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Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Dersu Uzala (1975)

A Russian army explorer who is rescued in Siberia by a rugged Asian hunter renews his friendship with the woodsman years later when he returns as the head of a larger expedition. The hunter finds that all of his nature lore is of no help when he accompanies the explorer back to civilization.

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based on autobiographyepic
Themes:
nature environmentwildernesslonelinessnaturefriendship
Locations:
russiaforest
Characters:
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Period:
1900s
Story:
wilderness survivalwind stormimperial russiasurvival skillsforce of naturesleeping in the forestliving in forestforest conservationyear 1902year 190770mm filmasiaticsocial awkwardnesscartographerscouting β€¦rapidstripodlaundry drying on clothes linewood choppingsocially awkwardcold weatherfrozen lakefirst person narrationdeath of title characterguidetitle same as booksiberiaexplorerblizzardraftelderlytigerenvironmentalwindhunterisolationold mansurvivalriverbased on bookbased on true storytitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title (See All)

The Revenant (2015)
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The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fuel β€¦ed by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnaturefriendship
Locations:
forest
Story:
survival skillsrapidscold weatherblizzardhuntersurvivalriverbased on bookbased on true story

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Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)
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Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But wil β€¦l his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction? (Read More)

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epic
Story:
wilderness survivalexplorerraftriverbased on true storytitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

Balto (1995)
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Balto (1995)

A half-wolf, half-husky named Balto gets a chance to become a hero when an outbreak of diphtheria threatens the children of Nome, Alaska in the winter of 1925. He leads a dog team on a 600-mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness to get medical supplies. The film is based on a true story which inspir β€¦ed the Iditarod dog sled race. (Read More)

Themes:
wilderness
Locations:
forest
Story:
cold weatherfrozen lakeblizzardbased on true storycharacter name in title

Defiance (2008) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Defiance (2008)

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet parti β€¦sans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship
Locations:
forest
Characters:
russian soldierrussian
Story:
elderlysurvivalriverbased on bookbased on true story

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Everest (2015)
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Everest (2015)

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by  β€¦man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
wilderness
Characters:
russian
Story:
guideblizzardsurvivalbased on true storytitle spoken by character

The Mirror (1975)
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The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:
nature
Locations:
russiaforest
Characters:
chinese
Story:
wind stormwindriver

The Grey (2011)
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The Grey (2011)

In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group. Shortly after they learn that they ar β€¦e surrounded by a pack of wolves and Ottway advises that they should seek protection in the woods. But while they walk through the heavy snow, they are chased and attacked by the carnivorous mammals. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnature
Locations:
forest
Story:
isolationsurvivalriver

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Wild (2014) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Wild (2014)

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Cres β€¦t Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnature
Locations:
forest
Story:
rapidshunterisolationriverbased on bookbased on true storytitle spoken by character

The Hunter (2011)
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The Hunter (2011)

The independent and lonely hunter Martin David is hired by the powerful biotech company Red Leaf to hunt down the last Tasmanian tiger. Red Leaf is interested in the DNA of the animal and Martin travels to Tasmania alone. He poses as a researcher from a university and lodges in the house of Lucy Arm β€¦strong. Martin learns that Lucy's husband has been missing for a long time and he befriends her children, Sass and Bike. When Martin goes to the village, he has a hostile reception from the locals. Along the days, Martin spends his days in the Tasmanian wilderness chasing the Tiger and becomes closer and closer to the Armstrong family. But Red Leaf wants results no matter the costs. (Read More)

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wilderness
Story:
tigerhunter

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)

During the Russian Revolution, Yuri Zhivago, is a young doctor who has been raised by his aunt and uncle following his father's suicide. Yuri falls in love with beautiful Lara Guishar, who has been having an affair with her mother's lover, Victor Komarovsky, an unscrupulous businessman. Yuri, howeve β€¦r, ends up marrying his cousin, Tonya. But when he and Lara meet again years later, the spark of love reignites. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Locations:
russiaforest
Characters:
russian soldier
Story:
imperial russiatitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

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Stalker (1979)
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Stalker (1979)

In a small, unnamed country there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, where in it is believed wishes are granted. The government has declared The Zone a no-go area and have sealed off the area with barbed wire and border guards. However, this has n β€¦ot stopped people from attempting to enter the Zone. We follow one such party, made up of a writer, who wants to use the experience as inspiration for his writing, and a professor, who wants to research the Zone for scientific purposes. Their guide is a man to whom the Zone is everything, the Stalker. (Read More)

Themes:
nature
Locations:
russiaforest
Story:
guideriverbased on book

Red Cliff (2008) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Red Cliff (2008)

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime M β€¦inister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever. (Read More)

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epic
Characters:
chinese
Story:
windsurvivalriver

Grizzly Man (2005)
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Grizzly Man (2005)

A docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell. He periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. He was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. The films explores Treadwell's compassionate life as he found so β€¦lace among these endangered animals. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernesslonelinessnaturefriendship
Story:
tripodwindsurvival

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Princess Mononoke (1997)
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Princess Mononoke (1997)

