Adventuring Movies That Appeal to Baby Boomers

Post by Sharon

Why is it that the moment we're told not to leave our homes for extended periods of time, we suddenly don't think of home as a haven, but as a prison. This is especially true in summertime. A lockdown in the  winter, no problem. Summer? OMG!

If we can't adventure right now, let's at least have a good movie marathon with some of our favorite adventure-themed movies of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

You might want to add some of these to your collection!

The Time Machine - 1960
Starring one of my big childhood crushes, Rod Taylor, this beautifully orchestrated rendition of the H.G. Wells novel has a man inventing a time machine and going far into the future to a terrible time in earth's evolution.

The Lost World - 1960
Irwin Allen gets his reputation on for big adventure in this film about a professor leading an expedition into the Amazonian jungle to discover a land of dinosaurs.

Fantastic Voyage - 1966
This is one of my particular favorites. When a man critical to the government is dying, they shrink a crew and a vessel to be injected into his body to fix the issue.

Jaws - 1975
It doesn't get better than my favorite movie of all time. A New England town at 4th of July when tourists are due in, finds out they have a giant shark on the prowl eating the swimmers. Beautifully directed by Spielberg and incredibly acted by Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfus. 

The Poseiden Adventure - 1972
This epic disaster films involves a cruise ship on its last voyage before being put out to pasture. Right as the clock strikes midnight, it is turned over by a rogue wave. The survivors must climb to the bottom of the ship where possible help might enter the hull. 

Swiss Family Robinson - 1960
A family shipwrecked on an island must survive and thrive.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - 1954
When a movie brings in the likes of James Mason and Kirk Douglas, you know it's going to be a hit! A ship is dispatched to see why ships are sinking only to encounter a strange submarine and its Captain Nemo.

Journey to the Center of the Earth - 1959
My favorite adventure film of all time! James Mason leads and Pat Boone play scientists descending into a volcano in Iceland in search of the land at the center of the earth.

The Vikings - 1958
A seafaring swashbuckler starring Kirk Douglas.

Treasure Island - 1950
The adventures of Captain Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins.

Creature From the Black Lagoon - 1954
This beautifully done adventure is a classic. A team is dispatched to a remote area of the Amazon to find the bones of some ancient aquatic man-creature only to find that one is still alive!

2001 A Space Odessey - 1968
This Stanley Kubrick film is a classic. When an artifact is found beneath the moon's surface, a team of astronauts are sent out to examine it with the aid of a super computer named H.A.L. 9000. 

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World - 1963 
This all-star cast is a blast of comedy when a group of road travelers help a dying man after his accident. He confesses where a treasure is and the people split up and compete to get to the site first.

Planet of the Apes - 1968
When astronauts land on a planet, they discover everything is backwards. The humans are treated like animals and the apes are running the show. Charlton Heston finds a real zinger at the end of this film. It is very impactful. 

I hope y'all enjoyed this list of adventure films. I have a lot of them in my collection and enjoy them immensely.