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The 10 Best Movies with a Jungle Theme

Updated on February 13, 2013

Movies with a jungle theme !

If you are anything like me you'll be fascinated by movies set in the jungle. Of course the setting alone is not enough to make a good movie the background scenery of a lush rainforest definitely helps ! I've created this short list of jungle movies in my search to find information about movies with a jungle theme. To my amazement very little information was available on the web. I hope this lens helps a little. Please remember however that this list is just my personal preference and I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Thank you for visiting !

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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The legendary award winning movie by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas is partially set in an exotic Jungle theme. A classic film that has became a legend and definitely worth watching again and again...


Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones.

Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood.

Paul Freeman as Dr. René Belloq.

Ronald Lacey as Major Arnold Toht.

John Rhys-Davies as Sallah.

Denholm Elliott,Alfred Molina,Wolf Kahler,Anthony Higgins,Vic Tablian and others.

2. Platoon (1986)

This war film takes place in the Vietnamese rain forest and it's about the difficulties a young soldier faces when he realizes the cruel and cold reality of the war. Cast: Charlie Sheen,Tom Berenger,Willem Dafoe,Forest Whitaker,Francesco Quinn,John C. McGinley ,Richard Edson,Kevin Dillon,Reggie Johnson,Keith David,Johnny Depp.

3. Jurassic Park (1993)

The 1993 film directed by Spielberg is a well known science fiction adventure based on the novel by Michael Crichton. The movie was a big box office hit and it is considered one of pioneers in using computer effects in the film industry. The setting of the movie is mainly a remote island with a tropical forest feel populated by recreated dinosaurs.

Cast: Sam Neill,Laura Dern,Jeff Goldblum,Richard Attenborough,Ariana Richards,Joseph Mazzello,Bob Peck,Wayne Knight.

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4. The Emerald Forest (1985)

The Emerald Forest is set in the Amazon rainforest. An engineer's son is abducted by a tribe at the edge of the rainforest and he spends the next ten years searching for him. Cast: Powers Boothe,Meg Foster,Yara Vaneau,William Rodriguez,Estee Chandler,Charley Boorman,Dira Paes,Eduardo Conde, Ariel Coelho,Peter Marinker,Mario Borges,Ãtila Iório,Gabriel Archanjo,Gracindo Júnior,Arthur Muhlenberg.

5. King Kong (2005)

This movie is a remake of the 1933 classic with the same name. Plot: An ambitious movie producer travels with his crew to the mysterious Skull Island where they discover a giant ape, Kong. Cast: Naomi Watts,Andy Serkis,Jack Black ,Adrien Brody,Thomas Kretschmann,Colin Hanks,Jamie Bell,Andy Serkis,Evan Parke,Kyle Chandler,John Sumner,Lobo Chan,Craig Hall,Mark Hadlow,Jed Brophy.

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6. The Mission (1986)

The Mission is a British drama taking place in 18th century South America and is about the experiences and adventures of a Jesuit missionary. Cast: Robert De Niro,Jeremy Irons,Ray McAnally,Aidan Quinn,Cherie Lunghi,Ronald Pickup,Chuck Low,Liam Neeson,Bercelio Moya,Sigifredo Ismare ,Asuncion Ontiveros,Alejandrino Moya,Daniel Berrigan,Rolf Gray,Ãlvaro Guerrero.

7. George of the Jungle (1997)

Not such a great film in my humble opinion, but the fact that it is set in a Jungle is enough to make it in the list. The movie is actually based on a cartoon series and is the story of a boy that grows up in the jungle after a plain crash. Cast: Brendan Fraser,Leslie Mann ,Thomas Haden Church,Richard Roundtree,Greg Cruttwell,Abraham Benrubi ,John Bennett Perry ,Holland Taylor,Kelly Miller,Abdoulaye N'Gom,Michael Chinyamurindi.

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8. Congo (1995)

The movie is set as the name implies to the jungle of the African Congo. Plot: An expedition to Congo ends up in disaster and a new team is assembled to investigate the causes. Cast: Laura Linney,Dylan Walsh,Ernie Hudson, Lorene Noh,Tim Curry,Grant Heslov,Joe Don Baker,Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje,Bruce Campbell,Joe Pantoliano,Delroy Lindo,Frank Welker.

9. Predator (1987)

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, this sci-fi adventure is set in a Central American jungle where a team of commandos are chased by an extra-terrestrial creature. Cast: Carl Weathers,Elpidia Carrillo,Bill Duke,Jesse Ventura,Sonny Landham,Richard ChavesR.G. Armstrong,Shane Black,Kevin Peter Hall.

10. Jungle to Jungle (1997)

Michael Cromwell discovers that he has a teenage son who has been raised in the jungle and decides to bring him home to the urban jungle of New York city.


Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams,Lolita Davidovich,Sam Huntington,David Ogden Stiers,Bob Dishy and others.

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