Grab your popcorn, blankets, and tasty beverages! It’s movie night!
We set out to compile a list featuring some of the best adventure films to watch while RVing. For this compilation, we set a few ground rules:
- Not too many obvious choices. Sadly, this rules out some truly amazing films, like the Indiana Jones series, RV, National Lampoon’s Vacation, the Back To The Future trilogy, and several other common picks.
- Nothing too otherworldly. While we do love some great space adventure movies (Star Wars, Serenity, Star Trek, Wall-E, and of course Spaceballs) and epic tales from another time (The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Gladiator, Ben-Hur), our focus is generally on stories that are slightly more relatable this time around.
- Family friendly. While there are, of course, plenty of R-rated adventure flicks for the more hardcore among you, we wanted to tailor these more toward audiences of all ages.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
The recent remake with Brendan Frasier wasn’t bad, but we prefer the original film version of the Jules Verne classic with James Mason as the forgetful professor who discovers a hidden message with directions to–you guessed it–the center of the earth. Pursued by a villain, and featuring stunning set design and special effects, this is a film journey not soon forgotten.
We just couldn’t leave this one out. Spielberg created the perfect children’s adventure film with a group of loveable friends, treasure maps, secret passages, some bad guys in pursuit, a dangerous pipe organ, shoes with oil squirters in the heels, and one epic pirate ship. Thankfully, the Truffle Shuffle has been largely abandoned as a rite of passage, but the movie’s viewing enjoyment lives on. “Hey, you guys!”
Romancing The Stone (1984)
Cynics will try and tell you this flick is a copy of Indiana Jones or some such rubbish. In a tale of treasure maps, gemstones, deceit, jungle chases, smugglers, and crocodile-infested waters, the crackling chemistry
Princess Bride (1987)
Few adventure tales are quite this off-center, and yet so warmly memorable, with entire generations able to quote the whole film start to finish. That’s a legacy most modern films will struggle to ever compare to, and for good reason: this is a truly epic piece, with romance, danger, excitement, a giant, a left-handed pirate (or is he?), practical advice for how to tell when someone is mostly or all the way dead, Rodents Of Unusual Size, an obedient farm boy, a speech-impaired clergyman, and the kiss that “left all the others behind”.
Mask Of Zorro/Legend Of Zorro (1998/2005)
Those of you longing for the old swashbuckling films of Errol Flynn in the golden age of Hollywood, and lamenting the overuse of CGI and special effects in modern cinema will appreciate the pair of Zorro movies released around the turn of the millennium. With stunning sword fighting and stunt work, elegant costumes and set design, and great cast performances, these will bring you back to the age of the classic silver screen.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Just when you thought the classic adventure film genre was all but gone in today’s world, along comes this ageless tale of revenge. All of the old-school elements are present: deceit, double-crossing, buried treasure, a desolate prison, and simply magnificent sets featuring the return of the Count in all his gold-laden splendor. The sequence when the protagonist first arrives at the prison might be unsuitable for a younger audience, but overall this is a wonderful movie that easily deserves a place on this list.
Secondhand Lions (2003)
When you’re ready to settle down to a feel-good family film that will make you chuckle more often than not, give this oft-overlooked gem a try. With a pitch-perfect cast, great writing, and an old-fashioned, uncomplicated feel about it, this story of a young boy who goes to live with his older uncles has heart, humor, and gentle adventure mixed in a way that will make you want to see it often.
National Treasure/Book Of Secrets (2004/2007)
For those budding treasure hunters among you who enjoy the thrill of the chase, and unraveling each clue to find the next one, you might find this pair of films entertaining. It definitely means overlooking some quite ludicrous plot points, but as pure popcorn blockbuster flicks, these can be fun to watch. Go on a journey with an improbable archaeologist who is pursuing historical artifacts.
Remember this one? Yeah, neither did we. It seemed to slip under the general public’s radar, and we've all missed out. This is a great family adventure film! Ignore the terrible box office returns, the lack of a big Hollywood star, and simply enjoy the story of a boy in South Africa who adopts and bonds with an orphaned cheetah cub. Bringing Duma to a safe home after he is fully grown entails traveling hundreds of miles over mountains, through jungles, and across deserts in a trek to remember.
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