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The hot sun. The drifting sand. The shimmering mirages. There's something inherently cinematic about the desert, and it continues to be a go-to location for action-packed movies. The best action and adventure desert movies feature life or death situations at every turn. This is a list of the top desert action movies including everything from The Mummy to Dune to The Jewel of the Nile.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies set in the desert? Maybe your number-one pick will be Mad Max: Fury Road. Following in the footsteps of previous films from the franchise, Fury Road takes place in a dystopian wasteland void of compassion and, crucially, water. Tremors is another good action movie set in the desert. The Way Back finds an international group of refugees crossing vast deserts and freezing mountains to escape a Soviet gulag during World War II. Other good projects featured here include Beyond the Reach and Three Kings.

Which desert adventure film is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and add any great features that are missing.

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Holes Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

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Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Jarhead Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski

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Sahara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Sahara Penélope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy

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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
The Mummy Returns Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

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Tremors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Tremors Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred Ward

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The Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
The Flight of the Phoenix James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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Three Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Three Kings George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

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The Jewel of the Nile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
The Jewel of the Nile Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

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Beyond the Reach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Beyond the Reach Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Martin Palmer

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Rabbit-Proof Fence Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Dune Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

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Sahara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Chino Fernandez added Sahara Jim Belushi, Michael Massee, Simon Westaway

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The Scorpion King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
The Scorpion King Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan

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The Way Back is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
The Way Back Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Ed Harris

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Desert Saints is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Desert Saints Kiefer Sutherland, Rachel Ticotin, Beth Grant

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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Inferno Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr, Eleonora Giorgi

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Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Flight of the Phoenix Hugh Laurie, Jared Padalecki, Dennis Quaid

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Tank Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert
Tank Girl Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Iggy Pop