13 Movies on Netflix That'll Move You to Change the World

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Posted October 19, 2015 by Lily Trahan

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, chances are that you’re a complete Netflix addict—and there’s NO SHAME in that.

Cat-Watching-Netflix I can’t tell you how many lazy Sundays I’ve spent binge-watching old favorites like Saved by the Bell, The Wonder Years, and Friends. You might think all that TV would rot one’s mind, but there are actually quite a few life-changing films that you can catch on Netflix, too:

1. Tyke Elephant Outlaw

Tyke the elephant was shot nearly 100 times before being killed. Her heartbreaking story will make you never want to go to a circus with animals again. 

2. Vegucated

If I had to pick one movie from this list to show my friends and family, Vegucated would definitely be it. This flick is funny, lighthearted, and entertaining, and yet it covers all the reasons why going vegan is so important. It’s a win-win flick, and your peeps are guaranteed to love it. (Streaming.)

3. Vanishing of the Bees

Bees pollinate a third of our food, so we literally CAN’T live without them. Yet they’re dying at an unnatural rate, and we need more people to speak out for these little ones! (Streaming.)

4. Forks Over Knives

If you’re looking for something to show your folks, Forks Over Knives is a great pick. It reveals that veganism is the solution to most health problems—getting old doesn’t have to mean falling apart. EVERYONE should watch this! (Streaming.)

5. Blackfish

Blackfish goes behind the scenes of SeaWorld’s parks to expose how marine mammals are treated—and not just from an undercover perspective! Former employees speak out for the animals, too. (Streaming.)

6. The Beautiful Truth

It seems like everyone knows at least one person who has or has had cancer these days. 🙁 The Beautiful Truth explains the benefits of a vegan diet and how it aids in cancer prevention and treatment. (Available for DVD rental.)

7. Food Matters

It’s a known fact that if the entire world consumed as much food as Americans did, we’d need five planet Earths! I love this documentary because it makes you really question whether or not our modern diets benefit us and our lives on this Earth. (Streaming.)

8. Crazy Sexy Cancer

Whenever I need a push to make healthier choices and do something beneficial for others, this film by Kris Carr from Crazy Sexy Diet always reminds me that a change in one person can affect so much on a global scale. (Available for DVD rental.)

9. Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue

If you think ditching meat will be tough, this fun documentary shows how every family can easily “veganize” their homes. And can we all just stop for a second to appreciate what a hottie Rip Esselstyn is? 😉 (Streaming.)

10. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

In this movie, a man who struggles with his weight and declining health decides to do an all-vegetable juice fast. His journey to transform his health for the better is truly inspirational. (Streaming.)

11. The Ghosts in Our Machine

This movie is a fascinating look into the world of animal rights through the eyes of Jo-Anne McArthur, a talented photographer who has gone undercover many times for the sake of animals. (Streaming.)

12. Cowspiracy

“Climate change” and “global warming” are more than just familiar terms in 2015—they’re our reality. Yet many big environmental groups continue to tiptoe around the fact that animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of environmental damage. But all the facts are revealed in this moving film with an important message for humans everywhere.(Streaming.)

13. Fast Food Nation

Ever wonder what goes into making a fast-food burger? Discover that and so much more as you’re drawn into the stories of many different people who work together to create that all-American phenomenon known as the fast-food meal. See the toll it takes on everyone involved—humans and other animals alike. (Available for DVD rental.)

14. The Ivory Game

The Ivory Game takes you on a journey with activists who risk it all to end the senseless slaughter of African elephants.

15. Live and Let Live

Why do people go vegan? How did the movement begin? Live and Let Live answers these questions and more. Show this one to your vegan-curious friends and family members!

Now check out our Vegan 7-Eleven Guide and grab some snacks to get prepared for your life-changing movie night!


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  • 396 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    all those evils cawerds how killed the elephant now is there turn karma please

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    435 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Many of these films aren’t on Netflix any longer, just those hateful pounds tend to be. A number of them are available upon DocumentaryStorm. com, although not them all. Perhaps think of a brand new checklist?
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    651 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I got my husband of 2 years to watch Vegucated a couple of months ago. I hadn’t had any luck in turning him away from meat prior to that point, despite setting a vegetarian example for the entirety of our relationship. Awesomely enough, he went immediately vegetarian after seeing it! My first successful conversion =]

  • 652 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Most of these movies are not available on Netflix anymore, only a few of them are. Some of them can be found on, but not all of them. Maybe come up with a new list?

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    667 days ago

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]


    For whatever reason I can’t find “The Cove” on Netflix. I’ve been wanting to watch this movie. Anyone else having that problem? Or is it just me?

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