The popcorn has finished popping. Everyone is in their pajamas, cuddled up in front of the TV, enjoying a movie night. It’s movie time, and you’re in the mood for something exciting. There aren’t many adventure films as entertaining as Indiana Jones, so that’s a plus. It’s difficult to pick a favorite among these action movies because they all have great stories and scripts. On the other hand, there are times when you long for something new. A film with a little more intrigue or something that makes you want to swoon would be ideal. What about a movie with a female protagonist? Would you prefer a comic book? There’s good news, though! There are other films like Indiana Jones out there, and they are similar in many ways, but they are unique in ways you won’t expect.
But what is it about Dr. Jones in the original Indy films that makes them such a joy to watch? Even today, fans debate which of the four Indiana Jones films—Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989), or The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (1989)—is the best (2008). To state the obvious, Harrison Ford’s archaeologist Indy, who travels the world in search of ancient artifacts, is one of the most heroic figures in film history. Jones embodies a life filled with excitement and risk. He’ll leave class at the drop of a hat to go on an intrepid journey across the globe.
As a person, Dr. Jones possesses the following qualities: Honesty, Determination, Intelligence, and Resourcefulness. It’s amazing how well he remembers events in the past. A man who can teach a class, outwit ancient booby traps, and sneak into Nazi headquarters at the drop of a hat, he adapts to any situation. When it comes to hats, the one worn by Indiana Jones in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark is perhaps the most recognizable. His hat, along with his whip, are immediately recognizable.
He’s a man of conviction in everything he does. While fighting pirates on a ship in a storm, he exclaims, “That belongs in a museum!”. Even when it means giving up immortality in order to save his father’s life, or keeping a promise made in the Temple of Doom to return sacred rocks, he does everything with honor. Because he is flawed, he is more likable. Movies with tough, charismatic, or likable main characters include the ones listed below.
1. The Goonies (1985)
After finding an old pirate map in the attic, a group of daring kids decides to take on a property development company that wants to demolish their house to make way for a country club. In the event they are successful in their quest, they may be able to keep the house! In the caverns, the teens have to deal with pirate booby traps, as well as a vicious crime family known as the “Fratellis,” who recently escaped from jail and are now hiding out in town. They are also being pursued by the police.
This film is pure reminiscence of the 1980s. The personalities of Mouth, Mikey, Data, and Chunk remind me of people I knew growing up. Jonathan Ke Quan will be familiar to fans of Indiana Jones (who plays Data). In the Indiana Jones films, he was known as “Short Round.”
2. The Mummy (1999)
If you’re looking for an entertaining, action-packed, and comedic treasure-hunting film, The Mummy is a great option. In this 1999 remake of the 1932 film of the same name, adventurer Rick O’Connell (played by Brendan Fraser) travels with a librarian and her older brother to the City of the Dead. They unintentionally reawaken a powerful cursed high priest. As a result, there is complete and utter chaos.
Brendan Fraser’s role as the Mummy is one of his best. Yes, the overall acting is cheesy. However, because of the consistently high level of action, this film is a blast to watch.
3. Romancing the Stone (1984)
Romancing the Stone would be Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade if it were spoofed and set in Colombia. In this action-adventure film from 1984, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito all star. Tori Spelling plays a romantic-adventure novelist who must help deliver a map to her sister’s captors in the Colombian jungle, where they are holding her hostage. On their perilous journey, she receives assistance from mercenary Jack Colton (Douglas). In Turner and Douglas, the chemistry is palpable and the dialog is sharp. In fact, in the film’s sequel, Jewel of the Nile, they were a fantastic duo.
4. The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
To follow up on the success of 1985’s Romancing the Stone, director Michael Douglas reunited with stars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. Joan’s novels open both this film and Romancing the Stone. When the leader of a North African nation asks Joan to visit and write about him, Joan agrees to live with Jack on his yacht until she decides to leave. Ralph (Danny DeVito) helps Jack save her when he learns she’s in danger.
5. Jungle Cruise (2021)
This new Disney film stars Emily Blunt as Dr. Lily Houghton, who hires wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to take her on a riverboat adventure down the Amazon and into the surrounding jungle. They’re on the prowl for a long-lost magical tree with the potential to heal anyone who touches it. The movie is based on the same-named riverboat ride at Disney’s California Adventure park.
6. DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
As a kid, do you recall coming home from school and watching DuckTales on the television? DuckTales: The Lost Lamp is a family-friendly Disney film that holds the attention of adults as well as children. As with early DuckTales episodes (which frequently featured adventures in an ancient land), this is both a treasure hunt and an Aladdin retelling. Scrooge McDuck takes Huey, Dewey, and Louie to Egypt in search of a magic lamp and a pyramid.
7. Goldfinger (1964)
James Bond uncovers a gold magnate’s plot to contaminate Fort Knox’s gold reserve while investigating smuggling. As for the action, this spy movie from 1964 is a doozy! The megalomaniac villain Auric Goldfinger, the frightening henchmen, the chart-topping theme song, and the Aston Martin are all hallmarks of the 007 we know and love today. A 30 caliber machine gun, tire-shredding blades, and more were included in the car’s equipment list. And of course, there are the well-known quotes.
“Are you expecting me to say something?” There is no way you are going to live Mr. Bond. You will die!”
8. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
This film, based on the life of Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence, follows his adventures as a British soldier during World War One. To help the British and Arab tribes in their fight against the Turks, Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between them. A classic and one-of-a-kind performance by Peter O’Toole.
9. Tomb Raider (2018)
Without a little female strength, this list would be bare. It’s the daughter of a missing explorer named Lord Richard Croft (Alicia Vikander) who raises Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) (Dominic West). Croft sets out on a perilous journey to find his final resting place, a tomb on a remote Japanese island. This 2018 film is a reboot of the Tomb Raider series, based on the 2013 video game of the same name. Angelina Jolie made the role famous in 2001, but this reimagining is superior.
10. Apocalypto (2006)
Mayan civilization was at its height in the early 1500s, a world ruled by oppression and terror. When the Mayan civilization is in decline, a young hunter named Jaguar Paw is captured and forced to travel to a Mayan city where he will be sacrificed as human sacrifice. An Indigenous Mexican and Native American cast joins Mel Gibson’s production team for this film, which he also co-wrote and directed. It’s not quite a treasure hunt movie, but it’s jam-packed with action, brains, and heart, just like Indiana Jones.
11. Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)
There are 27 advanced degrees held by Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle). He is expelled from school because of his Egyptology professor, who graduates him early. The Metropolitan Public Library offers him a job because Flynn is unemployed and has no other options. The Ark of the Covenant, Pandora’s Box, and the Golden Goose are all housed in this library. One of the fragments from Flynn’s Spear of Destiny is stolen, and he’s tasked with finding it before it’s destroyed. Is it possible for this bookworm to make a difference? This is a lighthearted film with a good sense of humor. It’s a movie the whole family can enjoy, regardless of age.