Adventure movies are the ultimate escape. Seriously! It’s literally about leaving your old life behind and escaping somewhere else. Here are the best adventure movies to watch when you too feel like going out.
You know how Belle stands on a hill in The beauty and the Beast and sing “I want adventure somewhere in the open sea! I want it more than I can say!” – then gets stuck in a big house for 80% of the rest of the film? The characters in those movies actually have the lives that Belle dreamed of. In fact, they go on an adventure. Call me Captain Obvious but it’s just something I think of a parcel.
A good adventure movie has several places, maybe even a map (treasure or whatever) to distinguish those places, some kind of quest, and so much hope that it will make your heart explode with anticipation of what the heroes will find during their journey. It could also be action movies, fantasy adventures or sci-fi, and often it is! Check it out.
The lost city of Z (2016)
In one of the more classic types of adventure stories, Charlie Hunnam takes on the role of a real-life explorer who has gone in search of an ancient civilization in the Amazon jungle time and time again.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Just hearing this iconic musical theme makes me want to run away from home and go on an adventure on the high seas. There is literally swordsmanship in this movie, all of you; it doesn’t get much better than that.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
I mean, all LOTR the movies are adventure movies, but nothing captures the spirit of the first. When Sam says every step is the furthest from home? That’s the whole story!
Raya and the last dragon (2021)
Disney’s newest animated feature totally deserves to join the other great adventure films. It is about a girl named Raya, voiced by the incomparable Kelly Marie Tran, who finds herself able to save her kingdom and unite her neighbors. She embarks on a quest that becomes quite an adventure.
Call it recency bias, but Principle is much more fun than Creation regarding Christopher Nolan’s action and adventure films. Who cares whether or not you have to look at certain diagrams for it to make sense? Principle vibrations only.
furious 7 (2015)
Alright alright alright there are a lot of action and adventure franchises out there and it’s hard to pick just one movie to represent all of them cinematographic worlds. Most people consider Fast Five like the best of the family, but we have to pay homage to the final release of the franchise by Paul Walker and the legend that is “See You Again”.
Back to the future (1985)
Marty McFly unwittingly travels to the past and immediately begins to mess things up for the future. He has to figure out how to get home and how to make sure the house is the same when he gets there. Sometimes accidents make for the best adventures.
Wonder woman (2017)
I’ll try not to list too many DC movies here, no disrespect for Aquaman, but how can you deny the power of the first Wonder woman? Diana comes from the type of place you usually expect to go on an adventure To. His adventure is in our world, for better or for worse.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Charlize Theron has become one of our most important action stars. In this, she frees a group of once captive women and they lead a chase through an apocalyptic landscape with non-stop action and adventure.
Black Panther (2018)
The public is the one who goes on an adventure in Black Panther as we travel for the first time in the magical world of Wakanda. The journey that T’Challa pursues, is more of an internal journey as he decides what kind of king he wants to be.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)
In the world of dusk, marriage is the greatest adventure of all. Also, this fight of the Volturi. Do I have to say more? No offense but The Avengers, the Justice League, and The X-Men simplyto wish they could go there just as hard.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
This animated Disney adventure is very underrated and Milo Thatch is very sexy. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.
The old guard (2020)
It could be considered a “hidden gem” on Netflix now, but can we all promise to make it trending, like, all the time? The old guard is not just another Charlize Theron vehicle, but it freakin ‘rules. These are immortal rulers who basically work as independent heroes, and they are very exhausted. Is it strangely relatable?
Pacific Rim (2013)
Don’t be fooled by the big monsters and big robots in this movie, it’s all about feelings. Charlie Hunnam (or, as I like to call him, Charlie Nom Nom) and Mako Mori play two pilots who literally need to make an emotional connection in order to power technology to save the world. Pacific Rimthe big heart could compete Ted lasso, but they would probably kiss her instead.
Support me (1986)
It’s controversial, but when it comes to kid-ventures, I think Support me is better than The Goonies. Sorry! They’re both classics, but if I had to pick just one I’d go for the emotional highs and lows of that one.
There is nothing magical or epic about the adventure of Reese Witherspoon’s character in this movie, but it’s still an adventure.
The princess to marry (1987)
Team Kissing Books! The Quest to Save Princess Buttercup (played by Robin Wright, who is also a villainous warrior in Wonder woman) is one of the funniest adventures on film.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Tag you I’m Magneto lifting a whole stadium and I fly with it just to be spectacular. It’s another time travel adventure, but it’s the best X Men movie. Don’t fight me over this!
Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
This movie kind of slipped under the radar, but IMO, that was a mistake. It’s so weird and funny, and action packed. Give it another chance. Dane DeHaan’s himbo performance is well worth the price of admission.
Men in black (1997)
Another iconic sci-fi action-adventure comedy (you can never have too many genres) that we don’t talk about enough.
Bourne’s identity (2002)
Some may argue over what Bourne the movie is the best, but the best representation of what these movies are about is the one that started them all. He is an amnesiac assassin in search of himself.
jurassic park (1993)
Which makes jurassic park a good movie is that not a single second seems foreign. The geek loves to hack into computers and she uses these skills to help save the day later! It’s also like … the kind of adventure you really wish you could have until you really, really didn’t.
Romance the stone (1984)
A novelist finds herself on a real romantic adventure to save her captive sister? Oh dear. There’s a treasure map and everything.
Edge of tomorrow (2014)
Tom Cruise has starred in a billion action movies, but he’s generally so calm and cool and serene that it’s a real pleasure to see him troubled by the time-loop adventure he’s in. Edge of tomorrow.
The Raiders of the Lost Ark (nineteen eighty one)
Indiana Jones’ job as a teacher, wearing glasses and wearing a sword hat, makes him the ultimate “find you a man who can do both”, doesn’t it?
The matrix (1999)
It’s like it’s always ago, but The matrix has defined a generation of sci-fi action and adventure fans. BRB, dusting off my impression of Agent Smith before the next sequel drops.
Thief one (2016)
In what may be the hottest take on this list, if you’re looking for a Star wars to scratch your list of adventure movies, make this one. It’s a standalone story with a single focus and a set of memorable characters who, for the most part, aren’t called Skywalker. It’s a bit perfect.
The Mummy (1999)
Has anyone else noticed how crazy people have gone on Brendan Fraser in this movie lately? They are not wrong but …
National treasure (2004)
Plans! Secret tunnels! Secret haunts! Secret stairs! You would think that “the one where Nic Cage steals the Declaration of Independence” wouldn’t be such a great adventure, but it really is.
Leah Marilla Thomas is an entertainment writer, UNC alum, and former Hasbro toy tester (yes, that’s a real thing) who also enjoys The Good Place and Love Island.
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