The Best Climate Change Documentaries

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Vote up the best documentaries about climate change

What is the best climate change documentary? The best climate change documentary movies offer strong calls to action, memorable stories, and emotional payoffs that stick with you long after they're over. They focus on a variety of subjects around global warming and climate change in both subtle and more overt manners. They come from big studios and independent distributors. So, what is the best documentary about climate change? What climate change doc should you watch first?

The best climate change documentary movies, like An Inconvenient TruthBefore the Flood, and David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, have even found themselves nominated for, or winning, awards. In every way, these are some of the most important documentaries of our time and feature important climate change activists such as Greta Thunberg, Jacques Cousteau, and Al Gore. A lot of these climate change docs are available on streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

This list includes documentary films about climate change. Vote up the best climate change documentary films to make sure they make it to the top of the list. Be sure to check back for new climate change movies as they are added to the list upon release.

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  • The Anthropologist
    1

    The Anthropologist

    Mary Catherine Bateson, Susan Crate, Katie Yegorov-Crate
    13 votes
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
    The Anthropologist is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. The film follows environmental anthropologist Susie Crate and her teenage ...more
  • How to Change the World
    2

    How to Change the World

    Robert Hunter, Bill Darnel, Will Jackson
    8 votes
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Jerry Rothwell
    How to Change the World is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Jerry Rothwell. In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. ...more
  • Thin Ice
    3

    Thin Ice

    Simon Lamb
    8 votes
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Simon Lamb, David Sington
    Thin Ice is a 2013 British documentary film directed by Simon Lamb and David Sington. Geologist Simon Lamb searches to understand the science behind climate change. This is achieved by traveling the ...more
  • Climate of Change
    4

    Climate of Change

    Tilda Swinton
    8 votes
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Brian Hill
    "A group of 13-year-olds in India rally against the use of plastics. A renaissance man in Africa teaches villagers to harness solar power. Self-described "hillbillies" in Appalachia battle the big ...more

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  • Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
    5
    David Attenborough, Johan Rockström
    8 votes
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Jon Clay
    Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Jon Clay. David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockström examine Earth's biodiversity collapse and how ...more
  • The Story of Plastic
    6
    Delphine Levi Alvares, Yvette Arellano, Prigi Arisandi
    7 votes
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Deia Schlosberg
    The Story of Plastic is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Deia Schlosberg. A seething expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage ...more