If you and your significant other are on very different ends of the movie-watching spectrum, I have good news for you. Stellar action and adventure elements can turn an okay movie into something special. Even better, these elements can be found in all sorts of movie genres, from spy thriller to space epic to historical drama—which means that you might be able to find something on this list you really enjoy, even if superheroes and sci-fi aren't your thing. When a good action hero elevates the plot, as is the case for a lot of these films, things get more progressive than you might expect. These are just a few of the best adventure films in the last 60 years, but each has a cool, distinctive approach to action within plot that makes it entertaining in its own right. Some of these are classics; some may surprise you. Some of them may be outside your wheelhouse entirely. But they're all entertaining, and in many cases offer you the surprise ending you didn't know you needed (I tried to avoid big spoilers here, but if you'd rather not know anything, go watch first).