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1. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History

7.2
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56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 465,439 | Gross: $133.38M

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.4
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 838,369 | Gross: $248.16M

3. The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 374,860 | Gross: $155.25M

4. The Lost City of Z (2016)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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78 Metascore

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

Votes: 70,924 | Gross: $8.58M

5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 655,190 | Gross: $197.17M

6. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 276,638 | Gross: $50.87M

7. The Mummy Returns (2001)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo

Votes: 289,874 | Gross: $202.02M

8. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.9
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52 Metascore

A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian

Votes: 96,342 | Gross: $84.05M

9. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 42,946 | Gross: $3.00M

10. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 133,342

11. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.2
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62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 43,123 | Gross: $1.52M

12. Arthdal Chronicles (2019– )

80 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

8.2
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Arthdal Chronicles depicts the birth of civilization and nations in ancient times. It is a story of mythical heroes, their struggle, unity and love of people living in a virtual land called Arth.

Stars: Joong-Ki Song, Ji-won Kim, Dong-Gun Jang, Ok-bin Kim

Votes: 1,585

13. The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.4
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A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, Thomas G. Waites

Votes: 5,833 | Gross: $1.95M

14. Land of the Lost (1974–1977)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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A family is thrown back in time and must survive in a dinosaur dominated land.

Stars: Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Spencer Milligan, Phillip Paley

Votes: 2,330

15. Sonic X (2003–2006)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.1
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A slight malfunction causes Chaos Control, and sends Sonic the Hedgehog to Earth. While there, Sonic meets Chris Thorndyke, who aids at collecting the Chaos Emeralds, so Sonic and friends can go home.

Stars: Jun'ichi Kanemaru, Sanae Kobayashi, Jason Griffith, Suzanne Goldish

Votes: 3,260

16. Land of the Lost (1991–1992)

23 min | Adventure, Family, Comedy

6.9
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A family is trapped in a dinosaur dominated alternative world and must struggle to survive it.

Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jenny Drugan, Robert Gavin, Ed Gale

Votes: 770

17. Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »

Director: George Pal | Stars: Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall, William Smith

Votes: 1,480

18. Saludos Amigos (1942)

Approved | 42 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.2
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60 Metascore

Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson | Stars: Fred Shields, José Oliveira, Lee Blair, Mary Blair

Votes: 4,499

19. The Mole People (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier

Votes: 2,860

20. Unearthed (I) (2016– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

7.6
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Exploration of great archaeological discoveries, fascinating ancient civilizations, forgotten architectural marvels and tantalizing historical mysteries.

Stars: Steven Kearney, Jo Buckberry, Memo De Anda, Edith Hall

Votes: 149

21. Sri Siddhartha Gautama (2013)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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This is an extraordinary tale from over 2600 years ago, of a Prince who is endowed with everything he needs and more. Luxury, palaces and all hearts desires, are provided to him by his ... See full summary »

Director: Saman Weeraman | Stars: Gagan Malik, Anchal Singh, Ranjan Ramanayake, Anshu Malik

Votes: 184

22. The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000)

Unrated | 67 min | Drama

8.0
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Although in America, Helam witnesses the star heralding the birth of Christ, and 33 years later he faithfully awaits the promised coming of The Messiah despite persecution for this belief. ... See full summary »

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Rick Macy, Jeremy Hoop, Arianna Marsden, Joy Gardner

Votes: 700

23. Tales of Vesperia (2008 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.5
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A former Imperial soldier is thrown in jail and forms a guild called Brave Vesperia to aid Estelle, a noble woman he encountered while escaping.

Directors: Eiji Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Nagai, Takaaki Okuda, Yuichiro Sadahiro, Tsutomu Setomoto, Takeo Ogiwara, Takahiro Sasanoi | Stars: Kôsuke Toriumi, Mai Nakahara, Kumiko Watanabe, Rika Morinaga

Votes: 212

24. Zoids: Chaotic Century (1999– )

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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In the far reaches of the milkyway, on a planet called Zi, there are powerful machines with superior fighting skills called Zoids.

