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1. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.1
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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: 533,317 | Gross: $18.35M

2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.5
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60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 84,157 | Gross: $30.57M

3. EuroTrip (2004)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.6
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45 Metascore

Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

Directors: Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg, David Mandel | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester

Votes: 184,882 | Gross: $17.72M

4. The Beach (I) (2000)

R | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.7
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43 Metascore

Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon, Virginie Ledoyen

Votes: 211,537 | Gross: $39.79M

5. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

6.2
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54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 64,276 | Gross: $16.19M

6. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.9
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58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 29,908 | Gross: $19.85M

7. Lorenzo's Oil (1992)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite

Votes: 19,276 | Gross: $7.29M

8. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father (2017– )

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.7
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Follows Jack Whitehall as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime with his father, Michael. The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives.

Stars: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall, Hilary Whitehall, Steven Seagal

Votes: 2,848

9. A Walk in the Woods (2015)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

6.3
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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: 22,460 | Gross: $29.47M

10. The People That Time Forgot (1977)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.4
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In 1919, a British expedition in the Antarctica region is searching for a lost American explorer and finds a hidden prehistoric world instead.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Doug McClure, Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie

Votes: 2,516

11. Wildlike (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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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, Nolan Gerard Funk

Votes: 4,102

12. Bonneville (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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46 Metascore

Three women take a road trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter.

Director: Christopher N. Rowley | Stars: Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Robert Conder

Votes: 2,461 | Gross: $0.49M

13. Departures (2008– )

46 min | Documentary

9.0
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Aimed at the adventure seeker, Departures is an action-packed and personal journey about two travelers. Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach leave their lives behind in search of unique ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach, Andre Dupuis

Votes: 1,967

14. Dying Breed (2008)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. ... See full summary »

Director: Jody Dwyer | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Leigh Whannell, Bille Brown, Mirrah Foulkes

Votes: 5,481

15. Phobia 2 (2009)

125 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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Phobia 2 is composed of five short movie segments directed by five of the best directors of Thai horror films. A teenager who committed a crime goes to a sacred place for meditation and ... See full summary »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Visute Poolvoralaks, Paween Purikitpanya, Songyos Sugmakanan, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Ray MacDonald, Chumphorn Thepphithak, Apasiri Nitibhon

Votes: 2,068

16. Till We Meet Again (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Landing in the paradise, cross-cutting back to the main characters past life in New York, Erik (Matton) a young writer dependent on the love of his life Joanna (Larsdotter), argue and split up in the unfamiliar country of Thailand.

Director: Bank Tangjaitrong | Stars: Johan Matton, Linnea Larsdotter, Emrhys Cooper, Astrea Campbell-Cobb

Votes: 2,289 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Idaho Transfer (1973)

PG | 86 min | Sci-Fi

5.3
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During a time of waning global resources, a crew of young researchers travel into the future to escape an apocalypse before the shutdown of their time transfer project. They find that some ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fonda | Stars: Kelly Bohanon, Kevin Hearst, Caroline Hildebrand, Keith Carradine

Votes: 767

18. The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Not Rated | 113 min | Thriller

5.5
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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: 3,657 | Gross: $0.13M

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

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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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: 670

20. Americano (2005)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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"Americano" centers around Chris McKinley, a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe who savors his last three days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Noland | Stars: Joshua Jackson, Leonor Varela, Timm Sharp, Ruthanna Hopper

Votes: 1,255

21. A Map for Saturday (2007)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

7.8
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On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Brook Silva-Braga | Stars: Scott Erikson, Rebecca Filmer, Sabrina Hezinger, Kate McNair

Votes: 1,106

22. Madventures (2002– )

35 min | Documentary

9.2
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Two backpackers travel through Asia and America.

Stars: Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala, Ior Svedlin, King Kapisi

Votes: 2,335

23. Almost Normal (2005)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.4
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A gay man approaching a mid-life crisis is tired of being different because he is gay. He wants to be normal. Suddenly he is yanked back in time to when he was in high school. But this time... See full summary »

Director: Marc Moody | Stars: J. Andrew Keitch, Joan Lauckner, Tim Hammer, Nils Haaland

Votes: 1,106

24. Nightmare at Bittercreek (1988 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Thriller

4.9
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Four vacationing women back-packing in the Sierra mountains unwittingly stumble upon a hideout, and are terrorized by a ruthless group of Neo-Nazis in a deadly game of cat and mouse. With ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Tom Skerritt, Constance McCashin, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 195

25. Tell It on the Mountain (2013)

122 min | Documentary, Sport

8.7
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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: 100

26. Found Memories (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Each citizen of Jotuomba plays an integral role in village life. Madalena is responsible for baking bread; each morning she stacks her rolls as Antonio prepares the coffee. The two share a ... See full summary »

Director: Júlia Murat | Stars: Sonia Guedes, Lisa Fávero, Luis Serra, Ricardo Merkin

Votes: 670 | Gross: $0.01M

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

93 min | Documentary

7.7
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"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: 39

28. Territorial Behavior (2015)

80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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A survival specialist encounters poachers and something malevolent while backpacking in the remote wilderness of Montana.

Director: Peter Bergin | Stars: Ronan Murphy, Bridget O'Connor, Corey Macri, Aaron Lee Reed

Votes: 85

29. Pendulum (III) (2017)

20 min | Short, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Two friends seek spiritual salvation in India, away from their hedonistic and disconnected London lives, in advance of the impending collapse of the Cosmos.

