Filmography of Nature and Environmental Movies

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This page lists feature films with environmental/nature themes. It began as a collaborative project of the members of ECN and was maintained and updated by Mark Meisner.

As a rule, documentaries, wildlife films and similar "non-fiction" genres are not included in this list. There are so many that it would be difficult to catalog them in anything but a haphazard way.

For each film listed here, I have provided the year it was released, the director's name, a link to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) page for that film, and in some cases, a description/review/comment and/or keywords related to the film. I will try to add to these as I get time, but I would welcome assistance.

At the end of the list, there are some related readings and related Internet links.


Adaptation, 2002, Dir. Spike Jonz, IMDB

Can a flower, an orchid, be made exciting to moviegoers? Only if it is tied to sex and drugs I guess. Based on Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief.
Keywords: Sublime, Natives, True Story, Drama, Conservation
 

African Queen, The, 1951, Dir. John Huston, IMDB

Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart (who won his only Academy Award for Best Actor) star in this adaptation of C.S. Forester's 1935 novel. Hepburn plays Rose, a British Methodist missionary in German East Africa in 1914. Her singing to (at!) the African villagers is priceless. When Germans burn the village Rose convinces the alcoholic captain Charlie (Bogart) to man up, run the rapids, and convert the "African Queen" into a torpedo to take out a German gunship downriver.
Keywords: Drama, Culture Clash, Natives, Religion
 

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (Aguirre: The Wrath of God), 1973, Dir. Werner Herzog, IMDB

Aguirre and his men rapidly disintegrate in the Amazonian "heart of darkness." Very realistic and haunting film.
Keywords: Amazon, Survival, Historical, Drama
 

All the Little Animals, 1998, Dir. Jeremy Thomas, IMDB

 

Altered States, 1980, Dir. Ken Russell, IMDB

Keywords: Drama
 

American President, The, 1995, Dir. Rob Reiner, IMDB

Invokes environmentalism.
 

Americathon, 1979, Dir. Neal Israel, IMDB

This is an extremely cheesy film featuring John Ritter as the President of a United States that is bankrupt and devoid of oil. People live in old cars and ride bicycles everywhere. Meat Loaf duels with the last automobile. And the "National Indian Knitting Enterprises" (NIKE) are everywhere in the film in an early and crude example of product placement. That they also hold most of the US's debt is also a prescient commentary on real economic power. I will never forget this film; it was sooo cheesy.
Keywords: Resource Depletion, Comedy
 

Apocalypse Now, 1979, Dir. Francis Ford Coppola, IMDB

Everything that Heart of Darkness is, plus "the horror" of the Vietnam War. Robert Duvall's defoliation scene is famous.
Keywords: Drama, Surviving in the Wilderness, Effects of Pollution
 

Arrival, The, 1996, Dir. David Twohy, IMDB

Global warming is an alien plot...
Keywords: Action, Climate Change, Sci-Fi
 

At Play in the Fields of the Lord, 1991, Dir. Hector Babenco, IMDB

Keywords: Drama
 

Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, 2001, Dir. Zacharias Kunuk, IMDB

Winner of Camera D'Or at Cannes Film Festival, this is the first every feature film in Inuktikuk. It tells of a legend of Inuit survival, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness in the harsh arctic environment. Powerful. Recommended.
Keywords: Natives, Survival, Historical, Drama
 

Atomic Cafe, 1982, Dir. Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty (II), Pierce Rafferty, IMDB

 

Avatar, 2009, Dir. James Cameron, IMDB

You've all seen it, right? The very bad corporation wants to mine the planet of the spiritually-one-with-nature blue people (no, not the Smurfs). If only the humans could understand what it's like to be a blue person. Lots of action, great special effects, etc. in this predictable, but didactic adventure.
Keywords: Action, Sci-Fi, Natives, Resource Depletion, Forests
 

Babe , 1995, Dir. Chris Noonan, IMDB

Who can forget the talking pig and his friends that save the day.
Keywords: Animals, Comedy, Drama
 

Backwoods, 1987, Dir. Dean Crow, IMDB

 

