Digging Up Adventure: Treasure Chests and Archaeological Quests

George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg tipped their fedoras to the pulpy adventure stories of their youth with the introduction of globe-trotting archaeologist Indiana Jones in 1981. The runaway success of Raiders of the Lost Ark prompted inevitable sequels, as well as a number of like-minded efforts featuring assorted relic hunters and tomb raiders.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
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The Hunters of the Golden Cobra (1982)
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An American soldier and a British intelligence agent try to track down an ancient relic called the Golden Cobra, rumored to have supernatural powers. (95 mins.)
 
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Treasure of the Four Crowns (1983)
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A group of adventurers are gathered together to retrieve some mystical gems which are in the possession of a deadly cult. (97 mins.)
 
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The Ark of the Sun God (1984)
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A safecracker takes a job where he must go to Istanbul and steal a scepter that once belonged to the god Gilgamesh but is now in the temple of a secret cult. (98 mins.)
 
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Romancing the Stone (1984)
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A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
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A skirmish in Shanghai puts archaeologist Indiana Jones, his partner Short Round and singer Willie Scott crossing paths with an Indian village desperate to reclaim a rock stolen by a secret cult beneath the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
 
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The Goonies (1985)
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In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
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The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
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This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but... (106 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
 
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Jungle Raiders (1985)
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An expedition enters an unexplored jungle to search for a legendary ruby. (95 mins.)
 
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King Solomon's Mines (1985)
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Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer. (100 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
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Treasure of the Amazon (1985)
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A ragtag group of adventurers, including a former Nazi, is led by a half-maddened grizzled treasure hunter who wants a second chance to find the mythical treasure of the Amazon, after his first mission went terrible wrong. (104 mins.)
 
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Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)
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Allan Quatermain once again teams up with Jesse Huston where the discovery of a mysterious old gold piece sends Quatermain looking for his long-lost brother, missing in the wilds of Africa after seeking a lost white race. (99 mins.)
Director: Gary Nelson
 
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Armour of God (1986)
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Jackie Chan and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks. (88 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
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Firewalker (1986)
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A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold. (104 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
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Le miniere del Kilimangiaro (1986)
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An American college student in 1930s Africa searches for a lost diamond mine near Mt. Kilimanjaro. He... (95 mins.)
Director: Mino Guerrini
 
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Bloodstone (1988)
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When an newlywed American couple goes to India on their honeymoon, little do they realize that they... (91 mins.)
 
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
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When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
 
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River of Death (1989)
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An adventurer (Hamilton) decides to go in search of the lost city in the Amazon jungle. A motley crew... (107 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
 
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Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991)
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Agent Jackie is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bundling... (106 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
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Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)
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A city girl teams up with a tomboy to solve the mystery of Bear Mountain, Molly Morgan, and the buried treasure as well as learn about true friendships. (94 mins.)
 
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The Mummy (1999)
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An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy. (125 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
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Relic Hunter (1999 TV Series)
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Tia Carrere stars as a university professor and black belt who globetrots after lost, stolen and rumored-of artifacts and antiquities. (60 mins.)
 
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The Diamond of Jeru (2001 TV Movie)
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Based on Louis L'Amour novel, The Diamond of Jeru tells the story of an American scientist and his wife... (120 mins.)
 
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High Adventure (2001)
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Chris, slick adventurous grandson of legendary adventurer Allan Quatermain, searches for the mythical treasure of Alexander the Great with the help of a pretty German girl, while eluding a dangerous greedy gangster. (102 mins.)
Director: Mark Roper
 
25.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
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Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts. (100 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
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The Mummy Returns (2001)
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The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror. (130 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
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Adventuress Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box before an evil scientist and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her. (117 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
 
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King Solomon's Mines (2004 TV Movie)
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An adventurous quest for a treasure hidden in King Solomon's mines, based on H. Rider Haggard's timeless tale. (173 mins.)
Director: Steve Boyum
 
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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004 TV Movie)
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Flynn, an over 30 "professional student," is banned from more classes, since he already has 22 degrees... (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Winther
 
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National Treasure (2004)
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A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
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Sahara (2005)
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Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator. (124 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
 
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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006 TV Movie)
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Thousands of years ago, the great Child King Tutankhamen ruled. Few know the details of his life no one knows the secrets of his death... (170 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
 
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The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006 TV Movie)
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Librarian-turned-adventurer Flynn Carsen endeavors to find King Solomon's mines. (92 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
 
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
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Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
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Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls (2008 Video)
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Allan Quatermain has been recruited to lead an expedition in search of a fabled treasure, deep within Africa. He must avoid hidden dangers. (98 mins.)
Director: Mark Atkins
 
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
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Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. (122 mins.)
 
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The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After retrieving the philosopher's stone at an auction but losing his girlfriend, The Librarian Flynn Carsen has a breakdown... (90 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
 
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The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Set in the Grand Canyon, a team of Smithsonian researchers have stumbled across a lost walled Aztec city guarded by some evil spirits... (88 mins.)
Director: Farhad Mann
 
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
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In the Far East, Alex O'Connell, the son of famed mummy fighters Rick and Evy O'Connell, unearths the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin -- a shape-shifting entity cursed by a witch centuries ago. (112 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
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The Treasure Hunter (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
A notorious international crime group chases after a young chivalrous man, his mentor's daughter, and a famous archaeologist, who possess a map leading to ancient treasure. (105 mins.)
Director: Yen-Ping Chu
 
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions. (107 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
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Chinese Zodiac (2012)
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A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts - 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. (109 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan