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The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked  

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Of all the genres available on television and film, only one truly introduced the world to the concept of a blockbuster! Adventure films helped bring the summer blockbuster into reality with movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws, but Steven Spielberg's work isn't the only example of great adventure flicks. While the genre works well on the big screen, adventure TV shows are common fare for families to sit back and enjoy on their couches, and those series make up some of the most compelling entertainment on television.

Like movies featuring Indiana Jones, series like HBO's Game of Thrones features some incredible characters. The series follows the adventures, romances, and tragedies of more characters than a single person could count on their fingers and toes. Other adventure TV series like Arrow offer a glimpse into the lives of superheroes as they work to save their city... and the world! Of course, you can also find new adventure TV shows and movies—as it's quite the popular genre. Whatever your interest in the adventure genre, there are plenty of movies and TV shows for fans to watch!

Which adventure movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list. If you've seen anything listed below, be sure to cast a vote so fellow fans know the best adventure shows to watch next.

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
Photo: New Line Cinema

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 subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. They were distributed by New Line Cinema. Considered to be one of the biggest and most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with an overall budget of $281 million, the entire project took eight years, with the filming for all three films done simultaneously and entirely in New Zealand, Jackson's native country. Each film in the series also had special extended editions released on DVD a year after their ...more on Wikipedia

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
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Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a Scandinavian king, with the support of his family and fellow warriors. ...more on Wikipedia

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Back to the Future trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
Photo:  Universal Pictures

The Back to the Future franchise is an American comic science fiction-adventure film series written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Universal Pictures. The franchise follows the adventures of a high school student, Marty McFly, and an eccentric scientist, Dr. Emmett L. Brown, as they use a DeLorean time machine to time travel to different periods in the history of Hill Valley, California. The first film was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to the second and third films, which were back-to-back film productions, released in 1989 and 1990, ...more on Wikipedia

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
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Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series to distinguish the show within the media franchise that it began. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. The ship and crew are led by Captain James T. Kirk, first officer and science officer Spock, and chief medical officer Leonard McCoy. Shatner's voice-over introduction during each episode's opening credits stated the starship's purpose: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to ...more on Wikipedia

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