Looking for more fabulous family adventure movies like A Wrinkle in Time? We’ve got you covered! I’ve been on an “epic adventure” binge lately. Check out some of my favorite flicks that will fill the void until A Wrinkle in Time releases on March 9!
A Wrinkle in Time is an upcoming movie that has pretty much everything you could ask for in a movie: adventure, fantasy and science fiction, and a stellar cast! As you may already know, it is based on the 1962 novel- of the same name- written by Madeleine L’Engle. That book is pretty much required reading for any fantasy fiction fan (pardon my alliteration)! Check out this gorgeous extended trailer for a sneak peek at the flick, then read on for 10 more great family adventure movies like A Wrinkle in Time!
10 Movies Like A Wrinkle in Time
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1. Zathura: A Space Adventure
Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 science fantasy, adventure movie that is loosely based on the 2002 illustrated book- Zathura- by Chris Van Allsburg. Danny, Walter and Lisa Budwing are siblings who play an old board game they find in their basement and find themselves transported to outer space, where an astronaut helps them complete the game and return home. The movie stars Jonah Bobo, Josh Hutcherson (yep, it’s Peeta as a tween!), Kristen Stewart and Dax Shepard.
2. The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass is one of my all-time favorite movies like A Wrinkle in Time. The 2007 fantasy adventure movie is based on Philip Pullman‘s best-selling novel by the same name (although it was known as The Northern Lights in other countries). Lyra Belacqua lives in a parallel universe and sets out on a journey to save some of the children, who have been kidnapped by The Gobblers, a mysterious organization. The movie stars Dakota Blue Richards. While the books were definitely better, the film version was a fun family movie night flick. Unfortunately, they never finished out the series on the big screen.
3. Journey to the Center of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 2008 science fantasy, adventure movie and is the prequel to the 2012 movie- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Professor Trevor Anderson, a volcanologist, sets out on a mission, to a lost world in the Earth’s center, to find out why his brother went missing. He is accompanied by his nephew, Sean Anderson. The movie stars Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson. Side note: did you know that Hutherson starred in so many big movies before playing Peeta in The Hunger Games? I thought he looked familiar, but never made the connection!
Avatar is a 2009 adventure, fantasy, sci-fi movie and is the prequel to Avatar 2, set to be released on December 18, 2020 and Avatar 3, set to be released on December 17, 2021. Jake Sully is a disabled, ex-Marine, who sets out on a mission to Pandora. The movie stars Sam Worthington and went on to achieve such success that it has its own theme park inside Disney World! It’s called Pandora (not to be confused with the streaming music service) and you’ll find it in Animal Kingdom.
Prometheus is a 2012 sci-fi, adventure, mystery movie and is the sequel to the 1979 movie- Alien, the 1986- Aliens, the 1992- Alien 3 and the 1997- Alien Resurrection and the prequel to the 2017- Alien: Covenant. The crew of the spaceship, Prometheus, lands on a distant moon and soon discover they are not alone. The movie stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. This one is a bit scarier than the others on our list, so it’s more for the older members of your family. Think date night in versus family movie night.
6. Oz the Great and Powerful
When you’re looking for epic adventure movies like A Wrinkle in Time, you can never go wrong with a trip to Oz! Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 fantasy, adventure movie that is based on the series of Oz novels by L. Frank Baum. Oscar Diggs, a con artist circus magician, is transported to the Land of Oz to restore order in the land, while trying to deal with a trio of Wicked Witches- Evanora, Glinda and Theodora. The movie stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis.
Pan is a 2015 family fantasy movie. Peter Pan is a young orphan boy, who is sent to the magical realm known as Neverland, where he discovers not only danger and fun, but his destiny as well. The movie stars Levi Miller. Think of it as Peter Pan’s origin story!
Tomorrowland is a 2015 sci-fi, mystery, adventure movie. Frank Walker, a genius inventor and Casey Newton, a young science enthusiast, set out on a journey to Tomorrowland, a parallel universe. You know how Avatar spawned a theme park ? Well, this is a case of the opposite: a theme park inspiring a movie! The movie stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Check out our tips on how to use Tomorrowland as a teaching tool for kids!
9. The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy, adventure movie that is inspired by the 1967 animated movie- of the same name. Mowgli is a boy-cub, who sets out on a journey of self-discovery, along with his animal friends, Bagheera and Baloo. The movie stars Neel Sethi and the voice cast of Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray. Make sure you whip up some of our Jungle Book coconut punch before you load this movie up!
10. The BFG
The BFG is a 2017 fantasy, adventure movie that is based on the 1982 book- of the same name- by Roald Dahl. Sophie, a young orphan girl, and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), set out on a journey to Giant Country to stop man-eating giants from taking over the world. The movie stars Ruby Barnhill and Mark Rylance. We loved this one so much that we made our own Razzy Raspberry Frobscottle recipe!
While most of these movies like A Wrinkle in Time are only available to rent or buy, The BFG and the Jungle Book are currently on Netflix.