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The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

Updated February 19, 2020 3.2k votes 989 voters 63.1k views43 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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    Jurassic Park
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Apocalypto
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    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena

    Released2006

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    King Kong
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    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Predator
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Romancing the Stone
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    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Jumanji
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Kong: Skull Island
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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Directed byScott Rosenberg

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    Tomb Raider
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    Tomb Raider

    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

    Directed byRoar Uthaug

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The African Queen
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Bobin

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Apocalypse Now
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    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Anaconda
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    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

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    Six Days Seven Nights
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    Six Days Seven Nights

    Harrison Ford, Anne Heche

    Released1998

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Congo
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    Tim Curry, Laura Linney

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    The Legend of Tarzan
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    Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper

    Released2016

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    Jurassic Park III
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    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    The Rundown
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2003

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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

    Released2018

    Directed byAndy Serkis

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    Jungle Book
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    John Qualen, Sabu Dastagir

    Released1942

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    The Beach
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton

    Released2000

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    The Blue Lagoon
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    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Jungle
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    Jungle

    Daniel Radcliffe, Alex Russell

    Released2017

    Directed byGreg McLean

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