This time, we are going to list down what we feel are the best adventure movies. Adventure tales have always grabbed a special spot in the culture of society. They may not have the emotional punch of a complex drama or the stimulation of a great horror story. But, however, they are the greatest way to provide the audience with a sense of wonder.
The great strength of the adventure story is its ability to separate the viewer from reality. It also transports them on a journey; a journey that provides thrills and romance along the way. These stories’ universal appeal and timeless quality ensure that more adventures will always be told.
From the early days of film, the adventure genre has been one of the most popular genres; from the early silent fantasies and swashbucklers to the present, effects-heavy blockbusters. One of the greatest things about the adventure genre is that there are no limits to the “whos”, “whens” or “wheres” of the story. That is as long as there are intrigue and high spirits. On this list to follow, there are featured, many best adventure movies from all periods in film, taking place in all corners of the world, and beyond. This is a list of Thebiem‘s thirty best adventure movies.
30 Best Adventure Movies List
30. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
This dashing and adventurous tale follows the mission of two people; Captain Jack Sparrow, a shrewd pirate, and Will Turner, an ingenious blacksmith. They are in search of Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the lover of Will, has been abducted by the dreaded Captain Barbossa. Little do they know that the vicious and smart Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his gigantic crew, is under an age-old curse, damned forever to either live nor die. That is unless a blood sacrifice is made. Now, Jack and Will must embark on an adventurous journey to retrieve Elizabeth. Also, Jack intends to end the long feud between him and Barbossa.
The first “Pirates” is one of the most entertaining and daring adventure movies to ever grace the big screen. Everything from acting and the acting is top notch. It is a movie that you should definitely check out and that’s why it earns a place in our best adventure movies list.
In spite of being an amazing sniffer and his brilliant palate, Remy’s fantasies of becoming a chef seem very bad. It is simply due to the fact he’s a rat! Through a series of accidents, he ends up in the world-renowned restaurant of his late legend, Auguste Gusteau. With a dash of culinary strength and the help of a garbage boy Linguini, Remy comes up with exquisite meals. Also, these meals impress even the unkind chef Skinner and food critic Anton Ego. Together they rule the kitchen and show that big dreams can come true no matter how tiny you are.
This is a very fun and touching tale about a rat and its ambitions. Also, it deals with the way humans view rodents and how they treat them. It also talks about how one should follow their dreams no matter how outlandish it is. Thus this takes a spot in our best adventure movies list.
28. The Princess Bride
A benevolent grandfather sits down with his sick grandson and reads him a story. This story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic narrative of love and adventure. The pretty Buttercup, betrothed to the repulsive Prince Humperdinck, is abducted and held against her will in order to start a war. It is up to Westley (her childhood sweetheart, now returned as the feared Pirate Roberts) to rescue her. On the way, he meets a thief and his hired helpers; a masterly swordsman and a huge, extremely powerful giant, both of whom become Westley’s partners in his quest.
We hardly see very strong female characters in movies. This one hs one of the best female protagonists in an animated feature; to be honest in movies in general. For this reason and many more, it grabs a spot in our best adventure movies list.
27. Monsters, Inc.
A city of monsters with no humans named Monstropolis centers around the city’s power corporation, Monsters, Inc. The adorable, strong, furry blue colossus-like giant monster named James P. Sullivan and his witty best friend, short, green Cyclops monster Mike Wazowski, find out what happens when the human world interacts with theirs. They find out in the form of a 2-year-old baby girl they call “Boo”. Boo fortuitously sneaks into the monster world along with Sulley one night. And now it’s up to Sulley and Mike to escort Boo back to her world before someone finds out. They especially want to hide Boo from two evil villains; Sulley’s main rival as a scarer, chameleon-like Randall, who holds the ability to change the color of his skin; Mike and Sulley’s boss Mr. Waternoose, the chairman and chief executive officer of Monsters, Inc.
Other than being a very fun movie that you can enjoy with your friends. it is also a touching tale about a monster still being soft natured at heart. The animation is top notch, the character and the story are amazing. What more do you need? It grabs a spot in our best adventure movies list.
26. How to Train Your Dragon
Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, a youth Viking, Hiccup, yearns to join his town’s battle against the dragons that continuously raid their town. However, his father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not let his young, awkward, but a creative son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup goes out into battle and brings down a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention. But he can’t bring himself to murder it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he calls Toothless, start a friendship that would open up both their worlds. The observant boy comes to know that his people have misjudged the dragons. But even as both of them take flight in their own way, they realize that they must fight the devastating ignorance tormenting their world.
