Top 10 environmental films of all time

A countdown of the most important environmental films ever made.


After hearing the amazing story of how the film The 11th Hour helped to save an ancient rain forest, I realized the power that films have both as political tools and as cultural influencers. So I turned to environmentalist and media expert Harold Linde to help develop a list of the top 10 environmental films of all time. Some will disagree with the selection and others with the ranking (in order of importance). Please feel free to argue with me and put forth your own suggestions and rankings in the comments section below.  

7. Whale Rider (2003) - NIKI CARO

Tied for 7th place are two films -- one fictional, one documentary which changed the way we think about nature by providing an intimacy with the animal kingdom never before caught on film. Whale Rider tells the story of a girl destined to break the confines of her culture by becoming the chief of her Maori tribe. And Winged Migration (using trained birds, planes and gliders) captures the sensation of flying with the flock.



Keisha Castle-Hughes, 

Rawiri Paratene, 

Vicky Haughton


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