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, harsh, melancholic, realistic, exciting and clever films and TV shows about / with desert, storytelling, mentor, adventure, danger, dialogue, escapades, catastrophe, culture clash and runaway plots mostly in Adventure, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
desert movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as desert: The Hills Have Eyes (2006), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Sahara (2005), Tracks (2013), Hidalgo (2004), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), White Sun of the Desert (1970), The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), A Far Off Place (1993).

List of desert movies

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, France, Romania
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: scary, suspenseful, brutal, bleak, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, desert, survival, cannibalism, victim, kidnapping, fear, rape, escape attempt, danger, massacre, trapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: new mexico, mine, 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, survival, airplane, thirst, pilot, sahara, adventure, isolation, air disaster, rescue, against the odds, crew ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, libya, middle east
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Sahara (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, 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, entertaining, scenic, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: desert, treasure hunt, treasure, adventurer, adventure, obsessive quest, escapades, danger, treasure hunter, car chase, contamination, damsel in distress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, nigeria, egypt
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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, road movie, captivating, scenic ...
Plot: desert, obsessive quest, wilderness, adventurer, adventure, journey, outback, camel, self discovery, solitude, loneliness, dog ...
Time: year 1977, 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1975 ...
Place: australia, africa
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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: desert, horse, horse race, adventurer, cowboy, adventure, underdog, rivalry, human spirit, contests and competitions, against the odds, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, syria, iraq
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 216 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, serious, stylized, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: desert, horse, war, adventure, muslim, soldier, battles, execution, imperialism, rebel, arrest, politics ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1930s
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, lebanon, saudi arabia, jerusalem ...
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Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, 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, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: desert, survival, adventure, rescue, air disaster, struggle for survival, getting home, danger, human nature, stranded, radio, threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
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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: atmospheric, serious, touching
Plot: desert, adventure, hopes, destiny, religions or cults, mysterious place, self discovery, human spirit, on the road, escapades, storytelling, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 106 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, exciting, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, desert, gold, martial arts, chase, adventurer, adventure, treasure, tunnel, slavery, rescue, tombs and skeletons ...
Place: spain, europe, hong kong, egypt, tokyo ...
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White Sun of the Desert (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
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, civil war, culture clash, leadership, red army, soldier, heroes, heroic mission, adventure, society, justice, homesickness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1910s
Place: asia, russia, soviet union
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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
Genre: 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: funny, humorous, feel good, light, not serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, culture clash, wilderness, tribe, rivalry, danger, adventure, utopia, disorder, fish out of water, nothing goes right, traditional versus modern ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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A Far Off Place (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
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, gloomy, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, explosion, adventurer, chases and races, adventure, elephant, family, teenage life, murder, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, australia, canada
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Children of Dune (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 235 min.
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, imaginary kingdom, space travel, good versus evil, heroic mission, escapades, imaginary, adventure, leadership, political unrest, danger, distant planet ...
Time: future
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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, humorous, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: desert, alien encounter, alien, totalitarianism, social differences, society, absurdism, time travel, teleportation, surrealism, capitalism, racism ...
Time: future
Place: soviet union, russia, poland
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Rango (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Western
Country: USA, Brazil
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: humorous, witty, offbeat, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: desert, sheriff, adventure, friendship, gunfight, robbery, identity crisis, duel, cowboy, heroic mission, mayor, chase ...
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas
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Duel (1971)
Genre: Action, Horror, 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, tense, suspenseful, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, car chase, stalking, chase, psychopath, road rage, salesman, on the road, duel, gas station, truck driver, monologue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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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: rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, kidnapping, scout, old west, chase, adventure, tough heroes, missing person, partners, captivity, on the run, danger ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: mexico, latin america, texas, california
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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: stylized, surreal, offbeat, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, martial arts, cannibalism, samurai, apocalypse, cold war, orphan, cult, on the road, society, danger, gang war ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: las vegas
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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: humorous, scary, suspenseful, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: desert, monster, survival, deadly creature, rescue, tentacle, small town, danger, creature feature, human versus monster, gory, stranded ...
Time: 80s
Place: nevada, usa
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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: atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: desert, tribe, survival, culture clash, wilderness, coming of age, suicide, teenage girl, geologist, camel, hunter, rite of passage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, adelaide south australia, sydney australia
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127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, uplifting, psychological, inspirational, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, human spirit, desert, courage, extreme sport, adventure, loneliness, peril, climbing, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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The Young Black Stallion (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 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, kids, pre-teens
Plot: desert, friendship, horse, young heroes, escapades, getting home, parents and children, family, siblings relations, adventure, mischievous children, dealing with death ...
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Nine Miles Down (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Hungary, Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the Sahara desert, a sandstorm batters a deserted drilling station. A security patrolman, battles through the high winds to investigate why all contact with the station has been lost. Originally built for gas exploration, and then abandoned, the ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, psychological, scary ...
Plot: isolation, investigation, desert, geologist, mysterious character, hallucination, delusion, mystery, scientific research, hell, confined, gas ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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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, humorous, fairy tale, sweet, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: genie, princess, desert, unlikely couple, love, adventure, friendship, magic, good versus evil, disney, first love, family ...
Time: 18th century
Place: middle east, saudi arabia
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mad Max becomes a pawn in a decadent oasis of a technological society, and when exiled, becomes the deliverer of a colony of children.
Style: futuristic, rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, rescue, giant, dwarf, arena, camel, sandstorm, nuclear holocaust, survival, children, exile, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: australia, south australia, sydney australia
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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, sweet, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, friendship, snake, adventure, scorpion, class differences, sahara, search and rescue, cobra, love and romance, struggle for survival, anthropomorphic animal ...
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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: surreal, stylized, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, survival, hiking, friendship, friend, best friend, lost, isolation, tourist, danger, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, tokyo, argentina
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White Sands (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, investigation, mistaken identity, murder, undercover, crime, who done it, working undercover, crimes, mystery, hidden identity, neo noir ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new mexico, new jersey
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, epic ...
Plot: desert, kidnapping, politics, rescue, crimes, state affairs, hostages, confined, daring rescue, woman in danger, danger, missing person ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: morocco, africa, usa, washington d.c., north africa ...
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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, suspenseful, tense, harsh, serious ...
Plot: cannibalism, blood, desert, incest, kidnapping, rape, survival, stalking, gory, danger, family in danger, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, mine, usa, southern california
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