This is one of my all time favourite movies, and it definitely belongs on this list. The tone of the movie, the way it is shot, the captivating story line, it all fits together to make this movie a masterpiece.
I’m a big fan of the talented Leonardo DiCaprio, so when I found a movie he starred in that I hadn’t seen, I knew it was gonna be good. It also stars the beautiful Virginie Ledoyen, a talented actor that I’m heartbroken doesn’t have many other movies to see.
Into the Wild
Based on a true story, this movies depicts the adventures of Christopher McCandless, basically a hardcore backpacker who wants to nothing more than to be in the wilderness. The movie is a little try hard at times, but it does create this gnawing desire to be out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature. If you haven’t heard of the story, watch the movie before googling him. It is a fascinating tale.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ever felt like you wasted many years, trapped in the cage that is your mind? Unable to take leaps of faith or try something new because of fear? Then this movie might inspire you. Walter is a day-dreamer until he forced to take action in the real world to save his and coworkers careers. He travels to Iceland and experience the adventure of a lifetime. It is a well directed, feel-good gem that will inspire you to try something new.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
While none of us are actually going to be doing the stuff Indiana Jones does in his movies, the places he travels too are amazing. They give us a glimpse of the world and ideas on where we would like to go next. And c’mon, Indy vs. Nazis, who doesn’t wanna see that. Venice, Colorado, London and Utah are all filming locations for this classic movie.
If this movie doesn’t fill you with a desire to explore North America’s wilderness, I don’t know what will. The amazing journey through the wilderness contains so much incredible scenery. Its shot in stunning locations including Fortress Mountain and Calgary in Canada. Other filming locations were Kootenai Falls near Libby, Montana and around the tip of Argentina for the scenes that required snow.
3:10 to Yuma
This movie is a bit of a hidden gem in my opinion; I had never heard of it until my housemate Elijah recommended it to me. Starring Christian Bale, Russell Crowe and Ben Foster (a very underrated actor), this masterpiece is a remake of the 1957 film of the same name.
Based on the short story by Elmore Leonard, it contains some beautiful new New Mexican scenery which will have you drooling to see it with your own eyes. Some filming locations include Diablo Canyon and Santa Fe National Forest.
This movie is an epic Western that might give you that extra push to finally go on that Route 66 trip you’ve been talking about for years.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Some people may be upset by this choice out of all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, but let me explain. One of the reasons I love this movie (and book!) so much is because Bilbo is so reluctant to go. In his own words, “We don’t want any adventures here, thank you!”
Maybe you feel like a hobbit from time to time. Content with your 9-5 job and biscuits while watching Emmerdale. But I challenge you reluctant Hobbits, take a leap and go on an adventure. You might just become the hero of your own story.