While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Ebos β€¦hi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. (Read More)

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epic
Themes:
naturefriendship
Locations:
forest
Story:
environmentalhuntertitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

Malcolm X (1992)
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Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when β€¦ let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

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first person narrationdeath of title charactertitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

Deliverance (1972) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Deliverance (1972)

The Cahulawassee River valley in Northern Georgia is one of the last natural pristine areas of the state, which will soon change with the imminent building of a dam on the river, which in turn will flood much of the surrounding land. As such, four Atlanta city slickers - alpha male Lewis Medlock, ge β€¦nerally even-keeled Ed Gentry, slightly condescending Bobby Trippe, and wide-eyed Drew Ballinger - decide to take a multi-day canoe trip on the river, with only Lewis and Ed having experience in outdoor life. They know going in that the area is ethno-culturally homogeneous and isolated, but don't understand the full extent of such until they arrive and see what they believe is the result of generations of inbreeding. Their relatively peaceful trip takes a turn for the worse when half way through they encounter a couple of hillbilly moonshiners. That encounter not only makes the four battle their way out of the valley intact and alive, but threatens the relationships of the four as they do and are asked to do things they never thought possible within themselves. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnaturefriendship
Story:
rapidssurvivalriverbased on book

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Apocalypto (2006)
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Apocalypto (2006)

In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from t β€¦he sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family. (Read More)

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epic
Locations:
forest
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explorerhuntersurvivalriver

Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom (2003)
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Bom Yeoreum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom (2003)

In the midst of the Korean wilderness, a Buddhist master patiently raises a young boy to grow up in wisdom and compassion, through experience and endless exercises. Once the pupil discovers his sexual lust, he seems lost to contemplative life and follows his first love, but soon fails to adapt to th β€¦e modern world, gets in jail for a crime of passion and returns to the master in search of spiritual redemption and reconciliation with karma, at a high price of physical catharsis... (Read More)

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epic
Themes:
wildernessnature
Locations:
forest
Story:
frozen lakeisolation

Bambi (1942)
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Bambi (1942)

The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his β€¦ father if he is to lead the other deer to safety. (Read More)

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naturefriendship
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forest
Story:
frozen lakehuntertitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

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Into The Wild (2007) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:
wildernessnature
Locations:
forest
Story:
isolationold manriverbased on bookbased on true storytitle spoken by character

The Hateful Eight (2015)
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The Hateful Eight (2015)

Some time after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue race towards the town of Red Rock, where Ruth will bring Daisy to justice. Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren (an infamous bounty β€¦ hunter) and Chris Mannix (a man who claims to be Red Rock's new sheriff). Lost in a blizzard, the bunch seeks refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery. When they arrive they are greeted by unfamiliar faces: Bob, who claims to be taking care of the place while Minnie is gone; Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock; Joe Gage, a cow puncher; and confederate general Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside, the eight travelers come to learn that they might not make it to Red Rock after all... (Read More)

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forest
Story:
70mm filmcold weatherblizzardhunterold mansurvival

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the ele β€¦ments, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster. (Read More)

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wildernessnaturefriendship
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tigerwindhunterold man

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The Thin Red Line (1998)
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The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the is β€¦land from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

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based on autobiographyepic
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nature
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title same as booksurvivalriver

Eight Below (2006) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Eight Below (2006)

In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own  β€¦fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival. (Read More)

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friendship
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cartographerblizzardsurvivalbased on true story

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his s β€¦uperior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

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based on autobiographyepic
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wind storm70mm filmdeath of title characterbased on true storycharacter name in title

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The River Wild (1994)
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The River Wild (1994)

The teacher Gail Hartman is facing problems with her marriage with her husband, the workaholic architect Tom Hartman. On the birthday of their son Roarke, Gail decides to leave her daughter with her parents and take her family to raft down a wild river where she was a guide. On the departure, a youn β€¦g man named Wade befriends Roarke and leaves the place with his friends Terry and Frank. Later the family encounters Wade and Terry, who do not have rafting experience, and Gail helps them to cross a whitewater. They get closer to the family and soon Gail and Tom learn a dark secret about Wade and Terry. What will they do to get rid of the men? (Read More)

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forest
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guideraftriver

Stalingrad (1993)
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Stalingrad (1993)

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

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epic
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russia
Characters:
russian soldier
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cold weathertitle spoken by character

Patton (1970) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Patton (1970)

"Patton" tells the tale of General 'George S. Patton (I)' (qv), famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper β€¦ and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. (Read More)

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epic
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70mm filmblizzardbased on booktitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

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Andrei Rublev (1966)
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Andrei Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

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epic
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russiaforest
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russian
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laundry drying on clothes lineold manrivercharacter name in title

Fiddler On The Roof (1971)
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Fiddler On The Roof (1971)

