This page includes a list of recommended plant-based documentaries.
These documentaries focus on the diet and health impact of adopting a plant-based/vegan diet. If you are looking for vegan documentaries that focus on ethical concerns and animal welfare, please consider our Vegan Documentaries page.
Plant-Based Documentary Index
- The Game Changers (2019)
- Forks Over Knives (2011)
- What the Health (2017)
- Vegucated (2011)
- Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)
- Vegan: Everyday Stories (2016)
- H.O.P.E.: What You Eat Matters (2016)
- Eating You Alive (2016)
- The Invisible Vegan (2019)
- Diet Fiction (2019)
- Food Choices (2016)
The Game Changers (2019)
James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live.
Duration: 1 hour 48 minutes
Forks Over Knives (2011)
Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes
What the Health (2017)
Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want people to know about it.
Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
Vegucated is a 2011 American documentary film that explores the challenges of converting to a vegan diet. It “follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.”
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes
Availability: Available from various sources.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (2010)
An overweight man suffering from an autoimmune disease endeavors to drink only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days in a bid to reclaim his health. He travels across America and engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and health.
Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes
Vegan: Everyday Stories (2016)
Vegan: Everyday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread – they’re all vegan.
The movie traces the personal journeys of an ultramarathon runner who has overcome addiction to compete in one hundred mile races, a cattle rancher’s wife who creates the first cattle ranch turned farmed animal sanctuary in Texas, a food truck owner cooking up knee-buckling plant-based foods, and an 8-year-old girl who convinces her family of six to go vegan.
Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes
Availability: Watch it for free on Vimeo or embedded below.
H.O.P.E.: What You Eat Matters (2016)
H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters is a life-changing documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet on our health, the environment and animals. It has a clear message: By changing our eating habits, we can change the world!
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Availability: Watch the documentary for free on YouTube or embedded below.
Eating You Alive (2016)
Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and erectile dysfunction.
Despite countless dollars spent on medical research, new drugs and innovative technology to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before.
Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, Eating You Alive takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time.
Duration: 1 hour 52 minutes
The Invisible Vegan (2019)
The Invisible Vegan is a 90-minute independent documentary that explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices.
Over the past three decades, coronary heart disease and diabetes have steadily grown as the leading causes of health problems in America, disproportionately impacting the African-American community in particular.
This documentary offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on the dietary trends among African-Americans, showing how intertwined histories of slavery, twentieth-century socioeconomic inequalities, and the rise of Big Food have led to the increased consumption and dependence of meat, processed junk, and fast food.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Availability: Available to rent or purchase on Vimeo.
Diet Fiction (2019)
The film exposes the most popular diets on the planet as well as several misconceptions about weight loss and nutrition. The film follows the audacious filmmaker Michal Siewierski (Food Choices) in his treacherous journey.
Duration: 1 hour 24 minutes
Food Choices (2016)
Join award-winning filmmaker Michal Siewierski on his three-year journey to expose the truth about our food choices. This ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues.
Featuring interviews with 28 world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, Rich Roll, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Toni Bark and several others. This film will certainly change the way you look at the food on your plate.
Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes