The top ten adventure movies of the 2000’s are journeys across various landscapes. Whether they are swimming towards Australia or simply walking into Mordor, the protagonists face dangerous obstacles during their pursuits. These movies may inspire you hit the road and seek your own adventure.

  1. “Spirited Away” “Spirited Away” was the story of a girl’s encounters with magic and monsters in a Japanese-style bathhouse. Hayao Miyazaki wrote and directed this animated adventure movie. In 2003, it won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

  2. “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” “Return of the King” was the third cinematic chapter in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The adventure movie portrayed the final battle for Middle-earth as the protagonists entered Mordor, a dark land where the ultimate evil awaited. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film won eleven Oscars in 2004.

  3. “WALL-E” Disney and Pixar Animation Studios presented “WALL-E” in 2008. In this adventure movie, a trash-collecting robot left a desolate Earth behind for a journey into space. In 2009, the movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.  

  4. “Zombieland” “Zombieland” was a comedic adventure movie that followed a group of humans striving to survive on a zombie-infested landscape. Ruben Fleischer directed the 2009 movie. Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson headed the cast.

  5. “Gladiator” A fallen Roman warrior sought revenge in this Ridley Scott film. In 2001, “Gladiator” earned five Oscars. Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix starred in this action adventure movie.

  6. “Shrek” An ogre set out to reclaim his homeland in DreamsWorks Studio’s “Shrek.” Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz lent their voices to this adventure movie. The film debuted in 2001.

  7.  “Finding Nemo” In this 2003 film, viewers followed the oceanic adventures of Marlin, a clown fish searching for his son. The movie featured the voice talents of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould. “Finding Nemo” won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2004.

  8. “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” This adventure film borrowed elements from the epic poem “The Odyssey.” However, instead of taking place on the sea, the action is based in the southern states in the 1930’s. George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson headed the cast.

  9. “Stardust” Matthew Vaughn directed this fantasy adventure movie about a country boy chasing a fallen star. The plot was borrowed from a novel by Neil Gaiman. Charlie Cox and Claire Danes starred in the big-screen adaptation.

  10. “Pineapple Express” David Gordon Green directed this adventure comedy about strong drugs, relentless hitmen and corrupt cops. Seth Rogen and James Franco were the leading men in this oddball romp. Franco received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.