Environmental Movies

Ready to go green for your next family movie night? Then you've come to the right place. These eco-friendly movies are full of beautiful images -- and powerful themes about nature and the environment. Whether you like animated classics, moving animal documentaries, or epic sci-fi films that make you think, we've got you covered. Learn about the importance of protecting the planet with one of these picks. And for more eco-friendly movies, check out more films about climate change.

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Curious George Swings into Spring

age 3+

Friendly monkey's escapades teach tots about nature.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Dr. Seuss: The Lorax

age 5+

Outstanding 1970s parable about protecting nature.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1972)
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Great Bear Rainforest: Land of the Spirit Bear

age 5+

Immersive nature docu offers scenic awe and animal awwws.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2019)
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Happy Feet

age 8+

Well-meaning animation is oddly sexual; some scary moments.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

age 5+

Nature docu explores fascinating world & history of lemurs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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WALL-E

age 5+

Brainy, charming, eco-friendly animated adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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African Cats

age 6+

Nature docu emphasizes a mother's love and sacrifice.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Arctic Tale

age 6+

Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Back from the Brink: Saved from Extinction

age 6+

IMAX nature docu proves human efforts can make a difference.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2019)
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Backyard Wilderness

age 6+

Nature triumphs over devices in inspiring nature docu.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2018)
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Bears

age 6+

Some tense moments in Disney's nature documentary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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A Beautiful Planet

age 6+

Stunning look at Earth -- and man's sobering impact on it.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Born Free

age 6+

Compelling classic nature story with some animal violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1966)
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Born in China

age 6+

Nature docu has gorgeous vistas, moments of peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Dolphin Reef

age 6+

Entertaining, educational nature docu has some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Earth

age 6+

Dazzling wildlife docu has a few intense moments.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Elephant

age 6+

Nature docu has stunning visuals, positive messages, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Elephant Queen

age 6+

Big-hearted, beautiful docu about matriarchal elephant herd.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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FernGully: The Last Rainforest

age 6+

Family favorite features strong environmental message.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1992)
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Growing Up Wild

age 6+

Intimate look at baby wildlife; some violence, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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