From soon-to-be-classics like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Dune to the unexpectedly great The Mitchells Vs. The Machines, we have a lot of heavy-hitting adventure movies to choose from this year.


In this post, we’ll be looking at 7 of the Best Adventure Movies from 2021.


  1. Raya and the Last Dragon


Starting off this list is one of the many surprises of the year: Raya and the Last Dragon. Based on Southeast Asian tradition, Raya and her gang of enigmatic characters Sisu, Boun, Noi, and many more are featured in the film as they attempt to save the world and restore peace.


Set in the mystical place of Kumandra, the film is beautifully animated with vibrant and dreamy colors that are definitely fit for family viewing. The narrative is enough to warrant a viewing, and the production respects the effort that went into writing this amazing story.


  1. No Time To Die


Daniel Craig’s last appearance as James Bond after 15 years is a satisfying send-off. Taking the next spot on our list is a much more mature entry. More than just a tribute to Daniel Craig, No Time To Die actually has an interesting adventure story.


The movie picks off after Spectre, where we see Bond riding off to happy ever after. However, this is cut short when his old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help, and we get to see a satisfying end to Craig as 007.


  1. Free Guy


Free Guy is what happens when you let Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi explore an exciting plot. Discovering that he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game, Ryan Reynolds, who plays Guy, decides to become the hero of his own story, rewriting it in the process.


Free Guy is a fun comedy for video game lovers and everyone else. Exploring love, relationships, betrayal, and courage, Free Guy is one-of-a-kind and imaginative. Just what we’d want from an adventure movie.


  1. Dune


Dune is a masterpiece in the waiting. The only thing left to solidify its brilliance as a movie is the second part which comes out in 2023. After years and many attempts to bring the books of Frank Herbert to the big screen, we finally get a satisfying one.


The film explores the journey of Paul Atreides, a young man born with a gift he has yet to hone and a destiny beyond his understanding. Set in the fictional planet of Arrakis, a desert planet home to the Fremen and giant sandworms, Dune takes us on a compelling journey.


  1. Shang-Chi & The Legend Of The Ten Rings


Another film inspired by Asian Culture, specifically Chinese customs, takes the 5th slot on our list. Shang-Chi is one of the best stand-alone films made by Marvel.


In the movie, we’re shown that it’s less about the characters and more about the adventure itself. Simu Liu, who plays Sean, a.k.a Shang-Chi, embarks on an adventure to find Ta Lo, his mother’s birthplace, and confront his past.


  1. The Mitchells Vs. The Machines


The Mitchells Vs. The Machines is a fun and thought-provoking movie. The film explores the idea of how we have become so over-reliant on technology that having a simple dinner conversation with your family is already a struggle. 


From producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, we get a movie that’s charming, fun, vibrant, inspiring, and funny. Everything you’d want from an adventure movie and a handful more.


  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home


It’s no question that Spider-Man: No Way Home is the best adventure film to have come out this year and probably one of the best films in general. It’s the highest-grossing film of 2021, and it definitely deserves it. After Peter Parker’s identity is revealed, his life changes for good, and he ends up asking for help from Doctor Strange.


Spider-Man: No Way Home is a ride of pure nostalgia. When a spell goes wrong, the multiverse breaks, and several characters like Maguire’s and Garfield’s Spider-man end up in Peter Parker’s universe. The movie has as much action as it does in its number of cast members.


What did you think of our list? Do you believe that other adventure movies should have their own spot on this list?


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Author: Carol