5 Fantasy Adventure Movies Like Percy Jackson
Are you looking for a good fantasy adventure flick to watch? Here are a few movies like Percy Jackson that you’re sure to love!
Books-to-big screen is hands down, the biggest cinematic trend of the 21st century thus far. Whether it’s fiction novels or comic books, movie directors love the challenge of adapting something from page to screen.
That’s exactly what happened with Percy Jackson back in 2010! Fresh off the success of the Harry Potter franchise, Fox Entertainment purchased the rights to turn the best-selling kids’ fiction series into a movie.
If you enjoyed Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, then check out our list below for several movies like Percy Jackson that you should check out.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
For movie genres covering fantasy, this one is a surefire fit. Those of you that love the Percy Jackson movies for their modern twist on Greek gods will have a seamless transition watching Clash of the Titans, which was conveniently released in the same year that The Lightning Thief came out.
The connections don’t stop there! Clash of the Titans follows the tale of Perseus, whom—as fans of the Percy Jackson books would know—is Percy’s namesake.
It has a great iteration of the timeless Greek mythology story while stockpiling several notable actors such as Liam Neeson (Zeus), Sam Worthington (Perseus), Ralph Fiennes (Hades), and even smaller roles such as Luke Evans (Apollo).
This movie follows Perseus, a demigod (and son of Zeus), as he travels to save his family from Hade’s grasp. The fate of the world lies in his hands, as he must resolve a war between gods and humans.
This movie contains some awesome fight scenes and tremendous special effects. It brings the Greek gods of old back to life with a jam-packed adventure and incredible graphics that are true-to-scale.
While some people might view it as a bit corny in parts, overall this movie does a great job of bringing a very old story back to the big screen.
Director: Louis Leterrier
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Who doesn’t love a good tale of beginnings before an extravagant conquest? In The Lightning Thief, Percy takes the bulk of the movie trying to make sense of his newfound destiny. After learning that he’s a demigod, he leans on a mixture of old friends and new allies on his quest to take back a very important item for the gods.
In a lot of ways, that movie is a summed up version of the timeless Lord of the Rings series. Except, in LOTR, the main character is trying to destroy a powerful item to bring back balance to the world, not retain it.
I’d be surprised if you went your entire life without hearing about The Lord of the Rings until now. That said, it’s too good of a movie trilogy to pass up!
This movie does a great job of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters to life. The entire cast consists of stellar acting, with actors and actresses that seem almost destined to play their respective roles… Go ahead, try telling us that Viggo Mortensen wasn’t meant to play Aragorn.
It’s a tremendous movie with stunning effects, great fights, timely humour, and an entire group of heroes that you’ll find easy to root for.
Director: Peter Jackson
The Hunger Games (2012)
Unfortunately, the Percy Jackson movies didn’t deliver on an entire series. The movies tried to wrap up an entire series five-book series in two movies, something that didn’t go over well with the Author, Rick Riordan.
If you are looking for an entire movie series that plays out as planned, then we highly recommend The Hunger Games.
This incredible movie follows Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers as tribute for the annual “Hunger Games”, a televised event that brings kids in a public arena to fight to the death. The sequels all follow the events that transpire from the first movie.
While it’s a family movie through and through, I promise you’ll stay on the edge of your seat for this one as you root for Katniss at every turn.
While The Hunger Games isn’t available on any streaming services at this time, you can purchase or rent it through Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, etc.
Director: Gary Ross
Let’s get back to the greek mythology side of things, for the moment. If you love the idea of Percy Jackson but want a mythological movie with more grit, then Immortals is the perfect solution.
In this movie, King Hyperion is viciously tearing through Greece, trying to get his hands on the Bow of Epirus, a weapon he intends to use to unleash the Titans. Zeus appoints a mortal, Theseus, to set out and lead the charge against Hyperion and his evil plots for the mortal world.
While the storyline might be confusing at parts, I enjoyed this movie for its action-packed fight scenes. The Greek god fights alone are worth the watch!
Director: Tarsem Singh
The Maze Runner (2014)
Why do kids always have to clean up the mess that adults make? The Maze Runner is a highly underrated Sci-Fi series that will seem like a mixture of the Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies and The Shining.
This movie opens up with Thomas arriving in the middle of a giant maze (hence the name). He’s greeted by a group of kids that, just like him, have no memory of their lives outside the cage. But they quickly find out that Thomas is the missing piece to the puzzle as they try to figure out why they’re there in the first place.
The storyline in this movie is incredible. It keeps your mind racing until the very end crammed full of suspense and action.
Director: Wes Ball
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