For most, vegan documentaries are eye opening. Many people have started their plant-based journey after watching vegan documentaries, including myself. Vegan documentaries have exposed harmful industrial practices and have created awareness toward the food industry. We love a good vegan Netflix documentary. If you are looking for the best documentaries on Netflix, keep reading.
Here are my top 5 best documentaries on Netflix (vegan version).
Top 5 Best Vegan Documentaries on Netflix #1: Cowspiracy
To start, we have Cowspiracy: The sustainability secret.
Undeniably one of the best documentaries, I always recommend Cowspiracy. In this Netflix vegan documentary, filmmaker Kip Anderson exposes agriculture practices and questions the world-leading environmental organizations. The film uncovers the impact of large-scale factory farming on our planet.
Here are some examples to illustrate facts from Cowspiracy:
‘Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 % of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.’
‘Methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame.’ (Methane is the by-product of the microbe used to breakdown food in cow’s stomach.)
‘Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US.’
The filmmakers for Cowspiracy are Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn.
Top 5 Vegan Documentary #2: Seaspiracy
Second is Seaspiracy. It is a continuity of Cowspiracy, in the ocean.
Certainly, Seaspiracy is one of the best documentaries for understanding veganism. This film helps recognize the negative rippling effect that industrial fishing has on the earth and our health.
To demonstrate what Seaspiracy is about, here are some facts from their website:
‘To save the ocean, we need to shift to a plant-based diet‘
‘Fishing has wiped out 90% of the world’s large fish’
‘Plastic straws only comprise 0.03% of plastic entering the ocean’
‘70% of macro plastic as sea comes from fishing gear’
Moreover, you can find out information about Seaspiracy on their website.
The Filmmakers for Seaspiracy are Ali Tabrizi, Lucy Tabrizi and Kip Anderson.
#3: The Game Changers
Next on the list is The Game Changers.
Surely, The Game Changers is on the list of the best Netflix vegan documentaries for multiple reasons. For the first time, a movie promoting a plant-based diet targets athletes. It also emphasizes the benefits of eating plant-based for athletes. Finally, it’s full of interesting facts which you’ll want to read more about.
Additionally, some benefits of a plant-based diet from The Game Changers include the following:
- Optimal Fuel
- Improved Muscle Efficiency
- Reduced Inflammation
- Increase Blood Flow
If you want to read more about each benefit, visit their section titled ‘The Plant-Based Advantage‘.
Additionally, you can find a ton of helpful statistics and facts on The Game Changers website.
Directed by Louie Psihoyos and presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul.
Fourth is Blackfish.
What’s more on the list? Blackfish is the controversial story of Tilikum, a killer whale that killed 3 people while in captivity. The story includes a lot of shocking footage and poignant interviews. The animal’s extraordinary nature and intelligence are highlighted as well. This documentary is highly emotional.
Once more, Blackfish isn’t necessarily a vegan movie, but it definitely opens the door for thinking about our relationship with wild animals.
I extracted some facts about killer whales in marine park from this article from Outside. (This is the article that inspired Gabriela Cowperthwaite to create the Blackfish documentary)
- ‘There are 42 alive in parks around the world today (SeaWorld owns 26 of them)’ – Outside
- ‘In 1972, the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibited the taking of marine mammals in U.S. waters, but SeaWorld continued to receive killer whale capture permits under an educational-display exclusion’ – Outside
The documentary Blackfish isn’t on Netflix anymore, but you can watch it on Hulu.
Blackfish was directed and produced by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
Last but not least, Okja.
Finally, Okja is not necessarily a movie that was meant to preach veganism, yet it is a great metaphor for the modern world. It is the story of a little girl who raises a big animal in her home in South Korea. Once a New York corporation gets their hands on Okja, the little girl goes on a mission to rescue here beloved friend.
Okja was directed by Bon Joon-ho.
You can watch Okja on Netflix.
Wanna find more resources? Check out our many recommendations for the best documentaries and movies to inspire a plant-based lifestyle.
Finally, here’s an extra round for the best vegan documentaries:
#6 They’re Trying To Kill Us (Keegan Kuhn and John Lewis)
#8 Dominion (Shaun Monson)
#9 Eating our Way to Extinction (Ludo Brockway and Otto Brockway)
#10 Milk: Make your own mind up (Joey Carbstrong)