This is where it all started. How to Train Your Dragon series is one of the best animation trilogies out there and this first installment is arguably the best among them. It deserves a place in our best adventure movies list.
25. Howl’s Moving Castle
Young Sophie Hatter is damned by the Witch of the Waste and turns into a withered crone. Embarrassed by how she looks, she runs away into the hills where a moving castle roams the hills. It is said to be the property of the young and attractive sorcerer Howl, who has a nasty reputation.
Inside the castle, Sophie becomes friend with the fire demon Calcifer, who assures to help her turn young again. Also, one catch: she should help Calcifer to be free from Howl, and Calcifer is not able to tell her how. However, Sophie decides to stay and tries to find out about the contract in other ways. Still, Howl can sense that Sophie is under a spell like Calcifer can. Also, he falls in love with her for who she is and not for how she looks like. Sophie manages to bring life to the moving castle, and she assists Howl to face his erstwhile tutor, Madam Suliman.
Carl Fredricksen is a childish lad and a dreamer who worships the adventurer Charles Muntz. When he meets Ellie, who also idolizes Muntz, they become really close friends. However, Charles Muntz slides into shame, indicted for finding the skeleton of the monster of Paradise Falls. He travels in his blimp to South America to conjure the monster back alive but is never to be seen again.
With time, Carl grows up and weds Ellie. They promise each other that they would travel together to Paradise Falls and build a house there. Many years later, Ellie passes away and Carl, who’s alone, declines to move from his house in spite of the offers from the owner of a construction company. When Carl fortuitously hits a worker who broke his mailbox, he is sentenced to move to a retirement home. However, he uses lots of balloons to make his house float in hopes to travel to Paradise Falls. Adventure begins.
Up is an amazing movie. Nobody will deny that. But why is it so special? Like any great animated movie, it gets its characters and their motivations right. The characters are amazing and the story is so cute and sad at the same time. It is a must watch and grabs a place in our best adventure movies list.
23. Inside Out
Growing up can be an uneven road, and it’s no different for Riley, who is uprooted from her Middle West life when her dad starts a new life in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is controlled by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions exist in Headquarters, the control center within Riley’s mind, where they assist in advising her through day-to-day life. As Riley and her emotions fight to tune to a new life in San Francisco and confusion spreads in Headquarters. Even though Joy, Riley’s principal, and most major emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions fight on how best to steer through a new city, house, and school.
22. North by Northwest
Madison Avenue advertisement agent Roger Thornhill finds himself pushed into the world of espionage when he is wrongly accused of a man under the name of George Kaplan. Overseas spy Philip Vandamm and his aide Leonard try to discard him. But Thornhill is framed for murder when he tries to make sense about what is going on. Now on the run from the police, he finds a way to board the 20th Century Limited on its way to Chicago where he encounters a beautiful blond. Her name is Eve Kendall, who aids him to escape the authorities. His world is turned upside down once again when he comes to know that Eve is not the innocent onlooker he thought she was. Not all is as it seems, however, heading to a dramatic rescue and abscond at the top of Mt. Rushmore.
21. Lawrence of Arabia
An excessively complex man who has been called everything from hero, to fraud, to callous, T.E. Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert. Later he sought invisibility as a normal soldier under an assumed name. This story begins with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of forty-six. Later it flashbacks to recall his escapades; as a youthful intelligence official in Cairo in 1916, he is provided leave to investigate the progression of the Arab rebellion against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he arranges a guerrilla army and, for two years, guides the Arabs in tormenting the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking, and camel attacks. In time, he leads his army towards the north and aids a British General to obliterate the power of the Ottoman Empire.
20. 2001: A Space Odyssey
“2001; A Space Odyssey” is a story about evolution. Somewhere in the faraway past, some person or something jogged evolution by planting a monolith on Earth; presumably somewhere else throughout the universe as well. Evolution then allowed mankind to reach the moon’s surface, where yet another monolith is found. This is one of the monoliths that signals the placers of the monoliths how much mankind has evolved that far. Now a race starts between computers and humans to reach the monolith placers. The first one to reach them will reach the next step in evolution, whatever that may be.
19. Inglorious Basterds
During World War II, Lt. Aldo Raine leads his band of Jewish-American soldiers called the Basterds behind enemy lines in Nazi-captured France. Their task sounds easy on paper: kill the Nazis. They also have a very violent ritual after they kill their enemies; scalping their victims. Soon they are famous and terrified throughout the German army.