Bailey's Billions, 2005, Dir. David Devine, IMDB

When talking golden retriever Bailey inherits billions, a cheesy caper is triggered involving a puppy mill, dognappers, an animal psychologist, a bungling children's' services officer, an animal rights campaigner, and two resourceful kids. Light fare where the activists and animal lovers are not only good looking, they're also the good guys.
Keywords: Animals, Comedy, Drama
 

Ballad of Little Jo, The, 1993, Dir. Maggie Greenwald, IMDB

 

Bambi, 1942, Dir. David Hand, IMDB

Though not environmentally messaged with a club, as say Lion King, it came out at a time that has seared it into the American psyche and has had lasting impact on how we view or have erroneously viewed hunting and forest fires.
Keywords: Animated, Animals, Drama
 

Baraka, 1992, Dir. Ron Fricke, IMDB

More of an art film, it juxtaposes the environmental and human relationship with an eerie minimalist score. Similar to Koyaanisqatsi.
Keywords: Animals, Dystopian, Culture Clash, Sublime, True Story
 

Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1973, Dir. J. Lee Thompson, IMDB

Classics on all levels: perils of wildlife as pets, arrogance of human sentiency, slaves becoming the master, nuclear war and what will rise to claim the Earth, etc.
Keywords: Animals, Drama, Dystopian, Nukes Gone Bad, Post-Apocalyptic
 

Beach, The, 2000, Dir. Danny Boyle, IMDB

This film was controversial before its release because of how the production had destroyed the real beach where it was filmed. Leonardo Dicaprio is an American backpacker in Thailand who finds his way to a remote island inhabited by other young travellers looking for the ultimate beach experience. Nature is a minor character in the narrative, but does provide some dramatic scenery and threatening moments. All in all, there is not much here besides the controversy and it's a pretty annoying film. Not recommended.
Keywords: Lame, Sublime, Tropical, Drama
 

Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1970, Dir. Ted Post, IMDB

Keywords: Animals, Drama, Dystopian, Nukes Gone Bad, Post-Apocalyptic
 

Big Trees, The, 1952, Dir. Felix E. Feist, IMDB

 

Bio-Dome, 1996, Dir. Jason Bloom, IMDB

Two words: Pauly Shore. Hey buddy, your favorite 90s surfer dude stars with Stephen Baldwin in this ridiculous send up of the Arizona Biosphere projects.
Keywords: Comedy
 

Birds, The, 1963, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, IMDB

Hitchcock's classic film of nature gone awry. Anyone who has seen this film will never look at a flock of crows the same way again.
Keywords: Nature-Gone-Awry, Animals, Horror
 

Bis ans Ende der Welt (Until the End of the World), 1991, Dir. Wim Wenders, IMDB

What would happen if we could read another person's dreams?
Keywords: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Technology
 

Black Robe, 1991, Dir. Bruce Beresford, IMDB

When Christians meet Native North Americans...
Keywords: Historical, Natives, Drama
 

Blade Runner, 1982, Dir. Ridley Scott, IMDB

Classic.
Keywords: Dystopian, Effects of Pollution, Sci-Fi, Drama, Technology
 

Boy and His Dog, A, 1975, Dir. L.Q. Jones, IMDB

Based on a story by Harlan Ellison. Post-apocalyptic story of a boy who communicates telepathically with his dog. They discover the remnants of society underground.
Keywords: Post-Apocalyptic, Animals, Drama
 

Brazil, 1985, Dir. Terry Gilliam, IMDB

Set in a futuristic techno-world that is dehumanized and denaturalized. Recommended.
Keywords: Dystopian, Comedy
 

Burning Season, The, 1993, Dir. Harvey Crossland, IMDB

"The Chico Mendes Story" with Raul Julia as famed Brazillian rubber tapper and environmentalist, Mendes.
Keywords: Amazon, Natives, True Story
 

Captain Planet, 1990, Dir. Unknown, IMDB

 

China Syndrome, The, 1979, Dir. James Bridges, IMDB

Keywords: Drama, Nukes Gone Bad, Eco-Disaster, Technology
 

Chinatown, 1974, Dir. Roman Polanski, IMDB

Water supplies in California are the context for this classic thriller.
Keywords: Drama, Conservation, Water, Politics
 