Director: Lauren Cooney | Stars: Lauren Cooney, Scott Michael Wagstaff, Tom Sawyer, Rimca Karmakar

Votes: 25

30. Monsen på villspor (2014– )

59 min | Adventure, Reality-TV

8.5
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Lars Monsen is left blindfolded at remote locations of the Scandinavian wilderness, with a backpack and a partial map leading him towards a goal area. In the next few days he will hike, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lars Monsen, Anne Rimmen, Trond Strømdahl

Votes: 83

31. The High Sierra Trail (2018)

39 min | Documentary

9.1
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Join Chris as he drives his friend John to insanity over six days in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Together they have some close calls with lightning, climb the highest mountain in the United States, and discover the history of the trail.

Director: Chris Smead | Stars: John Awe-Shum, Chris Smead, William Tweed

Votes: 12

32. All Who Dare (2017)

61 min | Documentary

8.9
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Nine struggling students from across the United States have chosen Eagle Rock School as their best hope for graduating high school. Their first course: a twenty-four day backpacking trip ... See full summary »

Director: Kiera Faye

Votes: 18

33. America's Wild Spaces (2008– )

Documentary

6.8
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Celebrate to the wonders of planet earth with this compilation showcasing the hidden beauty of our national parks. These breathtaking programs take you beyond the tourist hot spots to explore these amazing places as never before.

Stars: Salvatore Vecchio, Rodney Schumacher, Robert Wilson Seymone, Mathew Alan Jenkins

Votes: 26

34. Carpe Diem: European Escapade (2015)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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Four recent high school graduates explore the world before college in an exciting journey across 5 countries until one of them goes missing and wacky humorous antics ensue.

Director: Eric Hinwood | Stars: Eric Hinwood, Collin McDowell, Selena Welling, Aaron Shi

Votes: 21

35. Cannibals and Crampons (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 52 min | Documentary

8.2
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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: 44

36. Rainbow Dance (1936)

4 min | Short, Musical, Animation

6.6
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The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General ... See full summary »

Director: Len Lye | Star: Rupert Doone

Votes: 596

37. Los mochileros (1970)

80 min | Drama

4.4
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Director: Emilio Vieyra | Stars: Ricardo Bauleo, Victor Bo, Susana Giménez, Soledad Silveyra

Votes: 14

38. Canada på tvers med Lars Monsen (2005)

180 min | Documentary

8.9
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Lars Monsen travels across Canada, encountering wildlife around every corner.

Director: Fridtjof Kjæreng | Star: Lars Monsen

Votes: 237

39. 2000 Miles to Maine: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail (2004 Video)

85 min | Documentary

7.9
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Inspired by Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, director Douglas Morse and producer Heide Estes traveled to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. They wanted to capture ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Morse | Star: Chad Molter

Votes: 28

40. Travel Light (2016)

94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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A small team of American filmmakers backpack 500 miles across Spain's Camino de Santiago in an attempt to capture the stories of the international pilgrims who make this sacred walk.

Director: Lindsay Thompson

41. Japanland (2006– )

225 min | Documentary, Biography

7.7
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Star: Karin Muller

Votes: 35

42. The Laps Tasmania (2017)

53 min | Documentary

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Dustin Hollick and Rhian Slapp leave their families to journey around Tasmania with not much more than the clothes on their backs.

Director: Angie Davis | Stars: Dustin Hollick, Rhian Slapp

43. Nordkalotten 365: Et år på tur med Lars Monsen (2007–2008)

28 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.7
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Lars Monsen travels to the Cap of the North to spend one full year in the arctic wilderness of Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Star: Lars Monsen

Votes: 59

44. Guides (2009)

98 min | Comedy

7.9
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A privileged young American starts a free tour company in Berlin and wreaks havoc, with guides turning on each other in an effort to defend their jobs and tenuous lives in the expat community.

Directors: Kelly Ann Sharman, Karan Bisias | Stars: Aviva Baumann, Justin Beard, Lucy Court, David Egan

Votes: 7

45. Wilderness: A Survival Adventure (1984 Video Game)

Adventure

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Your plane has crashed in a remote region of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Rescue? Forget it. You're on your own. Your only chance of surviving is to reach a distant ranger station ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Huntress

46. Arman reilaa (2004– )

30 min | Documentary

2.6
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Star: Arman Alizad

Votes: 10

47. Riding on a Sunbeam (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

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Riding on a Sunbeam: Journeys through Space, Time, Life and Love is a special and exciting travel film that follows Mauktik Kulkarni (an Engineer turned Neuroscience student turned Zen ... See full summary »

Director: Brahmanand S. Singh | Stars: Mauktik Kulkarni, Samantha Jo Fitzsimons

48. WorkTrotter (2018– )

24 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

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Ramon Mazinga is a WorkTrotter: he travels the world finding jobs along the way. This allows him to never stop traveling, the ultimate goal being to reach Antarctica. He's a social traveler, so his followers affect the route of his journey.

Star: Ramon Mazinga

49. Love Chaotically (2016)

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Show presents two best friends - Priew and Risa - who embark on a road trip to nineteen temples in order to wash Risa of her bad luck and find a husband. They must accomplish this in two ... See full summary »

Stars: Chaiyaat Tanatat, Wannarot Sonthichai, Keerati Mahaprukpong, Akkarat Nimitchai

50. Backpack the Grand Canyon (2009 Video)

92 min | Documentary

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An entertaining and scenic guide for backpacking and hiking in the Grand Canyon.

Director: J. Gary Brown



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