Explorers and Adventurers

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1. The Lost City of Z (2016)

PG-13 | 141 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

Votes: 66,750 | Gross: $8.58M

2. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

57 Metascore

Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.

Director: Anthony Geffen | Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane, Peter Gillman

Votes: 2,192 | Gross: $0.87M

3. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 16,127 | Gross: $0.94M

4. Mountains of the Moon (1990)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The legendary true-story of Capt. Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's tumultuous expedition to find the source of the Nile river.

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 3,163 | Gross: $4.01M

5. Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

The story of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's 1912 expedition and his quest to be the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: John Mills, Derek Bond, Diana Churchill, Harold Warrender

Votes: 1,430

6. The Flight of the Eagle (1982)

140 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Göran Stangertz, Eva von Hanno

Votes: 587

7. The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | 108 min | History, Western

After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale

Votes: 886

8. Pure Life (2014)

93 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

1949, a French explorer goes on a solitary expedition in the Amazon forest. He leaves behind him a diary that reflects the meaning of Pure Life and his encounters but leaves the mystery of his own disappearance unsolved.

Director: Jeremy Banster | Stars: Stany Coppet, Aurélien Recoing, Elli Medeiros, Daniel Duval

Votes: 39

9. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1966–1976)

60 min | Documentary, Adventure

The aquatic explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso.

Stars: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Rod Serling, Joseph Campanella, Philippe Cousteau Sr.

Votes: 350

10. Captain James Cook (1988)

480 min | Biography, Drama

Based on Captain James Cook's three voyages. It was on his first voyage, in 1770 (while in the South Pacific region to observe the transit of Venus), that Captain Cook discovered the east ... See full summary »

Stars: Keith Michell, John Gregg, Erich Hallhuber, Jacques Penot

Votes: 251

11. Ten Who Dared (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Major John Wesley Powell leads an expedition through the Grand Canyon to chart the Colorado River.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Brian Keith, John Beal, James Drury, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 170

12. The Strangeness (1985)

90 min | Horror

A group of explorers surveying an abandoned goldmine are trapped in a cave in, and find themselves at the mercy of a slimy, mysterious creature.

Director: Melanie Anne Phillips | Stars: Dan Lunham, Terri Berland, Rolf Theison, Keith Hurt

Votes: 419

13. The Secret of the Ice Cave (1989)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure

A group of treasure-seekers embark on a expedition into high adventure as they race to discover what's really located in the mysterious ice cave.

Director: Radu Gabrea | Stars: Sally Kellerman, Michael Moriarty, David Mendenhall, Marcia Christie

Votes: 42

14. In Search of Noah's Ark (1976)

G | 95 min | Documentary, Family

An investigation into the theory that Mt. Ararat in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah's Ark.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Brad Crandall, Vern Adix, Melvin Cook, Eryl Cummings

Votes: 237 | Gross: $55.73M

15. Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002)

TV-G | 42 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

This documentary chronicles the Lewis and Clark expedition and breathtaking landscape they crossed while searching for the northwest passage. (Source: Netflix)

Director: Bruce Neibaur | Stars: Kelly Boulware, Sonny Surowiec, Alex Rice, Gregory Paul Jackson

Votes: 231

16. Glory & Honor (1998 TV Movie)

94 min | Biography, Drama

The true story about Robert Peary's forgotten African American employee Mathew Henson who proved crucial in their race to North Pole.

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Henry Czerny, Bronwen Booth, Kim Staunton

Votes: 95

17. Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets (1984)

35 min | Documentary, Short

The human history of the Grand Canyon is explored in this documentary, focusing on the earliest native civilizations about which little is known, through the coming of the Europeans, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Daniel T. Majetich, Coby Jordan, Bruce Simballa, Stuart Reeder

Votes: 231 | Gross: $52.80M

18. Amazonia: A Perilous Journey (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

American Explorers Bruce Barron and Marshall Pickard led a life-threatening expedition into the Amazon Jungle to trace the footsteps of renowned British Explorer Percy H. Fawcett.

Director: Mike DePrez | Stars: Bruce Barron, Marshall Pickard, Martin Ponte, Edalberto Tucha Melgar

Votes: 25

19. The Last Explorer (2009)

48 min | Documentary

The Last Explorer is a historical documentary about the famous American Hubbard expeditions through wilderness Labrador in 1903 and 1905 - adventure, starvation, forbidden love and death - ... See full summary »

Director: Dustin Diamond | Stars: Jenna Wright, Theo Hlavina

20. Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The historic race between Admiral Peary and Dr. Cook for the first to reach the North Pole.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rod Steiger, Diane Venora, Michael Gross

Votes: 69

21. The Secret Land (1948)

Approved | 71 min | Documentary

The 1946-1947 U.S. military expedition to explore and map Antarctica, led by Admiral Richard E. Byrd, is presented from its planning stages through its successful completion.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, Robert Taylor, Van Heflin, James Forrestal

Votes: 250

22. Shangku Shelter (2018)

54 min | Documentary

Zanskar is a remote kingdom in the northwest Indian Himalaya, where local people are snow-bound for six months of the year. About 10,000 Zanskaris live in the isolated valley. In winter, ... See full summary »

Directors: Vera Neverkevich Hill, Yana Kehrlein, Ben Stephenson | Stars: Urgain Dorjay, Ben Stephenson, Amin Zanskari

23. The Dawn Wall (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

81 Metascore

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer | Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson

Votes: 7,306 | Gross: $0.07M

24. 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: 12,673 | Gross: $2.33M

25. Life Below Zero (2013– )

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Adventure, Reality-TV

The everyday struggles of living in the secluded state of Alaska where one wrong decision could cost you your life.

Stars: James Franzo, Agnes Hailstone, Sue Aikens, Chip Hailstone

Votes: 1,229

26. Long Way Round (2004– )

TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure

This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 10,842

27. Beyond the Edge (2013)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

59 Metascore

Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight, Joshua Rutter

Votes: 1,542

28. Maidentrip (2013)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

70 Metascore

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

Director: Jillian Schlesinger | Star: Laura Dekker

Votes: 3,462 | Gross: $0.07M

29. This Mountain Life (2019)

76 min | Documentary, Adventure

Few venture into true mountain wilderness. A riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

Director: Grant Baldwin

Votes: 30

30. The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill (2018)

48 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

Actor Sam Niell retraces the route Capt. James Cook took 250 years before on his legendary journey across the Southwest Pacific, explores the cultures of the islands Cook visited, and discusses Cook's controversial legacy with the locals.

Star: Sam Neill

Votes: 32

31. I'll Push You (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

It all started with three little words. I'll Push You is an up-close and personal look into the dynamics of a life-long friendship between of two best friends - Justin Skeesuck and Patrick ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Karcher, Terry Parish | Stars: Patrick Gray, Justin Skeesuck, Ted Hardy, Michael Turner

Votes: 44

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