Rolling on a River

Great movies featuring famous scenes with rivers.
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1.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Coppola's masterpiece of how a river creates insanity based on the Heart of Darkness. ” - smith-d-c
 
2.
The African Queen (1951)
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In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Rapids, hippos, crocodiles, and especially leeches dominate the Zambezee river in this romantic adventure classic. ” - smith-d-c
 
3.
Deliverance (1972)
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Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (110 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ 4 men learn that life outside the city presents dangers, madness, and self-destruction in John Boorman's masterpiece of testing of manhood. ” - smith-d-c
 
4.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
5.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
6.
The Fugitive (1993)
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Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
7.
The River Wild (1994)
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Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river. (111 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
8.
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)
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The Peanuts gang goes to summer camp, and they participate in a river-raft race against some cheating bullies. (76 mins.)
 
9.
Bend of the River (1952)
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them. (87 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
10.
River of No Return (1954)
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The title river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
11.
The River (1984)
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A farming family battles severe storms, a bank is threatening to repossess their farm, and there are other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm. (122 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
12.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything. (100 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
“ The chocolate river climaxes with a wild ride and Wonka going insane while bizarre images are shown in this classic sequence. ” - smith-d-c
 
13.
How the West Was Won (1962)
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. (164 mins.)
“ A fantastic opening whitewater river scene featuring James Stewart and later Karl Malden. ” - smith-d-c
 
14.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Clint and Eli blow up a bridge in a river near the cemetary. ” - smith-d-c
 
15.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The scene of the great kings of the past is shown along a river. ” - smith-d-c
 
16.
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
 
17.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
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The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
18.
Cape Fear (1962)
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A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail. (105 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
19.
True Grit (1969)
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A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. (128 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Mattie Ross discovers her nemesis while getting water along a riverside. ” - smith-d-c
 
20.
Wild River (1960)
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A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her. (110 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
21.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
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After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
“ A jump from a plane ends up on a rapid river in India ” - smith-d-c
 
22.
The Mission (1986)
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18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
23.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
“ Cleopatra floats on the barge down the Nile River. ” - smith-d-c
 
24.
Frozen River (2008)
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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
 
25.
A River Runs Through It (1992)
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The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
26.
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
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In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man. (102 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
27.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier. (108 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Jeremiah fishes along the river. ” - smith-d-c
 
28.
River's Edge (1986)
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A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself. (99 mins.)
Director: Tim Hunter
 
29.
The Jungle Book (1967)
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Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization. (78 mins.)
 
30.
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
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Marshal Rooster Cogburn unwillingly teams up with Eula Goodnight to track down the killers of her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Stuart Millar
 
31.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
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An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build a utopia in the middle of the jungle... (117 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
32.
Live and Let Die (1973)
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007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (121 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ the classic speed boat chase with Sheriff Culpepper following. ” - smith-d-c
 
33.
Pocahontas (1995)
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An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia. (81 mins.)
 
34.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
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Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish... (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
35.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew. (95 mins.)
Director: Ruggero Deodato
 
36.
Up the Creek (1984)
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Bob McGraw is in his 12th year of college, goofing his way through life. Bob the slacker, Irwin the alcoholic geek... (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Butler
 
37.
Anaconda (1997)
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A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Llosa
 
38.
Mystic River (2003)
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With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Tim Robbins dies along Mystic River. ” - smith-d-c
 
39.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The baptism scene and sirens along the river ” - smith-d-c
 
40.
The Painted Veil (2006)
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A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife. (125 mins.)
Director: John Curran
 
41.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
 
42.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Alex takes over the Droogs by cutting Dim in the Thames River. ” - smith-d-c
 
43.
Frenzy (1972)
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (116 mins.)
“ death at the Thames River ” - smith-d-c
 
44.
Ratatouille (2007)
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A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
 
45.
Death on the Nile (1978)
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As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey? (140 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
46.
Moonraker (1979)
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James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ chase on the Amazon in speed boats ” - smith-d-c
 
47.
Red River (1948)
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Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. (133 mins.)
 
48.
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ James Coburn and Charles Bronsan escape down the river ” - smith-d-c
 
49.
Big Fish (2003)
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A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
50.
Platoon (1986)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
51.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
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Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
52.
An American in Paris (1951)
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. (113 mins.)
“ Gene and Leslie dance to "Our Love is Here to Stay" on the Seine River. ” - smith-d-c
 
53.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
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A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged. (101 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Goldie and Woody dance alongside the riverbank ” - smith-d-c
 
54.
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
“ Coppola goes mad making the greatest river movie. ” - smith-d-c
 
55.
Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
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"Rambo" parody in which Topper Harley leads a rescue team into Iraq to save Iraqi war prisoners and all of their previous rescue teams. (86 mins.)
Director: Jim Abrahams
“ "I loved you in Platoon/Apocalyse Now" ” - smith-d-c
 
56.
Show Boat (1951)
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The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour. (108 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
“ Old Man River - on the Mississipi ” - smith-d-c
 
57.
Charade (1963)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ The theme charade plays along the Bateau Mouche on the Seine River. ” - smith-d-c
 
58.
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Audrey hits a paparazzi with her guitar by the Tiber River ” - smith-d-c
 
59.
Chinatown (1974)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ He loses his nose by the Los Angeles River ” - smith-d-c
 
60.
Rocky (1976)
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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ running by the Schuykill River in Gonna Fly Now Montage ” - smith-d-c