Top 10 Vegan Documentary Films that Will Inspire You to Give up Meat

Vegan Documentaries

Documentaries are not just a means of entertainment. They are an effective medium to propagate your ideology, bring awareness in the society and take your cause before a wider audience. But it’s not too often that we come across such thought provoking movies that compel you to rethink your food habits and question the lifestyle you are accustomed to right from your childhood. So, here is VeganSouls pick and summary of the top ten vegan/vegetarian movies and documentaries that can have a profound impact on what you buy and consume – from the perspective of health, environment and ethics.

Here’s are pick of the Top 10 Vegan Documentaries of 2017-2018

1. Earthlings (2005)

Earthlings Documentary FilmDirected by Shaun Monson and narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Earthlings is a documentary film by Nation Earth that portrays the pathetic treatment of animals. The 95-minute documentary uses hidden cameras to bring to you shocking footage of what goes on behind the closed walls of the meat industry.

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Watch the Earthlings video trailer below:

2. Vegucated (2011)

Vegucated Documentary
Vegucated is a socio-comical documentary about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits. But during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.

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Watch the trailer for Vegucated below:

3. Live and Let Live (2013)

Live and Let Live Documentary
This beautiful documentary by Marc Pierschel interviews several vegan proponents and explores the health, environmental and ethical reasons for adopting a vegan lifestyle. It tells the stories of 6 different individuals who turned vegan for their entire life; it’s touching indeed to see a butcher turn into a vegan chef, and a factory farmer into a farm sanctuary owner!

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Watch the Live and let Live trailer below:

4. Peaceable Kingdom (2004)

Peacable Kingdom Documentary
This multi-award winning 70-minute documentary tells the story of several traditional farmers who are forced by their conscience to re-examine their relationship with animals. It’s touching to see how the farmers adopt a vegan lifestyle and create a sanctuary for abandoned, destitute farm animals. There is a newer version of the documentary created by the same producer (James LaVeck) and director (Jenny Stein) in 2009 with a different starcast under the title, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

Official Film website:

Watch the preview for Peaceable Kingdom below:

5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

Cowspiracy Documentary
Cowspiracy is a crowdfunded documentary film co-produced and co-directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. It tries to analyze the policies of various environmental organizations like Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network in the light of environmental impact of animal agriculture.

Official Film website:

Watch the Cowspiracy documentary trailer below:

6. Forks over Knives (2011)

Fork Over Knifes documentary
Forks over Knives is a health focused documentary that establishes a strong correlation between degenerative diseases and meat-based diet with some solid, statistical proof. The film features a team of doctors and researchers to highlight common pains and sufferings like obesity and diabetes that have become the fate of most Americans today, and asserts how it can be alleviated by adopting a plant based diet.

Official Film website:

Watch the Forks over Knifes documentary trailer below:

7. Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009)

Simply Raw Documentary
Simply Raw examines the correlation between vegan raw food and diabetes. The documentary features 6 diabetic Americans who go on a complete vegan raw diet for 30 days, and show some amazing results in terms of drop in blood sugar levels and reduced dependency on insulin.

Official Film website:

Watch the Simply Raw documentary trailer below:

8. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead Documentary
This inspiring film chronicles the transformation of an overweight Australian named Joe Cross who was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease. With doctors and medicines given up all hopes, Joe decides to regain his health all on his own – by vowing to live only on fruit and vegetable juice for a couple of months. How he successfully loses 100 pounds and inspires another one suffering from similar health condition makes an interesting watch. The film also had a sequel in 2014 under the title: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2.

Official Film website:

Watch the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead documentary trailer below:

9. Speciesism: The Movie (2013)

Speciesism Documentary
Speciesism is a documentary that focuses primarily on factory farming with a mix of philosophy along the way relating to animals role in our human run world. Director Mark Devries, who is in his early 20’s, sets out to investigate the world of of factory farms. The film gets its name, Speciesim, from the term coined by British psychologist Richard Ryder in the 1970s who claims that animals can be classed at different values than their human counterpart. Devries film works on changing this belief.

Watch the Speciesism trailer below:

10. Unity (2015)

Unity Documentary
This is an upcoming documentary that is said to be a sequel of Shaun Monson’s popular 2005 documentary, Earthlings. It is slated for release on 12th August, 2015.

The film explores the reasons as to why the humankind has not been able to live in unity with other stakeholders of the planet despite so much of evolution in religion, philosophy and technology.

Official Film website:

Watch the Unity documentary trailer below:


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Danielle April 27, 2015

No Speciesism??? Best one there is, in my opinion.


Admin May 1, 2015

Hi Danielle, we have added that to the list. Thanks for the suggestion


veggiedude April 28, 2015

There are only nine listed.

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Chicken Run is not a documentary.


Admin May 1, 2015

Hi, we thought it would be fun to add the fictional film Chicken Run to the list, but you’re right, it doesn’t belong on this list. We have removed it and added the documentary Speciesism in its place. Thanks for the feedback


Justina kills April 29, 2015

Very much interested to hear and learn about being vegan.thanks for sharing.


Tayler Princeau August 8, 2016

How about Plant Pure Nation?


Marusha March 29, 2016

You should add: Blackfish (2013), More Than Honey (2013), The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013), Last Days (2014), Food, Inc. (2009), Racing Extinction (2015)


Gary May 26, 2016

Disappointed the ‘The Animals Film’ didn’t make the list. It was the catalyst for me becoming vegetarian and then vegan.


Jill June 15, 2016

The Ghosts in Our Machine and The Witness are also must-sees. And Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is even better than the original. 🙂


Ms. Swaim July 19, 2016

Do you know of an upcoming documentary released for September 2016?..benefits of eating plant based..


Chris February 11, 2017

I’ve seen a few of these and still eat a lot of meat. Good things to be aware of though, think more people should know and see where their food comes from


Lesa October 30, 2017

You’ve watched, understand the facts, yet are not convinced. Do you know why?


Jeff Sawyer March 8, 2017

What about PlantPureNation – Very good film.


georganne ylias May 29, 2017

just to let you know that Forks Over knives …EXTENDED INTERVIEWS ought to be added to this list…it is great !


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