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 weird, serious, visually appealing, harsh, cult film and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with desert, storytelling, danger, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, escapades, culture clash, adventure and survival plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
desert movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as desert: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Tremors (1990), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Walkabout (1971), A Far Off Place (1993), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Tracks (2013).

List of desert movies

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 218 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, factual, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, world war one, adventure, war, imperialism, bedouin, military, historical character, battles, british empire, politics, camel ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, arabia, saudi arabia, jordan ...
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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, funny, humorous, feel good, mind bending ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: desert, tribe, culture clash, wilderness, adventure, utopia, on the road, rivalry, philosophy, farce, nothing goes right, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be ...
Style: exciting, road movie, suspense, surreal, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: post apocalypse, apocalypse, survival, desert, distopia, chase, future dystopia, car chase, car, dark hero, on the run, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: australia
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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: scary, suspenseful, entertaining, humorous, suspense ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, desert, survival, creature feature, deadly creature, small town, mutant, rescue, human versus monster, death, transformation, stranded ...
Time: 80s
Place: nevada, usa
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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: intense, suspense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, survival, stranded, adventure, air disaster, aviation, adaptation, chase, rescue, introspection, human nature, getting home ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
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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, meditative, touching, road movie ...
Audience: kids, teen drama
Plot: desert, coming of age, survival, suicide, culture clash, wilderness, rite of passage, teenage girl, brother sister relationship, language barrier, australian outback, tribe ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, sydney australia, adelaide south australia
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A Far Off Place (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 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: scenic, touching, exciting, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, adventure, poacher, disney, teenage life, rescue, youth, chase, adventurer, family ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, canada, australia
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The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, scary, brutal, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: desert, cannibalism, survival, rape, torture, human monster, fear, stranded, trapped, victim, kidnapping, escape attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, 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: harsh, suspense, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, survival, air disaster, airplane, pilot, adventure, disaster, aviation, thirst, isolation, crew, rescue ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, sahara, libya, middle east
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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, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: desert, wilderness, solitude, adventure, survival, travel, beautiful scenery, explorer, camel, obsessive quest, human spirit, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century, year 1973, year 1935 ...
Place: australia, africa
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Sahara (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, USA
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, scenic, entertaining, sexy ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: treasure, treasure hunt, adventure, desert, adventurer, treasure hunter, obsessive quest, archaeology, escapades, romance, good versus evil, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, egypt, nigeria, sahara
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Rango (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA
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, road movie, funny, humorous, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: desert, adventure, lizard, friendship, chase, sheriff, cowboy, gunfight, identity crisis, duel, heroic mission, chameleon ...
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
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Gerry (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Argentina
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: surreal, art house, melancholic, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: desert, hiking, wilderness, survival, wandering, isolation, minimal dialogue, nature, lost, friendship, best friend, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, usa, argentina
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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, culture clash, russian civil war, leadership, husband wife relationship, justice, cultural difference, soldier, heroes, adventure ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 60s
Place: asia, ussr, russia
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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, serious, realistic, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: desert, friends, fight, breaking point, murder, isolation, stupidity, survival, on the road, redneck, nature, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, tense, serious, exciting
Plot: desert, coming of age, bedouin, world war one, sheik, survival, adventure, escapades, teaching the ways of the world, culture clash, british soldier, arab ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1916, 1920s
Place: jordan, saudi arabia, middle east, africa, ottoman empire ...
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The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: bleak, stylized, melancholic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: desert, survival, stranded, isolation, culture clash, rescue, life is a bitch, human nature, tragedy, bus, dogma, first contact ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, new jersey, australia, namibia
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Dune (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune – the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some ...
Style: atmospheric, futuristic, epic, psychedelic, dark ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: desert, space travel, adventure, chosen one, space opera, messiah, alien, prophecy, desert planet, vengeance, distopia, battles ...
Time: future, distant future, year 1984
Place: south pole
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Dune (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 155 min.
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: epic, suspense, captivating, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: alien planet, desert, outer space, space opera, messiah, prophecy, survival, spy, space wars, giant creature, destiny, premonition ...
Time: future, distant future, 2020s, contemporary
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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: surreal, humorous, entertaining, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, martial arts, post apocalypse, apocalypse, samurai, distopia, rock and roll, heroes, adventure, chaos, survival, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: las vegas
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Twentynine Palms (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a magazine photo shoot. They find a motel in the town of ...
Style: road movie, disturbing, erotic, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: desert, on the road, sex scene, road trip, male nudity, violence, death, murder, male female relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), reconciliation, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
Style: scary, tense, slasher, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: cannibalism, desert, survival, incest, stranded, rape, serial killer, violence, cannibal, vengeance, kidnapping, brutality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, southern california
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Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: road movie, surreal, touching, emotional, philosophical ...
Plot: desert, father son relationship, on the road, amnesia, road trip, redemption, parenthood, drifter, relationships, reconciliation, family reunited, estrangement ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, mojave desert, paris france, austin texas ...
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Southbound (2015)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The film contains five stories set on desolate stretches of a desert highway. Two men on the run from their past, a band on its way to a gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation are ...
Style: macabre, suspense, slasher, dark, tense ...
Plot: desert, highway, murder, monster, occult, supernatural, sacrifice, home invasion, masked killer, survival, occult ritual, cult ...
Place: arizona
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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: road movie, atmospheric, macabre, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, truck, desert, road rage, chase, truck driver, stalking, gas station, car, psychopath, survival, mysterious villain ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year old Vic and his telepathic dog Blood are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War 4, where survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the ...
Style: futuristic, humorous, surreal, disturbing, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: post apocalypse, dog, desert, survival, nuclear holocaust, distopia, apocalypse, sperm donor, female nudity, talking dog, coming of age, telepathy ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: oklahoma, phoenix arizona
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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: surreal, philosophical, enigmatic, cerebral, humorous ...
Plot: desert, alien, distopia, time travel, absurdism, surrealism, totalitarianism, alien encounter, society, steampunk, satire, post apocalypse ...
Time: future
Place: ussr, russia, poland
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The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: At the beginning of the 20th century an American woman is abducted in Morocco by Berbers. The attempts to free her range from diplomatic pressure to military intervention.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, epic ...
Plot: desert, kidnapping, politics, rescue, hostage, confined, abduction, military, u.s. president, german soldier, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: morocco, africa, middle east, germany, washington d.c. ...
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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, inspirational, factual, intense, serious ...
Plot: horse, horse race, desert, cowboy, adventurer, lone hero, racehorse, adventure, islam, underdog, sheik, bedouin ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, iraq, syria, boston ...
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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: realistic, semi serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: desert, sheik, woman dressed as man, age difference, cross dressing, adventure, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, escapades, confined, heroes ...
Time: 1920s
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