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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 Raiders of the Lost Ark
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Mummy
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    Jurassic Park
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 7
    The Princess Bride
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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  • 9
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • 10
    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 11
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    National Treasure
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    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

    Released2004

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • 13
    Romancing the Stone
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    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

    Released1984

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 14
    The Count of Monte Cristo
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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  • 15
    Speed
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    Speed

    Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves

    Released1994

    Directed byJan de Bont

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  • 16
    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 17
    Wonder Woman
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    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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  • 18
    Goldfinger
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    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 20
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg

    Released1984

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 21
    First Blood
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    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Guardians of the Galaxy
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 23
    The Last of the Mohicans
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Goonies
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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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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