City Slickers, 1991, Dir. Ron Underwood, IMDB

 

Civil Action, A, 1998, Dir. Steven Zaillian, IMDB

Based on the true story of Jan Schlichtmann's lawsuit on behalf of the people of Woburn Massachusets whose water supply was contaminated by industry.
Keywords: True Story, Drama, Effects of Pollution
 

Clearcut, 1991, Dir. Ryszard Bugajski, IMDB

Based on M.T. Kelly's book A Dream Like Mine about native land threatened by logging and white liberal responses to the issue. Violent, but recommended; Graham Greene is incredible.
Keywords: Action, Culture Clash, Natives, Development
 

Cold Comfort Farm, 1971, Dir. Peter Hammond, IMDB

 

Conagher, 1991, Dir. Reynaldo Villalobos, IMDB

 

Continental Divide, 1981, Dir. Michael Apted, IMDB

 

Core, The, 2003, Dir. Jon Amiel, IMDB

 

Country, 1984, Dir. Richard Pearce, IMDB

 

Crocodlie Hunter: Collision Course, The, 2002, Dir. John Stainton, IMDB

A spinoff from the popular Crocodile Hunter TV show featuring an action/espionage plot. Steve and Terry Irwin try to protect a crocodile from what they think are poachers unaware that the beast has swallowed part of a downed US spy satellite. Features the usual mix of Crocodile Hunter humour and macho natural history. Light entertainment.
Keywords: Animals, Conservation, Action, Comedy
 

Cross Creek, 1983, Dir. Martin Ritt, IMDB

 

Dances with Wolves, 1990, Dir. Kevin Costner, IMDB

 

Dante's Peak, 1997, Dir. Roger Donaldson, IMDB

 

Day After Tomorrow, The, 2004, Dir. Roland Emmerich, IMDB

Abrupt climate change causes really extreme weather events around the world. New York is first flooded by rising seas, then flash frozen.
Keywords: Climate Change, Action, Eco-Disaster, Drama
 

Day After, The, 1983, Dir. Nicholas Meyer, IMDB

Keywords: Nukes Gone Bad
 

Day of the Animals, 1977, Dir. William Girdler, IMDB

 

Day the Earth Caught Fire, The, 1961, Dir. Val Guest, IMDB

 

Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster, 1992, Dir. Paul Seed, IMDB

 

Deadly Harvest, 1977, Dir. Timothy Bond, IMDB

 

Deliverance, 1972, Dir. John Boorman, IMDB

 

Dersu Uzala, 1974, Dir. Akira Kurosawa, IMDB

Considered one of Kurosawa's masterpieces, one of the main themes of this film is the clash of civilization and nature.
Keywords: Culture Clash, Surviving in the Wilderness
 

Earth Walk, 1990, Dir. Sylvie Van Brabant, IMDB

 

Earthling, 1980, Dir. Peter Collinson, IMDB

 

Earthquake, 1974, Dir. Mark Robson, IMDB

 

Edge, The, 1997, Dir. Lee Tamahori, IMDB

Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin duke it out with a grizzly bear while unintentionally roughing it in the bush.
Keywords: Surviving in the Wilderness
 

Emerald Forest, The, 1985, Dir. John Boorman, IMDB

A powerful film apparently based on a true story about a young American boy raised among a tribe of Amazon natives. His father, an engineer building a huge dam in the forest, spends 10 years looking for his son. Meanwhile the forest peoples are being displaced from their world by the dam construction and other development. When the father finally finds his son, the boy has become a man and is fully a part of the tribe. The film combines a powerful personal story with a subtle commentary on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and its people.
Keywords: Amazon, Natives, Development, Culture Clash, Action
 

Erin Brockovich, 2000, Dir. Steven Soderbergh, IMDB

 

Escape from the Planet of the Apes, 1971, Dir. Don Taylor, IMDB

 

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue, 1997, Dir. Richard Tulloch, IMDB

 

FernGully: The Last Rainforest, 1992, Dir. Bill Kroyer, IMDB

 

