Desert movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant desert movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, exciting, realistic, visually appealing, harsh and weird films and TV shows about / with desert, adventure, escapades, danger, storytelling, mentor, culture clash, dialogue, catastrophe and runaway plots mostly in Adventure, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
desert movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as desert: Rango (2011), Sahara (2005), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Tracks (2013), Gerry (2002), Hidalgo (2004), Aladdin (1992), Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

List of desert movies

Rango (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Rango, a lost family pet, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play ...
Style: witty, humorous, light, road movie, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: desert, adventure, identity crisis, sheriff, gunfight, friendship, chase, duel, heroic mission, save the day, disorder, outlaw ...
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
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Sahara (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, USA, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure ...
Style: exciting, buddy comedy, entertaining, scenic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, adventurer, desert, treasure hunter, obsessive quest, adventure, archaeology, good versus evil, escapades, danger, tyrant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, sahara desert, sahara, nigeria, egypt
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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: desert, survival, adventure, stranded, air disaster, rescue, introspection, danger, getting home, human nature, radio, threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: South Africa, Botswana
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Misery is brought to a small group of Sho in the Kalahari desert in the form of a cola bottle. In his quest to throw the evil object over the edge of the earth, Xixo encounters Western "civilization," a haphazard doctor and a tyranical ...
Style: light, humorous, funny, feel good, mad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, tribe, culture clash, wilderness, on the road, danger, rivalry, farce, adventure, fish out of water, life turned upside down, traditional versus modern ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon ...
Style: slasher, brutal, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, cannibalism, desert, human monster, kidnapping, survival, fear, victim, wilderness, danger, massacre, escape attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, usa
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Tracks (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Style: uplifting, touching, scenic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, adventure, solitude, beautiful scenery, obsessive quest, journey, camel, outback, self discovery, adventurer, hiking ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century, year 1976, year 1975 ...
Place: australia, africa
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Gerry (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Argentina, Jordan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two friends named Gerry become lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn. Their attempts to find their way home only lead them into further trouble.
Style: captivating, surreal, enigmatic, melancholic, disturbing ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, survival, friendship, hiking, isolation, danger, forces of nature, human nature, friends, starvation, lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, tokyo, argentina
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Hidalgo (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Sport, Western
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race for a massive contest prize, in an adventure that sends the pair around the world...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: horse, desert, horse race, adventurer, adventure, cowboy, sheik, racehorse, underdog, contests and competitions, rivalry, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, new york, boston, syria ...
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Aladdin (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Princess Jasmine grows tired of being forced to remain in the palace, so she sneaks out into the marketplace, in disguise, where she meets street-urchin Aladdin. The couple falls in love, although Jasmine may only marry a prince. After being ...
Style: feel good, sweet, fairy tale, humorous, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, genie, desert, disney, adventure, friendship, unlikely couple, love, sultan, unlikely friendships, magic, good versus evil ...
Time: 18th century
Place: middle east, iraq, sahara, saudi arabia
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 228 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: desert, adventure, historical character, battles, british colonial, world war one, imperialism, rebel, politics, bedouin, war, horse ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, saudi arabia, lebanon, cairo egypt ...
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Scenic Route (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Stranded on an isolated desert road, two life-long friends fight for survival as their already strained relationship spirals into knife-wielding madness.
Style: tense, realistic, serious
Plot: desert, friends, fight, breaking point, isolation, murder, stupidity, on the road, workaholic, confined, summer, brawl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The setting is the east shore of the Caspian Sea (today's Turkmenistan) where the Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov has been fighting the Civil War in Russian Asia for a number of years. After being hospitalised and then demobbed, he sets off home ...
Style: serious, exciting, sincere, entertaining
Plot: desert, red army, civil war, leadership, culture clash, russian civil war, soldier, husband wife relationship, heroes, society, adventure, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: asia, russia, ussr, soviet union
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A Far Off Place (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Thrown together under incredible circumstances, two strangers must discover courage and strength when they begin a journey across the treacherous African desert! Equipped only with their wits and the expertise of a native bushman who befriends them, ...
Style: touching, exciting, scenic, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, teenage life, adventure, on the run, rescue, youth, danger, gang, chase, poacher ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, australia, canada
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Tremors (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Hick handymen Val McKee and Earl Bassett can barely eke out a living in the Nevada hamlet of Perfection, so they decide to leave town -- despite an admonition from a shapely seismology coed who's picking up odd readings on her equipment. Before ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, humorous, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, deadly creature, desert, rescue, survival, creature feature, danger, small town, human versus monster, mutant, stranded, death ...