In Paris, Shosanna owns a cinema and through a chance meeting with a Nazi war hero, she is chosen to host the premiere of one of Dr. Josef Goebbels propaganda movie. With every one of the German high command planned to attend including Hitler, Goering and Martin Bormann it looks like the perfect chance for Lt. Raine and co. to bring the war to a quick end. Shosanna, who is Jewish and whose parents and siblings were murdered before her eyes, also has her own agenda for the evening. When she comes to know that the man who murdered her family Colonel Hans Landa, also known as the Jew Hunter, will also be present, it makes her own plans complete.
18. Toy Story 3
Andy is now seventeen years old and ready to head off to college, leaving Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the others of the toy-box group to think about their futures. When the toys are fortuitously donated to the Sunnyside Daycare center they’re originally ecstatic to once again be played with. But their happiness immediately gives way to horror as they find out the true colors of the establishment. Also, the center is under the control of the illusively welcoming “Lotso” Bear. Now, all of the toys must come together in one last, mad plan to flee their confines and return home to Andy.
17. Das Boot
A look at the lives of the colonels and soldiers of the U-96, a German U-boat guarding the North Atlantic during World War Two. Led by Captain Lieutenant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, the men, for the most part, are experienced veterans of undersea duty. For the newly enlisted, including military journalist Lieutenant Werner, it’s all a bit of an eye-opener. The bunks that are shared by the men are completely crammed; while one person is on duty, the other gets to sleep. Also, there is hardly enough room for more than two men in corridors at any one time.
Their outing is also filled by lengthy periods of boredom while they search for enemy ships to attack. Also, there are times of total terror when they find themselves under attack by Allied naval vessels. During the whole time, the men group together, cynical about just what they are doing but also satisfied with their achievements.
Ellen Ripley, the only survivor of the Xenomorph attack on the ship Nostromo, wakes up fifty-seven years later when she is discovered by a salvage vessel. The welcome given to her by the Company officials is far from nice as they refuse to believe her finding of alien existence. Also, they revoke her flight officer’s license. Much to her terror, Ripley also finds out that the moon LV-426, where her crew had discovered the Xenomorph species for the first time, is now occupied by the Company. But when all contact from the moon is gone, Ripley is called back into action again as an advisor to a team of muscled space marines with a great deal of firepower. To get rid of her recurring nightmares of the Xenomorph, Ripley prepares for a final showdown with the Xenomorphs. And this time, there are many of them out there.
15. Princess Mononoke
While saving his village from raging boar-god/demon, a self-assured young soldier, Ashitaka, is struck by a lethal curse. To protect his life, he must travel to the forests of the west. Once there, he gets involved in a ferocious campaign that humans were executing on the forest. The determined Lady Eboshi and her devoted group use their guns against the gods of the forest. Also, they use a brave young girl, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka notices the good in both sides and tries to arise from the flood of blood. This is met with strong hostility from both sides as they each see him as supporting the other.
It’s so much later in the third millennium, and Earth has become an unlivable wasteland where nothing will ever grow. Several hundred years before, a company called Buy-N-Large transported all humans off the planet to live on starships. They are waiting for their time until Earth is able to restore itself into an inhabitable planet. They also left WALL·E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth-Class) robots on Earth to clean up and compress all the industrial waste. Only one WALL·E remains and it has acquired emotions and the capacity to feel. In order to live emotionally, WALL·E uses whatever it can find as benchmarks to past life on Earth.
Despite their initial antagonistic encounter, WALL·E befriends an EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator). It is a robot sent from the main ship, Axiom, like a sensor to measure if life has regenerated on Earth. Not knowing about EVE’s task, WALL·E is amazed by EVE’s interest in a small seedling WALL·E previously found. Since EVE needs to escort the seedling back to Axiom, WALL·E, not wanting to lose its new friend, sneaks as a stowaway to Axiom. An amalgamation of WALL·E making his way to Axiom and EVE taking back the seedling leads to the risk of both their survival Also, AUTO, the automated pilot flying Axiom, has its own plans against the habitation of Earth.
The unruly Miguel, a 12-year-old Mexican boy, and a positive musician are not able to understand the family’s continuing prohibition on all music. This is more bothering especially when his idol and the greatest guitar player to ever live, the departed Ernesto de la Cruz is the town’s hero. However, an unintentional mistake on the Holy Day of the Dead will mystically take Miguel to the faraway and busy Land of the Dead. This is a place where the rogue skeleton, Hector, will guide the way through the lively underworld. Also, he will aid the young intruder to find a lost ancestor. But can they do it before dawn?
