Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark with Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the 1984 prequel to In Search of the Lost Ark and chapter twenty-three of The Complete Adventures of Indiana Jones. The Indiana Jones film series currently consists of four films.
Steven Spielberg directed each installment, with Star Wars creator George Lucas at his side helping to write them. However, a choice of these two caused a break in the timeline of the story, so the events of the movies don't align chronologically if you watch them in order of release. The second film in the series is technically a prequel to the first film. To help you understand Indiana Jones, we put all the films in chronological order.
Now, you can easily see Indiana's adventures as they happened. We even included The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series in our order, and discussed future Indiana Jones movies. Despite being the second Indiana Jones film released, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a prequel to the original film (set in 193), making it the first in the franchise chronologically. That said, it's not really an origin story as most of the prequels these days are more like revisiting Indiana Jones while going on another adventure.
The original Indiana Jones movie, often known simply as In Search of the Lost Ark (as originally released), is where it all began for Indiana (although it is set in 1936, a year after Temple of Doom). In the definitive Indiana Jones movie, Indiana competes against a group of Nazis to find a religious relic, which would help the Nazis dominate the world. It's one of the classic adventure movies of the 1980s and it's a good place to start if you want to start strong. In terms of chronological order, it is the second film in the Indiana Jones franchise.
Originally released as In Search of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones film was later marketed as Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark. One would think that this television series based on the adventures of a young Indiana Jones would come first chronologically, but the series actually takes place in the 90s, with an elderly Indiana (George Hall) starting each episode recalling an adventure from his youth. Since this appears all the time as a TIL, it's clear that people don't realize the fact that the events of Indiana Jones 2 take place before Indiana Jones 1.However, does it matter? Is there a continuity in the Indiana Jones franchise that makes the order of films important? Aside from Indy being like 90 years old in Indiana Jones 4, there's no reason order should matter. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the second Indiana Jones movie released, but it's actually the first on the timeline.
Harrison Ford even appears in one episode (Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues) as Indiana Jones.