Adventure films are projects that portray the human search for more in life. It is common knowledge that we all want that extra excitement in life as we grow older, and adventure movies are ever available to give us a feel of how such moments can pan out.
As far as Nollywood is concerned, their adventure movies mostly play into the realm of the unknown and they basically help viewers to escape reality for the duration of the movie while moving into a world that depicts the intriguing adventures that can be experienced by Nigerians from time to time.
The brains behind Nollywood adventure projects should be applauded for always keeping viewers guessing because movie lovers who appreciate that wild side of cinema only have good things to say about the few cast and crew that have gotten the genre right. For the best suspense-filled films that will keep you at the edge of your seats, see our list of Best Nollywood Adventure Movies Ever.
1. Three Thieves:
This is a 2019 Nigerian film directed by Udoka Oyeka and written by the trio of Egbemawei Sammy, Abba Makama and Africa Ukoh. It was produced by Trino Motion Pictures and the movie tells the story of 3 men who were mistakenly contracted to commit a crime. To worsen the confusion, the person who was initially contracted for the job decides to hunt them down.
As the drama continued to unfold, Koye Kekere-Ekun who played Tega, Shawn Faqua who played Oreva and Frank Donga who played Rukevwe found themselves piling up a list of crimes committed, including kidnapping. However, in a hilarious final twist, they ended up becoming heroes. The IMDB rating for this movie is an impressive 8.2/10.
This movie is simply a story about Ani, a role played by Sam Dede, who abandoned his family in the search for a better life. Eventually, 25 years later, he decides to come back home to live with his family life again. The movie portrays the mentality of several Nigerians who always crave greener pastures even if things never seem to work out in the end.
It was released 4 years ago and was recently acquired by Netflix. “Gone” was screened at Calgary Black Film Festival months back, making it one of the best adventure movies Nigeria has seen in recent times. It was directed by Ademinokan and it features top Nollywood stars like Gabriel Afolayan, Sam Dede, Bimbo Ademoye and Stella Damasus. The IMDB rating for this movie is an impressive 7.4/10.
3. Fate Of Alakada:
This movie is centred around a woman who works as a social media influencer. She made up her mind to fake her way through several situations to make it big and every move she made was hilarious at best. She eventually posed as an event planner who was tasked with organizing a lavish party for a celebrity, and what trailed that decision is lots of entertainment and laughter.
The movie was directed by Kayode Kasum and it stars top Nollywood talents like Ozioma Ogbaji and Yakubu Olawale. The IMDB rating for this film is an impressive 6.9/10.
4. Sugar Rush:
Have you ever thought about what you would do with $800 million if you owned it now? Well, this movie which was released in 2019 and directed by Kayode Kasum builds its storyline around that thought.
Its plot is centred around 3 sisters who found $800 million and struggle to conclude on how to spend the money. It features Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Bisola Aiyeola, Bimbo Ademoye and William Uchemba and so on, plus it is the 4th most-watched film in Nigeria ever. The IMDB rating for this film is an impressive 6.7/10.
5. One Lagos Night:
This is a 2021 movie that was shot in Lagos, Nigeria, and it was produced plus directed by Ekene Som Mekwunye. It features Nollywood stars like Frank Donga, Ikponmwosa Gold, Eniola Badmus and Ali Nuhu e.t.c, and it focuses on an unemployed graduate who was desperate to live the good life.
Amid his battle to make ends meet, he committed a crime with the hope of making it big, and this led to a lot of consequences he never bargained for. This project is one of the 9 movies that got on Netflix on the 29th of May last year, and it has earned lots of good reviews since its release. Its IMDB rating is 6.6/10.
6. Merry Men 2: Another Mission:
This project is a sequel to “Happy Me: Real Yoruba Demons,” which was released in 2018, and its story is centred around criminals who made up their minds to deal with their past mistakes. It features Nollywood stars like Ramsey Noah, Ayo Makun, Williams Uchemba, Jim Iyke and so on. Its IMDB rating is 6.4/10.
