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The Best Movies About Finding Lost Worlds

Updated July 25, 2019 459 votes 43 voters 2.1k views37 items

List RulesMovies 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!

Vote up the greatest lost world movies to help your favorites get closer to the top of the list. If there's a good one you don't see here, add it, then check back later to see how other users rank your pick. 

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    The Lost World
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    The Lost World

    Jill St. John, Claude Rains

    Released1960

    Directed byIrwin Allen

    The Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lost City of Z
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    The Lost City of Z

    Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gray

    The Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film directed by James... more on Wikipedia

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    King Kong
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

    King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C.... more on Wikipedia

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2008

    Directed byEric Brevig

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2008 American 3-D science fantasy adventure film... more on Wikipedia

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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film... more on Wikipedia

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mummy
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers... more on Wikipedia

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    Kong: Skull Island
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    Kong: Skull Island

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson

    Directed byJordan Vogt-Roberts

    Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film... more on Wikipedia

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    The Mummy Returns
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    The Mummy Returns

    Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen... more on Wikipedia

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    King Kong
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    King Kong

    Naomi Watts, Jack Black

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Land That Time Forgot
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    The Land That Time Forgot

    Doug McClure, Keith Barron

    Released1975

    Directed byKevin Connor

    The Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land... more on Wikipedia

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    Lost Horizon
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    Lost Horizon

    Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt

    Released1937

    Directed byFrank Capra

    Lost Horizon is a 1937 American drama-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
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    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
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    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

    Vanessa Hudgens, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2012

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is a 2012 American 3D science fiction adventure comedy film... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lost World
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    The Lost World

    Arthur Conan Doyle, Bessie Love

    Released1925

    Directed byHarry O. Hoyt

    The Lost World is a 1925 silent fantasy adventure film and an adaptation of Arthur Conan... more on Wikipedia
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    The Road to El Dorado
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    The Road to El Dorado

    Elton John, Kevin Kline

    Released2000

    Directed byJeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul

    The Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Stargate
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    Stargate

    Kurt Russell, James Spader

    Released1994

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
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    The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello

    Released2008

    Directed byRob Cohen

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is... more on Wikipedia

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction... more on Wikipedia

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    King Solomon's Mines
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    King Solomon's Mines

    Sharon Stone, Richard Chamberlain

    Released1985

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    King Solomon's Mines is a 1985 action adventure film, the third of five film adaptations of... more on Wikipedia
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    Land of the Lost
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    Land of the Lost

    Will Ferrell, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2009

    Directed byBrad Silberling

    Land of the Lost is a 2009 American adventure science fiction comedy film directed by Brad... more on Wikipedia
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    Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
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    Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold

    Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones

    Released1987

    Directed byGary Nelson

    Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is an adventure comedy film directed by Gary Nelson... more on Wikipedia
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    Tarzan and the Amazons
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    Tarzan and the Amazons

    Johnny Weissmuller, Henry Stephenson

    Released1945

    Directed byKurt Neumann

    Tarzan and the Amazons is an adventure film starring Johnny Weissmuller in his ninth outing as... more on Wikipedia
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    At the Earth's Core
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    At the Earth's Core

    Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing

    Released1976

    Directed byKevin Connor

    At the Earth's Core is a 1976 fantasy-science fiction film produced by Britain's Amicus... more on Wikipedia
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    The Land Unknown
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    The Land Unknown

    Jock Mahoney, Bing Russell

    Released1957

    Directed byVirgil W. Vogel

    The Land Unknown is a sci-fi, CinemaScope adventure film about a naval expedition trapped in... more on Wikipedia
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    The Mole People
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    The Mole People

    Alan Napier, John Agar

    Released1956

    Directed byVirgil W. Vogel

    The Mole People is a 1956 science fiction film directed by Virgil W. Vogel.

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