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The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite adventure movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

It's time to vote for the best recent adventure movies. One of the great thrills of cinema is being able to vicariously live out amazing journeys and daring adventures. We get to feel some of the excitement of doing things that we could never do in real life. Films that deliver on that promise have long been popular, often becoming box office blockbusters. Modern advancements in CGI technology and stunt work have allowed current adventure movies to sweep audiences away more powerfully than ever.

There is a wide scope within the genre, which is one of its most impressive qualities. The most exciting new adventure movies are a diverse lot. The Martian is science-based and generally pretty plausible. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, on the other hand, puts realistic characters into a completely unrealistic -- but undeniably thrilling -- situation. Then there's something like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is proudly and completely in the realm of fantasy. All of them get the viewer's adrenaline pumping as they watch.

Vote up your favorites on this list of new adventure movies. Don't see the one you like the most? Add it so that other users can rank it. 

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American family film directed by James Bobin, based on the Nickelodeon series. Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents ...more
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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
This film is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John ...more
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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more
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Kingsman: The Secret Service is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising ...more
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The Revenant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson
The Revenant is a 2015 American semi-biographical epic western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A frontiersman (Leonardo DiCaprio) on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ...more
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn ...more
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
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Alpha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Jens Hultén
Alpha is a 2018 American historical drama film directed by Albert Hughes. After a hunting expedition 20,000 years ago in Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period goes awry, a young caveman ...more
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Passengers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Passengers is a 2016 romantic science fiction thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts. It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as two people who awake, 90 years too ...more
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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo
Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh ...more
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is an upcoming 2015 adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the second of two cinematic parts ...more
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Solo: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
This film is a 2018 American space Western film directed by Ron Howard. Before joining the Rebellion, a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) has adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, and ...more
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Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on the Transformers' character. In 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town ...more
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The Legend of Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie
The Legend of Tarzan is a 2016 American adventure film directed by David Yates, based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard), having acclimated ...more
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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes are embroiled in a conflict ...more
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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
Spectre is a 2015 spy film directed by Sam Mendes, and the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond film series. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is pitted against the global organization Spectre and their ...more
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Adrift is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
Adrift is a 2018 American romance drama film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on a true story. When Tami (Shailene Woodley) and Richard (Sam Claflin) are hit by a storm while sailing, ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the 2001 book by J. K. Rowling. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New ...more
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Tomb Raider is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
Tomb Raider is a 2018 American action adventure film directed by Roar Uthaug. Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond ...more
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Kubo and the Two Strings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey
Kubo and the Two Strings is a 2016 American 3D stop-motion action fantasy film directed and produced by Travis Knight. The film revolves around Kubo, a young boy who wields a magical shamisen ...more