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1. The Last Airbender (2010)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Family

4.1
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20 Metascore

Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Votes: 140,305 | Gross: $131.56M

2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 192,517 | Gross: $93.93M

3. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 49,358 | Gross: $3.17M

4. Miss Potter (2006)

PG | 88 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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57 Metascore

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 26,958 | Gross: $2.98M

5. Grizzly (1976)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

5.3
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An eighteen-foot-tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park, leaving it up to a Park Ranger to save the day.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, Joan McCall

Votes: 3,692

6. Angels and Insects (1995)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 4,290 | Gross: $5.30M

7. My Family and Other Animals (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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An English family relocates to sunny Greece four years before WWII.

Director: Sheree Folkson | Stars: Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Omid Djalili

Votes: 1,552

8. My Father's Glory (1990)

G | 105 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.6
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A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain, Thérèse Liotard

Votes: 5,679 | Gross: $1.71M

9. What The Durrells Did Next (2019 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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The Durrells in Corfu (2016) star Keeley Hawes hosts this documentary about the extraordinary lives of The Durrell family after WWII forced them to leave Corfu, with special focus on Gerald, his seminal naturalist work and his visionary zoo.

Directors: Toby Roebuck, Ewen Thomson | Stars: Keeley Hawes, Eamonn Andrews, David Attenborough, Nick Baker

Votes: 27

10. We're Not Dressing (1934)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical

6.2
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Yacht owner is stranded on island with her socialite friends, a wacky husband and wife research team, and a singing sailor.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Bing Crosby, Carole Lombard, George Burns, Gracie Allen

Votes: 666

11. Attenborough's Passion Projects (2016– )

60 min | Documentary

8.1
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To honor their famous host and renown naturalist Sir David Attenborough's 90th birthday, the BBC has re-released David's four favorite programs from his extremely rich and influential career. He gives a short introduction to each of them.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 66

12. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1981– )

154 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

8.7
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When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in his country house, Dr James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for help to save Sir Henry Baskerville, the only known heir, from the curse that haunts Baskerville family.

Stars: Vasiliy Livanov, Vitali Solomin, Rina Zelyonaya, Irina Kupchenko

Votes: 4,841

13. Proteus (2003)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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47 Metascore

An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men -- a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor -- who weather injustices as a result of their affair.

Directors: John Greyson, Jack Lewis | Stars: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson

Votes: 599

14. The Life of Birds (1998– )

TV-PG | 489 min | Documentary

8.9
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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,557

15. A Girl of the Limberlost (1990 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama, Family

6.3
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A teenage girl living in 1908 rural Indiana attends high school despite her mother's fierce opposition of her life, the friendship of a free-spirted older woman helps her stick to her goals.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Daryl Anderson, Tobias Anderson, Joanna Cassidy

Votes: 159

16. Call of the Yukon (1938)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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A fur trader guides a writer and her animals to safety in the Yukon territory when wolves are about to attack.

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, John T. Coyle | Stars: Richard Arlen, Beverly Roberts, Lyle Talbot, Mala

Votes: 94

17. White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild (1996)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Family

5.3
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As a plea-bargain to clear their school records, a group of misfit teens ventures into the majestic but unforgiving wilderness to help a young naturalist save the vanishing wolves. After ... See full summary »

Director: Terence H. Winkless | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Ele Keats, Jeremy London, Corin Nemec

Votes: 315

18. Deadly Dinosaurs with Steve Backshall (2018– )

29 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

7.5
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English naturalist Steve Backshall uses modern technology to test the incredible abilities of various dinosaurs. Each episode features several dinos that had something in common and Steve's adventurous tests of their skills.

