Netflix is chock-a-block with adventure movies, from kid-friendly favourites to adrenaline-gushing action adventure. Looking for the cream of the crop? Then look no further. Below you’ll discover the absolute best adventure movies available on Netflix.

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Top 13 Adventure Movies on Netflix

Passengers (2016)

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt have great chemistry in this romance-adventure which ventures into sci-fi.

Onboard a spaceship transporting humans to a colony planet, traveller Jim (Pratt) wakes up from his defective hypersleep pod. When he meets Aurora (Lawrence), a fellow traveller who is also awake, the pair discover they are the only ones you can ensure the safe arrival of the ship. 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Four pupils in detention try to cure their boredom by playing a video game called Jumanji. What they don’t anticipate is that they’ll find themselves transported into the game, embodying each avatar. To escape, they must work together, fight to survive, and complete the game. 

Jumanji, while not profound on any level, is a lot of fun. The actors, each from vastly different movie backgrounds somehow work perfectly together. Overall, the film does the original justice while successfully creating a whole new, adventurous Jumanji world which all the family can enjoy exploring. 

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

In the much anticipated sequel, gang member Spencer has gone missing and the whole crew must return to Jumanji to reduce him. This time, however, they’ve gone up a level — and the game is more dangerous than ever.

Bird Box (2018)

Set in a dystopian future, an unnamed force has rendered civilisation unrecognisable. The only way to survive this force is to never see it. Survivors navigate the world blindfolded so as to pass through unharmed.

A mother, played by Sandra Bullock, sets out on an incredibly dangerous mission to get her and her kids to a safe sanctuary. In order to make it there alive, they must remain constantly blindfolded.

A highly original concept, the special effects and the expert acting by the cast will have you on tenterhooks from start to finish. 

Annihilation (2018)

Lena (Natalie Portman), an ex-soldier and biologist, partakes in a mission to find out what happened to her husband while he was inside “Area X” — a menacing and mystifying phenomenon which is spreading all across the US coastline. Once they gain access, the mission uncovers a labyrinth of transfigured landscapes and mutated creatures. 

Hugo (2011)

In this charming ode to silent film, Hugo, an orphan who loves clocks and mechanics, sets out to find his father’s old key to the station clock in order to repair it. 

Love and Monsters (2020)

Seven years after the worldwide monster apocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) has been living in an underground bunker to stay safe from the dangerous mutant creatures occupying the earth. When he manages to reach his old high school girlfriend over the radio, he decides to venture off on a mission to be reunited with her.  On the way him and his loyal pet dog must battle and outwit various beasts to complete their journey safely.

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

When Jane (Margot Robbie) is kidnapped by Belgian envoy Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) due to her investigations into the morality of Belgian’s doings in the Congo, John (Alexander Skarsgard) has no choice to but to revert back to his former Tarzan self in order to rescue her. 

Enola Holmes (2020)

Sister of Sherlock Holmes, Enola, demonstrates her own detective skills while trying to find her missing brother and by assisting a fleeing aristocrat. 

This Netflix adventure movie is as much a coming-of-age film as it is a sleuth tale, which appeals to Sherlock fans as well as those who enjoy teen narrative movies.

The Waterman (2020)

On a quest to save his dying mother, a boy ventures out into the deep and dark Wild Horse forest seeking a legendary figure who is said to know the secret to mortality.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

Mowgli, a human child, was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. In this movie adaptation of Rudyard Kipling classic children’s story, we follow the life lessons Mowgli learns from the animals he lives amongst, including the wise guidance of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. However, Mowgli grows to find his place in the jungle challenged by the frightening and powerful tiger, Shere Khan.

Okja (2017)

Young Mija has a strong bond with her pet companion, Okja — a giant pig with an even bigger heart. However, the pair are torn apart when the CEO of a large corporation seizes Okja, with the intentions of slaughtering her. Mija must act to rescue her beloved friend and a put a stop to evil wrongdoings of the Mirando Corporation.. 

News of the World (2020)

Five years after the American Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) meets a 10-year-old girl who was raised by the Native American population of Kiowa. Forced to return to her biological family, Kidd agrees to help get across Texas safely. The journey however, does not run smoothly, and the pair must fight for survival as they encounter numerous dangers. 

Honourable Mentions

See below for even more of the best adventure movies on Netflix.

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E (2015)

Rim of the World (2019)

The Old Guard (2020)

Nerve (2016)

Streaming Adventures

Netflix is the place to be if you’re looking for great adventure movies. If you prefer your adventure on the fantastical side, check out Best Fantasy Films on Netflix for more streaming inspiration. 

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