60 Hollywood Adventure Movies That Are Best Of All Time

Embark a new adventure with every new movie

Pratyusha Biswas

May 19, 2021|15 min read


There are plenty of Hollywood adventure movies to beat the adrenaline rush. And one cannot just go without admitting that movies packed with action and adventure always come with the package of endless excitement.

You don’t know when the villain plots something to take down the hero, or when the hero rises back. But whenever the climax of the movie comes, you cannot just control your excitement.

Some Hollywood adventure movies make you think till the last moment that what is going to happen because anything can happen in the movie at any moment.

Hollywood Adventure Movies

These Hollywood adventure movies which we have listed for you will surely raise the adventurous side of you, and you will do nothing but would want to stick around with the protagonist till the last minute to have the real-life experience of the adventures that they are embarking on.

Keep scrolling down to know the names of the amazing movies that we have listed for you.

1.The Lion King

Starting our list of Hollywood adventure movies with this one, The Lion King is the story of a young lion Simba, who absconds from his kingdom after his paternal uncle Scar fratricide and inculpates the young one for his father’s death. 

Years after learning the meaning of duty and spirit, Simba returns to the Pride Lands to challenge Scar and take his position on the throne. 

2.Seven Samurai

It is a story of a village of farmers under the attack of bandits who steal the crops of the farmers. To save their harvested crops and defend themselves, the farmers hire seven samurai who battle with the bandits.


The protagonist of the story, an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen, sets out with his house tied with lots of balloons to fulfill his late wife Ellie’s dream to Paradise Falls, with a boy named Russell.

4.Inside Out

One of the best Hollywood adventure movies, as well as one of the best animated movies, the concept of this movie, is highly appreciated by all the fans because it is connected to actual life. 

The story is about a young girl Riley and her five personified emotions inside her head-Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. As Riley moves from Minnesota to San Fransico to a new home, her personified emotions try to help her adjust to the new surrounding.


Ratatouille (2007)

The story follows a rodent named Remy rat, whose only dream was to become a renowned French chef. To engineer his dream of becoming a chef, he shakes hand with a garbage boy named Linguini from a Parisian restaurant.

6.Slumdog Millaniore

When Jamal, an Indian man, was able to answer every question correctly in Kaun Banega Crorepati, the audiences were staring at him in incredulity. Following this startling incident, he is inculpated of cheating and is charged by the police. 

Jamal elucidates how he was able to answer each question correctly to the police while being in custody.

7.The Shawshank Redemption

The plot of this movie from our list of Hollywood adventure movies revolves around Andy Dufresne, a banker, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary. He is accused of the murders of his wife and her partner, despite his asserts of innocence.

8.Iron Man (series)

Anthony Edward Tony Stark or Tony Stark or Iron Man, an opulent American business tycoon and inventive scientist, invents a computerized suit of armor to extricate himself when his kidnappers forced him to build a weapon of mass demolition. 

With this, his journey begins as an Avenger and he is identified as Iron Man by the public.

The movies in the series are:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)

9.Captain America (series)

Steve Rogers, widely known as Captain America, is the first Avenger. He started his journey as a patriotic supersoldier who fought during World War II. He is an eminently honored avenger, which leads him to become the leader of the Avengers.

The movies in the series are:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)

10.Doctor Strange

After facing a life-changing car accident, Stephen Strange, a famous neurosurgeon, forever loses the vigor of his hands. To continue living and cope up with the new way of life, Strange masters himself in mystic arts under the guidance of the mysterious Ancient One to whom he went to seek help.

11.Spiderman (series)

Spiderman is one of the oldest Marvel heroes we know, and the adventures the web-slinger embarks, no one is ever bored to watch it. 

The movies in the series are:

  • Spider-Man (2002)
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)


From our list of Hollywood adventure movies, Tenet is a science fiction and action-thriller film and an eminent work by Christopher Nolan. 

The story is about a secret agent who is úpskilled to maneuver the flow of time and manipulate the laws of nature to travel through time to the future and impede the inception of World War III that stands as the reason to obliterate the present world.