Star: Steve Backshall

Votes: 13

19. Guardian of the Wilderness (1976)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Western

7.3
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Based on the life of Galen Clark, whose determined efforts led to the creation of Yosemite National Park. When he is diagnosed with terminal tuberculosis, and disappointed that he hasn't ... See full summary »

Director: David O'Malley | Stars: Denver Pyle, John Dehner, Ken Berry, Cheryl Miller

Votes: 61

20. The Half-Breed (1916)

73 min | Western

6.6
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An outcast named Lo Dorman encounters a young woman lost in the woods. He defends her from danger in the forest and from Sheriff Dunn.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, Tom Wilson

Votes: 129

21. The White Lions (1981)

PG | 97 min | Drama

6.5
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A college professor, his wife, and daughter go the the wilds of Africa to live, and study the rare white lions of the region.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Michael York, Glynnis O'Connor, Donald Moffat, J.A. Preston

Votes: 88

22. Big Beasts: Last of the Giants (2018– )

45 min | Documentary, Adventure

8.0
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Naturalist Patrick Aryee travels around the globe showcasing the majestic giant beasts that roam the Earth, usually three per episode. In between segments, he presents the extinct giant animals that used to rule the planet.

Star: Patrick Aryee

Votes: 8

23. Life on Air: David Attenborough's 50 Years in Television (2002 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

8.5
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This documentary traces the extraordinary television career of the legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough, a BBC staple and one of the most respected pioneers of the nature documentary.

Stars: Michael Palin, David Attenborough, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 91

24. The Voyage That Shook the World (2009 Video)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

4.5
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In 1831 a young amateur scientist, Charles Darwin, boarded HMS Beagle on an epic five-year voyage of discovery. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Murray | Stars: Antoni Biernacki, Peter Bowler, Janet Browne, Craig Buckley

Votes: 329

25. Wolves at Our Door (1997 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

8.5
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Director: Jim Dutcher | Star: Richard Kiley

Votes: 89

26. Bomba and the Hidden City (1950)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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Princess Leah is the rightful heir to a tribal throne which has been stolen from her by the dastardly Hassan. Bomba the Jungle Boy, of course, comes to her rescue.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Johnny Sheffield, Sue England, Paul Guilfoyle, Damian O'Flynn

Votes: 130

27. Émile Zola ou La conscience humaine (1978– )

495 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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Stars: Jean Topart, Dominique Davray, Maryvonne Schiltz, François Chaumette

Votes: 11

28. Jackrabbit Sky (2009)

Comedy

8.0
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Max Boden, an ingenuitive desert naturalist, is trying to stop the construction of a copper mine on the outskirts of 1939 Tucson, Arizona. Through a series of arduously comical trials, Max ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bergmann | Stars: Andrew Bergmann, Christopher Lukas, Blanche Baker, Foster Wilson

Votes: 11

29. The Fig Tree (1987 TV Movie)

58 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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The plot centers around Miranda, a young girl who lost her mother at a very young age. She is troubled and withdrawn, pretend plays alone for hours and is obsessed with death. She creates ... See full summary »

Director: Calvin Skaggs | Stars: Karron Graves, Teresa Wright, Doris Roberts, William Converse-Roberts

Votes: 9

30. Galapagos: Beyond Darwin (1996 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Directors: David Clark, Al Giddings | Stars: Roscoe Lee Browne, John E. McCosker, Bruce Robison

Votes: 21

31. Clarence (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.0
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Pappa Wheeler hires a recently-discharged soldier, Clarence Smith, to repair a water heater and Wheeler keeps him on as an odd-job man around the house. Clarence discovers a few situations ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Roscoe Karns, Eleanore Whitney, Eugene Pallette, Johnny Downs

Votes: 6

32. Langmuir's World (1998)

57 min | Documentary

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Director: Roger R. Summerhayes | Stars: Katie Karlovitz, Irving Langmuir, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

33. Opal (2010)

85 min | Drama

7.9
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Based on a true story about self-taught naturalist and cult icon Opal Whiteley.

Director: Dina Ciraulo | Stars: Nayeli Adorador-Knudsen, George Maguire, Gabriel Marin, Carrie Paff

Votes: 16

34. The Wonders of Alaska (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

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Out-of-this-world Alaska movie with stunning footage, educational narration and enjoyable music. See bears, calving glaciers, gigantic icebergs, eagles, harbor seals, killer whales, breaching humpback whales, and much more.

