We’ve put together our pick of the best adventure movies on Netflix for 2023 as, let’s face it, we’ve all found ourselves with extra time stuck on the sofa these days. 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, they can all be found on Netflix for your immediate escapism.
So what makes a good adventure movie? Well, looking through a few of these movies, there are some truly epic tales of survival and astonishing feats of human endurance – all of which have follow the central theme of human’s hardwired passion to explore to some of the most remote locations on Earth. So take a seat, grab the popcorn, and get stuck into our list of the best adventure movies on Netflix for 2023.
14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible
Release date: November 2021
Like Free Solo, this is another one of those climbing documentaries that’s well and truly broken into the mainstream. It follows Nepalese climber, Nims Purja, the ‘Usain Bolt of 8,000 metre peaks’, as he attempts to become the fastest person to summit all 14 of the world’s highest mountains. The record to beat? 7 years. His target? 7 months.
As well as following this incredible quest, the film also shines a light on the mistreatment of Sherpa climbers within Nepal in recent mountaineering history. Why, asks Nims, do Western mountaineers often neglect to even afford their fellow Nepalese climbers the dignity of being identified by their name in post-expedition reports?
Release Date: April 2019
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.