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11 Travel Movies Like "Into the Wild"

Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.


For those who love traveling, films are a good way to find inspiration for your next trip. Every once in a while, films like Into The Wild hit the screens and make you wanna pack your bags as soon as possible.

Directed by Sean Penn, Into The Wild is a story about a young man who decides to escape from suburban life and spend the rest of his life in Alaska. He gives all his savings away to live a simple life – a life full of challenges ahead, which ultimately changes his personality and exposes him to all kinds of dangers.

It’s great film that makes you wanna travel to the places you have never been before. Are you ready to find your inspiration? Let’s take a look at some of the movies like Into The Wild.


Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Cast Away is a story of the survival of a man who is cut off from the rest of the world. His plane crashes on a deserted island, killing everyone on board. Being a lone survivor, he must learn the required skills to stay alive. A great performance by Tom brings his character to life. His struggles feel real as he strives to make the best of his worst nightmare.

If you are looking for a film like Into The Wild, Cast Away is a good choice since both movies are about survival in an unknown environment.

The Beach


The plot revolves around Richard, a Twenty-something guy, who travels to Thailand and finds a strange map. Rumors state that this map leas to a solitary map paradise. Of course, he decides to go ahead and find out the truth behind it.

Although, the movie is pretty simple, it has a message. I loved the way they folded up the story, never really losing the actual message.

Easy Rider


I think Easy Rider should be shown in every History class. This movie shows the true beauty of the USA. It’s a story about two young "hippie" bikers who sell some dope, stash the money and pack their bags to travel across America in search of a new life. On their way, they encounter a drunken lawyer, a whorehouse, a few hitchhikers and the death of a friend. I was honestly not expecting much, but this gem of a movie blew me away.

The Way Back – One of the most emotional movies like Into The Wild


The Way Back takes place in 1941 where a few men escape a Siberian gulag and walk 4000 miles to reach India from Tibet. Along the way, a teenage girl joins them in their fight of survival. Together they face lack of water and food, the endless freezing nights in Himalayas and the moral questions of whether or not to leave someone behind.

All the characters of this movie are easy to connect to. You feel their emotions. You will feel as if you are with them in their journey, laughing and crying with them.

The Sheltering Sky


Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Debra Winger, John Malkovich, and Campbell Scott, The Sheltering Sky captures the exotic adventure of a couple in Africa and the desert. They hope to rekindle their marriage, but the dangers surrounding them lead them deeper into the despair. As expected from a Bertolucci movie, there is some romance and eroticism. You are definitely going to get your pulse racing.

The Constant Gardner (2005)


The plot revolves around, Justin Quayle, a British Diplomat, whose sets out on a trip to Kenya to find out the truth behind his wife’s murder. He finds out that, there is much more to the story than what he was told. So our protagonist embarks on a journey to find the murderers, to find peace. It’s going to break your heart as you follow a determined widower in search of justice.

The Accidental Tourist


Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the Accidental Tourist is a story of an anti-hero, who doesn’t enjoy all the fuss of travelling. William Hurt perfectly plays a character of a lonely, broken man who has withdrawn from the world after he loses his son. His wife separates from him as the couple find hit hard to stay together. As he gets into an affair, he must decide if he wants to stay in the marriage or continue the affair

127 Hours – One of the best movies like Into The Wild


127 Hours is a pure, masterful art. The plot revolves around a mountain climber who finds himself trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone. With no help nearby, he must decide if he wants to give up or bear the pain and fight for his life.

James Franco has pulled off quite a tough role amazingly well in this movie. He had to portray most of the story through his facial expressions, which he did so elegantly. You can’t help but feel the character’s determination, frustration, pain and his mixed emotions as he struggles to keep himself alive.A well-deserved Oscar indeed.

Touching The Void (2004)


The plot revolves around two young climbers in pursuit of reaching the summit of Siula Grande in Peru – a feat that a lot of people have tried to achieve, but no one did. They reach the peak safely, but on the way down, one of the climbers breaks his leg. As you might have presumed, things only got worse from there.

One Week (2008)


One Week is a story of Ben who learns that he has stage IV cancer. With not many days to live, he buys a used motorcycle to head west from Toronto. He leaves his baffled fiancée to herself and embarks on his quest to find meaning in his life.

7 Years In Tibet


7 Years In Tibet is based on a true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian maintain climber who leaves his wife behind in Austria and embarks on his journey to Himalayas. A war breaks out soon and he finds himself in prisoner-of-war camp. He, however, manages to escape to Tibet where he befriends Dalai Lama and witnesses the China’s takeover of Tibet with him.


Paul on June 30, 2019:

Enjoyed the article and found some new alternatives to my favorite film. Thanks

Yo on May 31, 2017:

How about The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or The Big Year?

Regelus Grey on March 06, 2017:

There's Wild 2014 , somehow i find it one of the best movies

Charlie on February 06, 2017:

You missed two movies on this list: The Way and Tracks.

The Way is about an ophthalmologist who decides to walk the Camino de Santiago after his son, Daniel, dies only a few days into the journey. Along the way he meets some people with their own reason to walk the Camino, and the entire movie is just beautiful and inspiring - and on occasion funny as well.

Tracks is about Robyn Davidson, an Australian woman in her mid 20s who decides to walk 2000 miles across the Australian desert with her dog and 4 camels. You really fell Robyn's struggle as she really just want to be alone, but how she also misses and craves company. Based on the book of the same name, I'm really surprised I'd never heard of the movie until recently, because I absolutely loved it.

Rahul Pandey (author) from Delhi, India on November 18, 2016:

I'd never heard about it. Thanks. Would check it out.

Phil on November 01, 2016:

What about "The Edge" ? I think it's a pretty good fit