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5 Movies That’ll Get You Off the Couch and Exploring Nature This Summer

Ah, the lazy days of summer. Perfect for hitting the trails and soaking up the beauty of nature. But if I’m honest with myself, there have been a few days  where I’ve headed for the couch and turned up the air conditioner instead of the heading for the mountains.  If what you need is a film that’ll make you want to celebrate the great outdoors instead of modern cooling technology, here are 5 awe inspiring movie suggestions for you.

1. A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

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If you like a little eye candy with your adventure films, look no further than this 1993 Brad Pitt and Craig Scheffer vehicle.  Scheffer and Pitt star as two fly fishing brothers from Montana. This beautiful coming of age story is set against the backdrop of peaceful rivers and bubbling streams. The scenery was so awesome that I think it’s the reason A River Runs Through It won the  1993 Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
The Scene That’ll Make You Want To Climb A Mountain:
Every scene where fishing is involved.

2. Disney’s Bears

DisneyBears

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Artfully voiced by the wonderful John C Reilly, Bears isn’t your average nature documentary. It’s a wonderful story about the power of determination and the unbreakable bonds of family. The scenery is breath-taking, and the music is beautiful.
The Scene That’ll Make You Want To Climb A Mountain
There’s just something about a baby bear frolicking in a rock pool full of shellfish that makes you feel glad to be alive.

3. The Beach

The Beach 2000

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The Beach is pretty much the ultimate treasure hunt flick. Even though Leonardo  Di Caprio’s performance as a 20-something looking for adventure is spot on, some might say that the scenery of Thailand is the real star of this movie.  I would have to agree with them. The lush greenery and picture perfect white sands are the perfect accompaniment to the action packed, riveting storyline of this film.
The Scene That’ll Make You Want To Climb A Mountain

Upon the discovery of a certain illicit farming operation,  there is a shot of Di Caprio jumping off a cliff into an azure lake that will take your breath away.

4. Into The Wild

Into The Wild

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A movie based on the book of the same name tells the true story of Christopher McCandles’ journey across the USA and into the Alaskan wilderness. Part thrilling survival story, part cautionary tale, every scene in Into The Wild seems to capture and harness the spirit of adventure.
The Scene That’ll Make You Want To Climb A Mountain
If Emile Hirsch ignoring all the sensible advice of park rangers and kayaking from California to Mexico doesn’t make you want to explore something, then I can’t help you.

5. Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom

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If adventure had a name, it must be Indiana Jones. This 1984 classic is probably an adventure movie staple for many of us, young and old.
The Scene That’ll Make You Want To Climb A Mountain
Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw bail out of a crashing plane and slide down the face of our very own snowy Mammoth Mountain. Yeah, that’s right, if you get off your couch right now you can climb down the same mountain as Indiana Jones!
Here’s to the spirit of adventure.

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