The 50 Best Adventure Movies

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Adventure movies tell stories based on fantastical features of our world, setting them apart from the fantastical setting of the future worlds of science fiction, the mythical realms of fantasy, or the alien otherworlds of horror. If an adventure movie contains elements of another genre, like the supernatural event in Raiders, these are merely lightly sprinkled spices, while adventure is the main ingredient. This rule of thumb means that movies depicting another world are excluded, whether it is sci-fi technology or fantasy-inspired magic that are the genre-specific component of that world.

Though all movies included here have adventure as their main focus, driven by lust for exploring and appetite for discovering, they have wildly different tones. Some have comedy as their lodestar with entertainment as their guiding light and are dazzling light in tone. Others' staple element is drama, often hotly spiced with thrilling action. Yet they all share a central emotion: the exhilaration of a perilous journey taking heroes to unexpected awe-inspiring places. The journey might begin as a venture to fulfil a daring dream, or a search for a mysterious object in exotic parts of the world. It might end with a breathless chase and a wild escape through the unknown. A recurring theme is that of the adventurers altruism, their selfless heroic sacrifice at the end of their hero's journey.

These adventure movies that I've loved aren't ranked according to the score I've given them. Instead, you'll find that those placed at the top are the ones that have a bigger emphasis on adventure and entertainment.

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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    1981, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Goonies

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    Romancing the Stone

    1984, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    1992, in 7 top lists Check
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    Dances with Wolves

    1990, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Emerald Forest

    1985, in 0 top lists Check
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    Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sweet Country

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    Apocalypto

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Revenant

    2015, in 14 top lists Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 23 top lists Check
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 28 top lists Check
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    Stand by Me

    1986, in 8 top lists Check
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    2012, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 16 top lists Check
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    Captain Blood

    1935, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Three Musketeers

    1973, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Mask of Zorro

    1998, in 1 top list Check
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    1991, in 3 top lists Check
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the...

    2003, in 11 top lists Check
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    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    2017, in 2 top lists Check
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    Tomb Raider

    2018, in 1 top list Check
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    The Mummy

    1999, in 4 top lists Check
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    Point Break

    1991, in 4 top lists Check
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    Kong: Skull Island

    2017, in 1 top list Check
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    The Rundown

    2003 — a.k.a. Welcome to the Jungle, in 0 top lists Check
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    La guerre du feu

    1981 — a.k.a. Quest for Fire, in 1 top list Check
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    The Mission

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Mosquito Coast

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mountains of the Moon

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Lost City of Z

    2016, in 1 top list Check
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    Spartacus

    1960, in 18 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    A Man Called Horse

    1970, in 0 top lists Check
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    Last of the Dogmen

    1995, in 0 top lists Check
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    Where the River Runs Black

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
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    Thunderheart

    1992, in 0 top lists Check
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    Revenge

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    1972, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ivanhoe

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Woman Walks Ahead

    2017, in 0 top lists
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    Sahara

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    The River Wild

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    Breath

    2017, in 0 top lists Check
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    Into the Blue

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Blue Crush

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

    2012, in 1 top list Check
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Last updated on Sep 23, 2019 by Jostiel;