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jews and Orthodox Christians live in the little village of Anatevka in the pre-revolutionary Russia of the Czars. Among the traditions of the Jewish community, the matchmaker arranges the match and the father approves it. The milkman Reb Tevye is a poor man β€¦ that has been married for twenty-five years with Golde and they have five daughters. When the local matchmaker Yente arranges the match between his older daughter Tzeitel and the old widow butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye agrees with the wedding. However Tzeitel is in love with the poor tailor Motel Kamzoil and they ask permission to Tevye to get married that he accepts to please his daughter. Then his second daughter Hodel (Michele Marsh) and the revolutionary student Perchik decide to marry each other and Tevye is forced to accept. When Perchik is arrested by the Czar troops and sent to Siberia, Hodel decides to leave her family and homeland and travel to Siberia to be with her beloved Perchik. When his third daughter Chava decides to get married with the Christian Fyedka, Tevye does not accept and considers that Chava has died. Meanwhile the Czar troops evict the Jewish community from Anatevka. (Read More)

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russia
Characters:
russian soldier
Period:
1900s
Story:
imperial russiabased on booktitle spoken by character

10,000 Bc (2008)
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10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forc β€¦ed to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

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friendship
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blizzardhunterriver

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Jungle (2017) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Jungle (2017)

In 1981, an enthusiastic young adventurer follows his dreams into the Bolivian Amazon jungle with two friends and a guide with a mysterious past. Their journey quickly turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of human nature and the deadliest threats of the wilderness lead to an all-ou β€¦t fight for survival. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnature
Locations:
forest
Story:
raftsurvivalriverbased on true story

Australia (2008)
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Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the count β€¦ry's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
naturefriendship
Characters:
chinese
Story:
raftold manrivertitle spoken by character

Cast Away (2000)
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Cast Away (2000)

A man is marooned on an island after his plane crashes into the ocean. Far away from home, his girlfriend, and any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive.

Themes:
loneliness
Locations:
russia
Story:
raftisolationsurvival

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Out Of Africa (1985)
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Out Of Africa (1985)

Follows the life of 'Karen Blixen' (qv), who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
naturefriendship
Story:
hunterbased on bookbased on true story

Shrek (2001) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Shrek (2001)

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the β€¦ King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
friendship
Locations:
forest
Story:
hunterisolationbased on booktitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

All Is Lost (2013)
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All Is Lost (2013)

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent sto β€¦rm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness
Story:
raftwindold mansurvivaltitle spoken by character

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Wild Strawberries (1957)
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Wild Strawberries (1957)

With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not wan β€¦t to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they encounter almost mirror his own, including hitchhikers Sara, Viktor and Anders - who remind him of his cousin Sara who he was going to marry, himself and his irresponsible brother Sigfrid who Sara eventually married - a bickering married couple Sten and Berit Alman, and Marianne and her husband and Isak's son Evald, whose marriage is as strained as was his own. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness
Locations:
forest
Period:
1900s
Story:
elderlyold mantitle spoken by character

Seraphim Falls (2006)
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Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and C β€¦arver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnature
Locations:
forest
Characters:
chinese
Story:
rapidssurvivalriver

Avatar (2009) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious mate β€¦rial scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Themes:
naturefriendship
Locations:
forest
Story:
forest conservationhuntersurvivaltitle spoken by character

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NausicaΓ€ Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)
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NausicaΓ€ Of The Valley Of The Wind (1984)

An animated fantasy-adventure. Set 1,000 years from now, the earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives Nausicaa, princess of her people. Their land borders on a toxic jungle, filled with dangerous over-sized insects. Meanwhile two nearby nations are bitterly engaged in a β€¦ war and the Valley of the Wind is stuck in the middle... (Read More)

Themes:
nature
Story:
environmentalwindcharacter name in title

Lady And The Tramp (1955)
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Lady And The Tramp (1955)

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while. This turns out to be a bad move, as no dog is above the law.

Themes:
friendship
Characters:
russian
Period:
1900s
Story:
blizzardtitle spoken by charactercharacter name in title

Big Game (2014)
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Big Game (2014)

When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him - a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning  β€¦to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own "Big Game" prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:
wilderness
Locations:
forest
Story:
huntersurvivaltitle spoken by character

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Battleship Potemkin (1925) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa.

Locations:
russia
Characters:
russian soldier
Story:
imperial russiabased on true story

Anna Karenina (2012)
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Anna Karenina (2012)

In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. An β€¦na meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose to Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate. (Read More)

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russia
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russian
Story:
imperial russiatitle same as bookcharacter name in title

Touching The Void (2003)
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Touching The Void (2003)

In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached within t β€¦hree days, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevasse and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. This is the story of how he got back down. (Read More)

Themes:
wildernessnaturefriendship
Story:
windsurvivalbased on book

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The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed β€¦ as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Story:
raftriverbased on true storytitle spoken by character

Gravity (2013) is one of the best movies like Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Gravity (2013)

Dr. Ryan Stone ('Sandra Bullock' (qv)) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski ('George Clooney' (qv)) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving S β€¦tone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. (Read More)

Themes:
loneliness
Characters:
chineserussian
Story:
isolationsurvival

Gladiator (2000)
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Gladiator (2000)

Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his  β€¦family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic
Locations:
forest
Story:
death of title charactertigerhuntersurvivalrivertitle spoken by character

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