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The best adventure movies of all time

The best adventure movies of all time

15 ways to find yourself in a lost temple , fantasy Middle-earth , open ocean or more.

In a sense, each film is an adventure, an act of overcoming everyday life, subordinating the viewer to the mysterious world of storytelling. When you watch a movie, you become attached to the protagonist and, without looking back, agree to accompany him on this cinematic adventure. But of course, some of them will be more fun than others. Whether you prefer bungee jumping in the jungle or swimming in the open sea, these films promise an exciting movie journey.

“Stay with me” / Stand by Me

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Rob Reiner’s iconic film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Body is an extraordinary growing up story set in 1959. River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell play teenagers who decide to find the body of a missing boy for a cash reward. The film is a mixture of hilariously rude teenage humor, nostalgic scenes, and reflections on innocence, maturity and friendship.

Life of Pi

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Few sea voyages begin with a shipwreck, but such is Life of Pi, a motion picture based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel. Directed by Ang Lee and starring the late Irfan Khan and Suraj Sharma, the film weaves a gripping tale of spiritual discovery as a shipwrecked young man finds himself on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Like “Outcast”, only Bengal tiger instead of a volleyball).

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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The first part of the film adaptation of the cult epic novels by JRR Tolkien from director Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, introduces us to a fictional universe – Middle-earth and its inhabitants. Viewers join the dangerous adventures of the young hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) and his companions – played by Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and others.

Moonrise Kingdom

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Nothing beats the adventure of two twelve-year-olds in love who fled to an island off the coast of New England. This whimsical and unusual comedy is as Wes-Andersonian as possible: the peak of aesthetic pleasure from sets and costumes, to obsession with precise cinematography and script, and, of course, the vast majority of famous actors.

The Hidden Fortress

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“Three villains in a hidden fortress” from the beloved Japanese director Akira Kurosawa tells the story of two peasants caught in an unexpected adventure – they need to accompany a man and a woman behind enemy lines in the midst of a war. The joint journey takes on a particularly comical and dramatic turn when it is revealed that the two are actually accompanying a military general and a princess.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

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Shia LaBeouf and Zach Gottzagen play a thieving fisherman and a young man with Down syndrome who, once on the run, suddenly become friends. Gottsagen’s hero escaped from his shelter, deciding to build a dream career in professional wrestling, but one of the caring nurses eventually catches up with two friends on the loose. Although, in fact, she becomes an ideal third companion for them.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

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In the first part of the famous Indiana Jones franchise, Harrison Ford plays an archaeologist trying to stop a group of Nazis from stealing a precious religious relic – the Ark of the Covenant. This epic directed by Steven Spielberg is a classic Hollywood example of the hero’s adventures, with Dr. Jones and his trademark whip and, of course, his Achilles heel – snakes.

2001: A Space Odyssey

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The result of the joint work of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur Clarke based on Clark’s story “The Sentinel” is a monolith in the history of cinema, which to this day is a subject for film and cultural analysis. The mysterious sci-fi thriller, in addition to its disturbing skill in filming, is an ominous reflection of man versus machine that will make you feel as if you are looking directly into the piercing red screen of your own existence.

Cast away

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Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a FedEx delivery engineer, stranded on a desert island while on assignment. In the confrontation between man and nature, the days, counted to one, spent by Noland with his friend – a volleyball, became something more than a test of his will. They became a test of humanity and the world as he knew it.

“Jurassic Park” / Jurassic Park

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Another massive blockbuster by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park, talks about the consequences of the desire to recreate dinosaurs for an amusement park. Amazingly, even in the movies, billionaires do not think about the ethics of their adventures. The lack of technological savvy of some of the characters is compensated by the filmmaking itself with the help of special effects and animation, making the standards of the time seem prehistoric.

“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”

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This is a story about two American vagabonds who meet a seasoned gold digger on Mexican lands and go with him to the Sierra Madre mountains in search of gold. And although the heroes find treasures, they are quickly besieged by bandits and ruined by internal strife. The inimitable director John Huston’s Treasures of the Sierra Madre is the film that launched the adventure genre.

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

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In the film that turned Ang Lee into a superstar director, Lee set the scene in 19th-century China, where a warrior entrusts his legendary sword to his beloved, but soon the weapon falls into the wrong hands. It’s a fascinating journey through a long bygone era in Chinese history, with breathtaking martial arts scenes that remain unrivaled even two decades later.


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In this adaptation of Jeff Vandermeer’s famous science fiction novel, five women scientists travel to Zone X, an ominous and unexplained natural phenomenon that swallows Florida’s coastline. Featuring a stellar cast including Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac, a journey into the unknown pushes researchers to push beyond the limits of their bodies and minds.

Thor: Ragnarok

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Nothing captures the spirit of adventure more than intergalactic romp around garbage-strewn planets, right? The third film in the Marvel universe “Thor” is the most riotous of the entire series, in the center of the film is a crazy adventure in outer space, after which an exhausted Thor is stuck on a stupid planet ruled by the sadist Jeff Goldblum. Taiki Waititi’s Ragnarok really stands out from the rest of the MCU movies.

“Spy” / Spy

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Not all adventures have to be serious. Melissa McCarthy brings us a treat in this underrated gem from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig with a high-profile cast of Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Allison Jenny, Jason Statham and 50 Cent. McCarthy plays a timid CIA employee who is overwhelmed by the death of her colleague and embarks on a wild journey of revenge and self-discovery – from the slums of Paris to Roman casinos.

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