Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Lone Survivor, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty And 47 Ronin

By Kristy Puchko 2014-01-02 11:17:51discussion comments
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller directs and stars in this whimsical interpretation of the James Thurber short story of the same name. The titular Mitty is a timid man who dreams of great adventure. So when an excuse to leap into a globe-trekking journey presents itself, he dives in! Kristen Wiig co-stars. Read our full review here.

For more stories of enviable--and wonderfully funny--adventures, we recommend this trio of titles. Whether you played pirates as a kid, imagined yourself as a mountain man or built your own proton pack for busting ghosts, you're sure to thrill over these clever comedies.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Who didn't want to be a pirate after seeing this grand adventure of high seas and low lifes? Johnny Depp stars as Captain Jack Sparrow, a mad but brilliant pirate who connives and swashbuckles to seek treasure and his long lost ship the Black Pearl. Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley co-star; Gore Verbinki directs.

Prince Avalanche (2013) Writer-director David Gordon Green returns to form with this thoughtful and hilarious comedy about two men making the best of the wilderness. A remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way, Prince Avalanche centers on two highway workers who camp in the forest-fire ravaged landscapes of 1988 Texas as they repaint and repair the long stretch of isolated road leading to less isolated places. While Alvin (Paul Rudd) sees this as a welcomed retreat to re-evaluate his life, Lance (Emile Hirsch) is itching to get out. Inspired odd couple antics ensue.

Ghostbusters (1984) This comedy classic stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson as the titular paranormal police. They ain't afraid of no ghosts! Setting up shop in an abandoned firehouse, these parapsychologists turned exterminators become New York City's only hope when a powerful supernatural overtakes the Big Apple. Ivan Reitman directs.
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