Happy Earth Day! While we should be celebrating this holiday 365 days a year, April 22nd marks a day when we come together to say one collective “We Love You” to our planet. We’ve sifted through thousands of films on Netflix to come up with the top 10 best Earth Day movies to watch today, tomorrow, and any other time you feel like appreciating Mother Nature.
Based on a true story, Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) travels 1,700-miles across the deserts of West Australia alone, with only her camels and dog as company.
Directed by John Curran, Tracks also stars Adam Driver.
This award-winning documentary is a mesmerizing look at the controversial captivity of killer whales, and how its affects are deadly to both whales and humans.
Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film features Sea World’s infamous killer whale Tilikum.
Cast Away (2000)
One of Tom Hanks most memorable roles, Cast Away is a classic that finds Chuck Noland (Hanks) stuck on an island doing everything he can to survive.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film also stars Helen Hunt and “Wilsoooon!”
Force Majeure (2014)
This drama takes place during a family’s ski trip in the French Alps, whose relationship is put to the test when they suddenly find themselves staring down an avalanche.
Directed by Ruben Östlund, this film was also nominated for a Golden Globe last year.
A Netflix original documentary, a group of soldiers from the Congo risk their lives to save the last of the world’s mountain gorillas.
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, Virguna is Executive Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Waste Land (2010)
On the outskirts of the world’s largest landfill in Rio de Janeiro, garbage pickers collect trash and make beautiful works of art.
Directed by Lucy Walker, Karen Harley, and João Jardim, the film also features contemporary artist Vik Muniz.
Los Angeles is the backdrop to this classic mystery noir film as a private detective who is hired to expose an adulterer, becomes involved in a downward spiral of corruption, deceit and murder..
Directed by Roman Polanski, the film also stars Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
Two highway workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their lives in the city and embrace the the isolation of the empty road.
Directed by David Gordon Green, the film also stars Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd.
If you’re looking for an inspirational documentary, this is it; 14-year-old Laura Dekker completes a solo two-year voyage around the world.
Directed by Jillian Schlesinger, Maidentrip uses footage Dekker shot herself at sea.
Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
This film looks at the current- and crucial- situation of the disappearing honeybee, and how it is affecting the economy and our ecology.
Directed by Maryam Henein and George Langworthy, the film is narrated by actress Ellen Page.