Best Adventure Movies For Family Movie Night

Thursday, March 31 by Wendy Adams

The best adventure movies for family movie night are a combination of drama, fantasy, and animation. Whether the movie is about a computer animated tap dancing penguin or a peasant servant who becomes a knight, there is something for everyone in the best adventure movies for family movie night.

  1. Cast Away.” (2000) FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) who lives by the clock is stranded alone on a tropical island for over four years. To survive, Chuck must focus on the basics including food, water, shelter, and eventually company. His only contact with the outside world are the few FedEx boxes that wash up on the beach. He is inspired to escape the island when a piece of a metal wall washes up on the beach.
  2. A Knight’s Tale.” (2001) William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) takes the place of his master after his sudden death at a jousting tournament. William seizes the opportunity to “change his stars” and become a knight by creating a new identity. William becomes a tournament hero known to all, until he is found out. Several scenes are set to classic rock.
  3. Scooby Doo.” (2002) The Hanna Barbera cartoon characters Daphne, Fred, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby Doo come to life as the Mystery Inc. gang who come together, after a two year separation, to investigate strange events at the amusement park on Spooky Island. Is the island really menaced by ghostly beings or is something else going on at the Spooky Island Resort?
  4. Finding Nemo.” (2003) This is a beautifully animated and charming family adventure about Marlin, a clown fish living in the Great Barrier Reef, and his young son, Nemo, who is caught in the net of a boat and is sent to Sydney to be placed in an aquarium in a dentist’s office. The journey begins when Marlin sets out to rescue Nemo and bring him home.
  5. National Treasure.” (2004) A quirky treasure hunter, Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage), follows in his father’s (Jon Voight) footsteps in this search for a mythical treasure by following clue after clue. Each clue is surrounded by amazing historical facts, suspense, and adventure. The Gates treasure hunt is hindered as it attracts a greedy bad guy and the FBI.
  6. The Legend of Zorro.” (2005) This successful sequel to “The Mask of Zorro” revisits Don Alejandro De La Vega/Zorro (Antonio Banderas) and his wife Elena De La Vega (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and their 10 year old son Joaquin in California, 1850 only to find the couple separating. Elena believes Zorro is no longer needed and Zorro believes he is needed more than ever as California is deciding to become a state.
  7. Happy Feet.” (2006) This family adventure won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Without a 'heartsong,’ how will little penguin Mumble (Elijah Wood) ever find his soul mate? It takes little time to discover that Mumble is different from other penguins because he can tap dance instead of sing. Can Mumble find his way to acceptance from Noah the Elder and his love Gloria?
  8. National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” (2007) Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is looking for another treasure, but this one will clear the family name from accusations that Thomas Gates, great grandfather to Ben, was a co-conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination. To succeed Ben seeks the help of his mother, Emily Appleton (Helen Mirren), and the bickering begins. 
  9. Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” (2008) Chloe, a pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua, is dognapped and taken to Mexico. Alone in a strange country, the helpless Chloe must find a way to get back home but runs into danger and a hero. This is a wonderful Disney adventure comedy for the whole family.
  10. Robin Hood.” (2010) In this classic legend Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) returns to his homeland after ten years on fighting abroad under the identity of Robin Loxley, a slain knight who Robin made a promise to (Robin vowed to return Loxley's sword to his father). Robin becomes the champion of the people who suffer under an oppressive king that starves his people for taxes. This is a different slant on the classic story of Robin Hood.
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