We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 adventure movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Avatar (2009) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
Love it or hate it, Avatar is a stunning visual adventure for the ages. When human space soldiers take over an alien planet, a cripple in an avatar joins the indigenous species to fight back. Also there’s a love story
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
9. King Kong (2005) 84% at Rotten Tomatoes
This remake of the classic original on many critic’s lists is just as epic, especially if you’re lucky enough to score a rare HD-DVD copy. The expansive jungle island is gorgeous to explore onscreen with the characters. Also giant bugs and dinosaurs and stuff.
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
8. Finding Nemo (2003) 99% at Rotten Tomatoes
The best movie about fish this side of Jaws, Finding Nemo is easily one of Disney Pixar’s best movies of all time. It’s an animated classic, and DeGeneres shines so much as Dory she got her own spin-off movie.
Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould
7. A Knight’s Tale (2001) 59% at Rotten Tomatoes
While Ledger’s Joker is his most infamous role, this popcorn movie is much more watchable in volume. The classic rock soundtrack, sparkling cast, and well-written adventure puts it firmly in the middle of this list.
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany
6. The Art of Travel (2008) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
An underrated classic, The Art of Travel has multiple tones and takes us on an adventure that feels longer than it is (in a good way). The wedding scene alone is worth the admission, but if you see it through to the end, you’ll be content with the time spent.
Director: Thomas Whelan
Starring: Christopher Masterson, Brook Burns, Johnny Messner
5. Fearless (2006) 74% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jet Li is a master of martial arts period films, and Fearless is as brilliant and bold today as it was a decade ago. Outshining all the competition is what Huo Yuanjia is determined to do, and this movie accomplishes that by showing us how he did it.
Director: Ronny Yu
Starring: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong
4. National Treasure (2004) 44% at Rotten Tomatoes
Disney makes great adventures. Sure, a solid drinking game can be had just at how many times the phrase “Declaration of Independence” is used, but it’s still easier to watch than The Da Vinci Code. Who woulda thought Cage is more likeable than Tom Hanks?
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha
3. Into the Wild (2007) 82% at Rotten Tomatoes
If you’ve ever considered giving up all your material possessions and living “in the wild,” this movie is for you. Spoiler alert – having lived in a van myself for a few years, I can assure you there is no wild. Someone owns all the land, and you’ll have to work or hide like everyone else.
Director: Sean Penn
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener
2. The Beach (2000) 19% at Rotten Tomatoes
This trippy adventure takes us to a private island hideaway with DiCaprio and his friends. Unfortunately, known of us were invited, something Tilda Swinton makes perfectly clear before paradise self destructs.
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Patcharawan Patarakjjanon
1. Up (2009) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
It’s a house with balloons going to a magical jungle on an adventure. Both young and old will appreciate this Disney Pixar classic adventure. It has more heart than most live action movies and the adventure will last long after it’s over.
Director: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
Starring: Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Ed Asner