Apr 16, 2020

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We’re all missing the great outdoors right now, whether we enjoy gentle strolls in the Yorkshire Dales (right on Tog24’s doorstep!) or epic climbs up Snowdon. But while you’re self-isolating indoors why not enjoy these films where nature and the outdoors are the real stars. We asked the team at TOG24 what their best outdoor films are and here’s our top 10. Enjoy!

Family-friendly outdoor films

1. March of the Penguins (U)

With 70 per cent of the vote, March of the Penguins came out top of the TOG24 poll. Watch the Emperor penguins of the South Pole make their annual journey to their breeding ground. One for fans of Antarctica, frozen tundra and of course cute baby penguins.

2. Swiss Family Robinson (U)

An oldie but a goodie. This classic adventure film is about a family shipwrecked on a desert island who build the most amazing treehouse home in their tropical paradise. It makes our attempts at setting up camp look poor in comparison! Enjoy the natural beauty of the island of Tobago and loads of wildlife (much of which was shipped in for the film) from elephants to flamingoes.

3. Born Free (U)

This is one of the most iconic wildlife films of all time. It’s the story of Joy and George Adamson, a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion club. When she reaches adulthood, Elsa is released back in to the wild. Shot on location in Kenya, this film is for those who love big cats and safari landscapes. The soundtrack is a classic too.

4. Kes (PG)

Not for young kids, but as a Yorkshire brand we had to include it. This British drama follows young Billy who comes from a tough working-class life in a Yorkshire mining town. Billy develops an interest in falconry, starts training a kestrel and finds a positive purpose in life. Set in Barnsley, just 30 minutes up the road from TOG’s HQ, the actors’ strong Yorkshire accents warm the cockles of our hearts. But be warned, it’s a bit of a tearjerker.

5. The River Wild (12)

Water, water everywhere! This adventure thriller sees Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon white water rafting in the wilderness. It was filmed mainly on the Kootenay River in Montana, US. Think rapids and canyons with a nail-biting drama.

15+ outdoor films

6. Point Break (15)

With 57% of the vote, this was a popular choice. An F.B.I. agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. Starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, the film is one for adventure lovers with some spectacular surfing and skydiving scenes shot in Utah, Oregon and California.

7. Dances With Wolves (15)

An American epic Western. Kevin Costner plays Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, where he befriends wolves and Indians. This Oscar winner was filmed in South Dakota, mainly on private ranches. If you like vast open plains, horse riding and herds of buffalos, this is the film for you.

8. Stand By Me (15)

An American, coming-of-age film tells the story of four boys who go on a hike to look for a dead body.  Filmed in Oregon and California, the film stars River Phoenix and Kiefer Sutherland, when they were child actors, walking along miles of railroads, through vast forests and across 80ft high bridges over wide rivers. Ben E. King’s Stand By Me provides the perfect soundtrack.

9. The Revenant (15)

An extreme survival film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Following a brutal bear attack, DiCaprio’s character is left for dead by members of his hunting team. In his fight for survival, he must endure the freezing, snowy conditions of a harsh winter in the wild. The film was shot across three countries: Canada, the United States, and Argentina. For the ultimate in surviving snow covered, freezing landscapes, this is the film for you.

10. Into The Wild (15)

Into The Wild is based on the true story of a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. The scenery includes the wheat fields of South Dakota, the expansive Colorado River and breath-taking Alaska. Exploring the theme of leaving the materialistic world for the natural world this film is for anyone who’s ever fancied a long distance backpacking trip.
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