Top 5 Most Interesting Hiking Movies (#3 Will Inspire You!)
As an awesome mom and a dedicated hiker, I made sure to convert my family to the love of hiking as much as I can. While I love my two sons to death, I have loved hiking longer – I’m just kidding boys.
I consider myself to be the only one who’s ready to take action in the family. I mean, my two awesome sons and loving husband are all daring, but I guess forcing them to go hiking with me once a week is too much to ask.
If you’re in the same situation as I am, I have something to get your companions revved up. Here’s how: show them these best hiking movies.
Honestly, at first, I didn’t know that it has that kind of effect on them. The next thing I know it, my boys were waking us up first thing in the morning to get ready for hiking. Let me help you out with the 5 interesting best hiking movies to see!
A Walk In The Woods (2015)
I’m going to start it off with something recent. The movie was released not too long ago, approximately 2 years, aired in 2015.
The story line basically starts off with Bill Bryson who has spent 20 years in Britain. Well, you can say he’s someone who has a lot of humor in his system.
He wanted to test out the wilderness out of his "curiosity" and he had to do it without learning to go in-depth with his research on the trail's difficulty.
For some reasons, my eldest son kept on muttering "idiot" under his breath. I find it really amusing, but when Bill decided to tag along with his unprepared friend, Stephen Katz, my son just lost it.
It was pretty satisfying to see him lose his marbles. Taking on the whole trail in only a season would be impossible, my son would say.
My youngest son enjoyed the fact that the two main characters were experiencing difficulties with their equipment. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because he enjoys seeing people struggle – just joking around, son.
At the same time, the moment Bryson woke up to reality on how challenging it is to travel with someone who’s an overweight, ex-alcoholic, my eldest stood up and shouted “HA! I told you so!”
Despite how the movie has taken a toll to my dear family, it only tells us to be extra-prepared for our hiking trips. But it’s not surprising that they weren’t able to finish the trail.
A Walk In The Woods is a great movie which shows a realistic turn of events out in the woods. Just for a heads up, only 25% of hikes are successful. Well, even less than that number.
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127 Hours (2010)
Okay, I’ll be honest with you guys – I was thinking of whether to add this one on the list or not. It’s a debated topic within our family. My husband hates it, but I love the movie, so why not.
I think we’ve only watched this movie once, and there’s a good reason for it, too. This became a huge hit in 2010, so I’m pretty sure most of you has either heard of the movie or watched it.
The movie is taken from a real-life event of Aaron Raltson. During the first parts of the movie, it was pretty much splendid. We could see him having fun with girls and diving in underground waters.
However, the action starts once he was trapped with a boulder. In addition, he only has limited food and water to keep him alive for 127 hours. Now when this happened, we all jumped out from our seats.
Aaron was a brave soul! Our heartbeat was pumping really fast when he had to make a choice of either to stay there with the probability of dying of starvation and infection or cut his arm off.
Both of my boys were closing their eyes when the part came – luckily, they don’t show the gruesome situation.
I believe we were in a heated argument over dinner after the movie on what would happen if we were placed in that predicament. Naturally, we all said we’d be brave enough to do what he just did.
We wouldn't say that's too far of a stretch to say it gets under your skin. We all ended our little banter by agreeing we would notify everyone where we'd be going. The movie was a good wake-up call for the family.
Touching The Void (2003)
Although it was released years ago – back in 2003 – we actually watched it after A Walk In The Woods. My husband thought it would be a good idea to change up the environment.
The unsuccessful event of A Walk In The Woods was pretty much expected, but it did change the mood in the family. Touching The Void totally turned the situation into 360 degrees.
The story is pretty much hair-raising, and although I have three strong boys to protect me, I couldn’t help but smile when they cringe from time to time as their reaction to some of the scenes.
It basically revolves around two people – Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. Needless to say, it was a fatal climb that could have resulted in death.
Their journey was tough. Joe even injured an unfavorable event of injuring a fall. Our eyes were wide open as one of his legs were broken.
A blur of events occurred and Simon wasn't able to check Joe out properly – it's because of the raging storm. Unaware of what unfolded, Joe fell off a cliff.
On the bright side, he saved by a suspended rope. But both climbers were in a predicament as Simon was blinded by the snow, not sure if his buddy was even alive or not.
I still chuckle from the memory of when I remember my husband shouting at the TV "Simon, he's alive!" The movie got everyone at the edge of the seat.
The ending was probably the most satisfying I’ve ever watched – they both survived. This has gotten all us up to our free to prepare for our next hike. On an easier mountain, that is.
Cliffhanger was released in 1993, and I still remember watching it with my husband. In fact, we both thought that it’d be a great movie for family bonding last week.
One of the reasons why it's an awesome movie is probably because it's fictional. The writer knew what he was doing. It starts off with some thieves who were able to hijack $100,000,000 – I know, that’s a lot of money.
Their mode of transportation was an airplane for delivery. Unfortunately, the plane crashed and cash was somewhere around the Rocky Mountains landscape. Pretty much, they were in big trouble.
Both of my sons couldn’t believe the amount, so when it fell off they both stood up to their feet and screamed “WHAT A WASTE!” Funny how I had the same reaction when I first watched the movie back before.
They were able to contact two rescuers through the radio. As clever as they were, they forced Hal Tuker and Gabe Walker to help them recover their stolen loot.
I just think that the movie teaches us a valuable lesson of taking better your $100,000,000 – if you have that much of amount. In all seriousness, it’s an awesome family movie that’s bound to get everyone screaming.
Official Trailer: Cliffhanger (1993)
I jokingly told my husband that this is what would happen to me when things go downhill in my life. Girls, meet Cheryl Strayed. She’s going to be our role model to get over depression.
The main character’s a girl, but I’m surprised my boys were moved along with Cheryl. She’s been dealing with severe depression when her marriage dies out along with her mother.
Instead of taking the easy way out, she decides to hike herself out back to sanity. In total, she was able to cover over 2,650 miles of pure adventure.
Personally, it was a rollercoaster ride for my emotions. She went on a journey in a great adventure to go through the country’s longest trails. The events made her crazy, strengthened her will, and finally healed her.
We all bonded over the little movie as we resolved to one conclusion – there’s always going to be our family to help us through. Of course, with the help of hiking.
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It doesn’t really what your reason is. Either to get them excited for hiking or just for a simple family bonding, these awesome movies will surely strengthen your body together with your companions.
If it worked for my crazy family, it'll work for anyone! If you have any questions on the subject, feel free to ask below. I'm always willing to help out a fellow hiker. Don't forget to share if you liked it!