What exactly constitutes an adventure movie? In short, they revolve around a journey filled with unexpected thrills and surprises. But for my purposes, they are also relatively plausible story-lines as well, with little to no fantasy elements or sci-fi technology involvement. The top ten movies below brought unadulterated joy to my heart and soul forever and for always. Bear in mind these are movies I was obsessed with as a kid.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
The Land Before Time (1988)
The Bear (1988)
An American Tail (1986)
10. Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Plot: While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.
Why I loved it: This over-the-top comedy about a down and out divorced house wife, with a passion for fashion, becoming a girl's scout leader is hilarious, exciting and thoroughly entertaining. I always thought it would be so rad to have a mah like Shelley Long. Ha! As a young pre-teen girl I utterly adored this movie for all it's worth, and I remember it being on replay at my house (which my brothers loved #sarcasm). Sure, on the surface this movie is light and full of fluff at best, but dig a little deeper and we explore life-long lessons filled with optimism, courage, strength and follow-through. Can't beat that.
Favorite Quote: "Girls, I'm coming and I've got the fondue!"
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.
Why I loved it: I thought Ferris was sooooo cool growing up. Chill as a cucumber in a bowl of hot-sauce, amiright? We all could use a little Ferris in our lives. He was just so cute and lovable and dying for a little adventure before entering adulthood. This is an 80s masterpiece full of brilliance for obvious reasons, but for all of its pitch-perfect performances, stunts and maneuver, the film’s singular pivotal-point is the friendship between Cameron and Ferris.
Favorite Quote: "Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?"
8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Plot: Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular
Why I loved it: Thirty-one years later this movie is still a ridiculously fun dance party that keeps on giving. As a young girl I couldn't get enough of those besties - Lynne and Janey! And boy, did I have thee biggest crush on Jeff Malene (be still my heart). The dancing and music is a thing of beauty, though extremely dated now, but man, every time I see this movie nostalgia wraps me up like a warm blanket. It's such a feel-good movie to say the very least.
Favorite Quote: "Velcro. Next to the Walkman and tab it is the coolest invention of the 20th century!"
7. Stand by Me (1986)
Plot: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Why I loved: There 'did' seem to be a certain fascination or fondness for the 1950s throughout American cinema in the 1980s, more specifically with teenage life in the 1950s. But having a true love for both decades I didn't mind one bit. This quintessential coming-of-age movie works so well and manages to stand the test of time solely due to great/original story telling, directing and mad chemistry between the young leads. This move is funny, thrilling, sad, full of adventure, but most importantly it's relatable. I heart, rainbow, palm tree this flick!
Favorite Quote: "Do you think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?"
6. The 'Burbs (1989)
Plot: An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.
Why I loved it: I can't 'even'... with this movie. Like O.M.G.! As a kid I could not stop laughing at all the hilarious twists and turns. One right after the other, amiright?! Sure, the doctor freaked me out as a kid, but whatever. This movie still manages to hold up even by today's standards. Not only because it bursts us into gut-busting laughter, but how it strategically tackles so many endless themes - normality, provincial threats, suspicion, paranoia, friendship, love... man, they are all explored. This favorite of mine is laced with loads of intricacy humor with a dash of spooky.
Favorite Quote: "Whoa, 'bout a nine on the tension scale, eh Reub."
5. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Favorite Quote: "Don't listen to him, he says you're a homo."
4. Caveman (1981)
Favorite Quote:"Atouk Aluna Lana."
3. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Favorite Quote: "That's not a knife... That's a knife."
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Favorite Quote: "Throw me the idol. No time to argue! Throw me idol, I'll throw you the whip!"
1. The Goonies (1985)
Plot: In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.
Why I loved it: One word - Chunk. He seriously made this movie. The truffle-shuffle, spilling his guts to the Fratelli's, breaking things, etc. I just loved him! This movie had everything you could want, from thrills, spills, pirates, freaks, bad guys and dashing adventure. I wanted to be a Goonie or go on a Goonie style adventures when I was young(er). Even the place where they lived was cool - a big old house in a picturesque bay town. This movie will forever be a favorite among the masses, which is why it snagged the #1 spot on my list.
Favorite Quote: "In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog..."