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Adventure films are a genre of film whose plots feature elements of
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s who must leave their home or place of comfort and go to far away lands to fulfill a goal. Settings play an important role in adventure films, sometimes as big as the characters themselves.


Overview

Subgenres of adventure films include
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s. Main plot elements include quests for lost continents and exotic setting; struggles and situations that confront the main characters, the creation of
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and heroic journeys, travels, explorations, quests and searches for the unknown usually also having to overcome an adversary. Adventure films are often set in a period background and may include adapted stories of historical or fictional adventure heroes within the historical context.
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are commonly seen. Adventure films may also be combined with other movie genres such as
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History

Adventure film popularity peaked in the 1930s and 1940s, when films such as '' Captain Blood'', ''
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'', and '' The Mark of Zorro'' were regularly made with major stars, notably
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, who were closely associated with the genre. Saturday morning serials used many of the same thematic elements as high-budget adventure films. In the early days of adventure films, the characters were mainly male. These heroes were courageous, often fighting suppression and facing tyrants. Recent adventure films have featured heroines, such as
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, as protagonists.


See also

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Action film Action film is a film genre A film genre is a stylistic or thematic category for motion pictures A film, also called a movie, motion picture or moving picture, is a work of visual art The visual arts are art forms such as painti ...
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Adventure fiction Adventure An adventure is an exciting experience that is typically bold, sometimes risk In simple terms, risk is the possibility of something bad happening. Risk involves uncertainty Uncertainty refers to Epistemology, epistemic situatio ...
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Adventure game An adventure game is a video game#REDIRECT Video game A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface or input device such as a joystick, game controller, controller, computer keyboard, keyboard, or motio ...
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Lists of adventure films This is chronological list of adventure film Adventure films are a genre of film whose plots feature elements of travel. They typically involve protagonists who must leave their home or place of comfort and go to far away lands to fulfill a goa ...
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Survival film The survival film is a film genre A film, also called a movie, motion picture or moving picture, is a work of visual art used to simulate experiences that communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty, or atmosphere through th ...
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Travel documentary A travel documentary is a documentary film A documentary film is a non-fictional film, motion-picture intended to "document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a Recorded history, historical record". Bi ...


References


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Adventure Film Adventure films Film genres