The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual celebration that takes place on April 22 that brings millions of activists together to support protecting our planet and the people who live on it. As Earth month approaches, we know that the challenges we face in solving climate change are enormous.

But there is good news: The vast majority of Americans (78%) rank protecting the environment and tackling climate change as a top priority, according to a new report from Pew Research Center.

All across the country, and right here in Georgia, many of us want to see progress made on environmental issues. Still, many of us aren’t quite sure what it will take to solve our climate crises. It’s bigger than just switching to LED light bulbs. The environment is a BIG topic, touching everything from the food we eat, to where and how we live, where we get our water and energy, and even how we get around.

Luckily, for the past few decades, many passionate people have come together to produce beautiful and moving films about the environment. These films help educate us about the beauty of our world, what’s at stake, and what each of us can do about it.

From films that highlight the beauty of the natural world to those that explore the complicated connections between humans and nature, these films help inspire, motivate, and empower environmentalists at times when they may feel helpless and burnt out.

In honor of 50 years of Earth Day, here are 50 environmental movies to add to your watchlist:

TV Series


Inspired by Real Life

Epic Science-Fiction Action Movies

If you have kids (or if you’re just a kid at heart)

Looking for even more suggestions? Check out this epic list of movies, short films, and tv series from Wikipedia.