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3 Movies in the Great Outdoors


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Many movies document the beauty of the great outdoors. Through film, we are able to experience places we've never visited and explore the world through filmmakers' stories. If nature is calling to you, check out these three films and get lost in the adventure that awaits.

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

"This period epic was loosely based on James Fenimore Cooper’s 1826 novel about the French and Indian War, which itself sparked the imagination of countless lovers of the outdoors (including future president Theodore Roosevelt, who devoured it and other adventure stories as a child).
Famed method actor Daniel Day Lewis lived in the woods in preparation for his role as Nathaniel Poe (“Natty Bumppo” in the novel, or Hawkeye), a white man adopted by the Mahican (“Mohican”) tribe of the American northeast. Director Michael Mann filmed much of the movie in the woods of North Carolina, feeling their relatively untouched look fit the eighteenth century Adirondacks he was trying to portray. Evidently it worked. A Washington Post review praising Mann’s work exclaimed that 'Even the awesome landscape looks designed.'" –

Into the Wild (2007)

"Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical adventure drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer and tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s." –Wikipedia

The Way (2012)

"Tom is an American doctor who goes to France following the death of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James. Tom's purpose is initially to retrieve his son's body. However, in a combination of grief and homage to his son, Tom decides to journey on this path of pilgrims. While walking The Camino, Tom meets others from around the world (three in particular), all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives." –IMDb