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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

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy1

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan

    Released2001 - 2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films...  more
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  • Indiana Jones Franchise2

    Indiana Jones Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1981 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Indiana Jones franchise is an American media franchise based on the adventures of Dr....  more
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  • The Mummy3

    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser


    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers...  more
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  • Star Wars Franchise4

    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

    This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series...  more
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  • Back to the Future5

    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty...  more
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  • The Princess Bride6

    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright


    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and...  more
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  • Jurassic Park Franchise7

    Jurassic Park Franchise

    Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill

    Released1993 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, Colin Trevorrow, J.A. Bayona

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg....  more
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  • Romancing the Stone8

    Romancing the Stone

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Romancing the Stone is a 1984 American action-adventure romantic comedy. Directed by Robert...  more
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  • Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise9

    Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

    Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom

    Released2003 - Present

    Directed byGore Verbinski, Rob Marshall

    Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy swashbuckler films produced by Jerry...  more
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  • The Count of Monte Cristo10

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel


    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an...  more
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  • National Treasure11

    National Treasure

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger


    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney...  more
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  • Independence Day12

    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum


    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by...  more
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  • The Last of the Mohicans13

    The Last of the Mohicans

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe


    Directed byMichael Mann

    The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 historical epic film set in 1757 and produced by Morgan...  more
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  • The Goonies14

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin


    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more
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  • Wonder Woman15

    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine


    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC...  more
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  • Aliens16


    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton


    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James...  more
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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly17

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach


    Directed bySergio Leone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by...  more
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  • Night at the Museum18

    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller


    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993...  more
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  • Marvel Cinematic Universe19

    Marvel Cinematic Universe

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans


    Directed byJon Favreau, Joss Whedon, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Ryan Coogler

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe...  more
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  • Jaws20


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter...  more
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  • Stand by Me21

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman


    Directed byRob Reiner

    Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob...  more
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  • The Wizard of Oz22

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton


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

    The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and...  more
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  • The Jewel of the Nile23

    The Jewel of the Nile

    Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito


    Directed byLewis Teague, David Teague

    The Jewel of the Nile is a 1985 action-adventure romantic comedy and a sequel to the 1984 film...  more
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  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves24

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery


    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    This film is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars...  more
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  • The Ten Commandments25

    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price


    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B....  more
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