Movies are fantastic things. Since the first films, they have entertained us: made us laugh, smile, cry, cower in fear and swell with pride. Some movies do more, though. Some lift us up and show us the excitement that we can find out there. Here are 17 movies that will make you want to pack up your things and go out into the world for an adventure or two of your own.
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The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014)
For those of you who never read the Tolkien books, when you first saw Fellowship of the Ring, I’ll bet you were expecting great things. Epic battles, cool characters, a badass villain, lots of fantastical monsters, as well as orcs, elves and trolls. (Oh my!) But what many people weren’t expecting was one of the most beautiful adventure movies of all time.
Directed by Peter Jackson, who’s known for his roaring epics, and filmed in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, the countryside of New Zealand, the adventures of Frodo, Bilbo and all the peoples of Middle Earth inspired us all to grab some trail mix and hit the road less traveled.
Try and tell me Lord of the Rings didn’t make you want to immediately grab a plane to New Zealand. I dare you. (For those of you who are honest with yourselves, you can take a real tour of Hobbiton.)