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The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

Updated February 19, 2020 3.2k votes 980 voters 61.7k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Apocalypto

    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena

    Released2006

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn 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
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    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart

    Directed byScott Rosenberg

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Tomb Raider

    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West

    Directed byRoar Uthaug

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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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
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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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  is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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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
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    Six Days Seven Nights

    Harrison Ford, Anne Heche

    Released1998

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Congo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Congo

    Tim Curry, Laura Linney

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Marshall

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    The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    The Legend of Tarzan

    Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Jurassic Park III

    Téa Leoni, William H. Macy

    Released2001

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    The Rundown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    The Rundown

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in 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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Jungle Book

    John Qualen, Sabu Dastagir

    Released1942

    Directed byZoltan Korda

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    Jungle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    Jungle

    Daniel Radcliffe, Alex Russell

    Released2017

    Directed byGreg McLean

    Jungle is a 2017 Australian biographical survival drama film directed by Greg McLean. An... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    The Beach

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton

    Released2000

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    The Blue Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle
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    The Blue Lagoon

    Brooke Shields, William Daniels

    Released1980

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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