Wilderness movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant wilderness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, harsh, suspense and bleak films and TV shows about / with wilderness, survival, escapades, danger, adventure, forest, catastrophe, storytelling, death and campfire plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Thriller genres shot in USA, Australia, Canada and other countries.
wilderness movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as wilderness: The Revenant (2015), Wild (2014), Into the Wild (2007), The Hunter (2011), The Canyon (2009), Amazonia (2013), Man in the Wilderness (1971), The Mountain Between Us (2017), Never Cry Wolf (1983), The Grey (2011).

List of wilderness movies

The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, tense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, lone hero, native american, snow, violence, native americans, bear attack, grizzly bear, old west, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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Wild (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: uplifting, meditative, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, hiking, human spirit, loneliness, journey, redemption, on the road, adultery, nature, obsessive quest ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: usa, california, portland oregon
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Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, journey, wilderness, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, adventure, on the road, solitude, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, washington state, georgia ...
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The Hunter (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by an anonymous biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
Style: tense, thought provoking, psychological, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: wilderness, survival, hunter, mercenary, little boy, obsessive quest, danger, bio weapon, single mother, killing an animal, missing father, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, paris france
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The Canyon (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A survival story about a honeymooning couple who get lost in the wide expanse of the Grand Canyon.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: wilderness, survival, honeymoon, deadly, dangerous animal, desert, danger, tour guide, grand canyon, isolation, newlyweds, stranded ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, arizona
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Amazonia (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Brazil
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Amazonia is an adventure in 3D inside the largest rainforest on the planet: the Amazon rainforest. Chestnut is a Capuchin monkey domesticated who survives a plane crash and finds himself alone in the dense forest. The monkey needs to learn to live ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: wilderness, monkey, nature, jungle, danger, adventure, survival, animal life, deadly, family, hopes, predator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america
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Man in the Wilderness (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilization and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, rough, suspenseful, based on true events ...
Plot: wilderness, bear attack, adventure, native american, survival, vengeance, isolation, danger, lone wolves, forces of nature, wounded, violence ...
Time: 70s, 1820s, 1800s
Place: usa
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The Mountain Between Us (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, scenic, atmospheric
Plot: interracial romance, survival, wilderness, mountain, snow, stranger, crash landing, near death experience, peril, plane crash, animal attack, love ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, idaho, manhattan new york city, utah, london
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Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, contemplative, touching, serious ...
Plot: wilderness, inuit, adventure, mountain, mouse, dog sled, snow, arctic, wolf, survival, biologist, rescue ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: alaska, usa, canada
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The Grey (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.
Style: bad ending, suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wolf, wilderness, dangerous animal, isolation, air disaster, male camaraderie, stranded, danger, death, snow, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alaska, usa
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The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, freedom, wilderness, journey, prison escape, escape, world war two, gulag, pow, danger, russian, human spirit ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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Alpha (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a hunting expedition goes awry, a young caveman struggles against the elements to find his way home.
Style: captivating, exciting, thought provoking, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: wolf, survival, wilderness, caveman, human animal relationship, dog, animal attack, cavemen, injury, snow, ice age, adventure ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: europe
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Prey (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An American family on holiday in Africa becomes lost in a game reserve and stalked by lions.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, family relations, dangerous animal, animal attack, safari, danger, animal life, family life, nature, stalking, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa
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Big Game (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: UK, Finland, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness. 13-year old Oskari is also in that wilderness, on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk by tracking down a deer, but ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, serious, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: president, wilderness, survival, adventure, unlikely partners, partners, in the woods, terrorist, secret service, conspiracy, on the run, parachute ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 80s
Place: finland, europe, norway, washington d.c., pentagon
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Van Diemen's Land (2009)
Genre: Biography, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The true story of Australia’s most notorious convict, Alexander Pearce and his infamous journey into the beautiful yet brutal Tasmanian wilderness. A point of no return for convicts banished from their homeland, Van Diemen’s Land was a feared ...
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, cannibalism, murder, fugitives, wanted, rivalry, confined, escapades, life is a bitch, chases and races, escaped prisoner ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
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Alabama Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven year old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.
