As much as we’d all like to be out hiking, camping or trail running all weekend and every evening after work, it’s not always realistic, especially in winter when the days are so short. To help you tolerate those housebound days and to get you through the last few weeks before the clocks go forward, we’ve put together a list of the best adventure movies on Netflix for 2019. We’re hoping these outdoorsy films and documentaries, ranging from life-affirming epics to documentaries charting human endurance, will inspire you out of hibernation. At the time of writing (November 2019) they can all be found on Netflix for your immediate escapism.
Some of the outdoor documentaries and films here in this list have been carried over from our Best Adventure Movies On Netflix article from last year as many of them are classics and pretty hard to knock off this list. However there are still plenty of new adventure movies to get stuck into.
Release Date: 5th April 2019
IMDB Rating: 9.4 out of 10
David Attenborough’s soothing sounds had once only been available to hear if you had access to the BBC’s Planet Earth series which was frustratingly only free online to people living in the UK on the BBC iPlayer. Now, Attenborough is available for the whole world (the Netflix world) to listen to via the all-new nature documentary Our Planet, an eight-part series exploring some of the world’s remaining wilderness areas and the creatures within them. It received widespread critical acclaim on its release and has since been nominated for a whopping 10 Emmy awards.
The Dawn Wall
Release Date: 14th September, 2018
IMDB Rating: 8.1 out of 10
The Dawn Wall follows the fascinating life of Tommy Caldwell and how he went about tackling one of the hardest free climbs in the world – The Dawn Wall. The film was first released in 2018 but didn’t get shown on Netflix until 5 March 2019, probably shuffled into their line-up following the huge mainstream success of Free Solo, Jimmy Chin’s Oscar-winning documentary on Alex Honnold’s epic ropeless ascent of El Capitan.
The climb in focus here took Tommy Caldwell and his climbing partner seven years to plan and complete, with the pair finally topping-out back in January 2015. What took them so long? That’ll be the 8c+ crux pitch that’s found right in the middle of the route. Get this documentary on your watch list to see just how tough this climb is.