Adventure Movies to Get You Outside and Inspired

14 Adventure Movies to Get You Outside and Inspired

date night in?

Solo and Sad on the couch?


Simply need a movie to inspire you to get out for a grand adventure?

Here are 14 of my favorites!

I’ve probably watched more movies in the past year than I have in my entire life. When I am not able to get outdoors, or stuck inside with a cold, I try to find something to watch that will keep my wanderlust and inspiration alive. Here are some of my favorite movies to watch cuddled up at home while you are waiting for your next adventure!


Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The soundtrack.... The visuals… everything about this movie makes me want to have a grand adventure. Probably one of my favorite movies starring Ben Stiller. (Next to Happy Gilmore. “You will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep.” 😂 Cracks me up every time.)

When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Moonrise Kingdom

This film directed by Wes Anderson in 2012 was one of those coming-of-age films that makes you feel all warm inside, and it had me laughing more times than I could count.

Two Twelve-year-olds Sam and Suzy have fallen in love and decide to run away into the woods.

The Kings of Summer

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This film reminded me a lot of Moonrise Kingdom. But I am oh-so obsessed with Nick Robertson after seeing ‘Love, Simonon my plane ride to Peru, that I found this older movie he starred in, where him and his friends retreat to build a house in the woods. The character Biaggio had me in a fit of giggles the entire time.

Almost Famous

Almost Famous - Favorite Movie of all Time

Hands down one of my favorite movies of all time. This girl is impossible not to love. The one. The only. Penny Lane. Fun fact: This movie had one of the most expensive music budgets of all time. The 50 songs in the film cost them $3.5 million in licensing fees. My favorite scene is probably when they all start singing Tiny Dancer together in the tour bus. Hoping one day I can write a future where I meet Penny Lane in Morocco.

I always tell the girls, never take it seriously—if you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. You never get hurt, you always have fun… and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.

Into the Wild

A classic adventure movie. This one is a little on the sadder side, but I love when he meets the couple in the Grand Canyon. You can visit the ‘God is Love’ mountain in real life! Salvation Mountain is a hillside visionary environment created by local resident Leonard Knight, who passed away in 2014. RIP </3

I'll take this soul that's inside me now, like a brand new friend, I'll forever know. I've got this light, and the will to show, I will always be better than before. — Eddie Vedder

Valley Uprising

I have been obsessed with visiting Yosemite after finding out about the (*illegal) Porch Swing from Instagram (Thanks @trevlee and @minayounglee!) Watching this documentary about infamous climbers such as Royal Robins and Lynn Hill makes me wish I had more upper-body strength but never fails to inspire me to get back into rock climbing.

Valley Uprising

In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service…

Cast Away

This one needs no explanation.

Don’t worry Wilson, I’ll do all the paddling. You just hang on.

I asked on my personal Instagram for my followers to share their favorite adventure movies– here are my favorite honorable mentions.

  • Homeward Bound (@stellarrudge)

  • 180 Degrees South (@nickneidhardt and @_kiiiani_)

  • Life of Pi (@akrizamusic and @kashgoudarzi)

  • Meru (@naturemonsterr and @frontsidebail)

  • Without A Paddle (@vogeljasmine)

  • Indiana Jones (@ryanadelman)

  • Wild (@the_indianajames)

Do you have a favorite adventure movie? I remember along my trek to Everest Base Camp we got to watch the movie Everest in a small remote village with a bunch of people who were planning on summiting. It was a crazy experience. You can read more about that 14 day trek in the post below! Be sure to like and share this post on Pinterest!

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