7 Treasure Hunting Movies That Aren't Indiana Jones
Treasure Hunting movies are fun, exhilarating, taking you on an adventure you dreamed about as a young kid. Through obstacles and villains, the story will have you on the edge of your seat. Although there are no action movie quite as exhilarating as the Indiana Jones series, these movies give it a run for their money. From "The Goonies" to "National Treasure", these are 7 Treasure Hunting Movies That Aren't Indiana Jones but, will still have you on the edge of your seat.
"Treasure Island"- You can't mention a treasure hunt movie without referencing 1950's "Treasure Island". Directed by Byron Haskin and starring Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, and Basil Sydney, "Treasure Island" is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel of the same name. When Jim Hawkins goes in search for Captain Flint's buried treasure little does he know the crew he hired are pirates with their own agenda of finding the buried treasure. Audience members will be captivated by "Treasure Island" and young Hawkins' determination and awaken our own childhood dreams of finding buried treasure.
"The Goonies"- The 1985 cult favorite was directed by Richard Donner and written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus, "The Goonies" follow a group of young friends as they search for buried treasure after finding a treasure map. This is the ultimate kids fantasy movies filled with treasure, young love, pirates, and villains. How many times as a kid did you wish you found a treasure map. Now imagine if you did!
"Romancing the Stone"- An all-star cast of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito, "Romancing the Stone" follows romance writer Joan Wilder who comes in contact with a treasure map. When enemies find out she has it, her sister gets kidnapped and she must go to Columbia to rescue her. With the help of Jack T. Colton (Douglas), Joan gets a little more than she bargained for as she tries to save her sister and find the buried treasure.
"The Da Vinci Code"- When a man gets murdered inside the Louvre, protagonist Robert Langdon uncovers clues that trace back to a secret society based on the foundations of Christianity. Based on Dan Brown's best selling book of the same name, Langdon races against the clock to discover who murdered this man and if in fact it poses a bigger threat to the Vatican than originally thought.
"Pirate of the Caribbean"- "Pirates of the Caribbean", starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is hilarious as it is adventurous. Will Turner hires Captain Jack Sparrow to help him find the love of his life, Elizabeth Swann. During the adventure the duo must deal with villains, the undead, and curses. This fun, energetic tale was directed by Gore Verbinksi and offers fun for the whole family in just one of Johnny Depp's award winning performances. Orlando Bloom stars as Will Turner with Keira Knightly as Elizabeth Swann.
"The Mummy"- Who didn't like 1999's "The Mummy"? At that time, the effects were new and exciting, pushing the limits of how far you can go when you have top of the line equipment and an all-star cast and crew. Starring, Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, "The Mummy" is still one of the best treasure hunting movies to date. Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah and his sister Evelyn (Weisz) get help from adventurer Rick O'Connell (Fraser) as they follow a map in Egypt's deserts and mistakenly awaken evil spirits in the process.
"National Treasure"- When "National Treasure" hit theaters in 2004, it was an instant block buster hit. Following Nicolas Cage's character; Benjamin Franklin Gates searches for a buried treasure hidden by our forefathers. This movie is full of American History that will stump even the best Historian. At the end you'll be wondering if there really is a secret society and treasure hidden deep down in our history.