Stars: Carol-Anne Day, Dave Pettitt, Matthew Erickson, Victor Atelevich

Votes: 522

25. A Talking Picture (2003)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.6
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75 Metascore

Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Leonor Silveira, Filipa de Almeida, John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 1,851 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Metroid Prime (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

8.9
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A Space Pirate distress signal draws bounty hunter Samus Aran to Tallon IV, a world she discovers is being consumed by a terrible poison.

Director: Mark Pacini | Stars: Jennifer Hale, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 1,627

27. Breaking the Maya Code (2008)

TV-G | 116 min | Documentary, Mystery

7.6
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The complex and beautiful hieroglyphic script of the ancient Maya was until recently one of the last great untranslated writing systems. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Coe, ... See full summary »

Director: David Lebrun | Stars: Michael D. Coe, Ian Graham, Nikolai Grube, Peter Mathews

Votes: 249

28. Korg: 70,000 B.C. (1974– )

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.9
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A family of Neanderthals struggle to survive the harsh conditions of the Ice Age.

Stars: Jim Malinda, Bill Ewing, Naomi Newman, Christopher Man

Votes: 57

29. Jungle Moon Men (1955)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.0
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Priestess Oma is forever young in this Jungle Jim knockoff of "She" or the La of Opar stories from "Tarzan". The Jungle Jim type is played by Weissmuller using his own name.

Director: Charles S. Gould | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Jean Byron, Helene Stanton, William Henry

Votes: 246

30. Super Metroid (1994 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Family

9.1
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Samus Aran returns to the brooding planet Zebes to recover the last metroid from the Space Pirates.

Director: Yoshio Sakamoto | Stars: Kenji Yamamoto, Dan Owsen

Votes: 1,548

31. Columna (1968)

133 min | Drama, History

7.9
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The end of Trajan's Dacian Wars (106 AD), when south western Dacia was transformed into a Roman province: Roman Dacia.

Director: Mircea Dragan | Stars: Richard Johnson, Antonella Lualdi, Ilarion Ciobanu, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 561

32. Statues also Die (1953)

30 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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A documentary of black art.

Directors: Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais | Stars: Jean Négroni, François Mitterrand, Pope Pius XII, Sugar Ray Robinson

Votes: 1,007

33. 200 Proofs Earth Is Not a Spinning Ball (2015 Video)

119 min | Documentary

5.9
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A documentary by American researcher Eric Dubay about the Flat Earth Theory, this is one of the documentaries that sounds absurd at first but makes you think when you finish it, good ... See full summary »

Star: Eric Dubay

Votes: 17

34. Metroid (1986 Video Game)

E | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Samus Aran, a bounty hunter, is send to destroy a band of space pirates who stolen a Galactic Federation-owned space research vessel with samples of Metroid, a dangerous parasitic lifeform.

Directors: Yoshio Sakamoto, Satoru Okada

Votes: 1,119

35. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

8.4
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Upon becoming leader of the Space Pirates, Dark Samus launches meteoric Phazon Seeds at 3 planets crucial to the Galactic Federation. After being infected by phazon, Samus and her fellow bounty hunters set out to counter Dark Samus' forces.

Directors: Mark Pacini, Bryan Walker | Stars: Troy Baker, Lainie Frasier, Gray G. Haddock, Claire Hamilton

Votes: 828

36. Gilgamesh: First Epic

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | Announced

A time of magic in man's 1st epic poem etched 5000 years ago, haunted by the gods and rivaled by the stunning goddess Estera, young divine King Gilgamesh adopts a wild man as his best friend, infuriating Estera, who falls madly in love.