12. Raiders of the Lost Arc
It is the spring of 1936. In the dense jungle of the South American continent, a well-known archeologist and expert on the phenomenon is studying parts of a map. Out of nowhere, one of his exploration party pulls a gun. The archeologist takes out a bullwhip and with it he disarms him, sending him running. Thus, Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones stays alive. He and a guide enter a dark and extremely vast cave that houses several traps created by the ancient race. Thee ancient people hid inside a famous handheld statue; Indy barely escapes the traps but is captured by native tribesmen who serve Belloq, an old foe who arrogantly makes it out with the statue. Now Indy must run for his life and flee on a friend’s seaplane.
Back in the US, two agents from US Army intelligence tell him about Nazi German schemes in archeology. Also, this includes a large excavation site in Egypt; a site that an intercepted radio call specifies to Indy is the location of the Ark of the Covenant. It is the powerful chest housing the Ten Commandments which the Nazis can use to destroy any enemy. Indy must join hands with a former girlfriend and an old chum in Cairo to sneak past the Nazi site and reach home with the Ark. But along the way, Indy gets involved in a series of fights, chases, and traps before the Nazis learn the full power of the Ark.
11. Back to the Future
The year is 1985. Marty McFly, a well-mannered high school student, stops by Dr. Emmett L. Brown’s lab to play around with an amplifier. Then he gets a message from Doc saying that he needs Marty’s help for the Doc’s latest invention; the time machine made out of a DeLorean sports car that can drift through time immediately when it reaches a high velocity of 88 miles per hour. Later that night, Doc is killed by Libyan Nationalists. Also, Marty makes an effort to evade the Lybians by using the DeLorean sports car.
This leads to Marty accidentally sending himself into 1955. Here he meets both of his parents when they were teenagers. Also, Marty accidentally interrupts his parent’s first meeting together and he then finds a younger version of Doc. Then together they try to find a solution to get Marty’s parents-to-be back together and to let Marty go back to 1985.
10. The Lion King
A young lion cub who cannot wait to become the King of the Pride Rocks finds himself in a life-changing scenario. His villainous and jealous uncle plots, along with the hyenas, to overtake the kingdom and start a dictatorship. Obtaining the advice from his old counselors Zazu and Rafiki and with the aid of his new friends Timone and Pumbaa; and the surprise warning of a familiar face, while discovering the way of love through his childhood girlfriend Nala; Simba will break free the Savanna from the reign of terror by Scar and restoring the natural order to the Circle of Life.
The Lion King is a Disney property perceived by many as the Peak of Animation; Having a great plot, funny and captivating characters and the most celebrated soundtrack in a kid’s film. The plot is elementary and straightforward. But a simple plot does not mean that the movie is simple. This movie is groundbreaking in many ways, even for today’s standards. Very few animated movies make even adults cry and The Lion King tops that list of movies. It deserves a spot in our best adventure movies list.
In Gladiator, triumphant general Maximus Decimus Meridias has been asked to be the successor of Rome and its empire by dying emperor Marcus Aurelius. But Marcus’ forgotten and power-hungry son, Commodus, has other plans. Escaping an execution ordered by Commodus, Maximus hurries back to his home in Spain. But it is too late to save his wife and son from the same order.
Taken as a slave and trained as a gladiator by Proximo, Maximus lives only because one day he might take his revenge. Also, he lives to fulfill the dying wish of his emperor. That time comes soon when Proximo’s troupe is asked to come to Rome to participate in a line of gladiator games hosted by the new emperor, Commodus. Once in Rome, Maximus wastes no time in making his presence felt, and is soon involved in a plan to get rid of the emperor with his former-love Lucilla. Also, Lucilla is Commodus’ sister. Will Maximus be able to take revenge on the man who murdered his family and saves Rome from the clutches of Commodus?
08. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Peter Parker thinks that he is the only Spider-Man; except there are many more Spider-Men out there in the multiverse known as ‘The Spider-Verse’. After down-on-his-luck teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider, he possesses new powers that the OG Spider-Man possesses. Later, he sees Spider-Man put an end to the Kingpin’s dimension-crossing super-collider; only for the Kingpin to murder him later. Seeing his hero die before him, Miles wishes to avenge Peter’s Spider-Man and obliterate the collider once and for all. Not known to Morales, there’s another Peter Parker from another dimension.
07. Spirited Away
Chihiro and her parents are going to live in a little Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro’s shock. On the path to their new house, Chihiro’s dad makes a wrong turn and drives down an isolated one-lane road which leads them to a dead-end in front of a tunnel. Her parents make a decision to stop the car and tour the area. They go through the tunnel and find a deserted amusement park on the other side, with its very own small town. When her parents spot a restaurant with great-aroma food but no people, they take a decision to eat and pay afterward. However, Chihiro declines to eat and wants to explore the theme park a little more. She encounters a boy called Haku who informs her that Chihiro and her parents’ lives are in peril, and they must leave instantly.