7. The Lost Okoroshi:
This is a Nollywood adventure drama that was directed and written by Abba Makama. It tells a story about a security man who woke up one day and transformed into a mute, purple spirit. It features Judith Audu, Seun Ajayi, Ifu Ennada, Tope Tedela and Demi Banwo, was released in 2019 and it debuted on Netflix in 2020. The IMDB rating for this film is a decent 5.8/10.
8. King of Boys:
This movie was co-produced and directed by Kemi Adetiba and it is deservedly one of the best Nigerian movies ever made. Beginning her career as a film director after releasing “Wedding Party,” Kemi did it again with “King of Boys” and sealed her status as one of the best Nollywood brains ever.
The project features stars like Reminisce and Illbliss, ToniTones, Jide Kosoko, Osas Ighodaro, Demola Adedoyin, Sharon Roja, and it even debuted on Netflix in 2019. The IMDB rating for this film is also 5.8/10.
This is a classic project that was released in 2015 and it went as far as attracting the attention of the Nigerian government. Its story revolved around the pains of Niger-Deltans who got abandoned by the government and oil multinationals, and its storyline really resonated with a lot of Nigerians after its unveiling.
It was directed by Curtis Graham and produced by Rogers Time, plus you can expect to see Nollywood gurus like Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, and Richard Mofe Damijo in this one. The adventure project is based on true-life events to bring change and it won the “Best Production Design” award in 2017, alongside clinching 6 nominations at the Best Nollywood Awards. The IMDB rating for this film is a decent 5.1/10.
10. Rattle Snake: The Ahana Story:
This is a brilliant adventure project that was directed by Ramsey Nouah and produced by Charles Okpaleke and Odeh Chris. Its story is centred around a young man who gathered a gang to help him carry out daunting heists.
Everything went smoothly until the gang made too many enemies who began to go hunt them down. It features a talented cast of Stan Nze, Osas Ighodaro and Bucci Franklin, and it won lots of awards at the most recent AMVCA’s.
Most Popular Adventure Movies On Netflix?
As you already know, Netflix and Nollywood have forged a really strong partnership in recent years. It is currently one of the platforms that shows the best Nollywood projects out there right now, and many eyeballs have been attracted to Nigerian movies since the partnership began. For the best Nollywood films on the platform nowadays, see our list of Most Popular Adventure Movies On Netflix.
1. Omo Ghetto: The Saga:
This movie is centred around 2 twin girls who are actually opposites. One is classy and calm, while the other is nothing but a loud and rugged tout. The project is 120 minutes long and it has been well received by the Nigerian audience.
2. Living in Bondage: Breaking Free:
This is a sequel to a legendary project and Nigerian movie lovers can still relate after so many years. The movie features talents like Kanayo O. Kanayo, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kenneth Okonkwo, Muna Abii and Swanky JKA, and it is actually one of the most successful Nollywood projects yet.
Best Nollywood Movies In Recent Years
Nollywood movies have definitely churned out a lot of quality content in recent times, but only a few truly stand out when it comes to projects that will keep you entertained from the beginning to the very end. See the best films that come to mind in our list of Best Nollywood Movies In Recent Years.
This comedy-adventure tells the story of residents who decide to embark on an amateur heist after being victims of a Ponzi Scheme. It was produced by Vincent Okonkwo and distributed by Filmore.
2. The Golden Statue:
This movie was written and directed by Tade Ogidan and its story is centred around 2 men who go looking for the Golden Statue that they believe is their long-lost inheritance.
3. The Millions Men:
This is definitely one of the most expensive projects that Nollywood has ever made and it tells the story of friends who planned to steal a politician’s $42 million, a hefty sum he keeps in his house. It features top stars like Ramsey Noah, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Toyin Abraham, Nancy Isime, Ayo Makun and so on.
This is a story about a young woman, played by Genevieve Nnaji, whose businessman father falls ill at an unexpected time. Genevieve then decides to take over her dad’s business throne despite its several challenges. Nnaji directed this movie.
Bottomline, this Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut will most likely be remembered as one of the films that changed the face of new Nollywood.