Dunkirk is based on the evacuation of the town of Dunkirk during World War II when they were battling with the German forces. It’s one of the best Hollywood adventure movies portraying war and a notable work by Christopher Nolan.

14.Stand by Me

Happening in 1959, a group of young boys set forth to find the dead body of a local boy who has gone missing. The film is a combination of humor, nostalgia, and friendship.

15.Moonrise Kingdom

This movie has the story of Sam, an orphan boy who runs away with his love interest Suzy to an island, prodding the townspeople to start a search for the lovers.

16.2001: A Space Odyssey

This movie from our list of Hollywood adventure movies covers the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Intelligent supercomputer H.A.L discovers an alien monolith on the lunar surface and goes on a voyage for further investigation to unravel the mystery.

17.News of the World (2020)

The plot of the movie is set five years after the end of the Civil War. A veteran, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd comes across a 10-year-old girl who was taken and raised by the Kiowa. Kidd agrees to reunite the girl with her aunt and uncle and embarks on a harsh journey with her.

18.Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

The team of Justice League, recruited by Batman and Wonder Woman, tries to save the world from a strike of catastrophic expanse.

19.Space Sweepers (2021)

The crew members of Spaceship Victory find a young girl, who is a human-like robot, inside a crashed space shuttle. They realize that she is wanted by the UTS Space Guards, and they plan to clamor a pay-off in exchange for the humanlike robot. 

20.Soul (2020)

On the day of his big performance as a jazz musician, Joe Gardner’s soul leaves his body due to an accident that he faced. Not wanting to go to the Great Beyond, the middle school music teacher seeks help from other souls to reunite with his body and finds the purpose of living. 

This movie from Hollywood adventure movies teaches us to identify the purpose in our life.

21.Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

The film is set in the 1980s and is about Diana Prince, who lies low, despite having great powers. But Diana has to marshal all of her strength as she and her old Steve Trevor has to square off against Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.

22.Finding 'Ohana (2021)

The main story concerns two Brooklyn siblings who depart on an adventure with their friends in search of hidden treasure and where they resuscitate with their Hawaiian heritage.

23.Avengers (Series)

The Avengers series is one of the best series in our list of Hollywood adventure series. The Avengers are a team of superheroes who are always on the go to fight the villains and save the world.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019).

24.Lord Of the Ring (series)

The plot of the movie revolves around the hobbit Frodo Baggins, who aims to demolish the One Ring because with the ring the Dark Lord Sauron, the father of the ring, will also face destruction. All of it is set in a fictional world of Middle-earth.

The movies in the Lord Of The Ring series are:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Return of the King (2003)

25.Harry Potter (series)

The main plot revolves around Harry Potter, who struggles against the dark wizard Lord Voldemort. Voldemort’s only intentions are to become immortal and rule over all wizards and Muggles.

The movies in the series are:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

26.How To Train Your Dragon (series)

How To Train Your Dragon Series

The main story arc of the franchise goes along with the adventures of the son of Stoick the Vast, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III who gets upgraded from a misfit to an expert in controlling dragons.

The movies in the series are:

  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

27.The Hobbit (series)

Again set in Middle-earth, this is the story happening 60 years before the genesis of The Lord of the Rings. Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is persuaded by Gandalf the Grey wizard on a pursuit to recuperate the Lonely Mountain. In the quest, Baggins is accompanied by three dwarves.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

28.The Dark Knight (series)

The Dark Knight Series consists of three movies of Batman directed by Christopher Nolan. It is one of the best Hollywood adventure movies on our list of Hollywood adventure movies.

The movies in the series are:

  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

29.Terminator (series)

This American series from our list of Hollywood adventure movies concerns artificial intelligence and machine work. The plot revolves around the war born between Skynet’s artificial intelligence and John Connor's Resistance forces.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Terminator (1984)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Terminator Genisys (2015)
  • Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

30.Finding Nemo (series)

This series from our list of Hollywood adventure movies is all about finding lost fishes, first Nemo and then Dory, and it’s full of adventure.

