The movie Cove won the Academy Awards for best documentary in 2010. The film is about dolphin slaughter in Japan. (http://www.energyrefuge.com/blog/environmental-film-wins-academy-award/)
The film An Inconvenient Truth also won 2 Oscars in 2007, for best documentary, and best original song, this one is about global warming. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inconvenient_Truth)
Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment, a short movie from 1991 also won the Oscar in Documentary Short Subject category. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101683/)
These are the ones I came across.
In addition to the films Seppe mentioned, there have been numerous other movies that can be considered environmental, or touch heavily on environmental themes, even if they don’t spring immediately to mind:
Kon-Tiki, ostensibly a film about a real-life sea adventure to sail to Polynesia on a wooden raft, not only touched on themes of living sustainably but also the expedition itself contributed greatly to our understanding of environmental conditions in the Pacific. This film won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for 1951. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042650/)
Born Free is a story about a family living in Kenya who adopt a lion cub and then eventually decide they must return it to the wild. This film won Best Song and Best Original Score in 1966; the composer of both was John Barry, who won another Oscar for another environmentally-themed film in 1990. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060182/)
Erin Brockovich is a film based on a true-life story about a woman who takes on a power company in court which is accused of an egregious record of pollution. Julia Roberts won Best Actress in 2000 for her portrayal of the title character. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195685/)
The Two Towers, the second film in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, features a subplot involving forest-dwelling creatures called Ents that are outraged when an evil wizard, played by Christopher Lee, deforests their homeland. The Two Towers won Oscars in 2002 for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167261/)
Dances With Wolves is famous for portraying the Old West from the standpoint of Native Americans, but its message also emphasizes the sustainable nature of the Native Americans’ lifestyle and portrays white settlement as causing environmental degradation. I don’t think it’s unfair to call Dances With Wolves an environmental film. This film swept the 1990 Oscars, winning 7 total including Best Picture, and John Barry (who won in 1966 for Born Free) picked up another one for Best Original Score. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099348/)
Avatar, currently the most popular motion picture of all time, has been described as “Dances With Wolves in space” and so it’s not surprising that it also has a very strong environmental message. In this movie, in case you are one of the 3 people on Earth who hasn’t seen it yet, members of an alien race live a sustainable lifestyle in which their environment is a key role, and it is threatened by destructive practices of colonizing Earthlings. Avatar won three Oscars. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/)
I would have to say out of all these movies you MUST see Erin Brocovich. Its based on a true story of a town in California, and Julia Roberts honestly deserved the Oscar becuase her performance was outstanding.
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