The Best Adventure Movies

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Vote up your favorite films that center around adventure stories.

What are the best adventure movies of all time? 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 a good action/adventure movie, Hollywood continually makes the big bucks off of the films 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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  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    2,703 votes
    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen
    The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films are ...more
  • Indiana Jones Franchise
    2,936 votes
    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Shia LaBeouf
    The Indiana Jones franchise is an American media franchise based on the adventures of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, a fictional archaeologist. It began in 1981 with the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. A ...more
  • Star Wars Franchise
    1,916 votes
    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
    This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media ...more
  • Back to the Future
    1,846 votes
    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover
    In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) ...more
  • Jurassic Park Franchise
    2,177 votes
    Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum
    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by ...more
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
    2,011 votes
    Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley
    Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy swashbuckler films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and based on Walt Disney's theme park ride of the same name. Directors of the series include Gore ...more