Outstanding nature/survival movies & documentaries

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1. The Shallows (2016)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo, Joseph Salas

Votes: 93,560 | Gross: $55.12M

2. The Finest Hours (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

58 Metascore

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

Votes: 51,534 | Gross: $27.55M

3. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 14,970 | Gross: $1.33M

4. Unbranded (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

Sixteen mustangs, four men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. The documentary tracks four fresh-out-of-college buddies as they take ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Baribeau | Stars: Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Thomas Glover, Ben Thamer

Votes: 1,119

5. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

47 Metascore

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 100,124 | Gross: $25.02M

6. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 556,203 | Gross: $183.64M

7. Racing Extinction (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

81 Metascore

A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Elon Musk, Joel Sartore, Louie Psihoyos, Charles Hambleton

Votes: 6,322

8. Brothers of the Wind (2015)

98 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young boy tries to save the life of an eagle that has been thrown out of its nest.

Directors: Gerardo Olivares, Otmar Penker | Stars: Jean Reno, Manuel Camacho, Tobias Moretti, Eva Kuen

Votes: 1,456

9. El botón de nácar (2015)

82 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds all the voices of the earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Patricio Guzmán, Raúl Zurita

Votes: 1,812

10. Palmeras en la nieve (2015)

163 min | Drama, Romance

After the death of her father, a young Spanish woman discovers a partial letter. As she searches for the answers, she embarks on a journey that takes her back to Africa, where she unfolds the secrets of her family.

Director: Fernando González Molina | Stars: Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena García, Alain Hernández

Votes: 6,419

11. Sutak (2015)

81 min | Drama

A family of nomads live in the high, remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia; elderly herdsman Tabyldy, his wife Karachach, their daughter-in-law Shaiyr and their 7 year old ... See full summary »

Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov | Stars: Taalaikan Abazova, Tabyldy Aktanov, Jibek Baktybekova, Jenish Kangeldiev

Votes: 91

12. Everest (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson

Votes: 169,336 | Gross: $43.48M

13. Le dernier loup (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama

58 Metascore

During China's Cultural Revolution, a young urban student is sent to live with Mongolian herders, where he adopts a wolf cub.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: William Feng, Shawn Dou, Ankhnyam Ragchaa, Zhusheng Yin

Votes: 4,677 | Gross: $0.21M

14. Grzimek (2015 TV Movie)

167 min | Biography, Drama

Follows the life and work of the renowned German zoologist, zoo director and book author Bernhard Grzimek.

Director: Roland Suso Richter | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Barbara Auer, Katharina Schüttler, Jan Krauter

Votes: 151

15. The Survivalist (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

80 Metascore

In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened.

Director: Stephen Fingleton | Stars: Mia Goth, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Andrew Simpson

Votes: 12,291

16. Territoriya (2015)

157 min | Adventure, Drama

It happened in the sixties, during the political thaw in the Soviet Union... but our story unfolds in the coldest terrain of the country. It was an unexplored and unbeaten terrain of ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Melnik | Stars: Vladislav Abashin, Konstantin Balakirev, Egor Beroev, Grigoriy Dobrygin

Votes: 761

17. View from a Blue Moon (2015)

58 min | Action

The first surf film shot in 4K, View From A Blue Moon follows the world's most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Kueny | Stars: Greyson Fletcher, Alex Florence, Ivan Florence, John Florence

Votes: 697

18. A Walk in the Woods (2015)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

51 Metascore

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 19,905 | Gross: $29.47M

19. The Martian (2015)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

Votes: 614,548 | Gross: $228.43M

20. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

77 Metascore

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin, Amee Hinkley

Votes: 9,489 | Gross: $2.33M

21. Against the Sun (2014)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

43 Metascore

A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.

Director: Brian Falk | Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel, Nadia Parra

Votes: 4,290

22. Druid Peak (2014)

111 min | Drama

A troubled teen is sent to live with his estranged father, a park ranger. During his time there, he develops an unusual affinity with and passion for the wolves in a local pack.

Director: Marni Zelnick | Stars: Spencer Treat Clark, Andrew Wilson, Rachel Korine, Damian Young

Votes: 238

23. Avis de mistral (2014)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Lea, Adrian, and their little brother Theo, born deaf, go on holiday in Provence with their grandfather, Paul "Oliveron" they never met because of a family quarrel. Unfortunately, it is not... See full summary »

Director: Rose Bosch | Stars: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena, Chloé Jouannet, Hugo Dessioux

Votes: 2,524

24. Transpatagônia (2014)

63 min | Documentary

Man embarks on a soul-searching 6,000Km bike journey.

Director: Guilherme Cavallari | Star: Guilherme Cavallari

Votes: 102

25. Backcountry (I) (2014)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

62 Metascore

An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.

Director: Adam MacDonald | Stars: Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym, Nicholas Campbell, Eric Balfour

Votes: 13,768

26. Atlantic. (2014)

94 min | Drama

A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.

