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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Directed by: Irwin AllenThe Lost World is a 1960 fantasy adventure film loosely based on the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: James GrayThe Lost City of Z is a 2016 American biographical adventure drama film directed by James... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. SchoedsackKing Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C.... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Eric BrevigJourney to the Center of the Earth is a 2008 American 3-D science fantasy adventure film... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk WiseAtlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Henry LevinJourney to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Stephen SommersThe Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers... more on Wikipedia
Kong: Skull IslandTom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-RobertsKong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Stephen SommersThe Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Peter JacksonKing Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed,... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Kevin ConnorThe Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Frank CapraLost Horizon is a 1937 American drama-fantasy film directed by Frank Capra. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Brad PeytonJourney 2: The Mysterious Island is a 2012 American 3D science fiction adventure comedy film... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Harry O. HoytThe Lost World is a 1925 silent fantasy adventure film and an adaptation of Arthur Conan... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Silverman, Will Finn, Bibo Bergeron, Don PaulThe Road to El Dorado is a 2000 American animated musical adventure comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Roland EmmerichStargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Rob CohenThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Steven SpielbergIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: J. Lee ThompsonKing Solomon's Mines is a 1985 action adventure film, the third of five film adaptations of... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Brad SilberlingLand of the Lost is a 2009 American adventure science fiction comedy film directed by Brad... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Gary NelsonAllan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is an adventure comedy film directed by Gary Nelson... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Kurt NeumannTarzan and the Amazons is an adventure film starring Johnny Weissmuller in his ninth outing as... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Kevin ConnorAt the Earth's Core is a 1976 fantasy-science fiction film produced by Britain's Amicus... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Virgil W. VogelThe Land Unknown is a sci-fi, CinemaScope adventure film about a naval expedition trapped in... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Virgil W. VogelThe Mole People is a 1956 science fiction film directed by Virgil W. Vogel.