Netflix is a treasure chest of movies that will inspire a great adventure inside of you. This shortlist is a road map to living boldly
If you’re all about wanderlust, this movie is for you. The gentle activism in the film comes with a lovely perspective on life and our orientation on consumption. 180 Degrees South will appeal to your sense of adventure; that tiny impulse in the back of your brain will exclaim ideas like ‘forget the daily grind, leave it all behind and go explore nature.
This Canadian independent film follows the journey of protagonist Ben Tyler from Toronto, Ontario to Tofino, British Columbia. After receiving some harrowing news, Ben buys the first motorcycle he sees and takes off on an adventure in pursuit of closure and the meaning of life. The film incorporates stunning shots from Canada’s legendary Highway 1, encouraging viewers into an often-overlooked stretch of road-trip gold.
This film follows the journey of one of the worlds’ most spectacular thrill-seeking risk-takers. The viewers witness him defying long odds, gravity and death. Revered as a pioneer of free-skiing and ski-base jumping, this tells the story of McConkey in a humorous yet inspiring way.
In pursuit of some of the world’s last undiscovered swells, these five professional surfers head to New Guinea on an adventure of epic proportions. However, upon arriving in New Guinea, the surfers come face to face with the shocking reality of one of the world’s least journalistically explored islands. From cannibalism to mass corporate corruption, they document an extremely dangerous first hand experience with some of the most unimaginable human-rights violations, and in contrast, some of the most epic surf known to humankind.
This movie chronicles the journey of ill-tempered American doctor, Tom—played by Martin Sheen—as he walks the length of the Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s most acclaimed pilgrimages. The Way features incredible views of Spain’s countryside, and is sure to secure the Camino de Santiago a top position on any hiker’s bucket list.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is an attribution to the motorcycle journey taken in 1952 by infamous revolutionary, Che Guevara, who went on a mission to discover Latin America in its most raw and personal form. In the memoir, 23 year old Guevara, accompanied by his 29 year old friend Alberto Granado, find themselves deeply perturbed by the social injustices they encounter, acting as a catalyst for Guevara’s revolutionary political activity in the coming years.
Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
This movie chronicles the extraordinary life of big-wave surf legend, Eddie Aikau, introducing viewers to the immensity of Aikau’s humanitarian and spiritual contributions to contemporary Hawaiian and surf culture. Aikau’s legend extends far beyond the world of surfing alone.
The Art of Flight
Following iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and his friends, The Art of Flight captures the extraordinary world of remote-mountain snowboarding. With stunning videography and nail-biting footage, this movie shatters all expectations of what is, and what isn’t possible on a board.
In the 1980s, an Australian pilot visiting Papua New Guinea left behind an artifact that would forever change the lifestyles and status quo of this developing nation’s humble villages—a surfboard. Surfing has since become the centrepiece of village life, providing the only foreseeable escape for the villagers, who lack access to economic or educational leverage. In these villages, pro surfing is the only ticket out of isolated village life, and into the surrounding world.
This movie is a recounting of Norwegian explorer, Thor Heyerdahl’s expedition across the Pacific on a raft in 1947, as he attempts to prove the possibility for South Americans to settle in Polynesia. The movie follows closely to the book, recounting Heyerdahl’s 101-day journey, spanning 8,000 kilometers of open ocean.
Touching the Void
This true story follows a pair of climbers as they make their way towards the peak of Siula Grande, an ominous mountain in the Peruvian Andes. However, their ascent came with a catch—the two mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, attempted the climb without establishing proper ropes or campsites ahead of time.
The Endless Summer
This critically acclaimed film follows surf-filmmaker Bruce Brown and his two friends as they attempt to chase summer around the globe in an indefinite exploration of surf, cultures, and the ‘perfect wave’.