Whether you’re looking for a little motivation or hoping to share the vegan message with your friends and family, a documentary or film is a great way to start.
There are few better ways to steel your resolve to make a change than impactful stories, moving footage, and information on how and why.
Netflix is always changing its lineup, so it’s hard to know what you can watch and where. So we took the liberty of finding out which vegan documentaries are on Netflix right now.
Grab some (vegan) popcorn, settle in on the couch, and stream one of these tonight:
The secret has been out for a while now: animal agriculture is a huge part of the climate crisis. Filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn expose the truth about its incredibly devastating effects.
Okay, you got us–this isn’t a documentary. It does, however, have a strong, accessible vegan message. The popular film, directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, depicts the relationship between a girl and her best friend, a “super pig” named Okja. This adorable tear-jerker will get you thinking about the arbitrary line we draw between companion animals and animals farmed for food.
A UFC fighter discovers an elite group of athletes who prove everything he’d been taught about protein was a lie. This documentary turns sport on its head, showing that a wholesome, healthy, plant-based diet really is the way to go. Even for professional athletes.
What the Health
The creators of Cowspiracy teamed up again–but this time they’re not exploring the environmental effects of animal agriculture, but the effects the standard, meat-laden diet has on Americans’ health. Furthermore, the film questions the pharmaceutical industry and just what the healthcare industry has to gain from keeping us sick.
Forks Over Knives
If you need some healthy eating inspiration, this flick is for you. It presents hard-hitting facts about America’s leading killers — heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes — and how food is the cause and the cure. Notable doctor Caldwell Esselstyn and researcher T. Colin Campbell are the stars of this film, along with a few folks who turn their health around on a whole-foods, plant-based diet.
This moving documentary addresses the treatment of orcas held in captivity at SeaWorld–specifically the whale Tilikum who spent most of his life in an unsuitable tank after being captured from the ocean. This heart-wrenching film sparked outrage in many animal lovers, prompting huge boycotts of SeaWorld, creating a wave of change for orcas, and bringing to the surface a dialogue about animals wrongfully used for entertainment.
These are just some of our favorite vegan films on Netflix. For a comprehensive list of veg-friendly movies and where to find them, check out VegMovies.