What are the best Errol Flynns films

The 30 best adventure films of all time
By Andreas Staben, Carsten Baumgardt, Robert Cherkowski - 05/20/2017 at 6:00 p.m.

The FILMSTARTS editorial team discussed, voted and made a decision. So here they are, what we think are the 30 best adventure films of all time!


Rank 24: "Under the pirate flag"
(Michael Curtiz, USA 1935)


Michael Curtiz ‘exciting sea adventure full of momentum and with impressive battle scenes was the prelude to a heyday of the pirate film and is still one of the shining examples of the classic coat-and-epee adventures in Hollywood. Above all, however, the actor who was to become the epitome of the screen pirate for decades was established here: Errol Flynn. The native Australian played his first Hollywood leading role as an Irish doctor who is exiled into slavery, flees and becomes the privateer Captain Blood, and impressed with a mixture of irrepressible energy and carefree freshness. Carefree and agile, he fights his way through fencing duels (one of his specialties) and even in extreme danger he does not lose his cheerful optimism. With his boyish naturalness, Flynn is an old-school star who also shone as a gallant gentleman alongside Olivia de Havilland (this is the first of eight films together) - something that he does not in real life, which was characterized by scandals was so easy.


23rd place: "Lost Horizon - In the Shackles of Shangri-La"
(Frank Capra, USA 1937)


Frank Capra has become immortal with his bittersweet, conciliatory Christmas classic "Isn't life beautiful?" Diligence, honesty, righteousness, public spirit - these are the values ​​the immigrant son stands for with many of his films such as “Mr. Deeds goes to town ”and“ Mr. Smith goes to Washington ”. He is often assumed to have a naive belief in American values ​​and the possibilities of the individual. In his lesser-known utopian adventure drama "In den Fessel von Shangri-La", which was only shown in a mutilated version for a long time before the premiere version could be approximately reconstructed, it becomes particularly clear that Capra also has analytical clarity and a pronounced one Had a sense of ambivalence. His vision of the supposed paradise in a remote Himalayan valley (ingenious work of the outfitters), where the victims of a plane crash land and are welcomed into an idyllic community under the wise guidance of an ancient high lama, is initially tempting. Wars, diseases, hatred and crime seem to have been overcome, but in the end this world cannot do without coercion and without the denial of elementary human needs.


22nd place: "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
(Richard Fleischer, USA 1954)


Jules Verne's fantastic fabrics have had a decisive influence on adventure literature and thus also on film. In addition to the wild hunt “Around the World in 80 Days”, his adventurous dive “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is one of his most popular stories, both on paper and on celluloid. In 1954, Verne's novel was brought to the screen as one of the first major Disney real-life films. James Mason is the captain Nemo, who ventures into the depths of the sea with his Nautilus. Some involuntary fellow travelers join the crew (including the robust man Kirk Douglas), which causes some very fundamental conflicts. Above all, however, the yarn is spun in a very entertaining way - among other things, the crew gets up close and personal with giant octopuses. The effect specialists still mainly worked with rubber and foam, but that's what gives the whole thing a special charm. Richard Fleischer takes us to a timeless adventure playground of the imagination, whose greatest attraction lies precisely in its obvious artificiality.

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