Director: Adam Kelly

35. Roaming Through Michigan (1950)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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This Traveltalks entry roams through the northern end of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and makes a short visit to the Upper Peninsula. We start with a ride in a dune buggy on the Sleeping Bear... See full summary »

Stars: James A. FitzPatrick, Spikehorn Meyer

Votes: 60

36. Trailing the Killer (1932)

Passed | 65 min | Adventure, Western

4.6
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While the original title, "Trailing the Killer" isn't a misnomer, it was a bit misleading since the "trailer" is a dog named Caesar Caesar the Dog) and the killer is a mountain lion, aka as... See full summary »

Director: Herman C. Raymaker | Stars: Caesar the Dog, Francis McDonald, Heinie Conklin, Joe De La Cruz

Votes: 27

37. DR-Friland (2002– )

28 min | Documentary

6.2
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Stars: Jørgen Skouboe, Rikke Lauridsen, Steen Møller, Berit Wheler

Votes: 8

38. Temalørdag: Jul på Friland (2005 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

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TV-Special featuring Christmas celebration at the alternative community Friland.

Stars: Johannes Andersen, Nikolaj Kirk, Rikke Lauridsen, Jørgen Skouboe

39. Jaws and Claws (1997– )

30 min

7.1
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Star: David Martel

Votes: 10

41. Alaska: The Tracy Arm Experience (2007)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Family

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See bears, calving glaciers, gigantic icebergs, eagles, harbor seals, killer whales, breaching humpback whales, and much more.

Director: Adam Kelly

42. Plata za istinu (1978)

Biography

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Director: Aleksei Speshnyov | Stars: Nikita Podgorny, Evgeniya Uralova, Aleksandr Boyarsky, Mikhail Gluzskiy

43. Alaska's Amazing Calving Glaciers (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 38 min | Documentary, Short

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An Alaska movie that features the true power of nature and some of the best glacier calvings ever caught on video.

Director: Adam Kelly

44. Yellowstone in Winter (2012)

22 min | Short

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A trip to Yellowstone National Park in winter.

Director: Fred Heiman | Star: Peggy Heiman

45. The Guest: An Episode in the Life of Eugène Marais (1977)

103 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: Athol Fugard, Marius Weyers, Gordon Vorster, Wilma Stockenström

Votes: 8

46. Black Fury (1953)

Approved | 32 min | Short, Action, Adventure

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An independent production picked up for distribution by the shorts department of Warner Brothers. Directed and photographed by the Florida-based Ted and Vincent Saizis, who confined most of... See full summary »

Directors: Ted Saizis, Vincent Saizis | Star: David DaLie

47. Grey Owl's Little Brother (1932)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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Director: Gordon Sparling | Stars: Corey Thomson, Grey Owl

Votes: 17

48. Nigel Marven's Cruise Ship Adventures (2015–2016)
Episode: A Central American Voyage (2015)

Documentary

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Heading full speed ahead to Central America, Nigel visits Corcovado National Park for the endangered jaguar, while in the Audubon Park, he finds the Three-toed Amphiuma and the heavy alligator snapping turtle.

Star: Nigel Marven

49. The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (1956–1961)
Episode: Adventure of the Romantic Pigeon (1956)

30 min | Comedy

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Hiram learns that spies have kidnapped a scientist's daughter in order to wrest atomic secrets from the old man.

Director: Philip Rapp | Stars: Wally Cox, Ainslie Pryor, Robert H. Harris, Hollis Irving

50. Nigel Marven's Cruise Ship Adventures (2015–2016)
Episode: An Indian Ocean Odyssey (2015)

Documentary

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Nigel's voyage to the exotic Indian Ocean begins from Mumbai where massive Indian Flying Foxes and extraordinary leopards coexist with man; however, nothing can prepare the bold passengers for an electrifying encounter with a real cobra.

Star: Nigel Marven



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