She speeds to the restaurant and realizes that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a place infested with demons, spirits, and wicked gods. At the middle of the town is a public bathhouse where these beasts go to take rest. The landlord of the bathhouse is the wicked sorceress Yubaba. Also, she is determined on taking custody of all intruders as workers, including Chihiro. Chihiro must depend on Haku to rescue her parents in hopes of going back to their world.
This is considered to be one of the best adventure movies of all time. This movie takes a very outlandish and violent story and gives us a masterpiece. It deserves a spot in our best adventure movies list for this reason alone.
In the close future around the Midwest of America, Cooper, an ex-engineer and pilot is living in his farmland with his daughter Murph and son Tom. As destructive sandstorms ruin Earth’s crops, the people of Earth notice that their life here is coming to an end. This is because the food starts to run out.
Accidentally stumbling upon a N.A.S.A. base near Cooper’s farmland, Cooper is asked to go on an audacious mission with a few other scientists. He is asked to go with the others into a wormhole because of Cooper’s scientific knowledge. They also ask him to be a part of it because of his ability to pilot an aircraft, unlike the other crew members. In order to find a new home while Earth perishes, Cooper must determine to either stay, or risk never seeing his children again. He chooses the latter in order to save the human race by discovering another habitable planet.
05. Seven Samurai
In the Sixteenth Century, in Japan, a poor village is frequently looted by armed bandits losing their crops of rice.
Their patriarch grandad advises the villagers to recruit a Ronin to defend their village.
Four farmers head to the city to find out their potential protectors, but they just can offer three meals of rice per day and lodging for the samurai.
They triumph in hiring the warming-hearted veteran Kambei Shimada that advises that they require six more samurai to guard their lands.
Kambei recruits the required five samurai and therefore the brave fool Kikuchiyo and move to the village.
After a feared reception, Kambei plots a defense strategy and therefore the samurai begin teaching the farmers the way to defend their lands and families for the battle that approaches.
04. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the other rebels did not conclude with the obliteration of the Death Star. Imperial armies have since caused the Rebels to move and hide in the ice planet of Hoth. But even on such a cold, backward world, they can’t escape the nightmare called Darth Vader for long. He obliterates the Rebel base in a battle with the devastating AT-AT walkers.
Luke escapes to Dagobah to start the Jedi training with Master Yoda. Also, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and C-3PO run the siege of Imperial Star Destroyers in the Millennium Falcon. The Imperials chase them all over the galaxy and in time catch up with them on Bespin. Now Darth Vader intents to use them as bait to lure Luke Skywalker to him. Also, he turns Han Solo over to Boba Fett as a reward to be taken to crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Luke comes to know about a terrible family secret after losing a lightsaber battle with the Dark Lord. Will he, and the others, escape the Empire’s grasp?
This movie is not just one of the best adventure movies but it is also one of the best movies ever made. It took the lighthearted treatment of the original movie and threw it out of the window. It is a legendary movie and one that every adventure movie lover should check out.
Dom Cobb is an experienced thief, the outright best in the risky art of extraction; thieving valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s gifted ability has made him a precious player in this traitorous new world of corporate espionage. But it has also made him an international runaway and cost him everything he has always loved.
Now Cobb is being given a chance at absolution. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can achieve the impossible, inception. Instead of the penultimate heist, Cobb and his band of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to thieve an idea but to plant one. If they triumph, it will be a perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can ready the team for the threatening enemy that seems to anticipate their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.
02. Avengers: Endgame
After the shocking climax of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in mourning due to the snap of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the aid of remaining superheroes, the Avengers must assemble for one last time in order to undo Thanos’s decimation. Also, they must undo the mayhem caused in the universe, no matter what outcome may be in store and no matter whom they fight.
10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end with this epic conclusion. This is not just a movie; it is an experience. What Marvel has done is unprecedented and revolutionary and cinematic universes will never be the same. This is not just one of the best superhero movies ever made but it is also one of the best finales a movie has ever had.
01. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Gondor is invaded by the orcs of Mordor, and Gandalf travels to Minas Tirith to help the humans in the war that is to come. Aragorn must understand his true identity and mission as the King of Men. So, he must travel with Gimli and Legolas to gather the Army of the Dead so that the fight against evil can be won. Meanwhile, delusion and intuition rise between Frodo, Sam, and Gollum as they pursue their growingly dark and risky travel to Mount Doom; to destroy the ring once and for all in the one place they actually can.
Talk about an epic conclusion to the best trilogy of all time. Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of those achievements where the movies are better than the novels. Trust us and watch this one. It will be the best 12 hours of your life.