Every Earth Day, we, the denizens of Earth, join hands and celebrate our environment. One possible way to do this is to watch movies, particularly ones in which the polluters get taken down. They haven't made a "Captain Planet" movie yet, but until then, these will have to do. Happy Earth Day!

"Michael Clayton"

One of the reasons polluters are allowed to get away with their dastardly deeds is because they have the money to hire people like Michael Clayton, a "fixer" for a high-powered law firm who uses his connections and legal knowledge to get guilty people off the hook. But he starts to question his purpose in life when his firm gets involved in a very public pollution case involving toxic chemicals. He ends up using his powers for good and the huge corporation behind the negligent pollution get a big hit in their bank accounts.


It's not always humans that take down polluters—at least not in the movies. In "Frogs," it's the environment itself that gets to fight back against pollution in the form of a rich and decadent southern family headed by Ray Milland. Not only do they stomp around their Florida home with little regard for their environment, they commit willful pollution in the form of spreading poision around to shut up a bunch of noisy frogs. The frogs don't care for that, though, and neither do the snakes, spiders, lizards and butterflies around the house. And unlike in real life, the animals get their gruesome revenge.


Big corporations don't seem to have any compunction about polluting our planet, so it stands to reason that they wouldn't hesitate to pollute other worlds as well. That's what happens in the sci-fi epic "Avatar." The planet in question is Pandora and the polluters want the compound "unobtanium" that can be found at the planet's core. They get taken down, though, thanks to the fighting spirit of the Na'avi and some help from Sam Worthington's outer space marine. Happy Pandora Day, everybody!

"Erin Brockovich"

This crowd-pleaser from a few years back is great viewing fodder for Earth Day as it's based on a true story. It features Julia Roberts in the titular role of Erin Brockovich, an attorney who fights against a Giant Evil Corporation that is accused of polluting the water supply of an entire town. The satisfaction that comes from seeing the on-screen polluters brought down is compounded by the fact that it happened in real life.