Time: 80s
Place: nevada, usa
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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspense, harsh, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, air disaster, adventure, pilot, survival, airplane, thirst, isolation, rescue, against the odds, crew, alcoholic ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, sahara, libya, middle east, sahara desert
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Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tunisia, Hungary, France, Germany, Iran, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, exciting, sentimental ...
Plot: desert, spirituality, destiny, self discovery, adventure, hopes, religions or cults, mysterious place, human spirit, escapades, lost, blind man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, touching, meditative, contemplative ...
Plot: desert, survival, tribe, wilderness, kids in trouble, culture clash, suicide, adventure, human nature, danger, coming of age, trust ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, adelaide south australia, sydney australia
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Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Agent Jackie is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bungling women (the 3 stooges?) who are all connected in some way. However a team of mercenries have ideas on the ownership of the gold. A battle / ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, desert, treasure, gold, martial arts, chase, adventurer, heroes, adventure, rivalry, master criminal, kung fu ...
Place: spain, europe, sahara, hong kong, egypt ...
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Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 266 min.
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Story: Under Paul ‘Muad'Dib’ Atreides' rule as Emperor, the planet Arrakis has enjoyed a renaissance. However, the revolution that Muad'dib inspired has transformed into a brutal jihad that has plunged all of humanity into a bitter, ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: desert, adventure, imaginary kingdom, space travel, good versus evil, heroic mission, political unrest, leadership, imaginary, escapades, space opera, space and aliens ...
Time: future
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Dune (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, Hungary, USA
Story: A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure ...
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: alien planet, desert, space opera, outer space, messiah, prophecy, water shortage, war, deadly, heroes, survival, struggle for survival ...
Time: 2020s, contemporary
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Last Days in the Desert (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting himself up for a dramatic test.
Style: contemplative, atmospheric, serious, biblical, fable
Plot: desert, devil, fasting, society, escapades, adventure, religions or cults, wilderness, family problems, prayer, praying, jesus ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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Theeb (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense, exciting
Plot: desert, world war one, survival, coming of age, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, escapades, danger, bedouin, culture clash, british soldier, fear ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1916
Place: saudi arabia, middle east, jordan, ottoman empire, africa ...
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Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The story takes place on the desert planet "Pluke" in the "Kin-dza-dza" galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other ("Uncle Vova", a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and "The ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, philosophical, humorous, enigmatic ...
Plot: desert, alien, alien encounter, society, satire, distopia, totalitarianism, absurdism, social differences, soviet, outer space, surrealism ...
Time: future
Place: soviet union, ussr, russia, poland
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Six-String Samurai (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic world where the Russians have taken over a nuked USA and Elvis is king of Lost Vegas, Buddy is a '50s rocker and wandering warrior rolled into one, too-cool package. Armed with his six-string in one hand and his sword in ...
Style: cult film, surreal, humorous, futuristic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, martial arts, apocalypse, samurai, chaos, heroes, adventure, danger, survival, escapades, gang war, cannibalism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: las vegas
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who ...
Style: captivating, suspense, tragic ending, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: maze, desert, cure, pandemic, vaccine, battles, teenage hero, murder, distopia, imprisonment, terminal illness, danger ...
Time: future
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Sahara (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two clans of snakes cohabit in the desert. Beautiful green serpents that live under the shelter of an oasis, protected and venerated by men and poisonous snakes that survive in the sand, dust and heat, hunted and killed by the Tuaregs. Here is the ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, sincere, sweet
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, snake, friendship, cobra, scorpion, adventure, search and rescue, talking animals, love and romance, class differences, anthropomorphic animal, struggle for survival ...
Place: sahara
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The Young Black Stallion (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: When courageous young Neera becomes separated from her family in the desert, she chances upon a wild colt. Together they find friendship, trust, and their way back home only to discover her family is about to lose everything!
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: horse, desert, girl horse relationship, friendship, human animal relationship, black horse, survival, rescue, young heroes, orphan, mischievous children, danger ...
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Duel (1971)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, road movie, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: road rage, desert, car chase, stalking, chase, gas station, psychopath, salesman, truck driver, danger, duel, chases and races ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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The Professionals (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Professionals is a 1966 American Western film directed by Richard Brooks. A kidnap-rescue adventure set in about 1917, it features a small group of experts heading into Mexico to free the Mexican-born wife of a wealthy Texan from several hundred ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, kidnapping, old west, mercenary, chase, scout, adventure, daring rescue, partners, confined, chases and races, missing person ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: mexico, latin america, texas, california
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Sahara (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After her father dies, young Dale takes his place in a trans-African auto race, but ends up being abducted by a desert sheik.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: desert, sheik, escapades, chases and races, adventure, rivalry, heroes, confined, danger, adventurer, crimes, kidnapping ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
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