Style: touching, realistic, exciting, serious, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: wilderness, boarding school life, friendship, best friend, family, life turned upside down, orphan, father son relationship, boy, father daughter relationship, adventurer, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
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Day of the Animals (1977)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The depletion of the earth's ozone layer causes animals above the altitude of 5000 feet to run amok, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before the quarantine is announced.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, scary, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wilderness, dog, survival, camping, animal life, supernatural, save the planet, deadly, danger, adventure, battles, creature feature ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, california
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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, meditative, factual ...
Plot: survival, native americans, adventure, wilderness, rocky mountains, native, lone wolves, interracial relations, respect, hunting, mountain man, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: colorado, usa
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How I Ended This Summer (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two men at a remote Arctic base begin mistrusting each other after an important radio message.
Style: tense, atmospheric, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: wilderness, isolation, radio, arctic, solitude, survival, radiation, human nature, danger, dishonesty, confined, fish ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: antarctica, russia
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The Naked Prey (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A group of men are on safari. One of the party refuses to give a gift to a tribe they encounter. The tribe is offended, seizes the party, and one-by-one, kills all but one of the safari members in various creative and horrifying ways. The last ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, hunter, tribe, chase, wilderness, on the run, manhunt, adventurer, danger, deadly, cannibalism, culture clash ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: south africa, africa
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The Rover (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his car through the lawless wasteland of the Australian outback, aided by the brother of one of the thieves.
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: wilderness, theft, desert, car chase, crime, dog, on the road, car accident, small town, vengeance, crimes, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: australia, california
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The Bear (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, animals, wilderness, survival, friendship, animal life, family, youth, on the run, rescue, escapades, heroic mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: canada, british columbia, antarctica
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Australia (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving ...
Style: epic, emotional, captivating, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: social differences, adventure, unlikely couple, wilderness, cattle drive, fall in love, inheritance, world war two, ranch, racist, prejudice, opposites attract ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: australia, england, shanghai china, japan, pearl harbor ...
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White Water Summer (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When the experienced guide Vic accompanies the city boy Alan and his three friends on their first wilderness experience, he not only hope to teach the four boys lessons about the wilderness, but about themselves. Vic pushes them to the limit. Soon ...
Style: sincere, suspenseful, exciting, intense, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: friendship, survival, wilderness, coming of age, danger, youth, adventure, nature, teaching the ways of the world, teenage life, lake or river, endurance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, california, new jersey
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Deliverance (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: adventure, wilderness, canoe, hillbilly, survival, friendship, survivor, rape, danger, rescue, murder, nightmare ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Remake of the popular Disney classic, this time featuring some well known voices as two dogs and a cat trek across America encountering all sorts of adventures in the quest to be reunited with their owners.
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: dog, cat, adventure, friendship, wilderness, pets, talking animals, fish out of water, journey, survival, family, disney ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco, california
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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, enigmatic, melancholic, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, survival, friendship, hiking, isolation, danger, human nature, forces of nature, friends, desperation, starvation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, tokyo, argentina
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Alpha and Omega (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA, India, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack's social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything.
Style: touching, feel good, exciting, witty, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: wolf, animal life, forbidden love, opposites attract, road trip, friends, getting home, wilderness, leadership, on the road, obsessive quest, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho, canada
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Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two estranged brothers reunite at their childhood home in the Alaskan wild. They set out on a two-day hike and are stalked by an unrelenting grizzly bear.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, tense
Plot: bear attack, grizzly bear, wilderness, survival, bear, dangerous animal, danger, siblings relations, family relations, animal attack, camping, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: alaska, usa, united states
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Deadfall Trail (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: John, Julian and Paul enter the Kaibab National Forest for a three-week survival trip and peyote vision quest. The only items they take with them are a knife, a bottle of water and a garbage bag each. A week into their journey a disastrous turn of ...
Style: tense, suspense, psychological, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: wilderness, survival, human nature, isolation, friendship, moral dilemma, danger, confined, hiking, desert, forest, expedition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa
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