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The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked

Updated September 26, 2018 787 votes 54 voters39 items

List RulesVote up the most entertaining adventure films & shows, including streaming series

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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  • 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 same name by Michael Crichton, with a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar, an islet located off Central America's Pacific Coast, near Costa Rica Nicaragua border, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs. Before Crichton's novel was published, four studios put in bids for the film rights.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
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    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Vikings is listed (or ranked) 3 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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  • The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) form an alliance to dismantle organized wrong doings in Gotham City, but are menaced by a mad man known as the Joker (Heath Ledger) who seeks to undermine Batman's influence and create chaos. ... more on Wikipedia
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