We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 adventure movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. The Fugitive (1993) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Dr. Richard Kimble’s wife has been killed, and he’s been unjustly convicted of her murder. He catches a lucky break when the train transporting him to prison crashes, and he’s able to escape to hunt down her killer. Deputy Gerard has other plans, however, and he doesn’t care whether or not he killed his wife.
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward
9. Army of Darkness (1992) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes
Ash is transported back to medieval times and must recover the Necronomicon for Lord Arthur in order to return. He messes up the necessary spell and unleashes an undead army on the castle. Now he has to join the fight between good and evil that will seemingly never end.
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Marcus Gilbert, Embeth Davidtz
8. Jumanji (1995) 48% at Rotten Tomatoes
When two kids stumble upon a jungle board game, they release a man who’s been trapped in it since his childhood. Now they have to finish the game, which involves unleashing the inhabitants of this dangerous jungle on the real world.
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst
7. The Mummy (1999) 57% at Rotten Tomatoes
Two groups of adventurers converge on the ancient city of Hamunaptra in search of archaeological treasures. What they unearth instead is Imhotep, a mummy afflicted with an ancient curse. Now they must fight the supernatural being from unleashing hell upon the earth.
Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, Arnold Vosloo
6.Thelma & Louise (1991) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
Tired of being stuck in dead-end lives with significant others who don’t appreciate them, a waitress and housewife decide to take a road trip. Things go awry when Louise kills a man, and they find themselves on the run from the police, leading to cinema’s most iconic Grand Canyon scene. Also Brad Pitt debuts.
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel
5. True Romance (1993) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
Clarence and prostitute Alabama meet at a movie theater and fall in love. He kills her pimp and ends up with a suitcase full of the Sicilian mafia’s cocaine. So, he decides to sell the drugs to his friend in Hollywood and escape to Mexico with the money. Think he’ll make it?
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper
4. Race the Sun (1996) 22% at Rotten Tomatoes
A science teacher in Hawaii helps a group of unmotivated students build a solar-powered car to enter a race in Australia and earn corporate sponsorship. Against all odds, this ragtag group managed to defy everyone’s expectations and achieve glory.
Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Starring: Halle Berry, Jim Belushi, Eliza Dushku
3. City Slickers (1991) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
Three friends have a collective mid-life crisis and decide to take a vacation to a cattle ranch in New Mexico. Curly, a grizzled cowboy, teaches them to become real men while appreciating the little things in life.
Director: Ron Underwood
Starring: Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jack Palance
2. Hook (1991) 29% at Rotten Tomatoes
Peter Pan leaves Neverland, grows up, and forgets who he is. As an adult, Hook kidnaps his children, whisking them away to Neverland. Now with the help of Tinkerbell, he must prepare the Lost Boys for the final showdown with the villainous pirate.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman
1. Galaxy Quest (1999) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
I can’t say enough good things about Galaxy Quest, which is to Star Trek what Spaceballs is to Star Wars. Spoofing everything about the series, it’s actually more watchable than the series it’s mocking. In the age of mainstream ComicCons, it’s even more relevant now than ever.
Director: Dean Parisot
Starring: Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver