Top 13 Oscar-Winning Adventure Films

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Every year, the Oscars creates a certain buzz around a handful of films. Not only are the films below adventurous, but they were recognized as the best film of that year. Enjoy...and then start watching.

As the buzz surrounding the Academy Awards continues to rise, we often reflect upon the great films of the past that have cemented their legacy by winning an Oscar. While many Oscar-winning films are extremely slow-developing, we can’t forget those Oscar-winning films that capture our sense of adventure.

Recently, the Academy Awards have nominated intense adventure films, like Hacksaw Ridge, or Captain Fantastic, whose leading actor, Viggo Mortensen, takes adventure to a whole new level. Perhaps this year's Academy Awards will give a nod to adventure as they have in the past. Let’s take a look at the top 13 adventure films that have won a “Best Picture” Oscar in prior Academy Awards ceremonies.

1. Mutiny on the Bounty, 1935
Starring Clark Gable, this film depicts the tale of wrangled sailors who journey across the Pacific Ocean, island-hop, and stir up trouble.

2. Around the World in 80 Days, 1956
Based on the classic Jules Verne novel, this classic adventure story pits two travelers on a journey based on a wager to see who can circumnavigate the globe as fast as possible.

3. Ben-Hur, 1959
Follow the title character through his slave travels, gladiator battles, and chariot races in the outskirts of the ancient Roman Empire.

4. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962
This filmed adaptation of the life of T. E. Lawrence takes audiences to the Arabian Peninsula during World War I, where we witness horse chases, sword fights, and exotic scenery.

5. The Sting, 1973
Aside from having a classic theme song, The Sting follows Paul Newman and Robert Redford as they give a mob boss the run-around in 1936 Chicago.

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1982*
Follow Indiana Jones on possibly the greatest filmed adventure of all time: through the jungles of South America, to Nepalese taverns, and Egyptian temples.

* Though it didn’t win “Best Picture”, this classic adventure film took home five Oscars.

7. Dances With Wolves, 1990
A U.S. military man seeks a new post in the American frontier after the Civil War. He encounters and explores Sioux culture while he battles with the elements and the ethics of American westward expansion (or eastern invasion).

8. Forrest Gump, 1994
The title character runs the audience through some of the most crucial moments in 20th Century history: Vietnam, Watergate, Elvis, Gulf Coast economics, and more.

9. Braveheart, 1995
William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior, leads his people in the fight for independence against England. The scenery is enough to make you want to book a trip to Scotland.

10. Titanic, 1997
Though portrayed as a love story, the adventurous nature of spontaneously leaving your life behind in England to jump aboard the largest ship ever built only to fight through a devastating North Atlantic shipwreck is incredible.

11. Gladiator, 2000
A Roman military general is betrayed and left for dead. He becomes a slave and travels throughout the Roman Empire as a gladiator, until winding up in downtown Rome as a staple of the Colosseum.

12. Slumdog Millionaire, 2008
An 18-year-old Indian Muslim from the slums of Juhu becomes a contestant on a game show, where each question reminds him of the adventures, horrors, and trials that he has faced to reach this point.

13. Argo, 2012
This (based on a) true story places a spies under the guise of a Hollywood film crew. Follow them as they journey into Tehran, Iran in 1979 to rescue hostages.

That concludes our list of the 13 best Academy Award-winning adventure films. If you haven’t seen any of these films recently (or at all), be sure to check them out and reinvigorate your capacity for adventure.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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