Climate Films

Climate Resource Center

Climate films are mainstream or independent films that include significant references to human-caused climate change. Narrative climate films tell a fictional story involving climate change. Documentary climate films tell a creative nonfiction story involving climate change.


Narrative Climate Films | Documentary Climate Films


Narrative Climate Films

  • Don’t Look Up. Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth. The comet serves as an allegory for the climate crisis. [Treesong’s Review of Don’t Look Up]
  • Snowpiercer. In a future where a failed climate change experiment has killed all life except for the survivors who boarded the Snowpiercer (a train that travels around the globe), a new class system emerges.
  • The Day After Tomorrow. Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.

Documentary Climate Films

  • Merchants of Doubt. A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
  • An Inconvenient Truth. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.