The movies in the series are:

  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Finding Dory (2016)

31.Pirates Of Caribbean (series)

This series is based on Disney’s theme park attraction and gives you an insight into the lives of pirates.

The movies in the series are:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

32.X-Men (series)

X-Men is a superhero team, led by Charles Xavier or Professor X, trying to bring equality and tranquillity between humans and mutants.

The movies in the series are:

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2 (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

33.Star Wars (series)

The Star Wars is an American franchise that follows the adventures of characters surviving in the midst of a galaxy.

The movies in the series are:

  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

34.Birds of Prey (2020)

After Harley Quinn leaves Joker, she connects with Huntress, also known as Helena Bertinelli, Black Canary, also known as Dinah Lance, and Renee Montoya to rise against lord Roman Sionis and protect Cassandra Cain.

35.Interstellar (2014)

The plot of the film is set in a dystopian future. A team of astronauts, including a farmer and ex-NASA pilot, go in search of a new home in space when the Earth becomes inapt to sustain life in the future.

36.Inception (2010)

This is a story about a professional thief, Cobb who purloins information by invading the dreams of his targets. He is proffered a prospect by Saito, a mega-powerful and wealthy business tycoon, to have his criminal history and charges wiped off and return to his family in America, but to a condition that he has to perform inception on a target of Saito.

37.Mulan (2020)

Hua Mulan is one of the courageous and miraculous Disney princesses and with no doubt her movie makes its place in the list of Hollywood adventure movies. Set in Imperial China, 

Mulan is the eldest daughter of an esteemed warrior. Not meant to be just to get married and hide who she really is inside, she takes her debilitated father’s position to serve her nation and fight the Rouran army by disguising herself as a man and putting her life at risk.

38.The Hunger Games (series)

One of the dystopian Hollywood adventure movies, the series is based on the trilogy of novels with the same title written by American author Suzanne Collins. The series is all about survival and death, the survival of the fittest.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

39.The Croods (series)

The Croods Series

The movie is set in the prehistoric era, the plot revolving around the adventures of the prehistoric fictional characters.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Croods (2013)
  • The Croods: A New Age

40.Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

Austrian climbers Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter escape from prison when they were imprisoned as a prisoner of war during World War II. 

Together they cross the border of Tibet and reach the holy city of Lhasa. There, Heinrich becomes one of the tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama. Eventually, they become very close friends.

41.Swiss Army Man (2016)

When Hank Thompson endeavors to end his life after getting wrecked on an island, he sees a dead body at the shore. After complete scrutiny of the cadaver, he befriends and manipulates it and together they embark on a journey to reach home. 

This is a comedy and adventure movie from our list of Hollywood adventure movies.

42.Everest (2015)

This movie from our list of Hollywood adventure movies is also based on real events. Two expedition groups led by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer respectively, try to ascend Mount Everest. They face harsh conditions and challenges while scaling the mountain.

43.Gladiator (2000)

After Commodus, son of Emperor Marcus Aureliusson, murders his father to get his hands on the throne and take over power, he betrayed Maximus Decimus Meridius who was among the chosen generals of his father. To stand against the betrayal to his family and his emperor, Maximus becomes a gladiator and takes revenge.

44.Big Fish (2003)

The film has the plot of Will Bloom, whose father used to tell unbelievable stories. After the father died, frustrated Will tries to find out if the tales were actually true.

45.Jurassic world (2015)

22 years after the havoc created at Jurassic park, Jurassic World, a theme park of cloned dinosaurs is made with the same ambiance on the island of Isla Nublar, Costa Rica. The history repeats itself after a transgenic dinosaur escapes from its captivity.

46.Noah (2014)

We all have heard the name of this biblical hero at some point in our life, and his biblical flood story made it into the big screen and also in our list of Hollywood adventure movies. When God decided to wipe mankind out of the world through an apocalyptic flood because of their deadly sins, 

He chose to save pious Noah and his family but gave a major task to him. Noah is tasked to build an ark for his family and his breeding animals that can carry and save them all from the apocalypse.

