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1. The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Not Rated | 113 min | Thriller

76 Metascore

An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

Director: Julia Loktev | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze, Tali Pitakhelauri

Votes: 3,793 | Gross: $0.13M

2. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 33,038 | Gross: $4.59M

3. The Way (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Yorick van Wageningen

Votes: 29,723 | Gross: $4.43M

4. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 558,638 | Gross: $18.35M

5. The Hike (I) (2011)

TV-MA | 83 min | Horror

A young soldier, Kate (Zara Phythian), returns from a tour in Afghanistan after witnessing her boyfriend's tragic death in combat. With the comfort of her friends, including Torri (Barbara ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Bryan | Stars: Jemma Bolt, Stephanie Siadatan, Lisa-Marie Long, Zara Phythian

Votes: 1,434

6. Gerry (2002)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

54 Metascore

A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon

Votes: 17,617 | Gross: $0.24M

7. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 341,350 | Gross: $18.34M

8. A Walk in the Woods (2015)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

51 Metascore

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) 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, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte).

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

Votes: 23,922 | Gross: $29.47M

9. Everest (2015)

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

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: 192,273 | Gross: $43.48M

10. The Naked Prey (1965)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

During the 1800s, a safari guide, two elephant hunters and their crew run into trouble with the natives in the South African veld when they refuse to offer gifts to the tribesmen.

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Gert van den Bergh, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt

Votes: 4,876

11. A Lonely Place to Die (2011)

R | 99 min | Crime, Thriller

A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.

Director: Julian Gilbey | Stars: Alec Newman, Ed Speleers, Melissa George, Kate Magowan

Votes: 26,648

12. Black Robe (1991)

R | 101 min | Drama, History, War

In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

Votes: 6,167 | Gross: $8.21M

13. Meru (2015)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

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: 14,445 | Gross: $2.33M

14. The Beckoning Silence (2007 TV Movie)

PG | 73 min | Drama

After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Roger Schäli, Simon Anthamatten, Andreas Abegglen, Cyrille Berthod

Votes: 1,074

15. Pedal to the Midnight Sun (2006)

Approved | 67 min | Documentary, Adventure

After months of planning, Josh Thomas & J.J. Kelley pack up all their essentials to Pedal to the Midnight Sun. On June 7th, 2006, Kelley and Thomas began a 1,200-mile bike expedition across... See full summary »

Directors: J.J. Kelley, Josh Thomas | Stars: J.J. Kelley, Josh Thomas

Votes: 19

16. Paddle to Seattle: Journey Through the Inside Passage (2009)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Adventure, Comedy

Two best friends build their own kayaks and paddle alone for 97 days in the wilderness over 1,300 miles from Alaska to Seattle and survive to talk about most things.

Directors: J.J. Kelley, Josh Thomas | Stars: J.J. Kelley, Josh Thomas

Votes: 115

17. The White Dawn (1974)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1896, three survivors of a whaling ship-wreck in the Canadian Arctic are saved and adopted by an Eskimo tribe but frictions arise when the three start misbehaving.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., Joanasie Salamonie

Votes: 667

18. The Last Trapper (2004)

94 min | Documentary, Adventure

A trapper and his wife brave the harsh Yukon climate, trecherous landscape and dangerous wildlife in an attempt to live a life of solitude.

Director: Nicolas Vanier | Stars: Norman Winther, May Loo, Alex Van Bibber, Ken Bolton

Votes: 1,593

19. Race Across America (2013)

42 min | Documentary, Sport

A British amateur cycling team, compete in the hardest bicycle race on the planet. In order to win they must battle extreme fatigue and injury and also the most punishing of American terrains.

Director: Leo DeHaan

Votes: 21

20. Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul (2010)

TV-G | 85 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

Into The Cold--A Journey of the Soul retraces the personal and harrowing expedition of two men on foot to the North Pole in sub-zero temperatures to commemorate the centennial of Admiral ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Copeland | Stars: Sebastian Copeland, Keith Heger

Votes: 152

21. The Lost City of Z (2016)

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

78 Metascore

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major 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: 75,530 | Gross: $8.58M

22. Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story (2013)

47 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

EIGHT SUMMITS follows the oldest American to ever summit Mt. Everest and the 7 Summits, as he heads back to this great mountain to attempt the first ever 'Double Summit'. Climbing first ... See full summary »

Director: Allan R. Smith | Stars: Bill Burke, Sharon Burke, David Leano, Apa Sherpa

Votes: 24

23. Alone Across the Arctic (2019)

86 min | Documentary, Adventure

Explorer Adam Shoalts embarks on an estimated 4000 km journey across the Canadian Arctic by canoe and on foot, alone.

Director: Francis Luta | Star: Adam Shoalts

Votes: 23

24. Alone Across Australia (2004)

Unrated | 52 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

Jon Muir crosses Australia on foot from South to North.