Fire Down Below, The, 1997, Dir. Félix Enríquez Alcalá, IMDB

Steven Seagal plays an environmental protection agent fighting companies dumping toxic waste.
Keywords: Action, Drama, Effects of Pollution
 

Fire Next Time, The, 1995, Dir. Tom McLoughlin, IMDB

Keywords: Eco-Disaster, Action, Climate Change
 

Fitzcarraldo, 1982, Dir. Werner Herzog, IMDB

The tale of a man obsessed with idea that art can tame the wilderness. Klaus Kinski stars in the title role as Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, a would-be rubber baron intent on building an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian rainforest. All he needs to do is drag his 180-ton ship up and over a mountain into another river, but the natives who agree to help him have their own agenda. This is a great movie.
Keywords: Drama, Amazon, Natives
 

Flash of Green, 1984, Dir. Victor Nunez, IMDB

 

Fly Away Home, 1996, Dir. Carroll Ballard, IMDB

 

Free Willy , 1993, Dir. Simon Wincer, IMDB

 

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, 1995, Dir. Dwight H. Little, IMDB

 

Free Willy 3: The Rescue, 1997, Dir. Sam Pillsbury, IMDB

 

Frogs, 1972, Dir. George McCowan, IMDB

 

Giant, 1956, Dir. George Stevens, IMDB

 

Gods Must Be Crazy Part II, The, 1989, Dir. Jamie Uys, IMDB

 

Gods Must be Crazy, The, 1980, Dir. Jamie Uys, IMDB

 

Gold Rush, The, 1925, Dir. Charles Chaplin, IMDB

 

Golden Seal, The, 1983, Dir. Frank Zuniga, IMDB

 

Good Earth, The, 1937, Dir. Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machaty, IMDB

 

Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, 1988, Dir. Michael Apted, IMDB

The joy and the trials of Dian Fossey and the Gorillas she loved.
 

Grapes of Wrath, The, 1940, Dir. John Ford, IMDB

 

Graset Sjunger (Grass is Singing, The), 1981, Dir. Michael Raeburn, IMDB

 

Grey Owl, 1999, Dir. Richard Attenborough, IMDB

The true story of Archie Belaney who for years posed as a native North American Indian and wrote several books in the 1930's promoting conservation under that guise. Pierce Brosnan is pretty good as Grey Owl.
Keywords: Conservation, Natives, True Story, Historical, Drama
 

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, 1984, Dir. Hugh Hudson, IMDB

 

Guerre du feu, La (Quest for Fire), 1981, Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud, IMDB

 

Happening, The, 2008, Dir. M. Night Shyamalan, IMDB

Apparently feeling threatened, plants start to let off a toxin the leads people to kill themselves. Well, that's the theory anyway. This is kind of creepy if you like that sort of thing.
Keywords: Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Nature-Gone-Awry
 

Happy Feet, 2006, Dir. George Miller, IMDB

A young emperor penguin who cannot sing (but can dance) sets off to find out who has been taking all the fish.
Keywords: Animated, Resource Depletion, Animals, Action/Comedy
 

Heartland, 1980, Dir. Richard Pearce, IMDB

 

Heaven Can Wait, 1978, Dir. Warren Beatty, Buck Henry, IMDB

 

High Noon, 1952, Dir. Fred Zinnemann, IMDB

 

Hoot, 2006, Dir. Wil Shriner, IMDB

Based on the book by Carl Hiaasen, it tells the story of a boy who moves to Florida and fights to save an endangered owl species.
Keywords: Adventure, Comedy, Animals, Conservation, Politics
 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000, Dir. Ron Howard, IMDB

In this much-elaborated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, the Whos are competitive consumers and the Grinch the recipient of all their garbage and toxic waste. Though he creatively reuses it for his own purposes, he still resents their decadence and waste. Ah, those grinchy green environmentalists...maybe by the end of the story, their hearts will grow and they'll just get with the game.
Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Pollution, Consumerism, Garbage
 

