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The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle  

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The jungle is a dangerous place to go looking for an adventure. The best jungle action movies feature characters out of their element as they struggle to survive in a world filled with giant plants, deadly quicksand, and predators with razor-sharp fangs. This is a list of the greatest movies that take place in the jungle including everything from King Kong to Romancing the Stone to Six Days Seven Nights.

What films will you find on this list of the top jungle adventure movies and films set in the forest? Apocalypse Now puts an especially grim twist on the genre by setting the film in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. In one of the movie's many memorable moments, Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) laments the fate of Colonel Walter Kurtz (Marlon Brando), saying, “Even the jungle wanted him dead, and that's who he really took his orders from anyway.” On the sci-fi end of the spectrum, Predator pitted an alien menace against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the wilds of Central America. Other notable titles on this list of jungle movies include Jumanji, The Blue Lagoon, and The African Queen.

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras
Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia. Set in pre-Columbian Petén, Guatemala, around the year ...more
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Predator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more
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Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas
Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The film was followed by a 1985 ...more
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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary's Godzilla–Kong ...more
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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
Tomb Raider is a 2018 American action adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn ...more
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more
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Congo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett
Congo is a 1995 action adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. It was directed by Frank Marshall and stars Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, ...more
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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall
Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more
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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley
The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The ...more
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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens
The Legend of Tarzan is a 2016 American adventure film directed by David Yates, based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard), having acclimated ...more
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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a 2018 adventure fantasy film directed by Andy Serkis, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. A human child (Rohan Chand) raised by wolves, must face off against a ...more
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Six Days Seven Nights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer
Six Days Seven Nights is a 1998 adventure-comedy film, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. The screenplay was written by Michael Browning. It was filmed on ...more
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The Emerald Forest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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The Emerald Forest is a 1985 English language British film set in the Brazilian Rainforest. It was directed by John Boorman and written by Rospo Pallenberg. It is based on a true story. The film ...more
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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson
Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers on a film ...more
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The Rundown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Rosario Dawson
The Rundown is a 2003 American action comedy film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a bounty hunter who must head for Brazil to retrieve his employer's renegade son, Sean William ...more
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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At Play in the Fields of the L... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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At Play in the Fields of the Lord is a 1991 adventure drama film directed by Héctor Babenco, adapted from the 1965 novel of the same name by American author Peter Matthiessen. The ...more
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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle
The Beach is a 2000 adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. The film stars ...more
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Monsters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Annalee Jefferies
Monsters is a 2010 British science fiction monster film written and directed by Gareth Edwards in his feature film directorial debut. Edwards also served as the cinematographer, production ...more
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Predators is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody
Predators is a 2010 American science fiction action film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, ...more