The Best Adventure Movie In Each Of The Last 10 Years (According To Letterboxd)

The recently released A24 movie Everything Everywhere All at Once continues to appeal to an ever-growing fanbase thanks to its protagonist Evelyn Wang’s wild journey through the multiverse. It’s not surprising that viewers on Letterboxd – a social media platform for film buffs – have chosen it as the best adventure film of the year so far through its near-perfect rating.

Other top-scoring adventure movies from each of the last ten years on the site represent the best that the genre had to offer during those time periods. Fans who want to see how films have evolved over the past decade or simply want an entertaining viewing experience should consider these essential viewing.


Boy & The World (2013) – 3.9

Available to rent on Apple TV.

The boy standing on train tracks from Boy and the World.

Boy & the World is a vibrant animated film that depicts a boy’s journey to the big city after his father’s heartbreaking departure. There, he finds a world that’s completely different from his small village, full of bug engines and eccentric strangers.

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The award-winning movie makes use of a variety of artistic techniques to depict the stark contrasts between the boy’s previously simple environment and the sprawling urban jungle he soon finds himself in. On a deeper level and even without a single line of dialogue, it boldly comments on the perils of industrialization and the destruction of the environment, which is more alarming when seen through its young protagonist’s eyes.

Interstellar (2014) – 4.2

Available to stream on Paramount+.

Set in a dystopian future where the earth is becoming increasingly inhospitable, Interstellar portrays the epic adventure that a group of space voyagers embark on in search of a new home. They leave the galaxy through a mysterious wormhole that has appeared near Saturn, but nothing could fully prepare them for what they find on the other side.

As soon as they go through the wormhole, it becomes obvious that Interstellar is a mind bending movie. It’s known for the amazing way it applies scientific concepts to create its compelling story, particularly its jaw-dropping interpretation of theoretical concepts on the big screen. Of course, the often emotional experiences its main characters go through can stand up to the high bar set by its stunning visuals.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 4.1

Available to rent on Apple TV.

tom hardy in mad max fury road

The harsh barren world of The Wasteland has driven Max Rockatansky to go on a dangerous mission in Mad Max: Fury Road. Together with Imperator Furiosa, they go on the run in an attempt to evade the cult leader Immortan Joe and his group of dedicated War Boys.

It’s not an overstatement to say that the post-apocalyptic action film breathed life into the Mad Max franchise, with its high production value and exhilarating action sequences impressing both old and new fans. The renowned film signals the beginning of an epic saga, with its highly anticipated prequel, furiosaalready in the works.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016) – 4.0

Available to stream on Netflix.

Ricky Baker has a difficult time adjusting to his new foster home with his cranky uncle Hector in Hunt for the Wilderpeople. When a chain of unfortunate events leads to them evading police by going deeper into the New Zealand bush, the manhunt turns out to be exactly what they need to settle their differences.

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The comedic journey Ricky and Hec go on sometimes borders on the absurd, with some unforgettable surreal scenes standing out. That said, the film never loses sight of its moving main narrative, which takes some surprisingly dark turns to get to its poignant conclusion.

Paddington 2 (2017) – 4.2

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Paddington the bear.

Often cited alongside the best comedy movies of the decade, Paddington 2 brings back the eponymous lovable bear who goes on his biggest misadventure yet. After working small jobs to save up for a gift for his aunt, Paddington is wrongly imprisoned for the theft of the expensive item. The Browns must do everything they can to prove his innocence while the protagonist learns to survive behind bars.

The sequel to the iconic paddington is even better than the original, as it improves the gut-busting humor and charming characters from the first film. It’s a feel-good movie that the whole family can enjoy, especially since it’s so easy to fall in love with the sweet bear who just wanted to do a nice thing.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018) – 4.4

Available to rent on Apple TV.

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

The critically-acclaimed animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse thrust the Marvel hero into the multiverse before it was cool. It follows the likable Miles Morales as he struggles to balance homework and superhero duties, which soon becomes more complicated when he meets other Spideys from the multiverse. Together, they must stop the evil Kingpin and his “super collider” before it’s too late.

Aside from its well-written characters, the movie’s gorgeous visuals take center stage. With its vibrant colors and wacky transitions, it seems as if comic book pages have come to life to portray Miles’ exhilarating adventure. It’s a remarkable film that still holds up incredibly well today.

Klaus (2019) – 4.1

Available to stream on Netflix.

Klaus in Klaus, 2019

When the underperforming Jesper Johansen is ranked dead last in the Postal Academy in Klaus, he’s sent to a small village in the Arctic Circle where no letters are ever written, Smeerensburg. There, he meets the local teacher Alva and the enigmatic carpenter Klaus who inspire a brilliant but seemingly impossible idea to bring some much-needed Christmas spirit to the cold community.

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With its unique and engrossing art style and ending characters, the underrated Christmas film is the perfect choice for a movie night with family and friends during the holidays. There are enough original narrative elements to make it feel fresh, but also a familiar redemption arc that echoes similar more popular movies about Santa Claus.

Wolfwalkers (2020) – 4.1

Available to stream on Apple TV+.

Robyn Goodfellowe is a young apprentice hunter who travels to Ireland with her father in Wolfwalkers. It’s their job to hunt down the last wolf pack, but that quest is interrupted by the protagonist’s newfound friendship with a local free-spirited girl. Their alliance teaches Robyn important lessons about the real dangers of magic and superstition.

The enchanting animated film has an eye-catching expressionist art style to complement its magical narrative. It’s a fantasy movie that has something to offer for audiences of all ages, with more mature viewers likely able to better appreciate its profound message about prejudice.

Spider Man: No Way Home (2021) – 4.1

Available to rent on Apple TV.

zendaya and tom holland as mj jones and peter parker or spider man in spider man no way home

Set after the riveting events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, No Way Home is centered on Peter Parker’s attempts at reclaiming normalcy for himself, his family, and his friends after being unmasked by Mysterio. To achieve this, he asks for Doctor Stephen Strange’s help, but when something goes wrong with his spellcasting, things become far worse.

From its several references to past Spidey movies and amusing cameos to its impeccable visuals and flawlessly choreographed action sequences, there’s more than one reason to like the massively popular Marvel movie. One of the best aspects of the film is the way it focuses on Peter’s character development, which becomes crucial to the tough decision he eventually has to make.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) – 4.5

Everything Everywhere All At Once portrays its own take on the multiverse through the perspective of its unassuming protagonist, Evelyn Wang. After Evelyn learns that she’s the only version of herself capable of stopping the total destruction of the world, she has a hard time believing that she’s a hero. With her family’s life on the line, she risks everything and goes on a wild adventure.

With its dizzying visuals, hilarious fight scenes, and absurd brand of humor, the comedy-drama film brings something totally original and unforgettable. It’s not just the wacky costumes and well-written quotes that make it truly memorable, though, as it’s the tear-jerking story that’s anchored in a messy mother-and-daughter relationship that makes Evelyn’s trip through the multiverse worth taking.

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