I ♥ Huckabees, 2004, Dir. David O. Russell, IMDB

The head of a local conservation group, for whom things are not going well, turns to an existential detective agency to help him with his issues. Along the way the film's characters explore the nature of being, interconnectedness, oil dependency, superficial appearances, religion, refugees, childhood trauma, sex, celebrity, nihilism, and the inevitability of development. Entertaining, and though the environmental issues appear to be merely background context, the core themes of the film are entirely relevant to the environmental crisis. But, it's up to you to decide whether or not to take any of it seriously...
Keywords: Existentialist, Conservation, Consumerism, Development, Comedy
 

Ice Station Zebra, 1968, Dir. John Sturges, IMDB

 

In Country, 1989, Dir. Norman Jewison, IMDB

 

Incident at Dark River, 1989, Dir. Michael Pressman, IMDB

Keywords: Drama, Effects of Pollution
 

Insel Der Ungeheuer, Die (Food of the Gods), 1976, Dir. Bert I. Gordon, IMDB

 

Instinct, 1999, Dir. John Turteltaub, IMDB

Keywords: Animals, Drama
 

Into the Wild, 2007, Dir. Sean Penn, IMDB

Based on Jon Krakauer's book about Christopher McCandless, a young American man who cuts himself off from his family in order to set off on an adventure that takes him to the Alaskan wilderness. A very compelling story featuring beautiful landscapes and challenging situations.
Keywords: Adventure, True Story, Surviving in the Wilderness, Sublime, Animals
 

Island of Dr. Moreau, The, 1996, Dir. John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley, IMDB

 

Jaws, 1975, Dir. Steven Spielberg, IMDB

Classic film based on book by Peter Benchley. This film brought the Great White Shark to the world's attention and has arguably been responsible for a great deal of anti-shark sentiment. Benchley eventually decried the story's negative influence on people's views of sharks. It was a pretty scary movie in its time.
Keywords: Killer Animal, Drama
 

Jeremiah Johnson, 1972, Dir. Sydney Pollack, IMDB

 

Jurassic Park, 1993, Dir. Steven Spielberg, IMDB

 

Kaze no tani no Naushika, 1984, Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, IMDB

Also known as Nausicaä / Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds / Warriors of the Wind. In a post-war world where a "toxic forest" is spreading across the land, ecologically-minded Princess Nausicaä saves her people and the creatures of the forest by coming to understand its real purpose. A children's movie, but with a lot of battle scenes.
Keywords: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Animated, Drama
 

Koyaanisqatsi, 1983, Dir. Godfrey Reggio, IMDB

Keywords: Art
 

Last of the Mohicans, The, 1992, Dir. Michael Mann, IMDB

 

Legend of Grizzly Adams, The, 1990, Dir. Ken Kennedy, IMDB

 

Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, The, 1975, Dir. Richard Friedenberg, IMDB

 

Limbo, 1993, Dir. John Sayles, IMDB

 

Lion King, The, 1994, Dir. Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, IMDB

 

Local Hero, 1986, Dir. Bill Forsyth, IMDB

A Texas oil company wants to buy up all the property in a picturesque Scottish seaside village and build a refinery there. One local man who owns the beach refuses to sell and the oil company folks have a change of heart. Charming and magical. Recommended.
Keywords: Sublime, Sense of Place, Development, Comedy
 

Logan's Run, 1976, Dir. Michael Anderson, IMDB

 

Lonely are the Brave, 1962, Dir. David Miller, IMDB

Adapted from Edward Abbey's second novel The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time. Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay to the film, which Abbey championed.
 

Lonesome Dove, 1989, Dir. Simon Wincer, IMDB

 

Lorax, The, 1972, Dir. Hawley Pratt, IMDB

A Dr. Seuss movie based on the book of the same name.
 

Lord of the Flies, 1963, Dir. Peter Brook, IMDB

 

Mad Max, 1979, Dir. George Miller, IMDB

 

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, 1981, Dir. George Miller, IMDB

 

Magnificent Ambersons, The, 1942, Dir. Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, Jack Moss (I), Robert Wise (I), IMDB

 

Man in the Wilderness, 1971, Dir. Rchard C. Sarafian, IMDB

 

Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, The, 1962, Dir. John Ford, IMDB

 

Matewan, 1987, Dir. John Sayles, IMDB

 

Matrix, The, 1999, Dir. Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, IMDB

 

Medicine Man, 1992, Dir. John McTeirnan, IMDB

Sean Connery is a biochemist in the Brazilian Rainforest doing research on rainforest flora. He discovers a cure for cancer in a flower that grows in the canopy. The problem is, of course, that the forest is being destroyed.
 

