1. Indiana Jones film series
When it comes to films about treasure hunting, you certainly can’t miss the treasure hunting film franchise that still exists today, namely Indiana Jones. This film series revolves around Indiana Jones, an archeology professor who has a distinctive appearance with his cowboy style. He also has a sarcastic sense of humor and is afraid of snakes.
To date, the Indiana Jones franchise has expanded to four films, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). In each of the films, Indiana faces a different adventure and seeks a different treasure. Even though the Indiana actor, Harrison Ford, is 79 years old, he is certain to return to action in the fifth Indiana Jones film, which is set to be released on June 30, 2023.
In addition to working on the Indiana Jones film series, legendary director Steven Spielberg is also working on another treasure hunt film, namely The Adventures of Tintin. Unlike the Indiana Jones film series which comes in live action, The Adventures of Tintin comes in animated form. From the title, some of you may immediately know that this film is adapted from the comic series of the same name.
The Adventures of Tintin is about a reporter named Tintin and his dog named Snowy. This film shows the adventures of Tintin, Snowy, and captain Haddock in search of treasure on the Unicorn ship. In the midst of searching for treasure, they are chased by Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine who is also after the same treasure. The film won the 2012 “Best Animated Feature Film” award.
3. Three Kings (1999)
George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg have collaborated on director David O. Russell’s film, Three Kings. Set in 1991, at the end of the Persian Gulf War, four American soldiers find a map that leads to Saddam Hussein’s secret bunker. The secret bunker is thought to contain gold bullion.
With the hope of becoming rich, the four United States soldiers then went to find Hussein’s bunker. However, once they arrived at the village that housed Hussein’s bunker, they were faced with a difficult situation. The combination of treasure-searching elements and the Persian Gulf War setting makes Three Kings a fresh spectacle.
4. National Treasure film series
Nicolas Cage was very popular in the era of the 1990s to the 2000s. He starred in many films, including the National Treasure film series. In two National Treasure films, Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and cryptography expert who diligently searches for various treasures. In the first film, Benjamin searches for the treasure hidden by the Freemasons.
The National Treasure film series is arguably the modern version of Indiana Jones. What makes this film series even more interesting is that the story combines elements of American history and action adventure. Benjamin’s action in solving puzzles is guaranteed to make you nervous. Reportedly, Disney is currently working on a third film and National Treasure series.
5. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Those of you who grew up in the 2000s certainly know how controversial Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code is. The controversial novel was even adapted into a film by director Ron Howard. Besides being worked on by a well-known director, The Da Vinci Code also stars veteran actor Tom Hanks.
Hanks stars as Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of religious symbology. One day, Robert is accused of the murder of a Louvre curator named Jacques Sauniere. Robert, who felt that he had not committed murder, fled and went in search of the Holy Grail. Like the novel, the film The Da Vinci Code is controversial and even banned in many countries.
That’s a row of treasure hunt-themed films that must be watched besides Uncharted. Of the five films above, which one have you watched and is your favourite?
1. Indiana Jones film series