Romantic Adventure Movies

Tuesday, April 19 by Annette Smith

Certain types of films are classified as romantic adventure movies. They always involve the same elements–a good-looking guy, a pretty girl, a little romance, and lots of action. Some romantic adventures are sophisticated, while others are comic. Here are ten great examples of the genre.

  1. “Cutthroat Island.” “Cutthroat Island” is a romantic 1995 adventure comedy. The story follows a female pirate and her male companion in a race against her rivals to find a hidden treasure. The award-nominated movie stars Geena Davis and Matthew Modine.
  2. “First Knight.” “First Knight” is a 1995 drama starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere, and Julia Ormond. It’s the legendary tale of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table–full of romance and adventure.
  3. “Hatari!” John Wayne and Elsa Martinelli star in the Oscar-nominated movie, “Hatari!” Set in Africa, this 1962 film revolves around a group of men who trap wild game for zoos, and the female wildlife photographer who falls in love with their leader.
  4. “The Jewel Of The Nile.” “The Jewel Of The Nile” is the 1985 sequel to another romantic adventure movie, “Romancing The Stone.” When a woman accepts an invitation to a Middle Eastern country, she finds herself abducted and in need of rescue. Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas star in the film.
  5. “King Solomon’s Mines.” “King Solomon’s Mines” is a romantic tale starring Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone. In this award-nominated 1985 movie, a fortune hunter teams up with a resourceful woman to search for her missing father in 1900s Africa.
  6. “Last Of The Dog Men.” Tom Berenger and Barbara Hershey star in “Last Of The Dog Men,” a 1995 adventure-western. The story centers on a bounty hunter and a Native American history professor who journey into the Montana mountains in search for answers to some puzzling questions.
  7. “The Princess Bride.” “The Princess Bride” is a comic 1987 adventure movie that presents a classic fairy tale story–complete with swords and giants and royalty. The Oscar-nominated film stars Cary Elwes and Robin Wright.
  8. “Romancing The Stone.” “Romancing The Stone” is an Oscar-nominated action-adventure film that contains plenty of romantic comedy. The 1984 movie, which stars Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, centers on a romance writer who finds herself on a dangerous adventure in Colombia. 
  9. “Sahara.” “Sahara” is a 2005 movie based on a Clive Cussler adventure novel. It follows an explorer on the adventure of his life, searching for a Civil War battleship in the West African desert. Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz star in the film.
  10. “Six Days, Seven Nights.” “Six Days, Seven Nights” is a romantic adventure film starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. The award-nominated 1998 film centers on a New York magazine editor and a charter plane pilot who must work together to survive a crash on a deserted island.

- Annette Smith