Adventure Movies That Don’t Suck

Monday, April 4 by Travis Petersen

Even though it's hard to tell with a lot of what's being released today, CGI-laden effects-fest with little heart and no sense of fun, there are many adventure movies that don't suck. The eighties and nineties were decades that produced tons of what have come to be known as popcorn films, fun adventure movies that may not be too realistic, but are definitely entertaining. This was the era of adventure movies that don't suck, and here are some of the best.

  1. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" The story on Indiana Jones, a 1930s archaeologist searching for the lost Ark of the Covenant in a race with the Nazis, who want to use the Ark for their own evil ends, is the king of adventure movies that don't suck. With the spirit of an early cinema serial and the budget of a modern-day blockbuster, "Raiders" has chases, stunts, snakes, gunfights, a love story filled with mounting sexual tension, and one of the coolest heroes around. When people think of adventure movies that don't suck, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is often the first that pops into mind.
  2. "The Empire Strikes Back" The second "Star Wars" film is unarguably the best, as Luke Skywalker goes off to find his destiny and become a Jedi while Han Solo and Princess Leia flee the empire, the potential romance between them growing all the way. It is darker than the other films, but still has an amazing sense of fun, in the space chases between the Millenium Falcon and the Empire's fighters, and action, as in Luke's climactic fight with Darth Vader, ending in one of the most famous movie revelations of all time. Though the prequels may, "Empire" is definitely one of the era's greatest adventure movies that don't suck.
  3. "Batman" Tim Burton's "Batman" stars Michael Keaton in the title role, played with restraint as Jack Nicholson's villainous Joker and the gothic architecture of Gotham City, not to mention the Batmobile and the Batwing, steal the show. It is a dark take on the Caped Crusader tale, but not as self-serious as the later Christopher Nolan iterations, which, in their own right, are definitely adventure movies that do not suck. But this one's humor, and its dark visual style, make it tower influentially above the rest.
  4. "Jurassic Park" Steven Spielberg gets another entry, the final one on our list of adventure movies that don't suck. "Jurassic Park," the story of an amusement park populated with actual dinosaurs run amok, has dazzling effects that can, for a second, have the viewer believe that dinosaurs do, indeed, walk the earth. It is a rollercoaster thrill ride that doesn't let up until the final moments. Many people star, but the real stars of the film are the devious velociraptors and the mighty tyrannosaurus rex.