The 10 best years for adventure movies, according to Reddit

Adventure movies can incorporate a number of other genres, most commonly action, fantasy, science fiction, and drama. Location and the journey to and from it play a major role in the genre. 2021 alone has seen the release of several excellent original and franchise films, such as free guy and Dunes.

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Almost every year in movie history has seen the release of a cinematic adventure worth watching. However, according to Redditors, some years provided moviegoers with more great adventure films than others.

1972


Split image of Deliverance and The Poseidon Adventure

1972 was the year of the Trapped in the Woods adventure movies. There was Sydney Pollack Jeremiah Johnsonwith Robert Redford, and The Call of the Wild, with Charlton Heston. Even more famous than these two films, however, is that of John Boorman Issuance. Embark on the classic disaster adventure Poseidon’s Adventure and 1972 was probably the biggest year of the decade for the genre.

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It may have been released 50 years ago, but Issuance holds up to this day. Or, as Superheroicguy described their first viewing, “Issuance was one of the most exhausting and disappointing cinematic experiences of my life. What a perfect movie.”

BunyipPouch started a thread to discuss a review of the movie, to which a now-deleted user replied, “I saw it again a few months ago, thinking it wouldn’t have aged well, but it is really very good.”

nineteen eighty one


Split image of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Road Warrior

With epic swords and sandals Excalibur and Clash of the Titans1981 gave audiences the ultimate adventure with The Raiders of the Lost Ark. Plus, viewers had another fling with Max Rockatansky in The road warrior.


On a wire comparing The road warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road_EarlofSandwich__ gave the lead to first: “The road warrior remains one of the leanest, meanest and most iconic films to date.”

Indiana Jones’ First Adventure, The Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a timeless action-adventure masterpiece with consistently flawless performances and consistently thrilling settings. Or, as one now-deleted user put it: “The Raiders of the Lost Ark has no equal.”

1984


Romancing the stone and the cursed temple

Like how Redditors see 1984 as a big year for horror movies, they also see it as important for cinematic adventures. As the year is populated with cult sci-fi adventures like dream landscape, The Last Starfighter, star manand David Lynch Dunes. There have also been box office successes Indiana Jones and the Dune Temple and Robert Zemeckis Romanticize the stone.


About Zemeckis’ romantic adventure, MrDudeWheresMyCar wrote “I heard that Romanticize the stone is considered a scam The Raiders of the Lost Ark but I’ve never really seen it like that. Maybe it’s about capitalizing on the kind of adventure that Raiders popularized again, but I thought it was a very different movie overall.”

On a separate thread, Saint_Stephen420 wrote of Indiana Jones’ first sequel, “Love cursed temple. It’s honestly same with Last Crusade for me. Corn Raiders is always the best, for me.”

1985


The Goonies and Rambo

1985 had adventure films of all genres. There were treasure-seeking adventures like The Goonies and Romanticize the stoneis the lower suite, The Jewel of the Nile. There were also sci-fi adventures like Explorers and enemy mine as well as Ridley Scott’s Fantasy Adventure Legend.


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There was even the understated ladybug as well as John Rambo’s more explosive second entry, Rambo: First Blood Part II. Most fans consider first blood to be the best, but Barnaclephil wrote “Rambo 2 is actually my favorite”.

Pea_Tear_Griffin put his love for The Goonies simply: “This film is fantastic and has many fans because it is fantastic.”

1993


Jurassic Park and Cliffhanger

1993 saw two very distinct animal adventures. For the youngest there was Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey while, for everyone else, there was box office sensation Steven Spielberg, jurassic park. There was also Sylvester Stallone’s lonely stealth undercover film, thriller.


On a thread dedicated to ranking the series’ episodes, a now-deleted user wrote of the Spielberg classic: “I’m amazed (but not surprised) at the quality jurassic park hold on. It’s masterfully shot and edited.”

Regarding Renny Harlin’s mountaineering movie Stallone, Pedro_Bonucci hit up a thread to write that it’s “thrilling and taut with spectacular action scenes. It may be stereotypical and clichéd, but it works because it entertains and the actors deliver charismatic and committed performances….”

1997


Anaconda and Titanic

The 1997 releases included a slew of underrated adventure films, such as Dante’s peak, The Lost World: Jurassic Parkand Anaconda. However, the biggest film of the year, adventure or otherwise, was easily James Cameron’s epic romantic disaster. Titanic.

Funobtainium summary Anacondalikes “That’s what it is…an adventure movie with a big helping of cheese.”

James Cameron’s quoted romantic epic, Titanic, set the box office on fire from melting ice and continues to hold a sizable fanbase. Rachel_BA1 added the scene’s impact on her, “Ironically, Titanic is my biggest comfort film.”

2001


A Knight's Tale and Tomb Raider

2001 offered audiences adventurous sequels, franchises and one-offs in equal measure. There was the beginning of Peter Jackson’s deviation from fantasy The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as well as Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone and even a video game adaptation in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. As for the sequels, 2001 provided fans The return of the mummy and Jurassic Park 3. There were some fun original movies too, especially the cable TV favorite The story of a knight.

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The story of a knight still has a large fanbase, like WalterBCobb: “I think there’s a lot to be said for a fully predictable but well-executed story. We know what’s going to happen from the start, but the whole cast is incredibly charming.”

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie may not be widely considered a classic, but it has its fans on Reddit. Like mrdeeds1972, who called it “Overall a nice sight for a Saturday afternoon”.

2003


Split image from Pirates of the Caribbean and Return of the King

While The core and Chronology did not meet with the expected success, Master and Commander: The Other Side of the World and The summary did well. However, their box office tallies paled in comparison to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.


Even with four suites, the curse of the black pearl always in the lead Pirates of the Caribbean movie ratings. Marywilkie recommended the first pirate film mentioning its title. Bmac_TLDR then replied: “The first pirate is still holding up very well.”

As pirate got ready, LOTR was slowing down. The three-movie arc ended strong, as The king’s return was a huge box office success. It also won the Best Picture Oscar and is considered by many to be the best of the trilogy. Seabass16981 started a thread to discuss the film, beginning with “…I can officially say this is my favorite movie of all time….”

2011


Shared image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Gray

2011 saw the release of adventure films spanning multiple genres. Flashbacks like those of Steven Spielberg The Adventures of Tintinthe survival film directed by Liam Neeson Grey, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2and the spy movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. 2015 was also a great year for sci-fi adventure franchise debutants, such as X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Ascension of the Planet of the Apesand Thor.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was a satisfying final chapter in the Potter saga and still has its fans. Like derekdawson1200, who wrote, “I’m a big fan of the books, but this was an amazing adaptation for me.”

Gambiit succinctly described how they felt about Greywriting, “That blew my mind…”

2015


Le Revenant and In the Heart of the Sea

Possibly the best year of the 2010s for adventure films overall, 2015’s most impressive contribution to the genre is surely that of Alejandro G. Iñárritu The ghost. With another Best Picture Oscar nominee Mad Max: Fury Road2015 saw the release of Everest, San Andreas, In the heart of the seaand jurassic world.

Arch_Angel666 started a thread to discuss their first viewing The ghost: “I have no idea how they pulled off so many scenes in this movie. It’s amazing. Tom Hardy and Leo DiCaprio were so good.”

by Ron Howard In the heart of the sea didn’t do particularly well when it hit theaters, but it’s a visually stunning film with a stellar cast, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland and Brendan Gleeson. MikeArrow called the cinematography “beautiful” and wrote “Loved the use of extreme close-ups with wide lenses. Very unsettling.”

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