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The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated March 17, 2020 4.9k votes 473 voters 8.7k views 60 items

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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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

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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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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
3
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

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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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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 Revenant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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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Kingsman: The Secret Ser... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Lady Gaga, David Beckham, Elton John

Released: 2015

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2014 action spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn. A street kid (Taron Egerton) is recruited into an elite agency's training program, just as a tech genius ...more
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Jumanji: Welcome to the ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Directed by: Scott Rosenberg

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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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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
9
Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

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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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more
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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Teenager Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan), who frequents the ...more
12
Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. 22 years after the events of Jurassic ...more
13
Star Wars: The Force Awa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 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. ...more
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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

Released: 2015

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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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Kong: Skull Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
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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Passengers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen

Released: 2016

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

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
17
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Bumblebee Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Directed by: Travis Knight

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
18
War for the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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
19
The Avengers: Age of Ult... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2015

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more
20
Star Trek Beyond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana

Directed by: Justin Lin

Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fiction adventure film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene ...more
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Dora and the Lost City o... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Temuera Morrison

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Bobin

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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Solo: A Star Wars Story ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Solo: A Star Wars Story Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ron Howard

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
23
Fantastic Beasts and Whe... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Yates

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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Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Aquaman Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Wan

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the DC Comics character, directed by James Wan. The ruler of Atlantis, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is caught between land dwellers that are ...more
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Adventure Movies of the Last Few Years
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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