Michael Clayton, 2007, Dir. Tony Gilroy, IMDB

A large agricultural biotech/chemical company is being sued by farm families because of the cancerous effects of their weed killer. When the company's main lawyer (Tom Wilkinson) discovers that the company knows its chemical kills more than weeds, he loses faith and jeopardizes the company's case. It falls to Michael Clayton (George Clooney), the law firm's "fixer" to clean up the mess, but he gets much more than he bargained for.
Keywords: Biocide, Effects of Pollution, Ethics, Drama, Thriller
 

Milagro Beanfield War, The, 1988, Dir. Robert Redford, IMDB

 

Mind Walk, 1990, Dir. Bernt Amadeus Capra, IMDB

Based on Capra's The Turning Point.
 

Mission, The, 1953, Dir. Joseph Marzano, IMDB

 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939, Dir. Frank Capra, IMDB

Newly appointed to the Senate, idealistic Mr. Smith soon learns the hard way that challenging corrupt vested interests is not for the faint of heart. When wrongly accused of graft himself, he sticks to his principles to fight the appropriation for the dam and promote his idea of a camp for boys, even in the face of a manipulated media. A classic.
Keywords: Dam, Drama, Politics, Sense of Place
 

Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, The, 1991, Dir. David Zucker, IMDB

 

Naked Gun 33 1/3, 1994, Dir. Peter Segal, IMDB

 

Never Cry Wolf, 1983, Dir. Carroll Ballard, IMDB

 

Night of the Lepus, 1972, Dir. William F. Claxton, IMDB

 

Nineteen-Eighty-Four, 1984, Dir. Michael Radford, IMDB

Keywords: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
 

O Pioneers!, 1991, Dir. Kirk Browning, Kevin Kuhlke, IMDB

 

Old Man and the Sea, The, 1958, Dir. John Sturges, Henry King, Fred Zinnemann, IMDB

 

On Deadly Ground, 1994, Dir. Steven Segal, IMDB

 

On the Beach, 1959, Dir. Stanley Kramer, IMDB

 

Ours, L' (The Bear), 1988, Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud, IMDB

 

Outlaw, 2001, Dir. Bo Svenson, IMDB

 

Parasite, 2004, Dir. Andrew Prendergast, IMDB

Keywords: Action, Nature-Gone-Awry, Survival, Killer Animal
 

Piranha, 1978, Dir. Joe Dante, IMDB

 

Places in the Heart, 1984, Dir. Robert Benton, IMDB

 

Planet of the Apes (remake), The, 2001, Dir. Tim Burton, IMDB

 

Planet of the Apes, The, 1968, Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner, IMDB

 

Pochahantas, 1995, Dir. Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg, IMDB

 

Project X, 1987, Dir. Jonathan Kaplan , IMDB

 

Prophecy, 1979, Dir. John Frankenheimer, IMDB

A pulp mill's pollution causes a bear to mutate into a giant and violent beast that brings terror to the community.
Keywords: Effects of Pollution, Mutant Animal, Drama
 

Quantum of Solace, 2008, Dir. Marc Forster, IMDB

James Bond seeks revenge against a prominent environmentalist (Mr. Greene!) for making Bond drive a Prius instead of his Aston Martin. Actually, Greene is hoarding water in Bolivia and making deals with would-be dictators. Thanks to Bond, the greenwashing is exposed. You'll have to wait for the end to see all the action from the hydrogen fuel cells - not good.
Keywords: Action, Climate Change, Resource Depletion, Spy
 

Quiet Earth, The, 1985, Dir. Geoff Murphy, IMDB

 

Rainbow Warrior, The, 1992, Dir. Michael Tuchner, IMDB

 

