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30. “The Poseidon adventure” (1972) – Ronald Neame

Gene Hackman led a star cast in a movie “Disaster at Sea” which laid the groundwork for “Titanic” and “The Perfect Storm”.

29. ‘Romancing the Stone’ (1984) – Robert Zemeckis

Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner’s Jungle Adventure was so successful that it inspired the sequel “Jewel of the Nile”.

28. “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960) – Ken Annakin

John Mills and Dorothy McGuire lead Walt Disney’s live action adventure of a loving family stranded on an island with fun for the whole family.

27. “Old Howler” (1957) – Robert Stevenson

A Yellow Lab becomes the “Best Missing Dog in the West,” bringing a cheerful adventure to a Texas farm, but wrap handkerchiefs for the heart-wrenching finale.

26. “The Goonies” (1985) – Richard Donner

“Hey guys!” A young Sean Astin and Josh Brolin have led an entire generation on a treasure hunt filled with “loot” traps.

25. ‘Tarzan: the ape man’ (1932) – WS Van Dyke

Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan deliver the first on-screen version of Tarzan and Jane by swinging through vines and wrestling with animals.

24. ‘The Mark of Zorro’ (1940) – Rouben Mamoulian

Tyrone Power gave birth to a movie icon as Zorro faced off against Basil Rathbone, courted Linda Darnell, and inspired Antonio Banderas.

23. “The Marine Falcon” (1940) – Michael Curtiz

After “Captain Blood”, Errol Flynn played a swashbuckling pirate in the middle of the Spanish Armada with a score of Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

22. “On the way to Morocco” (1942) – David Butler

A catchy title song and a talking camel make this the most charming of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s seven images.

21. ‘Gunga Din’ (1939) – George Stevens

Set in 19th century India, Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. pioneered adventure films for the Golden Age of Hollywood with a sacrificial act from the lead character Sam Jaffe.

20. “The Man Who Wanted to Be King” (1975) – John Huston

Sean Connery and Michael Caine embark on a journey to become the kings of Kafiristan, as Christopher Plummer as Rudyard Kipling recounted.

19. ‘Aguirre, the wrath of God’ (1972) – Werner Herzog

Klaus Kinski delivers a portrait of madness as a Spanish explorer in search of the mythical El Dorodo.

18. “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) – Michael Mann

Daniel Day-Lewis is unforgettable as a Hawkeye trapper protecting the daughters of a British colonel in the midst of the French and Indian war.

17. “Fitzcarraldo” (1982) – Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog hoisted a fucking steamboat over the jungles of Peru (watch the making of the documentary “Burden of Dreams”).

16. “Cast Away” (2000) – Robert Zemeckis

Only Tom Hanks can make us believe he’s a wrecked volleyball’s best friend and make us cry when he shouts “Wilson!” “

15. ‘The Life of Pi ‘(2012) – Ang Lee

Ang Lee grabbed a tiger by the tail, winning the Oscar for Best Director for showing us the possibilities of 3D graphics.

14. “Gravity” (2013) – Alfonso Cuaron

Alfonso Cuaron won the Oscar for Best Director for this 90-minute panic attack as Sandra Bullock’s 3D astronaut struggled to get home to Earth.

13. ‘L’Atalante’ (1934) – Jean Vigo

This story of newlyweds on a barge showed the tragic potential of Jean Vigo, who died at the age of 29.

12. “The African Queen” (1951) – John Huston

Humphrey Bogart won his long-awaited Oscar braving African rapids on a riverboat with Katharine Hepburn.

11. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935) – Frank Lloyd

Charles Laughton’s Captain Bligh called Clark Gable a “mutinous dog” in this winner for best film on the high seas.

10. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ (2003) – Gore Verbinski

Johnny Depp gave his most iconic performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in this mind-boggling Disney blockbuster.

9. “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938) – Michael Curtiz

Before “The Sea Hawk”, Errol Flynn was “like Flynn” romanticizing Maid Marion and fighting Prince John in the Technicolor splendor of the Sherwood Forest.

8. “The Princess Bride” (1987) – Rob Reiner

This swashbuckling adventure embodies Ben Savage’s bedtime story about Princess Buttercup, Westley, Miracle Max, and Inigo Montoya.

7. ‘The Wages of Fear’ (1953) – Henri-Georges Clouzot

Clouzot made us hold our breath as a pair of nitroglycerin-laden trucks rolled over bumpy dirt roads waiting for a boom.

6. “Godzilla” (1954) – Ishiro Honda

“Godzilla” has become a box office monster born out of concerns about the disastrous effects of atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.

5. “King Kong” (1933) – Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack

What could be more revolutionary? Max Steiner composes the very first feature film score? Or roaring King Kong with moving stop-motion animation?

4. “Jurassic Park” (1993) – Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg delivered a 65-million-year-old blockbuster showing us the wonder – and the terror – of dinosaur DNA.

3. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) – John Huston

Humphrey Bogart didn’t need “stinky badges” in his darker role, while Walter Huston danced like a happy prospector for gold.

2. “North by Northwest” (1959) – Alfred Hitchcock

Cary Grant dodged the crop duster and climbed Mount Rushmore on a cross-country adventure that inspired South By Southwest.

1. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981-1989) – Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones became the best hero in movies by cracking his whip, climbing over rocks, overcoming snakes, killing Nazis, and collecting Biblical artifacts.


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