The Best Vegan Documentaries You Should Watch Now

25th April 2020

best vegan documentaries

If you’re considering veganism for a month: high five! Make sure you read my Veganuary tips guide for a successful transition and my favourite vegan quotes for a little inspiration. If you’re considering taking this further than the month: you really should, and watching vegan documentaries is a great way to get to your ends. Vegan documentaries were what made me decide to go vegan for sure. There are many vegan documentaries on Netflix, which is convenient as most people are on there already, but you can find them elsewhere too, and a lot of them are for free.

Today I wanted to share with you some great vegan documentaries to watch, no matter who you are and what your end goal is. It’s great to feel a little more educated after watching a movie, and documentaries are definitely my favourite movie genre! You can also read my post on the best yoga movies.

The Best Vegan Documentaries You Should Watch Now


Game Changers


Duration: 1h 25m
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lewis Hamilton, James Wilks
Year Released: 2018
Available on Netflix

Game Changers is one of the most recent vegan documentaries on Netflix and is very much one for the bro-dudes. Beefcakes and Olympic athletes are going vegan worldwide to boost their stamina, and Game Changers follows athletes on their journey to optimal sports (and erectile) performance. Learn how switching to a plant-based diet can make you fast like Dotsie Bausch and strong like Morgan Mitchelle or Arnie. Game Changers follows an injured UFC fighter on his journey to fast-tracking his recovery. While researching nutrition as a healing tool, he travels around the world and encounters elite athletes who have switched to a plant-based diet to elevate their sports performance. If you still believe that your body needs meat to function properly and build muscle, watch the Game Changers vegan documentary!


Cowspiracy

vegan documentaries netflix
Duration: 1h 30m
Cast: Kip Andersen
Year Released: 2014
Available on Netflix

Another one from the small collection of vegan documentaries Netflix has on its platform that can help you educate yourselves about veganism. In this very case, Cowspirary explores the impact of the meat industry on the environment. Director Kip Andersen, initially upset by Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient truth decides to investigate what could be the most ecological thing he could do for the planet. On his quest of finding what produces the most greenhouse gases, he stumbles on a fair few hurdles, including the funding of this veganism documentary, which ended up being crowdfunded. Cowspirary explores how animal agriculture impacts the world around us from climate change, dead ocean zones, to water shortages. A humorous and infuriating watch.


Earthlings


Duration: 1h 35m
Narrated by: Joaquin Phoenix
Year Released: 2005
Available on Vimeo

A lot of people might not know this, but Joaquin Phoenix has been a vegan for almost his entire life. In this vegan documentary on Netflix, Earthlings, he shares his passion for veganism by being a narrator. The veganism documentary shows the gruesome realities of violence against animals. Some of the video footage is too extreme that some vegan refused to finish the documentary. Yes, this may be hard to watch but it is important that we should make it until the end of the movie to be informed of how human brutality impacts every animal that lives here on earth. Gordon Ramsay himself once said that you should only be worthy of eating meat if you kill the animal yourself or at least be the witness of their execution. Watch Earthlings and decide if you still want to eat meat.


What the Health

what the health
Duration: 1h 32m
Year Released: 2017
Available on Netflix

From the filmmakers of Cowspiracy, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, comes yet another excellent vegan documentary on Netflix. What the Health talks about the many benefits of having a plant-based diet and a cruelty-free lifestyle for optimal health. The documentary also tackles how big companies that claim to help us be healthy actually contribute to poisoning us. And the big question is: why? The answer is simply because of money, of course. What the Health resonated with me on my quest of spreading the word on the many health benefits of a plant-based diet. One of the most “must watch” vegan documentaries out there, in my opinion.


Forks over Knives

forks over knives
Duration: 1h 36m
Year Released:2011
Available on Netflix

There are a lot of vegan documentaries on Netflix, but Forks over Knives is one of those that gets mentioned often by vegans as one those that have changed their lives. Forks over Knives explores how a plant-based diet can prevent and even eradicate chronic diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. The documentary features researchers Dr Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study). Interviews with other VIPs, as well as monitoring the health status of real people, are also included. This one is less shocking to the eyes but still packs a punch.


Blackfish

blackfish vegan documentary
Duration: 1h 23m
Year Released: 2013
Available on Netflix

Aside from the vegan documentaries on Netflix that have been mentioned on this list, Blackfish is not about meat consumption but animal entertainment, specifically Seaworld. During a show at the Seaworld water amusement park in Florida, Tilikum, a six-ton ​​killer whale, fatally attacks Dawn Brancheau, an experienced trainer, right in front of spectators. If you thought veganism had to do mostly with what we put in our mouth, think again. There is unfortunately still so much animal exploitation on this planet, and Blackfish explores one very morbid example of it.


Speciesism: The Movie

Speciesism
Duration: 1h 34m
Year Released: 2013
Available on Vimeo

Once in a while, people with the determination to challenge the norms and ask questions most people are afraid to ask come about. Mark Devries is one of those people. Speciesism: The Movie documents how he investigates secluded factory farms and uncovers the truths on how they mistreat animals. Devries asks some uncomfortable questions. For example: How strong are the reasons for believing that people have special moral values over animals? For those who are not familiar with what speciesism is, this film is the perfect introduction to the topic and some fantastic food for thought.


Food Inc.


Duration: 1h 34m
Year Released: 2008
Available on Daily Motion

In today’s modern world, we’re being non-stop bombarded by advertisements that promise total bullshit. To be specific, this is about, as you’d expect, the food industry. This is what Food Inc., one of the vegan documentaries available on Netflix tackles. Food Inc. exposes the ill effects of a profit-driven food industry system. One takeaway we can all get from this is how we as consumers can be powerful if we get together and unite in fighting a corrupted system.


Okja


Duration: 2h
Year released: 2017
Available on Netflix

Not an actual documentary, but a great watch anyway is Okja. This movie tells the story of the daughter of a farmer and a pig named Okja. Above all, this is the story of the bond of friendship between them. Okja comes from a special breed of super-pigs created by the animal industry for slaughter and marketing. Speciesism or veganism are not directly addressed in the film, but it’s very easy to make a connection between the favourable place that certain animals occupy in the hearts of people (like dogs and cats) and the cruel treatment of several others (like pigs and cows). Cognitive dissonance is also one of the pillars of this nonetheless heart-warming film. Available on Netflix.


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