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The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds 

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Updated July 25, 2019 255 votes 33 voters 1.6k views 37 items

List Rules Movies about civilizations, cities, and people that time forgot.

Films about lost civilizations have been around since the 1920s when the first screen adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World was released. As the decades have gone by, advancements in special effects technology have allowed these films to become both more sophisticated and exciting. The best movies about lost cities, civilizations, and people offer a thrill a minute, in addition to creating a sense of wonder. They tap into your imagination as they show what it might be like to stumble across people, creatures, or locations that time forgot.

On this list, you find movies like The Land That Time Forgot, The Lost City of Z, and Kong: Skull Island. Movies about lost worlds tend to be specific adventure movies, so if you're a fan of that genre, this list is for you!

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The Lost City of Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller

Released: 2017

Directed by: James Gray

The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book by David Grann. A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. ...more

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more

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Journey to the Center of... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutchersonm, Seth Meyers

Released: 2008

Directed by: Eric Brevig

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2008 American 3-D science fantasy adventure film starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, and Anita Briem. It is not considered a sequel or a remake of ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empir... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more

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Journey to the Center of... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl

Released: 1959

Directed by: Henry Levin

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The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Jill St. John, Claude Rains, David Hedison

Released: 1960

Directed by: Irwin Allen

The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Conan Doyle and directed by Irwin Allen. The plot of the film revolves around the ...more
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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Kong: Skull Island Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman

Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary's Godzilla–Kong ...more

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Jackson

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more

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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

Released: 2001

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot

Released: 1933

Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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The Land That Time Forgo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Doug McClure, Keith Barron

Released: 1975

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more

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The Road to El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Elton John, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul

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Journey 2: The Mysteriou... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Vanessa Hudgens, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine

Released: 2012

Directed by: Brad Peyton

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The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love, Wallace Beery

Released: 1925

Directed by: Harry O. Hoyt

The Lost World is a 1925 silent fantasy adventure film and an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel of the same name. The movie was produced by First National Pictures, a large Hollywood ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Ki... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Lost Horizon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Thomas Mitchell

Released: 1937

Directed by: Frank Capra

Lost Horizon is a 1937 American drama-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by Robert Riskin is based on the 1933 novel of the same title by James Hilton. The film exceeded its ...more
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The Island at the Top of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Mako Iwamatsu, Donald Sinden, Agneta Eckemyr

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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King Solomon's Mines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Sharon Stone, Richard Chamberlain, John Rhys-Davies

Released: 1985

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

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The Mummy - Tomb of the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Allan Quatermain and the... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Richard Chamberlain

Released: 1987

Directed by: Gary Nelson

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Tarzan and the Amazons ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Johnny Weissmuller, Henry Stephenson, Maria Ouspenskaya

Released: 1945

Directed by: Kurt Neumann

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At the Earth's Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing, Doug McClure

Released: 1976

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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She is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Christopher Lee, Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Day

She is a 1965 Metrocolor film made by Hammer Film Productionsin CinemaScope, based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. It was directed by Robert Day and stars Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, ...more
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The Land Unknown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Jock Mahoney, Bing Russell, Henry Brandon

Released: 1957

Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel

The Land Unknown is a sci-fi, CinemaScope adventure film about a naval expedition trapped in an Antarctic jungle. The story was allegedly inspired by the discovery of unusually warm water in ...more