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25 Plant Based Diet Movies That Will Make You Think Twice

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Plant-based diet movies do more than just entertain; they open our eyes to how our food choices matter. From documentaries that hit hard to stories that captivate, these films make us think twice about what we eat.

They’re not just about promoting plant-based diets; they reveal the tough reality behind animal farming, show the environmental damage caused by meat-heavy diets, and highlight the amazing health benefits of going plant-based.

Exploring 25 Plant-Based Diet Films

1. Forks Over Knives (2011)

  • Famous Character: The documentary features renowned experts like Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
  • Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime, and iTunes.
  • Awards: Notable for its impact rather than traditional film awards.
  • Story: Examines the claim that many degenerative diseases can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.7/10.

2. The Game Changers (2018)

  • Famous Character: James Wilks, a UFC fighter and elite Special Forces trainer. Executive producers include James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger (famous for “Terminator”), and Jackie Chan.
  • Available on: Netflix.
  • Awards: Won several awards including the Social Impact Award at the Hollywood Film Awards.
  • Story: Focuses on the benefits of a plant-based diet for athletes, debunking the myth that one needs meat for high performance.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.8/10.

3. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

  • Famous Character: Produced by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, with Leonardo DiCaprio as an executive producer.
  • Available on: Netflix.
  • Awards: Received the Audience Choice Award at the South African Eco Film Festival.
  • Story: Investigates the environmental impact of animal agriculture and criticizes the policies of environmental organizations on this issue.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.3/10.

4. What the Health (2017)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn.
  • Available on: Netflix.
  • Awards: Not specifically awarded, but widely recognized for its influence.
  • Story: Follows filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and reversing chronic diseases, and the collusion in the healthcare industry.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.4/10.

5. Seaspiracy (2021)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Ali Tabrizi.
  • Available on: Netflix.
  • Awards: Gained significant media attention and public discussion.
  • Story: Focuses on the environmental impact of fishing, including the myth of sustainable fishing and the global commercial fishing industry.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.2/10.

6. Okja (2017)

  • Famous Character: Stars Tilda Swinton (known for “Doctor Strange”) and Paul Dano. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (famous for “Parasite”).
  • Available on: Netflix.
  • Awards: Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Story: A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful company from kidnapping her friend, a fascinating creature named Okja.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.3/10.

7. Eating Animals (2017)

  • Famous Character: Narrated by Natalie Portman (famous for “Black Swan”).
  • Available on: Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
  • Awards: Nominated for several documentary awards.
  • Story: Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, it explores the economic, environmental, and ethical realities of farming animals.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.2/10.

8. Eating You Alive (2016)

  • Famous Character: Features celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Available on: Various streaming platforms.
  • Awards: Known for its educational impact.
  • Story: A documentary about curing chronic diseases through a whole food, plant-based diet.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.5/10.

9. Vegucated (2011)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and iTunes.
  • Awards: Won Best Documentary at the Toronto Independent Film Festival.
  • Story: Follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.2/10.

10. 73 Cows (2018)

  • Famous Character: Features farmer Jay Wilde.
  • Available on: Vimeo.
  • Awards: Won the BAFTA for Best Short Film.
  • Story: A short documentary about a beef farmer who struggles with his conscience and transitions to organic vegan farming.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.9/10.

11. Food, Inc. (2008)

  • Famous Character: Narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and YouTube.
  • Awards: Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Story: Explores the industrial production of meat, grains, and vegetables, exposing the corporate control of food production.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.8/10.

12. Earthlings (2005)

  • Famous Character: Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix (known as “Joker”).
  • Available on: Vimeo, and YouTube.
  • Awards: Best Documentary Feature at the Artivist Film Festival.
  • Story: Focuses on the dependence of humans on animals for a variety of resources, highlighting animal rights issues.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.7/10.

13. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

  • Famous Character: Joe Cross as himself.
  • Available on: Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
  • Awards: Audience Choice Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival.
  • Story: Chronicles Joe Cross’s mission to regain his health by juicing and adopting a plant-based diet.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.5/10.

14. Live and Let Live (2013)

  • Famous Character: Features several vegan activists and former farmers.
  • Available on: Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
  • Awards: Notable for its educational impact.
  • Story: Examines the ethical, environmental, and health reasons that move people to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.8/10.

15. Vegan: Everyday Stories (2016)

  • Famous Character: Features four diverse individuals, including an ultra-marathon runner.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime.
  • Awards: Not specifically awarded, but recognized for its impact.
  • Story: A feature-length documentary exploring the lives of four remarkably different people who share the common thread of veganism.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.5/10.

16. The Cove (2009)

  • Famous Character: Led by Ric O’Barry, the former dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and YouTube.
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
  • Story: Follows activists who strive to expose the dolphin hunting operations in Taiji, Japan.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.4/10.

17. Blackfish (2013)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
  • Available on: Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
  • Awards: BAFTA nomination for Best Documentary.
  • Story: Focuses on the life of Tilikum, an orca held by SeaWorld, and issues concerning captive killer whales.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.1/10.

18. Dominion (2018)

  • Famous Character: Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara.
  • Available on: Vimeo, and YouTube.
  • Awards: Australian Independent Film Award for Best Documentary.
  • Story: Uses drones, hidden cameras, and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture.
  • Rating: IMDb 9.2/10.

19. Hope for All (2016)

  • Famous Character: Features interviews with several experts and activists.
  • Available on: Various streaming platforms.
  • Awards: Known for its educational impact.
  • Story: Highlights the consequences of a Western diet high in animal-based foods and its impact on health and the environment.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.4/10.

20. The Invisible Vegan (2019)

  • Famous Character: Jasmine Leyva as herself.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and YouTube.
  • Awards: Not specifically awarded, but recognized for its cultural impact.
  • Story: Explores the health and wellness possibilities enabled by a plant-based diet within the African-American community.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.4/10.

21. Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home (2009)

  • Famous Character: Features several farmers and activists.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and Vimeo.
  • Awards: Winner of several film festival awards.
  • Story: Explores the experiences of farmers who have a change of heart and begin to question their way of life in animal agriculture.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.3/10.

22. Speciesism: The Movie (2013)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Mark Devries.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and Vimeo.
  • Awards: Notable for its thought-provoking content.
  • Story: Investigates the concept of speciesism, the assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.5/10.

23. Vegucated (2011)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and iTunes.
  • Awards: Winner of several film festival awards.
  • Story: Follows three meat-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.2/10.

24. A Prayer for Compassion (2019)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Thomas Wade Jackson.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and Vimeo.
  • Awards: The Special Jury Prize winner at the International Vegan Film Festival.
  • Story: Encourages people of faith to embrace a plant-based diet as a way to live out the values of compassion and mercy.
  • Rating: IMDb 8.7/10.

25. The End of Meat (2017)

  • Famous Character: Directed by Marc Pierschel.
  • Available on: Amazon Prime, and iTunes.
  • Awards: Notable for its exploration of a future without meat.
  • Story: Envisions a world where meat consumption is a thing of the past and explores the ethical, environmental, and health reasons for a plant-based diet.
  • Rating: IMDb 7.3/10.
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