Who doesn’t love a good jungle movies list? From adventure to horror, these films take us into some of the most treacherous places on Earth. If you want to explore further then head over to the Bob App, where you’ll be able to track down even more great jungle titles and continue your adventure. If you sign up, you can even build playlists, connect with friends, and more.
We’re sure you will have your top foliage favourites, but whether you’re looking for a new movie to watch or want to reminisce about your favourite jungle movie moments, check out our top 10 (in no particular order!)
King Kong (2005)
This film’s story involves a movie crew landing on a mysterious and hitherto uncharted tropical island for an exotic location shoot. Where they discover a colossal gorilla who then takes a shine to their blonde female star(!). So naturally, the team decide to bring the creature back to New York (not for the scientific study you understand but as a carnival showpiece). Unimpressed with this turn of events, our great ape runs amok, leaving the film character director Carl Denham (Jack Black) desperate to capture the beast and get it back where it came from. Unintentionally funny in places, this is a great movie and who doesn’t enjoy a great ape romp?
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring the sorely missed Robin Williams, Jumanji is a very unique fantasy/adventure movie. Its premise is that Alan Parrish (Williams) became trapped within the board game – Jumanji – in 1969. When the game is discovered 25 years later by Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) Shepherd play it and whilst they manage to release Alan, they also bring the jungle to New Hampshire. Needless to say, they need to finish the game to save their town and themselves – but can they?
A really enjoyable film for all the family and very much within Williams’ golden Box Office period, this is one of the more quirky jungle movies on our list. Do also check out the 2017 reboot starring Dwayne Johnson.
Director Joe Johnson
The Jungle Book (1967)
This is the original Disney movie of Rudyard Kipling’s novel and follows Mowgli, a young orphan who has been raised by wolves. Bagheera, a wise panther protects him from the dangers of the jungle, especially Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger with an eye for a human-shaped meal. The relatively peaceful jungle life is disturbed when a hunting expedition arrives aiming to capture exotic animals. Mowgli then faces a difficult decision, namely staying with his jungle animal family or returning to an unknown but civilised future with humans. This is the first (and in our opinion the best) cinema version of the great book. This also got a live-action reboot in 2016 and Bill Murray as Baloo is superb!
Director Wolfgang Reitherman
The Emerald Forest (1985)
The Emerald Forest is a story about a father (Powers Boothe) who ventures into the Central American jungle with his three young children. His aim is to photograph an indigenous tribe whose future is threatened by modern man’s industrial development. While he’s gone from camp one day, his kids are kidnapped by the natives, taken to the forest and forced into servitude. Can their father save them before it’s too late?
Directed by John Boorman
Fitzcarraldo is about an insane(!) explorer who dreams of building a huge opera house that will impress everyone in Europe. In order to accomplish this task, he has to run a steamboat up a jungle mountain. He faces challenges from the indigenous people living in Peru as well as his own personal battles with mental illness and madness. One for the aficionados but with a deeper meaning that will stay with viewers for a long time.
Directed by Werner Herzog
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, this movie is a far from magical experience for the Harry Potter star. A gripping, atmospheric and much overlooked true story-based, Australian movie about surviving in the jungle. Radcliffe stars as Israeli hiker Yossi Ghinsberg who has arrived in Bolivia seeking adventure. He teams up with a couple of friends to experience the jungle but is tempted by a stranger to visit and meet an indigenous Amazon tribe. Not unsurprisingly things rapidly go off the rails. If survival movies in extreme conditions are your thing then you won’t be disappointed by this harrowing and emotional story. Also, if you don’t feel a few tears welling up during the final quarter of the movie then you aren’t human. An inspirational docu-story based on true events.
Directed by Greg McLean
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Romancing the Stone is about a romance writer named Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) who accidentally becomes caught up in a dangerous adventure when her sister is kidnapped by a group of ancient artefact smugglers in Colombia. In order to save her, Joan has to put her life on the line and venture into Columbia with an unlikely partner, an adventurous thief named Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas).
Douglas and Turner’s characters travel through the jungle seeking her sister and have to overcome a whole bunch of obstacles. This tests their relationship (to say the least!) but we won’t say too much more as to say more would give away the plot! A hugely likeable jungle romp with some really funny moments.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Tropical Malady (2004)
Tropical Malady is about a county sheriff who’s assigned to look for men lost in the jungle. He meets an old friend, Keng, whom he knew from his days as a soldier in Laos. At first, they don’t get along, but eventually, their temperaments merge and they fall in love with each other while wandering through the jungle. File this one under off-beat but if you go with it you can lose yourself in the movie. Highly enjoyable.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now is about a US military assassin (Captain Willard) who is sent on a mission into the heart of Cambodia to kill his old commander, Colonel Walter Kurtz. While there, he’s faced with a series of harrowing encounters and slowly discovers that war can make you lose your mind – very quickly. It has some of the most realistic and unsettling combat scenes of any war movie storyline.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park is about an entrepreneur who creates an original theme park on an island where very large dinosaurs have been brought back to life using DNA found in mosquitoes (what could possibly go wrong!). He runs into trouble when the park’s investors, a patently greedy bunch, want to renegotiate their contract so they can make more money. Of course, things go inevitably wrong when many of the dinosaurs escape and it becomes a nightmare for everyone involved (including the great Sam Neill). Check out the famous latrine hut scene…horrific but it will make you smile!). Michael Crichton’s famous story has often been mimicked (not least in sequels) but never beaten.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
So that completes our top jungle movies list and we hope you get some enjoyment either watching these movies or remembering and recommending them to friends. The Bob App is a great place to find the movies you love and where they are streaming at the moment or in the future.