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The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked 

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Updated September 26, 2018 339 votes 54 voters 39 items

List Rules Vote 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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Indiana Jones Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
Photo: Paramount Pictures

The Indiana Jones franchise is an American media franchise based on the adventures of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, a fictional archaeologist. It began in 1981 with the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. A prequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, followed in 1984, and a sequel, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was released in 1989. A fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008, and was the last in the series to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. The series was created by George Lucas; the films star Harrison Ford and are directed by Steven Spielberg. The Walt Disney Company has owned the Indiana Jones intellectual property since its acquisition ...more on Wikipedia

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
Photo:  Universal Pictures

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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Shows & Movies, Ranked
Photo: The Flash/CW

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight wrong doers, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Lord of the Rings fi... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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