Apocalypse Now (1979)
Updating Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness, to the Vietnam War, Francis Ford Coppola’s film follows Captain Benjamin L Willard (Martin Sheen) on a secret mission to assassinate the renegade and presumed insane Colonel Walter E Kurtz (Marlon Brando).
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), a romantic novelist, finds herself in Colombia to search for her kidnapped sister. Lost in the jungle, she falls in with mercenary Jack T Colton (Michael Douglas), who persuades her that they can go in looking for treasure.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Werner Herzog’s West German epic film follows the travels of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Orinoco and Amazon river in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas star in this fictionalised account of the true story about the two lions that attacked and killed workers at Tsavo, Kenya during the building of the Uganda-Mombasa Railway in East Africa in 1898.
African Queen (1951)
Rose (Katharine Hepburn) is a British Methodist missionary in a village in East Africa at the beginning of World War I, whose mail is brought to her in a small steamer named the African Queen by the rough Canadian boat captain Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart).