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Best Adventure Movies On Netflix In 2019

Netflix has served up some fantastic adventure movies for 2019. Here are 10 we recommend...

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.

Our Planet

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.

Valley Uprising

Release Date: 1st September, 2014
IMDB Rating: 8.2 out of 10

We’ve carried this historic documentary over from our previous Netflix adventure movies round-up as it’s a real must-watch, even if you’re not the most serious climber. Valley Uprising looks back on a motley crew of hard-living hippy climbers in the campgrounds of 1970s Yosemite Valley National Park. Prepare to hear stories of these ‘dirt-bag’ climbers pushing themselves to their physical limits conquering the seemingly impossible heights of the surrounding mountains while at the same time seeing their counterculture being monetised into the type of mainstream sport they resented.


Release Date: 4th August 2017
IMDB Rating: 7.9 out of 10

Another Oscar-winning documentary takes a spot in this year’s best outdoor and adventure movies – Netflix is spoiling us this year. Icarus follows the efforts of one documentarian as his small-scale investigation into drugs in cycling uncovers secret after secret and eventually culminates in one of the biggest geopolitical crises of the year.


Release Date: 14th August 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.7 out of 10

“It’s defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time,” said Jon Krakauer of Mount Meru, a shark fin-like peak in the Himalayas. This documentary shows a group of climbers, including Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker as they attempt to become the first people to reach the top.

The cinematography really is next-level, and there’s a great deal of poignancy along the way as each climber in the team reflects on some of the challenges they’ve faced in their lives leading up to the ascent.


Release Date: 21st September 2017
IMDB Rating:  7.2 out of 10

This is less so a documentary and more a piece of art – one to crank up the image quality and the sound as high as possible. It’s a curation of footage from some of the most talented nature, outdoor and adventure sports cinematographers, with narration from Willem Defoe and music throughout from a world-class orchestra. The purpose? To explore our connection with mountains throughout history.

Thai Cave Rescue

Release Date: 13th July, 2018
IMDB Rating: 7.2 out of 10

There’s no point in us going through the story here really is there – we all remember the news reports, and, well, the title pretty much gives you the gist anyway, right?

A year on from that amazing rescue, this documentary pulls together on-the-scene footage from that incredible operation to save the 12 trapped schoolboys, plus interviews from key people involved. We all know what happens, but it’s still a gripping watch.

Under An Artic Sky

Release Date: 23rd April 2017
IMDB Rating: 7.1 out of 10

Fancy surfing under an arctic sky up in Iceland as the worst storm in the region is about to come barrelling along the coast? No? Me neither, but it was good watching other people do just that while I was sat comfortably on my sofa.

This documentary follows six enthusiastic surfers (Sam Hammer, Heidar Logi, Elli Thor, Magnusson, Ingo Olson, Timmy Reyes and Justin Quintan) as they make a pilgrimage to surf where nobody has surfed before.

The storm ends up providing all the surfing goods, with the crew treated to some awesome waves alongside towering snowcapped peaks and with the Aurora Borealis dancing up above. A visually stunning watch.

The Push

Release Date: 9th February 2018
IMDB Rating: 6.4 out of 10

When filming a snowmobiling segment for an outdoor movie in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Grant Korgan burst fractured (the worst kind of fracture) his L1 vertebrae and found himself paralysed from the waist down. Never shying away from adventure, Korgan soon found himself training to become the first spinal cord-injured athlete to quite literally push himself for 80 miles down to one of the most inhospitable places on earth – the South Pole.

Pedal The World

Release Date: 29th October 2015
IMDB Rating: 5.1 out of 10

What do you do when you’re young, time rich and with a lack of real world responsibilities? For young German Felix Starck, the answer to this was to travel the world by bike, crossing 22 countries in total on a year-long shoestring solo adventure. Along the way he encounters unique cultures, incredible acts of kindness from strangers, has run ins with aggressive border police and gets through his fair share of very hairy moments.

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