Happy Earth Week! In honor of the occasion, and as the Disneynature doc 'Born in China' is about to stun us with its beauty and cuteness, we present our favorite big screen, green-themed documentaries and feature films. Watch one of these, then go plant a tree.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
This granddaddy of environmental message movies won the '07 Academy Award for Best Documentary. It's a fascinating, still relevant film about the issue of global warming, presided over by former vice president Al Gore and directed by veteran documentarian Davis Guggenheim.
The Cove (2009)
The 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary was this tragic look into the inner workings of Japan's dolphin-hunting culture. The film is compelling and absorbing, and is a first-rate call to action for changes within the Japanese fishing industry.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
A single mother (Julia Roberts) becomes a legal assistant and discovers that a multibillion-dollar California power company has poisoned a small town's water supply. Despite her lack of experience, she helps the town's suffering residents by starting one of the biggest class-action lawsuits in American history.
The Lorax (2012)
'The Lorax,' an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss children's book, tells about the plight of the environment as it concerns a land of magnificent creatures that could have only been envisioned by Theodor Seuss Geisel.
'Epic' introduces us to the Leafmen, miniature defenders of the forest against the monstrous Boggans who want to destroy it. Thrown into the epic battle of good vs. evil (preservation vs. deforestation) is human Mary Katherine, who takes up arms on the side of Mother Nature.
Under the Sea 3D (2009)
Narrated by Jim Carrey, 'Under the Sea 3D' navigates the deep blue sea waters off the coastal regions of Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific, all of which are suffering the impact of global warming.
Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
The Prius is a common sight on our highways today, but that wasn't always the case. This documentary looks at the evolution of the hybrid in the '90s, and the efforts by Big Oil and the government to squelch it in the face of rising gas prices and environmental concerns.
Arctic Tale (2007)
'Arctic Tale' tells two stories,one of a polar bear and her cubs and the other of a mother walrus and her calf, all trying to survive the deteriorating conditions in the Artic. The touching, heart-wrenching film is narrated by Queen Latifah.
Battle for Terra (2007)
The kid-friendly, animated action film 'Battle for Terra' is not only about friendship and family life, but about survival, too, as it cleverly interweaves the importance of our Earth's natural resources.
Cool It (2010)
This documentary explores alternative approaches to help combat our current global warming crisis. The film's tagline sums it up: "A light bulb won't solve global warming. This guy's bright ideas just might."
This documentary not only sheds light on crucial environmental topics and how we can save the planet, but also shows how past world events have taught us what we need to do to save the future. It’s a call to action with an uplifting message that it’s possible to alleviate the damage already done.
Wind power might be cheap but it comes at a heavy cost. The docudrama 'Windfall' highlights a small town in upstate New York that struggles with the construction of windmills. Feeling betrayed by a multinational corporation that offered to revitalize their economy, residents must now fight to regain peace in their community.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Abrupt global warming wreaks havoc via weather-related disasters around the world in Roland Emmerich's special effects-laden blockbuster. New York gets hit with a tidal wave, followed by hundreds of feet of snow. A climatologist (Dennis Quaid) tries to reach his son (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his friends as temperatures drop to fatal levels and the world enters a new ice age.
The Last Mountain (2011)
Director Bill Haney examines the coal mining industry in this film about an attempt to preserve the last Appalachian mountain in the U.S., from the locals who refuse to move to efforts by lawyer-activist-public figure Bobby Kennedy Jr.
Promised Land (2012)
Matt Damon stars as an energy company salesman who assumes a small town's residents will easily sell out to his company's offer to buy the rights to their land to use for an environmentally hazardous energy extraction process called fracking. Not so fast...
On an Earth destroyed by mankind's careless disregard for the environment, a robot tasked with cleaning up the mess has only a cockroach for company -- until a robot sent to find out the planet's status arrives and changes everything.