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The Best Adventure Movies

Updated September 3, 2020 76.6k votes 6.5k voters 323.2k views206 items

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List of adventure movies. What are the best adventure movies? If you're a thrill-seeking, adrenaline-obsessed movie-goer, these are the top adventure movies you have to see. While it's hard to rank the best adventure movies between the greatest classics and the thrilling new releases, here's a list that ranks the best adventure movies from best to worst. Looking for an epic story? Look no further than this list of adventure films to catch as soon as you can. 

Adventure movies have a special place in everyone's DVD collection, because sometimes all you want to do is get engrossed by a tale of epic proportions. Whether it's guided by love and romance or simply just the thrill of action and adventure, Hollywood continually makes the big bucks off of the movies that will keep us on the edge of our seats. Adventure films will never go out of style and will keep audiences excited for years to come as graphics continue to get better. Adventure films have a way of transporting us to a different place and time, they can also be movies about finding lost worlds away from the mundanity of our regular lives and into exciting and thrilling new possibilities. When's the last time you went on an adventure? 

 So what are the best adventure movies of all time? Explore the top picks and rank your favorite adventure movie using this list. And, if you love the adventure genre, check out this list of the best adventure shows

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    Iron Man
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Die Hard 2
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    Die Hard 2

    Bruce Willis, John Leguizamo

    Released1990

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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    The Hunt for Red October
    474
    311

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    Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 29
    Aliens
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 30
    Jaws
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 31
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    591
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • 32
    Night at the Museum
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    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

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  • 33
    The Wizard of Oz
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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  • 34
    The Avengers
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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 35
    Spider-Man: Far From Home
    113
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    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byJon Watts

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  • 36
    Armageddon
    203
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 37
    From Russia with Love
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    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

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  • 38
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery

    Released1991

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    This film is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 39
    The Jewel of the Nile
    200
    114

    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1985

    Directed byLewis Teague, David Teague

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  • 40
    Stand by Me
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 41
    Thor
    240
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    Thor

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • 42
    Hidalgo
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    Hidalgo

    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    The Ten Commandments
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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • 44
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    148
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 45
    Cliffhanger
    145
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    Cliffhanger

    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow

    Released1993

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • 46
    Casino Royale
    361
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    Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green

    Released2006

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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  • 47
    Ben-Hur
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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    Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 49
    Thor: Ragnarok
    141
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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    The Dirty Dozen
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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