There’s always down­time for adventurers—rain delays in the woods, injuries, exhaus­tion. You could lose hours or even days on Face­book. You could long­ing­ly stare out a win­dow. Or, you could kick back and enjoy the relax­ation with a great, clas­sic adven­ture movie.


The Man Who Would Be King
In this movie, two men leave the British army to become kings of Kafiris­tan. It’s based on a book by Rud­yard Kipling (so it has to be good) and stars Michael Caine, Christo­pher Plum­mer, and Sean Connery.


Lawrence of Arabia
Anoth­er British sol­dier mak­ing a name for him­self, this time in the Arab Revolt of WWI. He leads a guer­ril­la cam­paign against the Turk army, derail­ing trains and steal­ing camels, all against the wish­es and orders of his supe­ri­or offi­cers. It stars Peter O’Toole & Alec Gui­ness, bring­ing home sev­en acad­e­my awards.


The Jun­gle Book
Yes, Dis­ney’s car­toon ver­sion is actu­al­ly a pret­ty good adven­ture sto­ry. A bear and a pan­ther raise a human baby who even­tu­al­ly falls in love. It doesn’t fol­low the book as strict­ly as some oth­er film adap­ta­tions might, but it’s great enter­tain­ment and a per­fect rainy-day dis­trac­tion. It had an all-star cast of voice actors includ­ing Louis Pri­ma (an old swing band leader), Ster­ling Hol­loway (the voice of Win­nie the Pooh), and Phil Har­ris (who you don’t remem­ber from the movie Rock-a-doo­dle, even though he was in it).


The Adven­tures of Robin Hood
Errol Fly­nn, Olivia De Hav­il­land, Basil Rath­bone, and Claude Rains—a clas­sic all-star line­up. You already know the story—a man of means fights back against the pow­ers that be—with swash­buck­ling, hearty laugh­ter, and man­li­ness despite the tights and tunic-based wardrobe.


True Grit
The new one’s good, the old one’s better—if noth­ing else, because of John Wayne. The daugh­ter of a mur­dered man seeks out a man with “true grit” to help her avenge her father’s death. If you like west­erns, this one’s prob­a­bly your favorite. If you hate west­erns, you should watch this one anyway.


Spar­ta­cus
Kirk Dou­glas plays the title role of Spar­ta­cus, a slave in the Roman empire who leads a revolt and ulti­mate­ly pays for his courage. It’s not a “feel good” movie but, rather, a bold adven­ture wor­thy of count­less retellings.


Sahara
Humphrey Bog­a­rt leads a retreat­ing tank crew into the Sahara. They fight Nazis to defend a well that’s their only hopes of sur­vival in the harsh desert. It’s not even remote­ly relat­ed to the McConaughey/Zahn flick by the same name, but that’s a pret­ty good one, too.


King Solomon’s Mines
Allan Quar­ter­main was our grand­par­ents’ Indi­ana Jones—a larg­er-than-life adven­tur­er in khakis and a hat. Played by Stew­art Granger, he’s called upon to help Deb­o­rah Kerr find her hus­band who went into the heart of Africa in search of King Solomon’s Mines.


The African Queen
This movie is about Bog­a­rt on a boat. And some­times out of the boat, as he’s drag­ging it through leech-infest­ed waters. There are Nazis, a nag­ging Katharine Hep­burn who turns out to be a hero as well, and a con­stant strug­gle for sur­vival against the per­ils of life on the Ulan­ga River.


Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne wrote a nov­el about a man who, on a bet, ven­tured out to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe in 80 days. There have been a few, more recent, iter­a­tions, but the 1956 ver­sion is what most like to call “the right one.” David Niv­en plays Phileas Fogg who’s accom­pa­nied on the race against time by his manser­vant Passser­partout (Can­ti­n­flas). It won five Oscars, three Gold­en Globes, and a hand­ful of oth­er awards.

So, regard­less of the weath­er, injuries, or the need for a rest day—you can still enjoy a great adven­ture; it just might not be your own.