Top 5000
Down 155 this week

Romancing the Stone (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  30 March 1984 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 59,801 users  
Reviews: 114 user | 57 critic

A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 11 Aug 2011
a list of 35 titles
created 19 Jan 2012
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Feb 2012
a list of 41 titles
created 26 Feb 2012
list image
a list of 35 titles
created 14 Sep 2012

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Romancing the Stone (1984)

Romancing the Stone (1984) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Romancing the Stone.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Black Rain (1989)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954).

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson
Falling Down (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey
Disclosure (1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen


Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Ojeda ...
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow ...
José Chávez ...
Hefty Woman (as Chachita)
Camillo García ...
Bus Driver
Rodrigo Puebla ...
Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta ...
Hotel Clerk


Joan Wilder, a mousy romance novelist, receives a treasure map in the mail from her recently murdered brother-in-law. Meanwhile, her sister Elaine is kidnapped in Colombia and the two criminals responsible demand that she travel to Colombia to exchange the map for her sister. Joan does, and quickly becomes lost in the jungle after being waylayed by Zolo, a vicious and corrupt Colombian cop who will stop at nothing to obtain the map. There, she meets an irreverent soldier-of-fortune named Jack Colton who agrees to bring her back to civilization. Together, they embark upon an adventure that could be straight out of Joan's novels. Written by Denny Gibbons

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's a girl from the big city. He's a reckless soldier of fortune. For a fabulous treasure, they share an adventure no one could imagine... or survive.


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






| |

Release Date:

30 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos bribones tras la esmeralda perdida  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$74,900,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Alan Silvestri was hired to do a temporary score for the film, but director Robert Zemeckis liked his work so much that he kept him on as composer. See more »


Car falls over the waterfall twice, once before Jack and Joan exit, once after. See more »


[first lines]
Grogan: [a gunslinger breaks down the door of an old Western house and confronts the solitary young woman inside] What's it gonna be, Angelina?
Joan Wilder: [narrating] It was Grogan, the filthiest, dirtiest, dumbest excuse for a man west of the Missouri River.
Grogan: [cocks one barrel of his shotgun] You can die two ways, angel: quick like the tongue of a snake, or slower than the molasses in January.
[cocks the second barrel]
Joan Wilder: [narrating] But it was October.
Grogan: I'll kill ya, Goddammit, if it's the Fourth of July! ...
See more »


Referenced in This Is an Adventure (2005) See more »


Written, Produced and Performed by Eddy Grant
Courtesy of Portrait/Ice Records
used in the patio scene after they gain entry to the Bell maker's house
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The very best "adventure/comedy" of all time, honest!
1 June 2000 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

"Romancing the Stone" came out just 3 years after "Raiders..." and in my mind is cemented as one of the great "watchable" movies. The on-screen chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner is wonderful, both playing their parts flawlessly. It is most likely the movie that made Douglas a big star. I can't tell you how many times, with my children, I watched this movie, and still when I catch it on TV I enjoy it almost like it was the first time. I want to own it when it comes out on DVD. For me it is a "9", only because I rate "Raiders..." better and it is a "10".

25 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did anyone else notice the poor treatment of animals in that movie? LittleFrida
Is it ok for men to like this movie? Jarvio
Could use some research about COLOMBIA!! juanpa1-1
If there were to be a remake who would you cast? crazirishbty
She likes guys! So do you, maricon! grrrover123
Sly Stallone South_Paw84
Discuss Romancing the Stone (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: