The 5 Best Vegan Documentaries on Netflix

I had a phone call the other day with my brother who had just watched the documentary Forks over Knives. He said it had completely changed the way he looked at the animal product industry, and that it made him want to eat vegetarian whenever it was possible for him.

This was coming from someone who is very passionate about cooking and absolutely loves meat!

Plenty of people just like my brother have had life-changing realizations thanks to vegan and vegetarian documentaries – including myself! When I first discovered the vegan lifestyle, I watched nearly every documentary I could find. I’m so excited to share my favorites with you!

In celebration of National Vegetarian Day, here are – hands down – the best vegan documentaries on Netflix for you to watch!

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What the Health

What the Health takes a look at the how our diet impacts our health, as well as the financial relationships between the food industry and public health organizations. For example, the American Diabetes Association is sponsored by Kraft, Oscar Meyer, and others – which aren’t companies that are typically known for their healthy food.

While this film has several problems, it will certainly make you think about conflict of interest in the food industry.



Cowspiracy was created by the same people who made What the Health. It primarily looks at the impact the food industry (specifically meat, dairy, etc.) has on the planet.

If you are curious about an often-overlooked reason to go vegan or vegetarian, this film will be great for you.



This is a heavy film. I recommend it because it is extremely powerful, convincing, and heartbreaking, even though I have personally never been able to watch it all the way through.

Earthlings shows the truth behind animal agriculture. If you are looking for a reason to become vegetarian or vegan, or you want to be even more passionate about your lifestyle, you should watch it.

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Forks Over Knives

More people than ever are suffering from obesity and diabetes, with healthcare costs rising every year. What if there was one solution to the health crisis going on in America?

This documentary provides compelling information about the importance of a low-fat, plant-based diet in preventing or even reversing disease. It also follows the lives of people who were completely changed for the better by changing their lifestyle and diet.

If you choose to watch one film about veganism or vegetarianism, this should be it.


Bonus: Okja

Okay, I know this isn’t a vegan documentary, but there’s no way I could write a post about my favorite vegan films without mentioning this movie.

Okja tells the story of Mija, a young girl from the South Korean countryside, and her best friend, a genetically-modified giant pig she raised named Okja. When Okja is taken away by the Miranda Corporation to be shown to the world and eventually killed for meat, Mija sets out to rescue her friend. Okja asks its viewers to think about how animals are treated and our relationship to the food industry.

This is a wonderful movie and it is absolutely worth your time.

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