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Top 10 Movies That Make You Go Meatless

Written by PETA | June 12, 2008

‘Cuz why not? Here they are – the top 10 films that’ll inspire you to go vegetarian. Let us know which ones you like best, or feel free to add to the list in the comments.

  • Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2008). See the KFC-esque “American Chicken Bunker” get skewered in this film about chickens who return from the grave to seek revenge against their killers. Throw in a few lesbian protesters, musical numbers about Native American burial grounds, and fry-o-lators, and you’ve got yourself a vegetarian-manifesto masterpiece.
  • Soylent Green (1973). Overpopulation and environmental devastation have led to a world where food is scarce and prices have sky-rocketed (sound familiar?), and the only way to survive is by eating a mysterious food called “Soylent Green.” But the real food for thought is when Chuck Heston discovers that “Soylent Green is people!” (Please, pass the veggies!)
  • Babe (1995). This film has turned legions of people into vegetarians—including its star, James Cromwell—because who could “pig out” again after watching that cute little piglet charm Farmer Hogett?
  • Delicatessen (1991). As if foie gras weren’t disgusting enough, this post-apocalyptic comedy gives new meaning to “French cuisine” when a landlord serves cannibalistic meals to his tenants.
  • Fast Food Nation (2006). This film takes a compelling look at the destructive impact that eating meat has on animals, people’s health, and the environment. Bruce Willis’ “tough talk” scene about the suspect ingredients found in meat—while chomping on a huge burger—is priceless.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Leatherface and his family members really know how to throw a dinner party: blood, gore, and all the human flesh that you can eat. Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons calls The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a “vegetarian” movie. “The way that woman was screaming, ‘Aaaahhh,’ and she’s running away—that’s how every animal you eat is running for his or her life,” he says.
  • Super Size Me (2004). Morgan Spurlock documents the ill effects that his 30-day, McDonald’s-only diet has on his body, giving new meaning to the phrase “Big Mac attack.”
  • Chicken Run (2000). That’s right: Laying hens don’t “retire”—they get turned into “Mrs. Tweedy’s Homemade Chicken Pies.” This movie is the best that celluloid (and clay) has to offer in making the case for scrambled tofu.
  • Sweeney Todd (2007). This tells the story of a demon barber who conspires with a woman who uses human flesh in her meat pies. The only thing yummy in this blood-splattered spectacle is Johnny Depp.
  • I Am an Animal (2007). Showing everything from undercover video footage shot inside a turkey slaughterhouse to a rescued turkey singing along to classical music, this documentary about PETA founder Ingrid E. Newkirk is one of the best cases for a Tofurky Thanksgiving.

As Ingrid Newkirk puts it, “Picking up the remote can become a life-changing act when you watch one of these movies. If animals wrote movie reviews, they’d give these films two paws up.”

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  • platolee@sbcglobal.net says:

    May I also add another movie that will also make you think twice about eating animal flesh? It is Speciesism – the Movie by Mark DeVries, released in 2013

  • Riley says:

    Vegucated made me go vegan, some things can’t be unseen..

  • grondin66 says:

    Forks Over Knives and Vegucated….

  • Gresearch says:

    Earthlings is another good one

  • Ghedebrav says:

    ‘Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ is another definite veggie film!

  • paulahope says:

    I am surprised that Year of the Dog didnt make your list, very touching film and MAINSTREAM too!

  • Cirri says:

    I would have to say I am VERY shocked that Food inc is not on this list. That movie is what prompted me to begin thinking about becoming a vegetarian.

  • Kathleen says:

    ***** Among my favorites list of “must see’s” ***** http://www.foodinc.com http://www.fresh.com http://www.dirtthemovie.com

  • Lisa says:

    Why isn’t Earthlings on this list? It was one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. Anyone who eats meat should watch it.

  • Jivko says:

    Year of the Dog 2007I is pretty good too.

  • radi says:

    we feed the world eating earthlings the animal movie skritek sktek

  • Nicole says:

    I had been a vegan for years had seen the horrible footage on PETA.com but seeing I Am an Animal brought it all back. I was very angry at how cruel people were. It made me very bitter towards people who don’t care about animals and reinforced my veganism.

  • Maya, CVT says:

    Jimmy I don’t think Cath meant to imply that Americans are saints and that the Chinese are evil. I think she was just reacting to a disturbing video. I can say that the stray cats in Greece are treated terribly but that does not mean I’m insulting all the citizens of Greece. If anything I think that we are criticizing the govenments of all countries which allow this stuff to go on. That obviously includes the U.S.

