Adventure!

by joe_538 | created - 22 Apr 2013 | updated - 25 Jul 2016 | Public

Swashbucklers, pirates, musketeers, knights, desert chieftans, samurai, and masked avengers. No fantasy films though, I made a separate list for them: Fantasy Adventure Films

"If you like kings and castles, swordfights, damsels in distress, and knights in armor... you were probably born in the wrong century." ---Ben Mankiewicz

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1. The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim, Noah Beery

Votes: 2,072

Douglas Fairbanks, the original action hero

2. The Three Musketeers (1921)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Mary MacLaren, Nigel De Brulier, Thomas Holding

Votes: 826 | Gross: $3.27M

3. Robin Hood (1922)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Romance

A nobleman becomes the vigilante Robin Hood who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett, Paul Dickey

Votes: 1,932 | Gross: $5.45M

4. The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Romance

When the king is drugged and abducted by his ambitious brother, a lookalike relative must take his place to keep the evil sibling off the throne.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Lewis Stone, Alice Terry, Robert Edeson, Stuart Holmes

Votes: 439

5. Cyrano de Bergerac (1923)

TV-G | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

Cyrano de Begerac is joyous, witty, a poet, a leader and filled with plenty of charisma and bravado in 17th Century France. He has only one flaw: an unusually long nose which makes him ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Pierre Magnier, Linda Moglia, Angelo Ferrari, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 273

6. Scaramouche (1923)

Passed | 124 min | Drama, Romance

When a nobleman murders his best friend, a lawyer becomes a revolutionary with his heart set on vengeance.

Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Lloyd Ingraham, Alice Terry, Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone

Votes: 493 | Gross: $0.94M

7. Captain Blood (1924)

110 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Peter Blood, a young Irish physician, treats a rebel soldier wounded in battle, and he is arrested, tried for treason and sent into slavery to Barbados. He and his friend Jeremy are bought ... See full summary »

Directors: David Smith, Albert E. Smith | Stars: J. Warren Kerrigan, Jean Paige, Charlotte Merriam, James Morrison

Votes: 44 | Gross: $0.21M

8. The Sea Hawk (1924)

Passed | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery

Votes: 452 | Gross: $0.78M

9. Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Romance

Don Cesar, son of Zorro, is framed for murder while visiting Spain, and becomes the whip-wielding outlaw Don Q.

Director: Donald Crisp | Stars: Mary Astor, Jack McDonald, Donald Crisp, Stella De Lanti

Votes: 391

10. Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Rafael Sabatini's story of the swashbuckling era and of Bardelys, the handsome courtier who could win any woman he set his mind to...and was not above boasting about it to all who would listen.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: John Gilbert, Eleanor Boardman, Roy D'Arcy, Lionel Belmore

Votes: 1,009 | Gross: $0.49M

11. The Black Pirate (1926)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Action

Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Director: Albert Parker | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,616 | Gross: $0.68M

12. Don Juan (1926)

Passed | 110 min | Adventure, Romance

In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor

Votes: 698 | Gross: $1.92M

13. The Beloved Rogue (1927)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Fran├žois Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Lawson Butt

Votes: 689

14. The Viking (1928)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Adventure, History

Vikings compete for power and the love of a woman.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Crisp, Pauline Starke, LeRoy Mason, Anders Randolf

Votes: 342

15. The Four Feathers (1929)

81 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself ... See full summary »

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Clive Brook, William Powell

Votes: 258

16. The Iron Mask (1929)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, History

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis

Votes: 1,113 | Gross: $3.27M

18. Captain Fracasse (1929)

92 min | Adventure, Drama

Capt. Fracasse, a down-on-his-luck nobleman, gives shelter at his estate one night to a troupe of traveling actors. He falls in love with Isabelle, an actress with the group. The next day, ... See full summary »

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Henry Wulschleger | Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Lien Deyers, Charles Boyer, Daniel Mendaille

Votes: 163

19. Hurricane (1929)

Passed | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Captain Black and his motley crew of pirates are shipwrecked on a south sea island, where they hold several shanghaied sailors captive. Black observes the ship commanded by "Hurricane ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ince | Stars: Hobart Bosworth, Johnny Mack Brown, Leila Hyams, Alan Roscoe