37. Asian Treasures (2007– )

Action, Adventure, History

6.4
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Asian Treasures is an engaging story involving the quest for hidden treasures that date back from the start of Philippine civilization. It is said that these treasures were gathered from ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Padilla, Angel Locsin, Marvin Agustin, Diana Zubiri

Votes: 34

38. Burebista (1980)

142 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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The life of Dacian war-leader Burebista who ruled between 80-44 B.C.and founded a strong Dacian Kingdom despite considerable pressure from the neighboring Celtic warlords and the Greek cities of the Black Sea coast.

Director: Gheorghe Vitanidis | Stars: George Constantin, Ion Dichiseanu, Emanoil Petrut, Alexandru Repan

Votes: 295

39. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Family

8.3
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Sent to assist a Galactic Federation squadron stranded on the planet Aether, Samus Aran is thrust into an all-but-lost war between the dying Luminoth race and the umbral demons known as the Ing, on a world torn between light and darkness.

Director: Mark Pacini | Stars: Jennifer Hale, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 813

40. Gilgamesh: Immortality

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | Announced

Heart-broken at the death of his wild friend Enkidu, King Gilgamesh abandons his kingdom to search for Immortality, embarking on Man's oldest odyssey, shadowed by the dangerous Goddess Estera, who falls madly in love.

Director: J.J. Alani

41. In Search of Ancient Astronauts (1973 TV Movie)

Documentary

6.5
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An edited version of the 1970 German documentary "Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" (Chariots of the Gods), this examines the theory that aliens have landed on Earth in ancient times and were ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Rod Serling, Harold P. Klein, James Lawless, Wernher von Braun

Votes: 110

42. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981 Video Game)

Adventure, Family

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Star: Christopher Frederick

Votes: 60

43. The Dance of Orion (2019)

39 min | Short | Completed

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Ancient Egypt. King Osiris is back at the Palace after a long journey across the country to educate his people. His brother, Seth, holds a royal banquet in his honor, in the presence of Queen Isis, Princess Nephtys and Thoth the Priest.

Director: Lo Pham | Stars: Henrietta Moore, Dominic Le Moignan, Soheila Clifford, Nicolas Le Moignan

44. Chac (1975)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Unique story of a village's attempts to solve drought by appealing to the powers of a mysterious mountain-dwelling diviner.

Director: Rolando Klein | Stars: Pablo Canche Balam, Alonzo Mendez Ton, Sebastian Santis, Pedro Tiez

Votes: 160

45. Bible Battles (2005 TV Special)

Documentary, History, War

7.7
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In one of the most hostile lands on the planet, an ancient people called the Israelites forged an army and carved out an empire. Their ancient military exploits are described in one of ... See full summary »

Director: David Padrusch | Stars: Aaron Angello, Scott Ashby, Orion Barnes, Eric Jay Beck

Votes: 60

46. Paradjanov: The Color of Armenian Land (1969)

16 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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Blacklisted for portraying his dissident friends Paradjanov and Minas, Vartanov had to wait 20 years to complete the trilogy with Minas: A Requiem (1989) and Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)

Director: Mikhail Vartanov | Stars: Sergei Parajanov, Mikhail Vartanov, Minas Avetisyan, Sofiko Chiaureli

Votes: 54

47. Quest for the Lost City (1955)

64 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.6
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A documentary account of the hardships and adventures encountered by an American couple seeking the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in the jungles north of the Guatemala-Mexico border.

Director: Dana Lamb | Stars: Hal Gibney, Tom Harmon, Dana Lamb, Ginger Lamb

Votes: 11

48. Are We Alone in the Universe? (1978)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

7.2
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Presents evidence that visitors from other galaxies shared their advanced knowledge with ancient man.

Director: George Gale | Star: Hugh Douglas

Votes: 27

49. Omer et le fils de l'étoile (1992–1993)

26 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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Stars: Adi Fox, Eva Hadad, Jonathan Hava, Johanan Herson

Votes: 23

50. Ramses ja unet (1982)

80 min | Documentary

4.9
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Director: Heikki Partanen | Stars: Rauno Ketonen, Markku Blomqvist, Asko Sarkola, Jukka Sipilä

Votes: 7



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