12 Movies Every Outdoorsman Should See

Regardless of whether or not you’re some city slicker whose idea of cutting a swath through the wilderness is trimming your lawn out back or a hard-core adventure that’s ready to leave behind civilization and go all Grizzly Adams the first chance you get, the odds are pretty good that you could use an escape every now and again – and that’s exactly what these 12 movies every outdoorsman should see below are going to give you.

 

Into the Wild
 

Into the Wild

Based on a true story that chronicles trust fund baby Christopher McCandless and his adventure into the great frontier that is Alaska, you’re going to be both amazed at the adventuring spirit of the main character as well as dismayed at the myriad of bad mistakes and poor decisions he makes along the way.  iTunes  Amazon

 

Cast Away
 

Cast Away 

Tom Hanks has always been one of Hollywood's most legendary actors, and this just might be the best movie he’s ever made – and certainly his best movie for outdoorsmen. This not a lot that can be said about this film that hasn’t already, and if you haven’t already set down and watched it now is the time to do so!  iTunes  Amazon

 

127 hours
 

127 hours

This definitely isn’t a movie for those with queasy stomachs, so if you get seasick sitting in your bathtub this might be one of those movies that you skip. Based on the 100% true story of how Aron Ralston survived after spending – you guessed right – 127 hours with his arm trapped between a canyon wall. You’ll also get to learn a little more about the human experience and the will to survive when you check out this film.  iTunes  Amazon

 

Wild
 

Wild

At its core, Wild is all about journeying externally to journey deeper into the early – using Mother Nature to find yourself, unlock your spirit, and put back together the pieces of a life that have been devastated by tragedy. This is most definitely not a chick flick, and you’ll likely look at Reese Witherspoon in an entirely different light by the time you’re done with this movie.  iTunes  Amazon

 

The Great Outdoors
 

The Great Outdoors

Maybe the best outdoor focused comedy of the 1980s, with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy absolutely sullying it on screen with real electricity between the both of them, you’ll fall in love with this old-school comedy just as soon as it opens – and the odds are pretty good that you’ll want to fire it again up right after you’ve finished it. Watching this movie for the “bear attack” alone is worth the price of admission!  iTunes  Amazon

 

The Edge
 

The Edge

This movie features both Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin near the top of their game, and it shows both the struggle between man and nature as well as the struggle between man and man. Three men go into the Alaskan wilderness and are forced to band together to survive with a bloodthirsty bear hunting them down. But not all is as it seems in this thriller. We won’t spoil the ending, but it’s one of the best we’ve ever seen!  iTunes  Amazon

 

180 South
 

180 South

This film chronicles the journey of Jeff Johnson who sets out on a mission to retrace the original voyage into Patagonia in 1969 by Yvon Chouinard and Dough Tompkins. The cinematography is jaw-dropping, the message of activism is well-received, and you’ll find yourself drawn to Patagonia after watching this film even if you couldn’t point to it on a map before.  iTunes  Amazon

 

 

Touching the Void

If you’ve ever had dreams of climbing to the highest heights (think Mount Everest and not just to the C level of your office) you’ll definitely want to check out everything that Touching the Void brings to the table. Just be prepared to see some of the most intense man versus nature scenes you’ve ever seen on the big screen before, and don’t be surprised if you’re white knuckling it the entire time.  iTunes  Amazon

 

 

The Way

A heart-wrenching story about a father setting out on a journey to complete his deceased’s son’s lifelong dream, this is an absolutely gorgeous film from start to finish and shows that no matter how well planned our lives are, curveballs are right around the corner and it’s up to us to persevere.  iTunes  Amazon

 

 

Grizzly Man 

As unique a film as you’re going to find on this list, most people get sucked into the story of Grizzly Man even though they know that the ending isn’t going to be one that Disney would have written. Following legendary grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell as he lives amongst the grizzlies – as well as his ultimate demise at the hands of the animals that he was most passionate about – it shines a bright light on the savagery of the wilderness that city slickers sometimes forget about.  iTunes  Amazon

 

 

The Way Back

Sure, this isn’t the most original story to ever hit the silver screen, but movie stars Colin Farrell and Ed Harris really breathe some life into this rather simple and straightforward story that is moody, brooding, and also quite hopeful. Perfect for a lazy Sunday.  iTunes  Amazon

 

 

A Lonely Place to Die 

One of the most interesting suspense thrillers we’ve ever seen, this film is set entirely in the Scottish Highlands and is one of the most beautiful outdoor movies we’ve ever had the opportunity to check out. The scenery is jaw-dropping for sure, but the story is something that will have you glued to your seat from start to finish. You’re going to love it!  iTunes  Amazon

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