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The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds  

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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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Journey to the Center of the E... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutchersonm, Seth Meyers
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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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez
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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The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Jill St. John, Claude Rains, David Hedison
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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The Lost City of Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller
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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Journey to the Center of the E... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was directed by Henry
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Bruce Cabot
King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. The screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose was from an ...more
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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser
The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia ...more
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner
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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The Land That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Doug McClure, Keith Barron
The Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The screenplay was written by Michael Moorcock. The film ...more
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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman
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) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
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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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou
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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Lost Horizon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Thomas Mitchell
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 Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is the third and final installment in the Mummy trilogy. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more
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The Road to El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Elton John, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh
The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Don Paul, with additional sequences by Will Finn and David ...more
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The People That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, David Prowse
The People That Time Forgot is a 1977 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel The People That Time Forgot and Out of Time's Abyss by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was produced by Britain's Amicus ...more
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The Valley of Gwangi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson
The Valley of Gwangi is a 1969 American western-fantasy film directed by Jim O'Connolly and written by William Bast. It stars James Franciscus and, in their final film appearances, Richard ...more
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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
King Solomon's Mines is a 1985 action adventure film, the third of five film adaptations of the 1885 novel by the same name by Henry Rider Haggard. It stars Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, ...more
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The Lost World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love, Wallace Beery
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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Journey 2: The Mysterious Isla... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Vanessa Hudgens, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a 2012 American 3D science fiction adventure comedy film directed by Brad Peyton. It is the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Following the first ...more
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Allan Quatermain and the Lost ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Richard Chamberlain
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is an adventure comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and released on January 30, 1987 in the United States. It is loosely based on the novel Allan ...more
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Tarzan and the Amazons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Johnny Weissmuller, Henry Stephenson, Maria Ouspenskaya
Tarzan and the Amazons is an adventure film starring Johnny Weissmuller in his ninth outing as Tarzan. Brenda Joyce makes the first of five appearances as Jane and Johnny Sheffield returns as ...more
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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy, Matt Lauer
Land of the Lost is a 2009 American adventure science fiction comedy film directed by Brad Silberling, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and Jimmy Miller, written by Chris Henchy and Dennis ...more
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Congo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds
Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett
Congo is a 1995 action adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. It was directed by Frank Marshall and stars Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, ...more