In recent years, adventure movies have grown in popularity and recognition, paving the way for upcoming films like the May 6th Marvel film, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. They transport audiences to faraway worlds with vibrant scenes, lore-filled worlds, and deep acting, earning worldwide love and recognition as a top film genre.
These movies also blend well with many other genres, including romance and action, creating a limitless slew of possibilities of cinema for fans of all tastes to enjoy. They capture the hearts of fans and are often the subject of debate around which one is the top of the pack.
10 Uncharted (2022)
Based on the beloved and underrated video game franchise, Uncharted is a globe-trotting adventure where characters Victor Sullivan and Nathan Drake (Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland), search to find glorious treasures but find mayhem along the way that they must overcome together.
Fans loved how fun this movie was, along with the exciting action that is spliced between some of the slower moments. Big props were given for how Wahlberg and Holland portrayed the iconic franchise characters with charisma, but it’s no secret that the film left something to be desired in story depth, along with the changes the movie made from the game.
9 Encanto (2021)
encanto is an animated celebration of Latin-American culture that has taken over the internet with its catchy music, stunning visualizations, and clever commentary about family. Mirabel Madrigal tells the story of her magical family while realizing that while she has no magic herself, she still is special and gifted in her own way.
This musical adventure is fun for the whole family, and the Disney movie discusses real issues in a way that is understandable for all ages. As Mirabel goes on a village-wide journey to discover the broken past within her family and her own identity, fans are whisked along with it, especially with the enchanting tunes composed by Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
8 Jungle Cruise (2021)
Based on the iconic Disney Parks ride, Jungle Cruise centers around boat skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) and researcher Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt), navigating the dangerous Amazon River, hoping to find an ancient tree with healing abilities whilst surviving the perils the rain forest has to offer.
This jungle trek is chock-full of adventuring goodness that may remind fans of the Indiana Jones series. From dangerous reptiles, treasure maps, and mythical legends, there are plenty of reliable adventure movie tropes that make their way into this movie in a proper way. The film gives fans of the Disneyland attraction a way to visualize the adventures they have on the ride.
7 How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
The third and newest movie in the series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World takes fans back to the wonderful world of Burk, but a new species of untamed dragon leads the iconic duo of Toothless and Hiccup, the latter played by Jay Baruchel, on a thrilling dragon-filled adventure for the last time.
This return to the animated DreamWorks franchise is ranked as one of the best animated sequels by IMDb. Throughout the series, many fans have seen all sorts of dragons and beasts come and go in each film. Finding a whole new world with even more beasts in a utopia really appeals to those who love the feeling of adventuring to new places and discovering new things, even if it’s pure fantasy.
6 The Suicide Squad (2021)
The baddies are back and are now sent off to the island of Corto Maltese to do some dirty work in The Suicide Squad. There are plenty of new faces now, like Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, and Polka-Dot Man, and of course the return of everyone’s favorite clown princess of crime: Harley Quinn.
Much like the aforementioned Jungle Cruise, The Suicide Squad contains a group of characters having an adventure in a lush, foreign setting away from civilization, but with many great dangers. This classic adventure cliche, mixed with some great humor and hardcore action, leads to another DCEU hit the fans love. This was truly the sequel that fans wanted, and James Gunn delivered big time.
5 No Time To Die (2021)
In the triumphant return of 007, No Time to Die features the classic high-energy, action-packed adventures of the world’s greatest spy, using a variety of gadgets and vehicles to get James Bond all over the globe to rescue a kidnapped scientist and stop a dangerous, armed villain, all in a day’s work for mr. bond.
It is always a fun feature in James Bond movies to see just where the agent lands on his worldwide missions, and the travel lover watching may feel the urge to take notes on some travel destinations within the film. The British spy and globe-trotting go together like peanut butter and jelly, and this particular Bond film is perhaps one of the best in the franchise, maybe with some of the scenery to thank.
4 Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
One of the biggest stand-out movies of 2019 was Alita: Battle Angel, which may be the best live-action manga movie adaption ever. True to the manga, Anita is a cyborg that is taken in by a kind cyber-doctor. What ensues is a journey throughout a futuristic world, where Anita must fight to rediscover her broken past.
Self-discovery is an integral part of any journey and it is often a journey in itself. Be it a literal journal or an emotional journey, this film accomplishes both masterfully, and even in a crowded, elite year for movies, Alita: Battle Angel manages to stick out well with a strong plot, good action, and an amazing setting that showcases a gripping adventure of self-discovery.
3 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)
In a long legacy, Jumanji: The Next Level is a fun adventure that once again plugs a rag-tag group into a video game to rescue an old friend, but the landscape is nothing like they remember. They have to once again escape the most dangerous game known to man and save their friend from potential doom.
Be it the original, second movie, or this one, Jumanjic is the precedent for adventure films, especially with the trope of navigating the wild and the age-old conflict of man versus nature. Take these key ingredients and group them with an all-star cast, humor, and sprinkle in some nostalgia, you get an excellent film that makes the podium for best recent adventure film.
2 Dunes (2021)
Based on Frank Herbert’s bestselling book, dune centers around a gifted young man named Paul Atreides ( Timothee Chalamet), who must travel to a dangerous planet to ensure the safety of his loved ones while unwillingly being thrust into a conflict between two forces on the planet.
Not only is dune one of the best adventure movies in recent years, but it may also be the best movie of 2021. An empathetic main character risking their life for a person or cause by going into the unknown has adventure material written all over it, and the writers did not disappoint with the opportunity to capitalize on this concept. In fact, only one recent movie does it better.
1 Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Capping off the massive war against the Mad Titan, Thanos, Avengers: Endgame places Earth’s Mightiest Heroes back in space to defeat the villain that brought them to their limit in a movie prior. The film shows fan-favorites Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and many more.
The second highest-grossing movie of all time is, without a doubt, the best adventure film in many years. Seeing the best Marvel has to offer settle a score once and for all in an environment they have been to before, yet turning the tables on how things were before, was electrifying for fans, especially in theaters on opening night. Fans may never see an adventure movie this big ever again.
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