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The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle 

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Updated February 19, 2020 2.4k votes 939 voters 57.5k views 43 items

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.

Do you have a favorite film set in the jungle? Give the best movies a thumbs up and share some of your favorite scenes in the comments section.

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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

Released: 2006

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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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

Released: 1984

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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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

Directed by: Roar Uthaug

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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Kong: Skull Island Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

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Jumanji: Welcome to the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Directed by: Scott Rosenberg

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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Dora and the Lost City o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Bobin

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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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

Released: 1951

Directed by: John Huston

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The Lost World: Jurassic... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Ki... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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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

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Yates

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Six Days Seven Nights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luis Llosa

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Congo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

Released: 1995

Directed by: Frank Marshall

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The Rundown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Berg

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The Phantom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Scott Merritt added Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson, Billy Zane

Released: 1996

Directed by: Simon Wincer

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Mowgli: Legend of the Ju... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch

Released: 2018

Directed by: Andy Serkis

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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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle

Released: 2000

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern

Released: 1980

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Jungle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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Released: 2017

Directed by: Greg McLean

Jungle is a 2017 Australian biographical survival drama film directed by Greg McLean. An adventurer (Daniel Radcliffe) joins a group during an expedition into the Bolivian jungle, only to find ...more
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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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