Movies open our minds to countless possibilities and places. It is a place where anything is possible, from fairies and unicorns to battles and robots. One subject that movies often tackle about is hidden treasures. This is an especially fascinating story for viewers because it awakens the inner treasure hunter inside of us. It also convinces us that treasures may be hidden in some really unlikely places. Here is a list of ten movies about hidden treasures that you should not miss.
10. Trespass (Hill, 1992)
Trespass was directed by Walter Hill and was released in 1992. It started when an old man gave two firemen a map and then burns himself. Turns out the man stole some gold and hid it somewhere. The two immediately went to the place only to run into a street gang and witness a murder. It quickly turns into a race for the gold. The script was written way back to the 1970s by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.
9. National Treasure (Turteltaub, 2004)
Directed by Jon Turteltaub, National Treasure is a hidden treasure movie released in 2004. The treasure they are looking for is a “national treasure” that had been stored and hidden way back to the Ancient Egypt civilization. Ben Gates starts an expedition to look for the treasure but a colleague betrays him and they go on a race to get to the treasure first. The film has grossed more than $300 million at the box office. A sequel was released in 2007.
8. The Mummy (Sommers, 1999)
Stephen Sommers directed this suspenseful epic about a treasure-hunting expedition into the Sahara Desert. During this exploration, they have unearthed a horrifying mummy set to kill everyone that gets in the way. The film was a surprise hit, grossing over $400 million at the box office. It was so successful that it has produced several sequels and a spin-off, The Scorpion King. It has also been adapted into a video game and has become a famous ride at the Universal Studios.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean (Verbinski, 2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean has an opposite story to some of the other movies. It was the theme park ride that inspired this movie instead of the other way around. It is about Capt. Jack Sparrow and Will Turner who came to rescue the governor’s daughter who was kidnapped by pirates. They are in pursuit of the treasure that cursed the pirates. The film grossed $654 million at the box office worldwide and has spawned several also successful sequels.
6. Three Kings (O. Russell, 1999)
David O. Russell directed this 1999 war comedy movie. It is about four US soldiers who stole a collection of Saddam Hussein’s hidden gold. One of them is captured by Iraqi intelligence and a rescue operation is set by the American soldiers. The movie was considered a big risk by Warner Brothers but it was heavily praised by critics and was re-released in 2004.
5. Romancing The Stone (Zemeckis, 1984)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this movie combines action, comedy, adventure, and romance to make a one-of-a-kind movie experience. It is about an adventure writer who gets to experience the adventure in reality in order to save his daughter. They then search for a hidden treasure with the help of a map. It was predicted to become a flop but it was a blockbuster and praised by critics.
4. Time Bandits (Gilliam, 1981)
Time Bandits is a fantasy movie about a boy who discovers six dwarves in his room one night. The dwarves have stolen a map that reveals holes from different historical eras. They use this map to steal different treasures. The film made $42 million over a $5 million budget.
3. The Goonies (Donner, 1985)
The Goonies, directed by Richard Donner, is about two brothers who fear losing their home on a demolition. They then find a treasure map leading to the hidden gems of a legendary pirate. Accompanied with some friends, they go on an adventure to find it first before a family of criminals gets to it. The movie became one of the highest grossing of that year.
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Spielberg, 1989)
The Last Crusade is the third film from the Indiana Jones series directed by Steven Spielberg. Indiana Jones recover a golden crucifix that was stolen and rescues his father from the Nazis. The movie was a great success, generating over $470 million at the box office.
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1984)
Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first film from the Indiana Jones franchise. In the movie, Indiana has to find the Ark of the Covenant before Hitler and the Nazis find it. It was a great success becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and spawning additional movies, a television series, and several video games. Critically, it is considered one of the greatest films ever made.