Directors: Ian Darling, Jon Muir | Star: Jon Muir

Votes: 60

25. "Flip Flop Flippin': One man's search for character(s) on the A.T." (2014)

PG | 85 min | Documentary

Scott "Squatch" Herriott section-hiked the 2,650 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail and made four films about his adventures ("Walk" films available here at Amazon). Now he attempts to hike the ... See full summary »

Votes: 8

26. Pilgrim Song (2012)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

30 Metascore

Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, a recently pink-slipped music teacher sets out to hike Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace Trail. Among the verdant hills... See full summary »

Director: Martha Stephens | Stars: Michael Abbott Jr., Kristin Slaysman, Christina Jennings, Timothy Morton

Votes: 72

27. Alone Across Alaska: 1,000 Miles of Wilderness (2013)

94 min

"One summer I set off alone in an attempt to cross a thousand miles of the most remote wilderness in America, the Brooks Range of northern Alaska. It was a journey of mountains and solitude... See full summary »

Votes: 8

28. 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: 31

29. 40 Days at Base Camp (2011)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

"I don't know anything about mountaineering!" laughs first-time climber Bagyashree, as her expedition leader shows her how to use an oxygen mask. Like a beehive with no queen, Everest Base ... See full summary »

Director: Dianne Whelan

Votes: 66

30. High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 (2013)

Not Rated | 49 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 is the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount ... See full summary »

Directors: David Morton, Jake Norton, Jim Aikman | Stars: Melissa Arnot, Barry Bishop, Brent Bishop, Norman Dyhrenfurth

Votes: 34

31. Life in a Walk (2015)

TV-PG | 76 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

Yogi Roth never wanted to say 'I wish I'd spent more time with my Dad.' After realizing he had not dealt with the emotion stemming from his father's battle with prostate cancer, Yogi ... See full summary »

Director: Yogi Roth | Stars: Will Roth, Yogi Roth

Votes: 75

32. Walking the Nile (2015– )

Documentary

Documentary about Ex-soldier and explorer Levison Wood who embarks on a quest to walk the entire length of the River Nile.

Stars: Levison Wood, Woka Beka, Mahmoud Ezzeldin, Moez Mahir

Votes: 348

33. Solo (II) (2018)

TV-MA | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

After falling by a cliff on a desert beach, a seriously injured surfer starts a lonely fight to survive against the merciless nature.

Director: Hugo Stuven | Stars: Alain Hernández, Aura Garrido, Ben Temple, Leticia Etala

Votes: 2,146

34. The Ritual (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

57 Metascore

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner | Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton

Votes: 71,301

35. Unbounded (2018)

74 min | Documentary

Unaided and inexperienced, a crew of four venture through the most rural and inaccessible natural areas of Chile.

Directors: Garrett Martin, Garrett Martin | Stars: Aljoscha Adam, Anthony Brogno, Garrett Martin, Robyn McLellan

Votes: 22

36. Cycling Nomads (2018)

53 min | Documentary

Cycling Nomads is an adventure documentary capturing the experiences of three travellers seeking to see the world on bikes. Three young men set out to explore Turkey and Central Asia by ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Baclean, Chester Yang | Stars: Ben Maclean, Felix Ritson, Samuel Viertu-ji

Votes: 5

37. Alone Against the Tasman (2010 TV Movie)

PG | 44 min | Documentary

This intensely personal documentary embraces the universal themes of courage, willpower and sheer determination. Follow Shaun Quincey as he becomes the second person in history to have ... See full summary »

Director: Roz Mason | Star: Shaun Quincey

Votes: 7

38. SOS: The Salton Sea Walk (2017)

64 min | Documentary

As California's largest lake approaches a point of no return, one man will attempt to become the first person to walk around its hazardous shoreline in order to prevent an ecologic disaster that could impact the entire western hemisphere.

Director: Corbin Schweitzer | Stars: Blake Alexander, Randy Brown, Arturo Guerrero Cortes, Carl Hodges

Votes: 19

39. Survive (2009)

TV-PG | 91 min | Adventure, Drama

At the end of a late-summer trip in the Alaskan wilderness, four young backpackers find themselves stranded when their chartered airplane doesn't show up.

Director: Ronald Jerry | Stars: Zack Gold, Ashley C. Nelson, Luke Aiken, Bennett Viso

Votes: 115

40. Six Million Steps: A Journey Inward (2011)

93 min | Documentary

"Six Million Steps" is a documentary film that chronicles the lives of hikers during their adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles, the length of the U.S. Pacific ... See full summary »

Votes: 57

41. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 50,120 | Gross: $17.54M

42. Jungle (I) (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

48 Metascore

A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Joel Jackson, Yasmin Kassim

Votes: 43,455

43. Ride the Divide (2010)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

A small group of adventurous mountain bikers attempt to race the longest mountain bike route in the world traversing over 2700 miles along the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border.

Director: Hunter Weeks | Stars: Mike Dion, Michael 'Mac' McCoy, Steve King, Tina Cutone

Votes: 349

44. Colder Than Ice (2002 TV Movie)

G | 46 min | Documentary

Three kiwi adventurers complete a 'world first' and Sea Kayak 500 kilometers down the Antarctic Peninsula to the Antarctic circle.

Director: James Heyward | Star: Graham Charles

Votes: 5

45. Cannibals and Crampons (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 52 min | Documentary

In 2001, two British ex army officers set out to climb the unscaled face of Mandela--a remote mountain rising 15,400 ft. above the jungles of New Guinea. This is the extraordinary story of ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Anstice, Bruce Parry | Stars: Bruce Parry, Mark Anstice

Votes: 48