Return to Snowy River, 1988, Dir. Geoff Burrowes, IMDB

 

Return to the Planet of the Apes, 1975, Dir. Doug Wildey, IMDB

 

River Runs Through It, A, 1992, Dir. Robert Redford, IMDB

 

River Wild, The, 1994, Dir. Curtis Hanson, IMDB

 

Rollerball, 1975, Dir. Norman Jewison, IMDB

 

Safe, 1995, Dir. Todd Haynes, IMDB

Keywords: Effects of Pollution, Drama
 

Sahara, 2005, Dir. Breck Eisner, IMDB

Keywords: Action, Eco-Disaster, Effects of Pollution
 

Scott of the Antarctic, 1948, Dir. Charles Frend, IMDB

 

Secret of Roan Inish, The, 1994, Dir. John Sayles, IMDB

 

Shy People, The, 1987, Dir. Andrei Konchalovsky, IMDB

 

Silent Running, 1972, Dir. Douglas Trumbull, IMDB

 

Silkwood, 1983, Dir. Mike Nichols, IMDB

True story of Karen Silkwood, whistleblower.
Keywords: Nukes Gone Bad, True Story, Drama
 

Simpsons Movie, The, 2007, Dir. David Silverman, IMDB

When Homer Simpson dumps his silo of hog manure in a local lake, it sets off an eco-disaster of epic proportions, leading the EPA to turn Springfield into a giant Super-fund Dome.
Keywords: Animated, Comedy, Pollution, Eco-Disaster, Water
 

Sleepy Hollow, 1999, Dir. Tim Burton, IMDB

 

Smilla's Sense of Snow, 1997, Dir. Bille August, IMDB

Smilla is a snow expert. Based on footprints in the snow, she determines there has been a murder. This leads her on an improbable adventure to find out just what a mining company is hiding up in the arctic. The film stretches one's ability to suspend disbelief.
Keywords: Action
 

Smoke Signals, 1998, Dir. Chris Eyre, IMDB

Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Natives, Sense of Place
 

Snow Kill, 1990, Dir. Thomas J. Wright, IMDB

 

Sometimes a Great Notion, 1971, Dir. Paul Newman, IMDB

 

Son of Paleface, 1952, Dir. Frank Tashlin, IMDB

 

Soylent Green, 1973, Dir. Richard Fleischer, IMDB

The last flick that Edward G. Robinson was in, it also features Charlton Heston as the crusader out to discover just what goes into Soylent Green. A dystopian vision of food shortages, economic inequality and the absence of real nature.
Keywords: Dystopian, Eco-Disaster, Climate Change, Drama
 

Squirm, 1976, Dir. Jeff Lieberman, IMDB

 

Stanley and Livingstone, 1939, Dir. Otto Brower, Henry King (I), IMDB

 

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1986, Dir. Leonard Nimoy, IMDB

The crew of the enterprise must travel back in time and acquire a pair of humpback whales. The whales are the only species able to communicate with an alien ship that is destroying the Earth. Cheesy as usual, but with a message against anthropocentrism.
Keywords: Animals, Conservation, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama
 

Stone Boy, The, 1984, Dir. Christopher Cain, IMDB

 

Sunshine State, 2002, Dir. John Sayles, IMDB

Keywords: Development, Drama, Sense of Place
 

Tale of Ruby Rose, The, 1988, Dir. Roger Scholes, IMDB

 

Tank Girl, 1995, Dir. Rachel Talalay, IMDB

Based on a UK comic book series. It's 2033 and water is hard to come by due to a meteor having hit earth (um...whatever...the resource shortage is a suitable premise...). The Water and Power company/government (how true is that!) ruthlessly controls as much water as they can get. Tank girl is motivated to right their wrongs and has a can-do attitude. Worth watching for its campy punk style, rockin' feminist subtext and unusual interpsecies relationships.
Keywords: Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Mutant Animal, Sci-Fi, Action/Comedy
 

Tarzan and His Mate, 1934, Dir. Cedric Gibbons, Jack Conway (I), James C. McKay (I), IMDB

 

Tender Mercies, 1983, Dir. Bruce Beresford, IMDB

 

