, scandal, corruption, ecology ...
Time: year 1989
Place: alaska
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Congo (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Eight people embark on an expedition into the Congo, a mysterious expanse of unexplored Africa where human greed and the laws of nature have gone berserk. When the thrill-seekers -- some with ulterior motives -- stumble across a race of killer apes.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, melancholic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gorilla, jungle, adventure, adventurer, survival, dangerous animal, danger, treasure hunt, obsessive quest, escapades, daring rescue, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: congo, africa, tanzania, houston texas
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The Bird People in China (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Wada (Masahiro Motoki), a salary man, is enlisted to venture off to China to investigate a potential Jade mine. After his arrival, Wada encounters a violent, yet sentimental, yakuza (Renji Ishibashi), who takes the liberty of joining his adventure ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, semi serious
Plot: tribe, on the road, memory loss, village life, self discovery, village, gangsters, adventure, gem, child, flying, raft ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, china, asia
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Chain Reaction (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, frame up, on the run, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, crimes, witnessing a crime, chase, fbi, laboratory, secrets, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, san francisco
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