20 Must-Watch Conscious Documentaries 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be vegan? Have you ever wanted to know more about the benefits of plant-based eating but don’t want to read a whole book?

Or maybe you’re just looking for some inspiration and motivation. Whatever your reason, these documentaries and short films will open your eyes and get you on the path toward a more conscious, plant-based, and cruelty-free lifestyle!

Earthlings 

Earthlings is a 2005 anti-species documentary produced and directed by Shaun Monson and narrated by actor and animalist Joaquin Phoenix. The film describes the uses humans make of animals, eating them, obtaining materials to produce clothing, using them for entertainment or companionship, and exploiting them for scientific experimentation. 

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Dominion 

Dominion is a documentary made in Australia in 2018. It tells the reality of intensive farming, with farming and slaughtering techniques used worldwide. It is divided into sections and immortalizes the tragic fate of every animal species raised, from pigs to turkeys. 

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Forks Over Knives 

Forks Over Knives is a 2011 documentary film conceived and directed by Lee Fulkerson. The film explains how much nutrition affects the onset of diseases. It supports the health efficacy of a diet that excludes foods of animal origin and is based on vegetable and wholemeal ones, unlike typical American habits. The diet helps prevent and treatment of numerous diseases. 

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What The Health 

What The Health is a 2017 docu-film that critiques the health impact of meat and dairy consumption and questions the practices of leading health and pharmaceutical organizations. 

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The Game Changers 

The Game Changers is a 2018 documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos. The film tells the story of James Wilks, a self-defense teacher, and UFC fighter. He uses the time he is forced to rest after an injury to study the most effective way to recover his fitness. This leads him to research vegan nutrition’s effects on physical performance and interview athletes and doctors who support its benefits. 

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Food, Inc. 

Food, Inc. is a 2008 documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 for Best Documentary. The film deals with the theme of food production and the food market, mainly on a large scale in the United States. 

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The End Of Meat 

The End Of Meat is a 2017 documentary about a future where meat consumption is a thing of the past. What would happen if we all stopped eating meat? That is what the film tells us. 

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Racing Extinction 

Racing Extinction is a 2015 film directed by Louie Psihoyos that chronicles the mass extinction of certain species on Earth. 

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The Cove 

The Cove is a 2009 documentary directed by Louie Psihoyos that describes the annual dolphin hunt in a Japanese national park in Taiji from September to April. 

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Chasing Coral 

Chasing Coral is a 2017 documentary that tells the story of a team of divers, scientists, and photographers from around the world documenting the disappearance of coral reefs. 

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Blackfish 

Blackfish is a 2013 documentary by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The documentary tells the dramatic story of the orca Tilikum at the SeaWorld water park in Orlando, Florida. In its more than thirty years of life in captivity, Tilikum has killed several people. The way these animals in captivity are treated and the lives of their trainers are highlighted, calling out for the mistreatment these marine mammals suffer from the maritime water park entertainment industry.

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Cowspiracy 

Cowspiracy is a 2014 documentary produced by Kip Andersen and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film follows the maturation of the life choice of co-director Kip Andersen, an environmentalist firmly committed to the attempt to reduce the impact of man on the planet. 

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Before The Flood 

Before The Flood is a 2016 documentary by Fisher Stevens on climate change. Leonardo DiCaprio discusses how climate change affects the Earth with the most influential personalities on the planet.

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Meat The Truth 

Meat The Truth is a 2007 documentary starring Dutch MP Marianne Thieme about the impact factory farming has on climate change. 

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An Inconvenient Truth 2 

An Inconvenient Truth 2 is a 2017 documentary sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, a film that won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary and Best Original Song. Al Gore, the former Vice president of the United States, explains his commitment to an information campaign on climate change that has accompanied him for most of his life. 

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The True Cost 

The True Cost is a 2015 documentary film directed by Andrew Morgan that chronicles the fashion industry with a focus on fast fashion. The film starts with the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013, which killed around a thousand textile workers. It discusses the different aspects of the garment industry. 

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Maximum Tolerated Dose 

Maximum Tolerated Dose is a 2012 documentary that tells the stories of living beings who have suffered the horror of vivisection on their own skin. 

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Minimalism 

Minimalism is a documentary that follows Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, founders of The Minimalists blog, on their tour, introducing the minimalist lifestyle in the United States. 

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Live And Let Live 

Live And Let Live is a 2013 documentary about how some vegan activists live. The film explores why the protagonists have decided to embark on a vegan lifestyle. 

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Seaspiracy 

A keen ocean recorder decides to document artificial damage to marine species. He ends up uncovering an alarming case of global corruption. 

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