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The Best Adventure Movies 

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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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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Indiana Jones and the La... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more

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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more

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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
dan the critic added Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
looksharp added Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
looksharp added Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy ...more

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Romancing the Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
looksharp added Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas

Released: 1984

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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National Treasure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
oliverg2028 added Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
dan the critic added Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
dan the critic added Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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The Last of the Mohicans... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Mann

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

Released: 1975

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

Released: 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

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