Director: Jan-Willem van Ewijk | Stars: Fettah Lamara, Thekla Reuten, Mohamed Majd, Boujmaa Guilloul

Votes: 450

27. Ayahuasca (I) (2014)

51 min | Documentary, Adventure

Documentary about a journey to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon in search of a healer who works with jungle plants. Recounts the experience of the preparation of an Ayahuasca's ceremony.

Directors: Fabiola Simonetti, Coto Cañas

Votes: 23

28. Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (2014)

90 min | Drama

83 Metascore

The film represents life in a godforsaken Russian village. The only way to reach the mainland is to cross the lake by boat and a postman became the only connection with the outside world. A... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Aleksey Tryapitsyn, Irina Ermolova, Timur Bondarenko, Viktor Kolobkov

Votes: 1,227

29. Don't Get Killed in Alaska (2014)

96 min | Drama

Don't get killed in Alaska follows Liney (Lee-nee) a 20 year-old tomboy as she travels back to Ontario with her new boyfriend Dan after a summer of tree planting. Having lost all their ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Taylor | Stars: Oliver Dennis, Rosemary Dunsmore, Ben Lewis, John Nelles

Votes: 62

30. When the Ocean Met the Sky (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

Three estranged brothers must journey to a remote location in order to receive their inheritance due to a stipulation in their parents will.

Director: Lukas Huffman | Stars: Aren Buchholz, Darcy Belsher, Jason Stevens, Phillip Thomas

Votes: 102

31. Wild (I) (2014)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman

Votes: 103,517 | Gross: $37.88M

32. Bears (I) (2014)

G | 78 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A documentary that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life's most important lessons.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman | Star: John C. Reilly

Votes: 5,687 | Gross: $17.77M

33. Ícaros (2014)

56 min

Thirty years have passed since Marcel left Spain to escape military service. He relocated in the heart of the Costa Rican forest. A naked man living among the howling monkeys, in the shadow... See full summary »

Director: Pedro González-Rubio

Votes: 14

34. Wildlike (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

74 Metascore

After conditions in her new home become unbearable, a teenage girl runs away and befriends an older man preparing for a hike through the Alaskan wilderness.

Director: Frank Hall Green | Stars: Ella Purnell, Brian Geraghty, Diane Farr, Joshua Leonard

Votes: 3,692

35. The Sea (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

54 Metascore

The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.

Director: Stephen Brown | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Sinéad Cusack, Joe Gallagher, Karen Scully

Votes: 280

36. The Kings of Summer (2013)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman

Votes: 69,379 | Gross: $1.29M

37. Desert Runners (2013)

99 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin | Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien, Ricky Paugh

Votes: 382

38. Gravity (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them stranded in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

Votes: 662,299 | Gross: $274.09M

39. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 262,315 | Gross: $58.24M

40. Tell It on the Mountain (2013)

122 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

Follow a handful of diverse hikers as they walk 2,663 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. They begin in April at the U.S. Mexico border and battle their way through bone-dry deserts in ... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Diener

Votes: 98

41. Charlie's Country (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Wayne Anthoney

Votes: 1,546

42. Mountains Of The Moon (2013)

Not Rated | 148 min | Action, Adventure

29 Metascore

Faced with the prospect of a dim future in his impoverished village, young Shankar bids farewell to his family in rural Bengal and makes a journey to the fabled "Mountain Of The Moon" in search of gold and diamond mines.

Director: Kamaleswar Mukherjee | Stars: Dev, Gérard Rudolf, Martin Cito Otto, Nabeel Khan

Votes: 1,726

43. Mile... Mile & a Half (2013)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason M. Fitzpatrick, Ric Serena | Star: Laura Obiols

Votes: 625

44. Sand Wars (2013)

TV-PG | 74 min | Documentary

Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?

Director: Denis Delestrac | Stars: Sumaira Abdulali, George Borden, Eric Chaumillon, Loke Ming Chou

Votes: 114

45. Tracks (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl, Philip Dodd

Votes: 23,775 | Gross: $0.51M

46. Il était une forêt (2013)

78 min | Documentary

From the creators of March of the Penguins and The Fox and the Child. Written and directed by Luc Jaquet, Once Upon a Forest invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural ... See full summary »

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Francis Hallé, Michel Papineschi

Votes: 477

47. A Tale of a Wolf (2013)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The life story of Ogg, a male wolf living in the northern mountains of Israel. From his innocent childhood through his maturing to adulthood, struggling to survive in a delicate habitat sabotaged by mankind.

Director: Moshe Alpert | Star: Shmil Ben Ari

Votes: 11

48. Gold Fever (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

Gold, an obsession of men and nations; a symbol of wealth and power. But for Diodora, Gregoria, Crisanta and the people living near the Marlin Mine in Guatemala's highlands, gold represents... See full summary »

Directors: J.T. Haines, Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne | Stars: James Anaya, Noam Chomsky, Charlie Clements, Nick Cullather

Votes: 26

49. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary, Drama

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

Votes: 53,168 | Gross: $2.06M

50. All Is Lost (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

87 Metascore

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Star: Robert Redford

Votes: 66,768 | Gross: $6.26M

51. Amazonia (2013)

G | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.5