Terminator II, 1989, Dir. Bruno Mattei, IMDB

 

Them, 1996, Dir. Bill L. Norton, IMDB

 

Thunderheart, 1992, Dir. Michael Apted, IMDB

Keywords: Natives, Pollution
 

THX 1138, 1971, Dir. George Lucas, IMDB

 

Time Machine, The, 2002, Dir. Simon Wells, IMDB

 

Total Recall, 1990, Dir. Paul Verhoeven, IMDB

 

Toxic Avenger, The, 1985, Dir. Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, IMDB

 

Twelve Monkeys, 1995, Dir. Terry Gilliam, IMDB

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Eco-Disaster
 

Ulee's Gold, 1997, Dir. Victor Nunez, IMDB

 

Urga (Close to Eden), 1991, Dir. Nikita Mikhalkov, IMDB

 

Vigilanties of Boomtown, 1947, Dir. R. G. Springsteen, IMDB

 

Volcano, 1997, Dir. Mick Jackson, IMDB

 

WALL-E, 2008, Dir. Andrew Stanton, IMDB

Garbage compacting robot WALL-E toils away on Earth after all the humans have left, building monuments to our wasteful ways. But perhaps all is not lost when real plant life is found.
Keywords: Animated, Post-Apocalyptic, Effects of Pollution, Action/Comedy
 

Watership Down, 1978, Dir. Martin Rosen, IMDB

 

Waterworld, 1995, Dir. Kevin Costner, IMDB

Kevin Costner's vision of a post global warming scenario. The earth is flooded. People live on floating islands of salvaged materials. The bad guys (smokers) live on a now largely derelict famous oil tanker and drive jet skis.
Keywords: Climate Change, Eco-Disaster, Action
 

Whale Rider, 2002, Dir. Niki Caro, IMDB

Keywords: Animals, Natives, Drama, Sense of Place
 

What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, 1993, Dir. Lasse Hallstrom, IMDB

 

Wild River, 1960, Dir. Elia Kazan, IMDB

 

Witness, 1985, Dir. Peter Weir, IMDB

 

Wo die grunen Ameisen traumen (Where the Green Ants Dream), 1984, Dir. Werner Herzog, IMDB

 

Wolfen, 1981, Dir. Michael Wadleigh, IMDB

 

Year of the Dog, 2007, Dir. Mike White, IMDB

A funny, sad, disturbing, pathos-rich and somewhat satirical look at an animal lover who seems to go too far to find her passion for animal rights. Peggy (Molly Shannon), the main character, and the various people in her life are all treated with a balance of compassion and critique (well, at least it's possible to read it that way). Well worth watching.
Keywords: Animals, Comedy, Drama, Ethics
 

Yearling, The, 1946, Dir. Clarence Brown, IMDB

 

Zardoz, 1974, Dir. John Boorman, IMDB

 


Related Readings

  • Bergman, B. J. (1999) "Earth in the Balcony: To see the environment through America's eyes, go to the movies." Sierra November. http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/199911/movies.asp.
  • Hochman, Jhan (1998) Green Cultural Studies: Nature in Film, Novel, and Theory. Moscow: University of Idaho Press.
  • Ingram, D. (2000). Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema. Exeter: University of Exeter Press.
  • Liverman, Diana and Sherman, Douglas (1985) "Natural Hazards in Novels and Films: Implications for Hazard Perception and Behaviour." In Burgess, J and Gold, J (Eds.) Geography, the Media and Popular Culture London: Croom Helm.
  • Lutts, Ralph. 1992. "The Trouble with Bambi: Walt Disney's Bambi and the American Vision of Nature." Forest and Conservation History 36: 160-171.
  • Mitman, Gregg (1999) Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Retzinger, Jean (1995) "Cultivating the Agrarian Myth in Hollywood Films", in David B. Sachsman, Kandice Salomone and Susan Senecaln (eds.), Proceedings of The Conference on Communication and our Environment. (pp. 1-7). Chattanooga: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Wilson, Alexander. 1991. The Culture of Nature: North American Landscape from Disney to the Exxon Valdez. Toronto: Between The Lines.

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