Great Adventure Movies / The Best Adventure Moviesby jefaud | created - 22 Jun 2011 | updated - 6 days ago | Public
Adventure and Action movies often get lumped together as one genre. This is a list of Adventure movies that I have assembled. I really love some of them. Others are not so good. I add new ones as I remember them or find them. You won't find many sci-fi / fantasy movies on this list. (including LOTR, Harry Potter, Princess Bride etc...) I was really going for the whole Indiana Jones type genre.
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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Votes: 821,791 | Gross: $248.16M
The standard of all adventure movies.
2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure
In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Votes: 410,645 | Gross: $179.87M
My son loves Short Round more than Indy.
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.
Votes: 641,161 | Gross: $197.17M
Probably the second best of the quadrilogy.
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure
In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.
Votes: 396,633 | Gross: $317.10M
Let's go for more adventures, Indy! Now that Disney owns this franchise, we'll probably be seeing more.
5. Untitled Indiana Jones Project (2021)
Action, Adventure | Announced
The plot is said to be based on one of the other books in the series.
I've been waiting for this for a while.
6. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1993)
TV-G | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The adventures of the archaeological treasure hunter in his youth as related by an elderly Indiana Jones.
I've been working my way through this series for over a year. The special features are like an education in history.
7. Romancing the Stone (1984)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A mousy romance novelist sets off for Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure hunting for treasure with a mercenary rogue.
Votes: 76,455 | Gross: $76.57M
South American Adventure plus great chemistry between the sexes.
8. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When Joan Wilder is abducted while on a trip along the Nile, her boyfriend, Jack Colton, and pal Ralph rush to rescue her and retrieve a fabled jewel.
Votes: 46,985 | Gross: $75.97M
As much as I loved the original...maybe, just maybe...this one shouldn't have been made.
9. Sahara (2005)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.
Votes: 87,307 | Gross: $68.67M
Are they ever going to make a sequel for this great adventure movie? The author of these books needs to get over himself and allow some sequels for this fun movie.
10. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy
An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.
Votes: 86,213 | Gross: $174.64M
Down under adventures. This one is more of a romantic comedy.
11. Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under.
Votes: 50,379 | Gross: $109.31M
Now that's a knife! This is the one that has the most adventure.
12. Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001)
PG | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Australian Outback adventurer Mick "Crocodile" Dundee travels to Los Angeles with his young son while his longtime companion suspects foul play at a movie studio.
Votes: 22,411 | Gross: $25.64M
"Na, I left me knife at home. I just have me pocket knife." This one is pretty much just a straight up attempt at 'fish out of water' comedy.
13. National Treasure (2004)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.
Votes: 286,980 | Gross: $173.01M
Revising American history adventure.
14. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Votes: 206,665 | Gross: $219.96M
Number 3 is on the way.
15. The Goonies (1985)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.
Votes: 220,345 | Gross: $61.50M
Cussing Kids adventure. I love this movie, but shame on Richard Donner for requiring these children to swear. This movie would be sooo much better without the cursing youngsters.
16. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.
Votes: 186,972 | Gross: $131.14M
Angelina did a pretty good job.
17. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Adventurer Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box, before an evil scientist finds it, and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.
Votes: 122,907 | Gross: $65.66M
Another sequel gone wrong. Olivia Wilde in talks to do the next one.
18. The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A bookworm becomes the librarian. Same night a magical spear gets stolen and he's off to get some real life experience around the globe on his quest for the spear - starting with being thrown off a plane over Amazonas by his cute helper.
One of the funnest made for TV movies plus two sequels. Very similar to National Treasure. Very cheezy special effects.
19. The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Librarian-turned-adventurer Flynn Carsen endeavors to find King Solomon's mines.
Love these made for TV movies!
20. The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Losing his girlfriend because he was at an auction dramatically getting the magical philosopher's stone instead of a date, he needs a vacation - New Orleans but finds himself busy saving Earth from the curse of the Judas chalice/vampires.
This one is also a favorite.
21. King Solomon's Mines (1985)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer.
Votes: 11,586 | Gross: $15.06M
Cheezy "Indiana Jonesish" adventure.
22. Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)
PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Allan Quatermain once again teams up with Jesse Huston where the discovery of a mysterious old gold piece sends Quatermain looking for his long-lost brother, missing in the wilds of Africa after seeking a lost white race.
Votes: 8,239 | Gross: $3.75M
Pretty obvious rip off of Indiana Jones.
23. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 791,920 | Gross: $402.45M
24. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.
Votes: 349,499 | Gross: $229.09M
Rumors of number 4 are getting stronger.
25. Jurassic Park III (2001)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Grant to go to Isla Sorna for a holiday, but their unexpected landing startles the island's new inhabitants.
Votes: 277,088 | Gross: $181.17M
Better than 2.
26. Jurassic World (2015)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Votes: 544,426 | Gross: $652.27M
27. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Votes: 226,389 | Gross: $417.72M
28. Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Family
On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.
Votes: 105,521 | Gross: $101.70M
29. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.
Votes: 84,583 | Gross: $103.86M
30. The Mask of Zorro (1998)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A young thief (Antonio Banderas), seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who also pursues vengeance of his own.
Votes: 157,773 | Gross: $94.10M
Latino folklore adventure.
31. The Legend of Zorro (2005)
PG | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.
Votes: 86,794 | Gross: $46.46M
adventure that makes zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's
32. The Mummy (2017)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
An ancient Egyptian princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Votes: 157,434 | Gross: $80.10M
33. The Mummy (1999)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
Votes: 369,781 | Gross: $155.25M
34. The Mummy Returns (2001)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.
Votes: 286,153 | Gross: $202.02M
More scary adventure.
35. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In the Far East, Alex O'Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O'Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago.
Votes: 142,489 | Gross: $102.49M
It even produced a spinoff trilogy.
36. The Scorpion King (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.
Votes: 123,924 | Gross: $91.05M
Plus two sequels.
37. Chinese Zodiac (2012)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts. The twelve bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.
The third in the Armour of God trilogy due out this year.
38. Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)
PG-13 | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Jackie is hired to help the UN find Nazi gold hidden in Sahara. He's accompanied from Spain by 2 (later 3) cute women. As there are others wanting the gold, lots of kung fu fighting and comedy follows.
Votes: 17,083 | Gross: $10.44M
Jackie Chan's shot at "Indiana Jones" plus a prequel Operation Condor 2 (made first) and a new one on the way.
39. Armour of God (1986)
R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.
Jackie was just dying to make an Indiana Jones knock off.
40. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Votes: 375,173 | Gross: $217.54M
I don't agree with the theories behind this one, but it is an entertaining movie.
41. Angels & Demons (2009)
PG-13 | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.
Votes: 254,958 | Gross: $133.38M
This one is a little better than the first.
42. Inferno (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Votes: 140,782 | Gross: $34.34M
43. Anaconda (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who forces them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.
Votes: 88,103 | Gross: $65.89M
Adventure on the river...with BIG snakes.
44. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
A scientific expedition sets out for Borneo to seek a flower called the Blood Orchid, which could grant longer life. Meanwhile, they run afoul of snakes and each other.
Votes: 26,467 | Gross: $32.24M
Plus a sequel.
45. Nim's Island (2008)
PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.
Votes: 31,781 | Gross: $48.01M
46. Return to Nim's Island (2013)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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47. The Phantom (1996)
PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.
Votes: 30,728 | Gross: $17.30M
48. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.
Votes: 158,442 | Gross: $66.47M
Allan Quartermain. I liked this one more than the critics did.