  • Vi says:

    Jimmy Chan I really don’t think it matters where people are from. A lot of the people posting here are not from the US. Different ethical standards are not a good reason to commit any kind of atrocity or harm to another sentient being. I am not coming from a position of luxury and I can still say that the skinning of animals ANYWHERE or for ANY reason is wrong. AJ Perhaps the fact that you were desensitized at such a young age is why you are unable to feel sorrow for the way these animals are murdered for your fleeting pleasure. I apologize that you had to be exposed to that.

  • Jimmy Chan says:

    “The fur trade farms in China are absolutely gruesome. Being skinned ALIVE I mean ALIVE is appaulling. If that doesn’t change your eating habits you belong in the cave. I viewed the video on the petatv.com fur farm video.” Perhaps you should not be so quick to judge others especially considering the different ethical standards between China and the United States. It is easy for one is a position of luxury and privilege to call others wrong. Maybe you should should live in a cave so that no creature will suffer to maintain your lifestyle! D Or you could hold your self righteous delusions.

  • AJ says:

    None of those movies made me go “meatless”. I grew up on a farm I’ve known from the time I was old enough to talk where meat comes from.

  • cath says:

    The fur trade farms in China are absolutely gruesome. Being skinned ALIVE I mean ALIVE is appaulling. If that doesn’t change your eating habits you belong in the cave. I viewed the video on the petatv.com fur farm video. DISGUSTING!!!! My heart goes out to those poor animals who have suffered at the hands of these despicable humans.

  • Melissa Gauthier says:

    It was definitely Fast Food Nation that did it for me. I haven’t looked back since reading the actual book by Schlosser.

  • briar davis says:

    where is charlites web??

  • Elaine Vigneault says:

    Earthlings Meet Your Meat Charlotte’s Web… Oh looks like other people already said those. Here are some others Alive The Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man” Snakes on a Plane… OK OK I’m joking about the last one

  • angry man says:

    Why would you ruin the ending of soylent green. That’s just mean I don’t run the ending to movies that you haven’t seen.

  • Jessica says:

    “Babe” in my opinion is the ultimate vegetarian movie but I’d say that “Charlotte’s Web” should definitely be on this list as well. It was the first movie that made me question eating meat. Ironically my grandparents bought it for me at a McDonald’s. Also has anyone seen “Gordy”? It was a liveaction Disney movie somewhat similar to “Babe.” It really upset me when I first saw it. I can blame all of the pig movies for turning me vegetarian I guess.

  • Dan says:

    Also the fact that Sweeney Todd slits throats is not ironic it’s coincidental.

  • Dan says:

    Geez some spoiler warnings please.

  • Janet Fitzgerald says:

    You left out Charlotte’s Web

  • Cangrejero says:

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre isn’t “A vegetarian movie” it’s “THE vegetarian movie”!!! The crass exploitation of the act of killing serves to remind every meateater of the brutality of the lifestyle that they’ve chosen.

  • Marissa says:

    I saw Sweeney Todd and it’s awkward how the way Johnny killed the humans by slitting their throat is the exact same way that the animals are killed by. Ironic…

  • Kelly Waisanen says:

    I am an amimal changed my life. I stopped eating meat and now I will do everything in my power to help prevent animal cruelty there is no reason for it. Ingrid Newkirk is now a personal hero of mine I strive to have her bravery.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Earthlings of course would be an essential addition as well as Behind The Mask. The top 10 books would also be very blogworthy.

  • Annalena says:

    Fast food nation is disturbing on many levels. I was glad that my parents rented it because they do not want to hear about the bloody truth when I tell them. Horror films can be pretty good at scaring people off of meat cannibalism accidental or otherwise but on the other hand they tend to feature a LOT of animal cruelty. Some nasty ones are Suicide CircleMaliceFunny GamesMerebito Tank Girl her poor yakcow!! Pulse Snakes on a Plane etc.Dogs are often the targets in films. Honestly if you want to explore how truly fd up humans can be leave the animals out of it. Beethoven has alerted some people to animal testing. Princess Mononoke made me love wolves even more.The Cat Returns and other H.M movies are usually pretty respectful of animals and nature. I always found it ironic when my extended family would sit down to watch Chicken Runand cheer on the chickens while chowing down on fried chicken! There is another documentary called Daily Bread about the entire food processing industry with some graphic slaughter.

  • Jason Levy says:

    Great list and Ingrid Newkirk is definitely right!

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