Wilderness Movies - Top Ten Outdoor Movies

1. Into the Wild(2007)- Into the Wild tells the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who cut all ties with his family after graduating from college and went to live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. In 1992, McCandless spent nearly four months living in the woods near Denali National Park in an abandoned bus, where his dead body was ultimately found. He was 24.
  

2. Everest(1998) - This is the story of the 1996 EVEREST Film Expedition, a MacGillivray Freeman production in association with Arcturus Motion Pictures. Filmed in breathtaking IMAX® photography, EVEREST is the dramatic true story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy. Their successful ascent of Mount Everest just days after fellow mountaineers and friends died there, is a compelling story about the human spirit and a mountain they love, respect and sometimes fear.

 

3. A River Runs Through It(1992) - A true story about two boys, Norman and Paul, growing up in Montana. One is rebellious of his father, Rev. Maclean, while the other has his feet on the ground. The one love they both have is fly fishing.


4. Deliverance (1972) -  Deliverance is the story of four suburban professional men from Atlanta on a weekend canoe and camping trip. The film is noted for the memorable music scene near the beginning that sets the tone for what lies ahead: a trip into unknown and potentially dangerous territory. In the scene, set at a rural gas station, character Drew Ballinger plays the instrumental "Dueling Banjos" on his guitar with a mentally-challenged hillbilly youth named Lonnie (implied as being an inbred albino in the novel, portrayed by Billy Redden in the film).


5. The Bear (1988) - The film is set in late 19th century British Columbia, Canada. The main character is an orphaned bear cub who ends up befriending an older grizzly. The main action of the plot is driven by two hunters who are after the adult bear and the young bear cub gets caught in the middle. The film is unique in the sense that the main characters are animals and the two human actors are for the most part merely supporting features in the film; dialogue is extremely limited. The strong points of the film are its outstanding cinematography and moving depiction of nature and animal interactions.
 
6. The River Wild(1994) - A former white water rafting and fishing guide takes her troubled 10-year-old son on a rafting trip, along with her workaholic husband Tom, whom she is thinking of divorcing. During the trip, the three meet up with two men; one of whom bonds with the son and takes an interest in the mother as well. All is not as it appears with the stranger, and the three are tested to their limits as individuals and as a family as the river carries them inexorably toward their final destination.


7. Jerimiah Johnson(1972) - An American soldier goes west to escape the Mexican War and becomes a mountain man. He is taken in by an old trapper who teaches him how to survive. After unavoidably violating an Indian burial ground, he loses his new Indian wife and their adopted child to vengeance, and a vendetta between him and the Crows ruins his idyllic life as a fur trapper. Gorgeous scenery and a great role for Will Geer in a thoughtful meditation on the American West.
 
8. Touching the Void(2003) - In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevice and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevice. This is the story of how he got back down.
 

 

9. Swiss Family Robinson(1960) -A family in route to New Guinea is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. They are forced to remain on the island because of the damage to the ship and the pirates that are roaming the islands. They create a home on the island (centering around a huge treehouse) and explore the island and it's wildlife. Plenty of adventure ensues as the family deals with issues of survival, pirates, and the brothers must learn how to live on the island with an uncertain future.
 
10. The Gold Rush(1925) - It is in the middle of the Gold Rush. A Lone Prospector (Charlie Chaplin) searches the tundra for gold. But he finds more than gold; He finds love, and an uproarious adventure that forever change the lives of the people he meets.
 

Honorable Mention

White Fang
(1991)- Jack Conroy is a young gold hunter, who seeks for gold in the enormous and the snowy deserts of Alaska. He save one day, a mixed dogwolf from the hands of a cruel man, and a brave friendship develops between the two. The dogwolf, who named "the white fang" for it's sharp and white tooth, was left alone after his mother was killed by a hunter. After a while, the white fang was taken from jack, by a man who putted him in an illegal dog fighting pen, to fight other dogs. White Fang becomes a professional, experienced and a cruel killer. But unexpectedly, jack meets him again after a long term, and they return to be friends. When a group of criminals wants to steal Jack's gold, White Fang is the only one who can help him to fight them off.


Dances with Wolves(1990) - Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways.


Shackleton(2002) - The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28 man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice.


Never Cry Wolf(1983) - This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult environment he studies the wolves, and realizes that the old beliefs about wolves and their supposed threat are almost totally false. Furthermore, he learns that humans represent a far greater threat to the land, and also to the wolves, a species which plays an important role in the ecosystem of the north.

 

Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes(1972) - A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction?