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Movies That Are Like Environmental Porn

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Apr 22, 2011 | 7:53am EDT

Happy Earth Day! To help all you naturephiles celebrate without spending all day watching only nature documentaries (as awesome as they are), we've put together a list of a our favorite movies that couple drama and story with fantastic views of the Earth's beauty. We call it Environmental Porn. It's okay, we won't tell your girlfriend...or your backyard? Okay, I'm going to be totally honest, I'm not really sure what's appropriate here.

Into the Wild

Yeah, this is a giveaway. It's a film about discovering nature, but can you really argue with it? (No, you can't.)

Dances With Wolves

I know not everyone likes this movie. Lots of folks think it's boring or that Kevin Costner can't act (that part is mostly true), but what about the beauty? It's a gorgeous depiction of the American plains and some of the beautiful creatures that inhabit them. Just enjoy the beauty (you don't have to watch the whole thing if you can't take it though).

Brokeback Mountain

Yes, we know this movie more for the relationship it centers on than its immense beauty. The camping trips we find Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal on in the film not only present the pair with privacy, they present audiences with a fantastic view of nature at its finest.

How to Train Your Dragon

Okay, so these aren't exactly nature shots because it's a cartoon, but we're going to include it anyway. We get to enjoy marvelous views of the dramatic island nation from the perspective of a flying dragon. It's too amazing to not earn a spot on this list.

Lord of the Rings

All three of them. We know Middle Earth isn't real, but there's a reason this movie gives us all a big reason to visit New Zealand where the movies were filmed. It's absolutely breathtaking.

Lawrence of Arabia

Not everyone loves the desert and that's fine, but if you do, look no further. Lawrence of Arabia may not be known as a "nature movie," you can't deny those wide shots are incredible.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

I know this one is weird because it's just a comedy, but unless Jason Segel's lady crying and Russell Brand's suggestive lyrics and hip-thrusting screwed with your ability to see, you may have noticed that the entire thing takes place in one of the most picturesque, exotic locations ever: Hawaii. And for once, you get to enjoy nature porn and laugh at the same time; that's pretty rare.

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