Top Ten Movies Set Primarily in the Desert

The Top Ten

1 Bitter Victory

Nicholas Ray ’s bleak masterpiece Bitter Victory is one of the most searingly pessimistic, a tale of breakdown and cowardice under the Saharan sun. It is set during the Western Desert Campaign of the second world war - LightningBlade

2 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
3 Greed
4 Ice Cold in Alex

Shot in Libyan parts of the Sahara, the film bears comparison with the French truck-driving thriller The Wages of Fear (1953) in its use of inhospitable locations to ratchet up the tension. Particularly memorable moments include the group’s nail-biting traversal of a minefield, peril by quicksand, and the iconic final scene of the survivors sharing a cold beer in Alexandria possibly the most thirst-quenching drinks in cinema. - LightningBlade

5 Woman of the Dunes

Though Japan isn’t known for its deserts, 37-year-old director Hiroshi Teshigahara filmed in the rolling dunes of the Tottori prefecture in the west of the country the terrain that inspired Kobo Abe ’s celebrated source novel. - LightningBlade

6 Fata Morgana
7 Walkabout
8 Gerry
9 Daratt
10 Hidalgo

This is a great horse movie.

Three or four days race in desert. one of the longest running horse races. great movie. should get more than just 6.7 on IMDB. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Zabriskie Point
12 The Lone Ranger

This movie wasn't so bad. - zxm

13 Mad Max: Fury Road

The whole world becomes desert. - zxm

14 Lawrence of Arabia
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