If you’re overwhelmed by the number of vegan documentaries out there don’t worry – you’re not alone. Whether you’re interested in veganism for ethical, environmental, or health reasons one of the vegan documentaries listed below will help you find out more.

Theres a whole host of vegan documentaries out there that have masses of information if you’re looking to go vegan. Whether you’re just curious about the benefits of a plant based diet, mid transition, struggling with motivation or just want to back up the reasoning for your diet with some interesting facts, the documentaries below have got you covered.

Below are the top 6 vegan documentaries that you should watch if you want to know more about why you should make the switch to a vegan diet.

1. What The Health

Best for: If you’re interested in a vegan diet for personal health reasons

The promotional image for What the Health. Showing the title text between two burger buns filled with pills and American paper money

This 2017 Award Winner is a USA-centric look at how a meat based and dairy diet are leading causes of a ton of avoidable health conditions. It drills in to how health organisations and government have a financial interest in keeping these industries on top. Helpfully, it also covers how you can go about making changes in your personal life.

Directed by the makers of another big hitter in the vegan documentary world: Cowspiracy (also in the top 6), Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn speak with and array of people including physicians, athletes and lawyers to get to grips with how a plant based diet can improve your health and lifestyle.

Watch it on Netflix here

Or see the official site (with 28 language options) here

2. The Game Changers

Best for: When people ask “But dude, where do you get your protein from?”

The promotional image for The Game Changers. Showing a mans muscular forearm with green veins next to the title.

The game changers is a slightly different take on the ‘average’ vegan documentary. It comes at the subject from the point of view of a pro UFC fighter, James Wilks, who has suffered an injury that inspired him to research the perfect elite athletes diet. 

Citing scientific studies and success stories from the likes of Dotsie Bausch (olympic cyclist) and Patrik Baboumian (record breaking strongman). As a result, this documentary has gone a long way to challenging the misconceptions that a vegan diet will leave you weak and lacking energy. This fresh perspective makes Game Changers one of the ‘must watch’ vegan documentaries.

Watch it on Netflix here

Or visit the official site here

3. Forks Over Knives

Best for:  Reasons for a complete overhaul of the standard western diet

The promotional image for one of the vegan documentaries; Forks Over Knives. Showing the title on a distressed brown background above an image of a scalpel.

This documentary doesn’t hold back when it comes to laying down the health reasons for switching to a plant based diet and telling it straight on what the standard western diet is doing to our bodies. It looks at preventable diseases and the role of meat, dairy and processed foods, and how you could not only halt, but reverse some diseases with a plant based diet.

Watch it on Amazon here

Or visit the official site here

4. Earthlings

Best for:  An emotional journey looking at the treatment of animals by humans globally

The promotional image for one of the vegan documentaries; Earthlings. Showing a leaf, cow and man's face in a line, below the title.

A 2005 documentary that looks at animal exploitation and cruelty on a mass scale all over the globe. Because of this, Earthlings is widely thought to be ‘the one to watch if you’re only going to watch one’. It can be difficult viewing so hats off if you make it to the end, but if this doesn’t make you re-assess humanity on the treatment of animals then not much will.

Watch it for free here

5. Cowspiracy

Best for:  An environmental and ethical standpoint

The promotional image for one of the vegan documentaries; Cowspiracy. Showing a cow behind a metal railing behind the title writing.

In it for the environment? Then look no further. This documentary covers the environmental impact of modern day agriculture, from water pollution to the disappearance of the Amazon Rainforest. It has some eye opening content, like highlighting the amount of land cleared not only for the animals, but for the growing the grain to feed them all too.

Directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (What the Health) and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary has won multiple awards and is a real eye opener, evaluating not only ‘standard’ farming practices, but also grass-fed and organic farming and fishing for a look at animal consumption as a whole.

Watch it on Netflix here

Visit the official site here

6. Vegucated

Best for:  An all round perspective from an everyday meat eater

The promotional image for one of the vegan documentaries; Vegucated. Showing a mortar board hat with a carrot top instead of tassels, next to the title.

Vegucated takes three standard consumers of animal products, and challenges them to live for six weeks on a vegan diet. Made in 2011, it’s worth remembering that vegan alternatives have come a long way, but it’s still well worth watching.

The participants are faced with seeing the conditions that animals are kept in, leaving them to reevaluate their priorities. Because of this, it’s a topic that most people can relate to and it makes for an interesting watch. They are challenged with eating a vegan diet in a meat eaters world, making Vegucated a must in the top six vegan documentaries.

Watch on YouTube for free here

Visit the official site here

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