Published By: Jayati

From Desert to Waterfall: 5 adventure movies worth your attention!

Let's journey into the land of adventure!

The adventure genre in film is incredibly versatile, capable of blending with various other genres. Whether action-packed, fantastical, tragic, eerie, or comedic, adventure films prioritise thrilling narratives or journeys embarked upon by characters, often leading them to unfamiliar territories. Real-life adventures, when depicted on screen, are transformed into captivating tales within the adventure genre! So, let's take a peek into the fascinating world of these adventure films. 

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia isn't just your typical adventure film. Not only is it hailed as the ultimate epic to win Best Picture, but it's also widely seen as the pinnacle of the epic genre in general. It delivers an abundance of adventure and spectacle while recounting the life of T.E. Lawrence, making it equally remarkable as both an adventure and an epic. With a runtime nearing four hours and primarily set during World War I, the film swiftly navigates through one grandiose scene after another, portraying events on such a monumental scale that it remains awe-inspiring even decades later. Lawrence of Arabia has amazing visuals, great performances, and an outstanding score, making it David Lean's best directorial work, even better than his acclaimed work on The Bridge on the River Kwai!

'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003)

The Lord of the Rings trilogy represents the very epitome of live-action fantasy filmmaking. Choosing a favourite among the three can be daunting, as each instalment offers its own exceptional qualities. The Fellowship of the Ring sets the stage brilliantly; The Two Towers expands the narrative and delivers a breathtaking climax; and The Return of the King elevates the action and emotion to new heights, culminating in a satisfying conclusion to the epic saga. While only one film in the trilogy clinched the Best Picture Oscar, The Return of the King's triumph, along with its numerous other Academy Awards, can be seen as an acknowledgment of the trilogy's overall achievement. This grand fantasy/adventure film is replete with memorable character moments, epic battles, and poignant resolutions, making it a near-flawless cinematic experience.

Everything Everywhere, All at Once 

With the ease of modern travel, the allure of traditional adventure films may have diminished somewhat for some viewers. However, Everything Everywhere All at Once manages to captivate and excite audiences by blending action, adventure, and comedy within a science fiction framework that explores the multiverse. While the notion of traversing alternate universes has become somewhat commonplace in recent times, Everything Everywhere All at Once offers a fresh, emotional, and humorous take on the concept. Even without a hefty budget, the film addresses the significant theme of universal fate, centering on a chosen few and their alternate selves with the potential to save all life across the multiverse.


While Gladiator didn't redefine the possibilities of action, adventure, and epic films, it did effectively incorporate successful elements from past genre classics into a modern context at the turn of the 21st century. Ridley Scott's masterful direction elevates it to a standout in his impressive filmography, echoing the emotional depth and gripping narrative of classics like Ben-Hur. With standout performances from Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, supported by a talented ensemble cast, Gladiator offers captivating spectacle and thrilling action sequences throughout its 155-minute runtime. The film's impressive visual effects bring ancient Rome to vivid life, while its diverse locations add to the sense of adventure and excitement.

Around the World in Eighty Days

It wouldn't be unreasonable to argue that Around the World in Eighty Days feels overly long. Clocking in at 182 minutes, this adventure/fantasy/comedy film holds the distinction of being one of the longest Best Picture winners in Oscar history. In contrast to smaller-scale winners of its era, such as Tom Jones and the brisk Marty from 1955, Around the World in Eighty Days stands out for its epic scale. Based on Jules Verne's novel of the same name, the film follows a scientist embarking on the seemingly impossible task of circumnavigating the globe in 80 days or less. While the film's grand scope remains impressive, its adventure may have lost some of its thrill and novelty since its release in 1956, resulting in a sense of being drawn-out and less remarkable to contemporary audiences.

These films can make you forget your troubles while enriching you with the beautiful craft of cinema. These works remind audiences of why motion pictures hold such relevance in our culture!