Movies in the Drama/Adventure genre

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Adrift

Adrift, like many competently-crafted survival films, chronicles the ultimate underdog bout: Human against Nature, where the odds are stacked against the former by the sheer power of the latter. Most survival tales come with a “based on a tr...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Scenes of Peril, Disturbing Images, Brief Nudity)
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
Aguirre, The Wrath of God

A ragtag column of men, many dressed in full armor and others lugging an enclosed sedan chair, wend their way down a treacherous mountainside path. This is the first image we see in Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God. He holds it for n...

Run Time: 1:35
U.S. Release Date: 1977-04-03
MPAA Rating: "NR" (Violence)
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, ...
Australia

Australia is big and bold and brash - although one wouldn't expect less from director Baz Luhrmann, whose vocabulary doesn't include words like "restrained" and "low-key." A would-be epic on a grand, David Lean-inspired scale, Australia falls far ...

Run Time: 2:45
U.S. Release Date: 2008-11-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Bryan Brown, ...
Chasing Mavericks

Chasing Mavericks feels like two completely different movies that have been mashed together. The first, a derivative and unsatisfying coming-of-age story about a Santa Cruz boy and his adopted father figure, seems uncharacteristically weak for the ...

Run Time: 1:52
U.S. Release Date: 2012-10-26
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, ...
Defiance

For some reason, the Nazis are popular during the holiday season of 2008. They occupy central positions in Valkyrie and Good, flitter around the periphery of The Reader, and are rarely seen but very much present in Defiance. Edward Zwick's adapta...

Run Time: 2:17
U.S. Release Date: 2008-12-31
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, ...
First Man

First Man, a workmanlike bio-pic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, is at times compelling and at times maddening. Although inferior in its depiction of the early days of the space program to such riveting productions as The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, ...

Run Time: 2:21
U.S. Release Date: 2018-10-12
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Ciaran Hinds, ...
Hugo

With Hugo, Martin Scorsese has accomplished what few in Hollywood are willing to try: make a movie for adults that arrives without sex, violence, or profanity and earns a PG-rating. It's a fairy tale for mature viewers, but the airy exterior hides ...

Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 2011-11-23
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, ...
Into the Wild

There's something seductive about the idea of turning one's back on civilization and all its trappings. Many of us entertain this thought during a daydream or in those gentle minutes between wakefulness and sleep, but we don't view it as the act of...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2007-09-21
MPAA Rating: "R" (Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Situations, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Sean Penn
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook, ...
Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a curious juxtaposition of the mundane and the majestic; a film that strives for something grander than what it perhaps achieves. At times, the simple story - one of spirituality and survival - exudes a quiet, hypnotic power, but ther...

Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 2012-11-21
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Animal violence)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, ...
Limbo

There is little doubt that the most discussed aspect of writer/director/editor John Sayles' Limbo will be the ending. Unconventional and unexpected, the conclusion will inspire outrage in some movie-goers (a patron at the showing I attended hurled...

Run Time: 2:07
U.S. Release Date: 1999-06-04
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Profanity, Violence)
Genre: DRAMA/ADVENTURE
Director: John Sayles
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn, Vanessa Martinez, ...