Have you ever seen beautiful and amazing pictures or videos about natural beauty and say, “Wow”? We can’t help but be mesmerized by the stunning splendour of our mother nature. Well, this list of films will make you head over heels in love with mother nature.
1. Into the Wild (2007)
This film follows the true story of a young man, Christopher McCandless. After he graduates from Emory University, he decides to turn down his family’s wealth, not pursue a steady and profitable career, and give away his life savings to charity.
Then, McCandless goes into Alaskan nature, hitchhiking on his way there. Along the way, he meets all kinds of people with their own unique stories. In Alaska, he heads to the wilderness to do the best he can to live and survive on his own.
The sceneries in this film is absolutely wonderful. It takes you to the wonders of the wilderness in Alaska. Sean Penn, as the director, designs every beautiful shots to match the emotions that McCandless is currently having. The film is nicely complemented by Eddie Vedder’s music. It’s just going to take your breath away.
2. Winged Migration (2001)
We can easily fly with a plane, and yet we’ve always wonder how it feels like to fly like a bird. Wind blowing to your face, beautiful sceneries that you can see quite easily from up and below. It seems that being a bird gives you a lot of freedom.
It won’t be as close to that experience, but this film Winged Migration gives you a glimpse of it. Here, you’re flying along with other birds within the flock. You’re flying alongside migrating birds from their point of view, as if you were a bird itself.
You’ll be seeing spectacular landscapes as well as frightening storms that birds usually see and experience.
3. March of the Penguins (2005)
Emperor penguins are probably the cutest of all species of penguins. When they’re still a chick, they have grey fluffy fur/coat. They like to huddle together in order to get warmth, making them look like bunches of grey fluff balls.
In March of Penguins, you’ll be seeing a lot of these adorably cute penguins. However, don’t expect only the good sides of the story. This National Geographic film gives you the most accurate descriptions of what it’s like to be an emperor penguin that lives in Antarctica, one of the harshest environments on Earth.
The cinematographers spent a year in Antarctica to film this documentary. They managed to get stunning shots of oceans, the penguins’ breeding grounds, and of course, the majestic emperor penguins themselves. The penguins’ struggles and way of living will not only make you swoon of penguin chicks’ cuteness, but also the mesmerizing beauty of Antarctica.
4. Wild (2014)
This film is based on the memoir of a writer, Cheryl Strayed, titled “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”. The film narrates Strayed who embarks on a journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and mental healing.
Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon in the film) treks 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the devastating divorce as well as the loss of her mother. She crosses the dusty Mojave, challenging forests, snowy fields, and muddy trails. In short, all of her journey is shot beautifully and it makes you want to cherish the nature as well as travel and experience the world.
5. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
You’d think that films that take place in Antarctica will be all solemn and gloomy. But you’ll be surprised with this movie. Werner Herzog, an award-winning filmmaker, makes this film really different and fresh, unlike all other films/series that show this area.
This film is about Herzog’s adventure reports near McMurdo Station (a National Science Foundation research station). This documentary tells about people who work there. Don’t worry about the visuals. You, as the audience, is going to be bewitched by the mystically beautiful icy mountains and other environments in this continent.
6. Samsara (2011)
The 2011 film is a non-narrative documentary film. It explores the wonders of Earth from the simplest to the most miraculous things. The purpose of this film is basically to reach your spirituality through guided meditation. But behold, the film shots will make your heart skip a beat.
Samsara was filmed over a period of almost 5 years in 25 countries. The result? It transports us the viewer to various sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and most importantly, bewitching natural wonders.
7. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Have you ever thought about going to India? This film is going to make you go there so bad. The film itself is a comedy drama, but the scenic views of India in this film is beautiful. Kudos to the talented cinematographers!
The Darjeeling Limited is a story about 3 wealthy and spoiled brothers who are taking a train trip around India. The purpose of the trip is to heal and mend their bond as siblings. But then they fight with each other, as spoiled brothers (usually) do.
When it seems like nothing is improving, some crazy experiences put things into their perspective. Their supposed healing and rejuvenation, as well as brotherly bond start to happen and they finally do what they’re supposed to do there.
8. The Alps from Above: A Symphony of Summits (2013)
This film shows what technologies are capable of. With the help of those advanced technology, A Symphony of Summits made use of aerial shooting and photography. This takes viewers above glaciers, ski fields, and enchanting summits of the Alps.
This documentary was filmed with uber-sharp Cineflex, giving you the best detail and breathtaking scenery when you watch it in high definition. This film also has insightful narration about the region’s most fascinating spots. You’ll know more about the Alps and its incandescent beauty.
9. Central Station (1998)
What comes first to your mind when you hear Brazil? Probably one of those is Jesus’ gigantic statue or the spectacular parades. The wonderfully natural beauty of the country never really come across our mind. Well, this film is going to change you.
Central Station tells the story of a woman and an orphan who leave the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. They both go on a road trip to the northeast of Brazil, searching for the orphan’s father.
In the film, expect to see traditional cultural insights about Brazil. You will also see gorgeous scenery of the semi-desert part of Brazil, far from the flashy beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana that you might not know yet.
10. Arctic Tale (2007)
Following the success of March of the Penguins, National Geographic then created another animal docudrama called Arctic Tale. This film revolves around climate change and the animals that are affected and most threatened by it.
The story focuses on a young polar bear called Nanu and a female walrus called Seela. Both characters were actually made in the editing room by composing a lot of different individuals. Nevertheless, you’ll be amazed by the wonderful Arctic landscape and the animals inhibiting it.
Even though this film wants to follow the success of the preceding docudrama, this film only took less than $2 million. Perhaps the film is a little heavier and harder to watch, considering the heavy topics. Also, some people are also an avid non-believer in climate change, so that might be one of the factors too. Nevertheless, this film is a real treat to our eyes.
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