the top 7 outdoor movies streaming on netflix right now
As we gear up for the weekend, take some time to check out the best outdoor movies currently streaming on Netflix. Verde staff rounded up their top picks below, and why you need to watch them.
1/ Slaying the Badger
THE cycling movie on Netflix right now. Because it’s an ESPN film it offers mainstream appeal and it’s inclusive for people not super entrenched in the nuances and slang of road cycling. There is a good vs. evil narrative (for better or worse) between the young American
Greg LeMond and his “sinister” French teammate, Bernard “the Badger” Hinault. Kristin and Craig have met and ridden with Greg and he’s a fantastic storyteller; his interviews in Slaying the Badger are compelling and detailed.
2/ 180 Degrees South
The ultimate adventure film retracing the 1968 journey of outdoor industry pioneers Yvon
Chouinard and Doug Tompkins from Ventura, California to Patagonia. This time around, Jeff Johnson assembles an eclectic crew of climbers and surfers to make the journey with him. Perhaps the most impressive piece of the film is Yvon Chenard’s fortitude in tackling the team’s goal of summiting the towering Corcovado Volcano. You can’t watch this movie and not want to hop on kayak.com and search the next flight to Chile. You’ll also be warmed by a
humbling, inspiring and comical close-up with legend Doug Tompkins.
3/ Touching the Void
Gripping docudrama retelling the story of two mountaineers–Simon Yates and Joe Simpson, who breaks his leg during a climb in the Andes. Yates is left to decide if he should help his friend or save himself. It’s a true story, adventurous and has a somewhat happy ending even
though the story plot is wild.
Tells the story of the late great big mountain skier Shane McConkey. The movie tells the story of a man with a passion for life and a passion for pushing limits. Shane McConkey is the godfather of big mountain skiing and is credited with inventing ski basing and ski wingsuiting. This story of a man who saw no limits and leads you through his captivating life all the way up to the moment before he leapt to his untimely death. RIP Shane. (Fun fact: Shane McConkey still has a lifetime ban from Vail for doing his mogul competition in the nude).
A haunting documentary that clearly defines the problems with the sea-park industry. This film created a huge uproar and is one of the primary reasons why SeaWorld is phasing out orcas from its breeding program.
6/ The Eiger Sanction
Directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood, this 1975 classic action thriller tells the tale of a
climber who finds himself in the middle of an international espionage ring while climbing the famed Eiger in Switzerland. Complete with witty one liners, romance and absolutely stunning scenery, watching this film is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
7/ A River Runs Through It
Possibly responsible for launching more careers in fly fish guiding, A River Runs Through It blends incredible scenery, a talented cast, and a compelling storyline to make the somewhat sleepy activity of fly fishing feel like the most exciting activity around. Set in and around Missoula, Montana on some of the area’s most iconic rivers, A River Runs Through It follows two brothers as they grow up in the 1920s. Directed and narrated by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, and Craig Sheffer, this movie will have you ready for long days on the river.