Votes: 20

20. Renegades (1930)

Passed | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Four one-for-all and all-for-one privates in the French Foreign Legion are all in jail for disorderly conduct, but they break out and rejoin their regiment and fight off a band of marauding... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Noah Beery, Gregory Gaye

Votes: 212

21. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

Passed | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 2,319

22. The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

What do women want? Don Juan (Douglas Fairbanks) is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a twenty-year absence. His wife Dolores (Benita Hume), with whom he hasn't lived in five ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Merle Oberon, Bruce Winston, Benita Hume

Votes: 502

23. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)

Not Rated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

A noblewoman discovers her husband is The Scarlet Pimpernel, a vigilante who rescues aristocrats from the blade of the guillotine.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 3,670

24. Treasure Island (1934)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Family

Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Lionel Barrymore, Otto Kruger

Votes: 2,287 | Gross: $2.54M

25. The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

Passed | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Three British soldiers on the Northwest Frontier of India struggle against the enemy - and themselves.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, Guy Standing

Votes: 2,472

26. The Last Outpost (1935)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

During WW1, the destinies of British officers Michael Andrews and John Stevenson seem intertwined on the battle front as much as on a more personal level.

Directors: Charles Barton, Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: Cary Grant, Gertrude Michael, Claude Rains, Margaret Swope

Votes: 385

27. Captain Blood (1935)

Passed | 119 min | Action, Adventure

After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 12,325

28. The Three Musketeers (1935)

Approved | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The young Gascon D'Artagnan arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Walter Abel, Paul Lukas, Margot Grahame, Heather Angel

Votes: 306

29. Under Two Flags (1936)

Approved | 112 min | Adventure, Romance

Sergeant Victor comes to the French Foreign Legion after taking the blame for his brother's crime. Cigarette falls in love with him though Major Doyle is in love with her. Doyle sends ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert, Victor McLaglen, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 357

30. The Bold Caballero (1936)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Commandant is making life rough for the colonials in Spanish California. While trying to help, Zorro is charged with the murder of the new Governor, but in the end he triumphs over the evil Commandant.

Director: Wells Root | Stars: Robert Livingston, Heather Angel, Sig Ruman, Ian Wolfe

Votes: 135

31. The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A poor boy named Tom Canty and the Prince of Wales exchange identities but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

Directors: William Keighley, William Dieterle | Stars: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson, Barton MacLane

Votes: 2,235

32. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey

Votes: 4,027

33. The Soldier and the Lady (1937)

Passed | 85 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A Russian courier struggles to deliver a message to the troops fighting Tartar invaders.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Elizabeth Allan, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame

Votes: 147

34. The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

Paris is Burning! Under the Iron Fist of Robespierre hundreds are executed, by the swift and bloodstained guillotine. Through these acts of injustice a new heroism is born - The League of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Director: Hanns Schwarz | Stars: Barry K. Barnes, Sophie Stewart, Margaretta Scott, James Mason

Votes: 229

35. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

97 Metascore

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains

Votes: 45,356 | Gross: $3.98M

36. The Black Corsair (1938)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Ciro Verrati, famed Italian fencing champion, stars as a soldier who turns pirate to avenge his honor. Nerio Barnardi plays the villain, and Slivan Jachino is on hand to provide the romance... See full summary »

Director: Amleto Palermi | Stars: Ciro Verratti, Silvana Jachino, Ada Biagini, Nerio Bernardi

Votes: 6

37. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 5,250

38. The Three Musketeers (1939)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

D'Artagnan sings and fronts for slapstick cowardly Ritz brothers posing as musketeers.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Don Ameche, Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz, Al Ritz

Votes: 466

39. The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Votes: 5,284

40. The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)

Passed | 113 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Despotic King Louis XIV discovers he has a twin brother who has grown up under the tutelage of his foster father, the patriotic musketeer D'Artagnan.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,392

41. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 10,493

42. The Sea Hawk (1940)

Approved | 127 min | Action, Adventure, History

Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp

Votes: 8,717

43. The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A young Spanish aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 8,949 | Gross: $4.36M

44. Captain Caution (1940)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Romance