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Top 10 Treasure Hunting Movies Eever made

For the past few months I have been researching the top ten treasure hunting movies that have ever been made. I know how much you love movies, and you love treasures too, so I thought it would be perfect for me to share these movies with you.

There are a lot of movies about treasure hunters. This is my list of the best treasure hunting movies ever made. It is not in any particular order, because I thought it would be more fun to present them like this.

#10. Romancing the Stone (1984)

Romancing the Stone (1984)

A cheesy romance author from New York is bored of her ordinary existence and longs for a taste of the adventure and passion that only resides inside the pages of her books in this comedy film.

Soon later, she gets a parcel from her abducted sister, which contains a map pointing to a valuable diamond hidden deep in Colombia’s jungles. She knows she has no choice but to proceed on a perilous journey, carrying the coveted treasure map with her.

The plot revolves around an odd friendship with a British smuggler that leads to a passionate affair.

#9. National Treasure (2004) 

National Treasure (2004) 

Instead of some old pyramid or lost ruin, this modern take on the charming historical adventurer is set in the United States of America.

The hunt is on for a treasure that has been kept secure and unfindable since the Founding Fathers’ time, thanks to hints buried inside priceless historical artifacts like a smoking pipe and the Declaration of Independence.

As they travel across the country from one historical site to another in trying to crack the code and find the riches, the scavenger hunt swiftly turns into a wild goose chase. The film was not well regarded by reviewers, however it earned favorable user reviews on the IMDb website.

#8. Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings (1999)

When a group of Gulf War troops learns about a bunker housing Saddam Hussein’s massive gold hoard, they devise a plan to break in and take the loot, becoming multimillionaires in the process.

The focus of the plot shifts away from the wealth and toward a more humanitarian element. Did they forget about the purpose of rescuing innocent civilians from being killed by Iraqi military troops approaching?

The film garnered positive reviews from reviewers, earning a Metascore of 82 on Metacritic.

#7. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

The narrative begins with a vehicle accident, with the driver informing four surrounding motorists that he is a criminal who has hidden his vast wealth in stolen items under the big W.

The following events are a comedy of errors, with the motorists competing to be the first to answer the Riddle and claim the prize money.

They’re all tricked in the end, and they all wind themselves in prison. Rather than sharing the money. And the cop pulls a fast one on them and takes everything for himself.

#6. The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies (1985)

This must have been everyone’s favorite movie as a kid. What could be more fun than looking for a buried pirate treasure with your best friends?

A group of friends follow the recommendations of One Eyed Willy after uncovering a hidden map in their attic in the hopes of preventing the demolition of their homes and the creation of a fancy golf course if they have enough money. They must negotiate a tunnel filled with booby traps while being pursued by a group of robbers.

#5. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

In this film set in the Wild West, two Americans travel to Mexico in search of job. A grouchy elderly prospector tempts them after they receive their first pay by claiming that there is still gold in the neighboring hills.

After fending off a bandit raid, the three were able to mine enough gold to live in extravagant luxury and comfort for the rest of their lives.

The narrative offers a lesson on how trust and greed do not mix, as the gang suffers ill luck as they begin to suspect each other of taking the wealth.

#4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

An young archaeologist inherits a diary from his legendary adventurer father, which contains a confusing map and weird clues leading to the Holy Grail’s whereabouts.

He is not alone in his pursuit of the treasure; a gang of Nazis is also on the lookout, with plans to utilize the artifact for sinister purposes. Taking control of the globe and ushering forth a new epoch for their master race.

The film earned an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, while Sean Connery won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

#3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  (2003)

A tale of cursed Aztec wealth, love, and a gang of undead skeletal pirates, the picture that launched a franchise.

In order to save the governor’s daughter from cursed pirates, a disgraced pirate captain partners up with an apprentice blacksmith, and in the process, he reclaims his beloved ship.

This film has unlikely partners sailing the high seas, swashbuckling battles, a love tale, and a lot of humour, making it one of the genre’s standouts. The film received 27 prizes in all.

#2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

After discovering a golden statue deep in the South American forest, the government hires an archeological professor.

His abilities and knowledge are required to track down the biblical Ark of the Covenant, which houses the Ten Commandments as well as God’s might.

The Nazis are also on the lookout for the item, thinking that its power would aid them in their quest for world dominance. The National Board of Review named Raiders of the Lost Ark one of the top ten films of the year.

On the IMDb website, the film scored an eight-four on a ten-point scale, and a Metascore of 85 on Metacritic.

#1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

A gunslinger and a notorious outlaw concoct a scheme to collect the bounty many times, delivering the outlaw in and then rescuing him from the rope of the hangman.

They finally turn against one other when their scheme breaks apart owing to mutual distrust. But, just as the criminal is about to squeeze the trigger, he remembers that his former accomplice knows the name of the tombstone where a large sum of stolen treasure is buried.

As the two search for the treasure, they come upon a merciless robber who would do all in his power to retain the riches for himself.

On the IMDb website, the film got an 8.8 out of ten rating, and a Metacritic meta score of 90.

This was our Top 10 Treasure Hunting Movies list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best treasure hunt movies. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below. 

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