Spending time in nature refreshes and grounds us. When you can’t get outside, watching a film set outside is the next best thing. Nature-themed films often embrace adventure, inner growth, and reaching goals.
Here are some of the top films to get you back to nature.
Wild America (1997)
In Wild America (1997), three adventurous brothers, Marshall (Jonathon Taylor Thomas), Marty (Scott Bairstow), and Mark Stouffer (Devon Sawa), embark on a summer road trip across America. The boys want to document the beauty and wonder of the country’s wildlife. As they capture incredible footage of nature’s marvels and dangers, the siblings also grow closer, learning about life, family, and the importance of preserving the natural world for future generations.
Into the Wild (2007)
Based on a true story, Into the Wild (2007) follows the journey of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) as he leaves society behind to live in the Alaskan wilderness. After donating all his worldly goods and leaving behind a bought and paid-for college education, McCandless finds himself living in an abandoned bus. Realizing he misses his family and may not survive the harsh Alaska conditions, he tries to venture home.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) follows the titular character Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) on a journey of self-discovery. Mitty is an office worker developing photographs for Life Magazine. When the magazine decides to go digital, Mitty is responsible for printing the final cover photo but loses the negative. This sends him on a trip around the world to find the photographer. While it starts in urban environments, Walter’s adventures lead him through picturesque landscapes of Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas as he escapes his routine life.
The Revenant (2015)
In The Revenant (2015), frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is left for dead by his expedition team after a brutal bear attack. Left in the uncharted American wilderness, Glass must fight for his life to survive. Fueled by vengeance and sheer willpower, Glass embarks on a perilous journey through hostile terrain. Watch man vs. nature as Glass tries to find the man who betrayed him and to survive against all odds.
Wild (2014) is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of the same name. Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) sets out to hike over a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Through her journey, she encounters kind people cheering her on, a pair of hunters with dark intentions, and a curious fox. Strayed hikes to escape grief and shame after losing her mother and turning to a life of drugs. Her journey on the PCT gives her a second chance at life.
127 Hours (2010)
127 Hours (2010) is a harrowing true story. The film stars James Franco (Pineapple Express) as mountaineer Aron Ralston, a mountaineer. When Ralston becomes trapped by a boulder while climbing in Utah, he has to make a desperate decision to survive. Before his great escape, Ralston spends 127 hours with his arm pinned between two boulders in a deep crevice.
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
In The Mountain Between Us (2017), a plane crash leaves two strangers stranded on a remote snow-covered mountain. Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and Ben Bass (Idris Elba) must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements. As they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness, they discover strength in each other and confront both their inner demons and burgeoning feelings.
Cast Away (2000)
In Cast Away (2000), FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) finds himself stranded on a deserted island after a catastrophic plane crash. As days turn into years, Noland battles isolation, despair, and the challenges of survival. As he clings to hope, he forms an unlikely bond with a volleyball he names “Wilson.”
Everest (2015) is inspired by true events from the disastrous 1996 Mount Everest expeditions. Two climbing teams face unforeseen challenges, including severe weather and physical exhaustion. As they struggle to reach the summit and then descend, they must confront the life-threatening dangers of the world’s highest peak and the limits of human endurance. The film stars Jason Clark (Zero Dark Thirty) and Thomas M. Wright (The Stranger).
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) stars as a father of six, raising his children off the grid in the Pacific Northwest forests. He teaches them survival skills and a philosophical education until a tragedy forces them to confront the outside world.
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