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.  

2. Erin Brockovich (2000) - STEVEN SODERBERGH

I put this crowd-pleaser at #2 because it is a rare and important example of the "cross-over" environmental film. Thanks to a great script and a perfect performance by Julia Roberts, the film was a smash success and many of the millions of moviegoers who saw it were scarcely aware they were watching a piece of environmental advocacy. Why? Because the story was just so damn good. If only we could have more films about evil corporations polluting local water supplies that are this entertaining.




Julia Roberts, 

Albert Finney, 

David Brisbin


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