9 Must Watch Movies For a Hiking Lovers – Be Inspired Before Your Hike

Love hiking? We love hiking too.

Hiking lets one be close to nature. Hiking lets one make use of all the senses we are gifted with. Hiking keeps us active and above all, it rejuvenates us.

It is an awesome way to take a break from the monotony of everyday life. Hiking is becoming the favorite pastime of many and it’s becoming popular day by day.

To help regular hikers keep up the spirit and to inspire would-be hikers, we compiled a list of must-watch movies below. We bet you will pack your bags and leave for the next destination after watching these.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is probably the most popular hiking movie of recent times with an IMDB rating of 8.2.

It is a well-directed adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s classic and tells the story of the top student and athlete Christopher McCandless who abandons everything to live a life of wilderness in Alaska.

It is a beautifully made movie suitable for watching even if you are not a hiking enthusiast.

Touching the Void

This 2003 movie adaptation of Joe Simpson’s memoir is one of the greatest mountaineering memoirs of all time and has a rating of 8.1 out of 10 at IMDB.

It tells the true story of two climbers’ journey up the western face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985

Grizzly Man

This movie is for animal lovers as well. This heart-warming story is rated a 7.8 at IMDB.

It tells the true story of grizzly bear enthusiasts Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard who lived among grizzly bears in Alaska and were killed in the wilderness in the year 2003.

180 Degrees South

In this movie, Jeff Johnson retraces the iconic journey by Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard’s journey through Patagonia.

Rated a 7.7 at IMDB, this movie is a must-watch if you need the inspiration to hit the road.

127 Hours

Directed by Danny Boyle and starring the charming James Franco, this 7.6 IMDB star movie tells the story of an adventurous mountain climber who gets trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in Utah.

The movie shows the desperate measures adopted by him to save himself and the mix of emotions that he goes through while being trapped there.

The Way

The way, starring veteran actor Martin Sheen is the story of a father who travels to Spain’s Camino de Santiago to recover the body of his estranged son and how the trip becomes a soul-searching hiking trip for him.

Rates a 7.4 out of 10 at IMDB, The Way is one of the most popular hiking movies.

Seven Years in Tibet

Hiking or no hiking, if you haven’t watched this 7.0 IMDB rated movie, you are missing something.

This movie is based on the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who becomes friends with a young Dalai Lama and how his life changes after learning about nuances of Buddhism.

A Walk in The Woods

This movie follows the travel of ace writer and hiker Bill Bryson and his trek across the Appalachian Trail.

Although not a high starred at IMBD (6.3), this movie captures a hiking life beautifully. We bet once you see the beautiful Appalachian Trail, you will not be able to sit back at home anymore.


This movie is rated 7.1 out of 10 on IMDB.

This movie is based on the inspiring biography of Cheryl Strayed. It’s about a 1000 mile solo hike as a way to heal herself from recent tragedies in her personal life – failing marriage and the recent death of the beloved mother.

It’s a must watch the movie not only for women but for everyone who’s in a healing process.

Hiking is the answer and the cure!

Well, these are some of the movies that we like.

There’s nothing more inspiring than watching a nice movie even if you can’t hit the road. We hope you will also learn a thing or two about hiking as well from these. Happy watching!

There are many more movies worth mentioning and rated highly.

We and other hiking lovers would love it, if you could leave a comment with a movie that inspired you to hike or to travel more. Please, leave a comment!

Karlis Kikuts

Karlis Kikuts

Coffee addict. Digital nomad. Solo traveler and blogger. Camping and hammocking enthusiast. Tiny book worm. In other words, the guy behind independentwolf.com