The Top Adventure Films

Who doesn’t love an adventure film? Something that grips you from the opening scenes and takes you on a rollercoaster journey of ups and downs that leaves you awestruck, exhausted and completely satisfied.
There is a lot of excitement around forthcoming release, Trash, which tells the story of three young friends who discover a dark secret while foraging in piles of Trash in their Brazilian slum. What follows is an incredible adventure that sees the boys fighting for their friends, their neighbourhood and even their lives.

This got us thinking about adventure films that have kept us on the edge of our seats throughout the years. Here are a few of our favourites…

LIFE OF PI (2012)

One boy, one Bengal tiger, one hyena, one broken legged zebra and an orang-utan find themselves stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. What follows can be described as nothing other than an adventure of the highest order, as 16 year old Pi fights to survive aboard his new home.

This 3D adventure, based on Yann Martel’s extraordinary book of the same name, takes viewers on a journey like no other, as we watch our hero take on the ultimate challenge. An adventure movie like no other that met with enormous critical acclaim.


Into the Wild, based on the book of the same name, tells the true story of Chris McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), as he ventured away from his family and his home to discover himself, and ultimately to test his survival skills in the depths of the Alaskan wilderness.

Along his way, he makes friends, enemies and painful discoveries, right up until the extraordinarily gripping and painful to watch climax.

Teamed up with an incredible supporting cast, including Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart and Hal Holbrook, this is an adventure film not to be missed.

127 HOURS (2010)

The majority of 127 Hours, which is Directed by Danny Boyle, takes place in one place, with one man, so it’s tricky to imagine this as an adventure film, but the journey that adventure-junkie Aron Ralsten (played by James Franco), goes through while trapped by a boulder in an isolated canyon is simply incredible.

From the moment he realises his predicament, James Franco shines in this harrowing true-life tale, which ultimately leads him to make a very big decision in order to survive.


An adventure with a twist, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude law bring Sir Arther Conan Doyle’s creations to life as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in this gripping, yet hilariously funny tale.

Fighting against the clock, old friends and colleagues Holmes and Watson must work to stop a series of murders from happening, with a fantastic supporting cast including Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong.


A post-apolcalyptic neo-Western action adventure, The Book of Eli, tells the story of Eli (Denzel Washington) as he travels to the west coast of America on a mysterious mission, carrying with him a book that holds the key to save civilisation.

On his journey, Eli makes many enemies intent of halting him in his journey and stealing the book for themselves.
An adventure in a world we’ve never known, Washington carries our attention throughout, with the help of co-stars Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals.


The king of adventure, Danny Boyle, returns for the second time in our list, this time for the extraordinarily successful adventure movie Slumdog Millionaire. This film, which dominated the awards season in 2009, follows Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) as he recalls stories of his childhood while in the hot seat of India’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Tales of love, heart break, sacrifice and loss ensue as Jamal recounts the events that brought him to the chair, and we slowly begin to learn just why he is there.

An extremely human narrative, with an extraordinary cast of little known but exceptional actors, made this film one of our favourite adventures on the big screen.

SAHARA (2005)

And for something a little more light hearted, action comedy adventure Sahara hit our screens in 2005. This story follows Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz on their quest to Africa to search for a ship, containing the last of the Confederacy’s treasury, that had mysteriously vanished back in 1865, following the discovery of a rare gold coin that had come from the ship.

Romance, hijackings, fighting and laughs follow the three on their epic adventure to discover the lost secrets, buried within the Sahara. An adventure with a sense of humour.

TRASH (2015)

This brings us right back to where we started. The gripping adventure of three young boys caught up in Brazil’s corrupt underworld as they work together to do the right thing, against all the odds. From the opening scenes we find ourselves falling for the charm of the three young stars, and desperate to find out how the story will end.

With an ensemble cast featuring the talents of Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen, Director Stephen Daldry carries us through this incredible adventure with grit, pace and heart.