47.Kong: Skull Island (2017)

A team of scientists and some soldiers set foot on the unmapped Skull Island to know more about it, and there they face Kong, a monstrous ape, along with other vicious animals. The film is set back in 1973.

48.Indiana Jones (series)

Another American media franchise from our list of Hollywood adventure movies, the fictional series has the plot on adventures of a professor of archaeology, Dr. Henry Walton Indiana Jones Jr.

The movies in the series are:

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

49.The Revenant (2015)

In a movie portraying survival and betrayal, Hugh Glass, a legendary frontiersman, is forsaken by his hunting crew after he gets attacked by a bear and is injured. He has to face lots of hardships and uses his skills to survive.

50.Cast Away (2000)

After his plane wrecks in the South Pacific, Chuck Noland, a FedEx troubleshooter tries to survive through the harsh conditions on a desolate island and makes several futile attempts to get back home.

51.Life of Pi (2012)

Pi, an Indian man, tells his life story to a novelist, that how, at the age of 16, he pulls himself through a shipwreck and continues living in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger till he is rescued.

52.Frozen (series)

Frozen series tells the stories of Elsa, who was born with powers of ice and tries to get control over it, and Anna, who is always right by her sister’s side in any situation. 

There are other important characters such as Olaf the snowman, Kristoff, Anna’s love interest, and Sven, Kristoff’s reindeer and all-time buddy. Together they embark on life-changing adventures.

The movies in the series are:

  • Frozen (2013)
  • Frozen II (2019)

53.Toy Story (series)

A story revolving around the adventures of anthropomorphic toys, the Toy Story franchise is one of the most loved franchises by the kids. 

The series features a cowboy doll named Sheriff Woody and a spaceman action figure named Buzz Lightyear with other toys which are secretly alive without the knowledge of the humans.

The movies in the series are:

  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)

54.Fast & Furious (series)

Fast & Furious movies are one of the best Hollywood movies and also one of the highest-grossing movies. It is all about illegal street racing, heists and spies, and also portraits friendship and great bonding.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
  • Fast & Furious (2009)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
  • Furious 7 (2015)
  • The Fate of the Furious (2017)

55.Ice Age (series)

As the name of the series tells, this one from our list of Hollywood adventure movies is the story which is set on the ice age, revolving around a group of animals setting on several adventures and surviving the harsh condition of the earth.

The movies in the series are:

  • Ice Age (2002)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
  • Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)


The story revolves around an anthropomorphic baby elephant named Jumbo, grimly called Dumbo, with extremely large ears which makes him able to fly. His only friend, Timothy the mouse, aside from his mother, companies him throughout his adventure.


Coco centers the story of Miguel, a 12-year-old boy who asks for help from his late great-great-grandfather, who was a sensational musician, to get back to the Land of the Living and reverse his family’s ban on music after he accidentally unlocks the doorway to the Land of the Dead.

58.Cars (series)

One of the best Hollywood adventure movies, the franchise follows rookie sensation Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater on sundry adventures and road trips.

The movies in the series are:

  • Cars (2006)
  • Cars 2 (2011)
  • Cars 3 (2017)

59.Monsters, Inc. (series)

The series is set in a world where the monsters are the predominant citizens of society instead of humans. The monsters have their company known as Monsters Incorporated which channelizes the energy from the screams of human children to power up their cities.

The movies in the series are:

  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • Monsters University (2013)

60.Incredibles (series)

Set in a fictional universe, clandestine superheroes bide a life in a synchronized manner with the common people. Despite having a ban on them by the government, from time to time they are needed to fight for justice. This American Media Franchise is one of the best Hollywood adventure movies.

The movies in the series are:

  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)

Whenever you need a little excitement and thrill in your life, you can watch these Hollywood adventure movies. No matter how many times you watch them, they never fail to beat the adrenaline rush and keeps you excited for the climax like you are watching it for the first time.

Adventure movies will never be outdated and Hollywood adventure movies always come with extremely exciting plots every time, with the movies directed by famous directors.

Hope you'll have a great time watching all the Hollywood adventure movies that we have listed here for you.

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Pratyusha Biswas

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