Honestly, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Last Crusade stands up for the best of the Indiana Jones group, but ultimately, the consistent sharpness and god-level filmmaking of Raiders of the Lost Ark pushes it to the top spot. Forty years ago, In Search of the Lost Ark made its premiere and introduced us to one of the most iconic heroes of blockbuster cinema, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), an inveterate globetrotting archaeologist dressed in a leather jacket and a felt hat and armed with a whip. Conceived by George Lucas as a return to the 1930s adventure series, director Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films offer a unique blend of international period adventures, thrilling action and encounters with the supernatural. In addition to four feature films (and a fifth on the way), the franchise has proven its popularity with an expanded universe that includes a TV series, comics, games, theme park rides and even a legendary remake for fans shot by shot of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Indiana Jones films have also proven to be tremendously influential in the action-adventure genre, inspiring films such as The Mummy and National Treasure from 1999, and even video games such as the Tomb Raider and Uncharted franchises. Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) is a forgettable, underdeveloped sidekick, and his chemistry with Harrison Ford pales in comparison to the sidekick dynamic in previous films. Russian villains are predictable, but Cate Blanchett's turn as a KGB scientist is strangely observable. As it delves into silly territory towards the end, the plot of ancient aliens is intriguing and fits well with the setting of the 1950s.
John Williams' score is also a highlight of the film, providing an exciting musical accompaniment to the action, as well as a haunting theme for the skull. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn't all bad, but it's not as compelling and exciting as its predecessors. Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic action heroes of all time. But which of his adventures reigns supreme and which doesn't? Below are ALL of the Indiana Jones movies ranked from worst to best.
Continuing with the first film, the franchise went back a couple of years to show Indy's adventures before the Nazis as he explored China and India in search of a mythical set of stones and the revival of a violent cult. Temple of Doom has some of the best action scenarios in the series, as well as some of its most effective scares (a whole generation of children never recovered from seeing a man's heart torn from his chest). One's tolerance for the adorable child companion may vary, but poor Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott had to deal with most of the criticism thanks to a finely drawn screaming diva role that gave her little to do but scream for her life Marion Ravenwood, she's not. In Search of the Lost Ark caught lightning in a bottle, and four decades of action cinema has desperately tried to follow in its footsteps.
It's a movie where everything works, the action is great, the tone is a perfect mix of 30s pulp-adventure and New Hollywood style, the jokes are top notch, the scares are lasting and Harrison Ford is the perfect incarnation of an old-school rogue adventurer. One could watch Raiders every day for a year and still find it pleasant every time. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called it one of the most deliriously funny, witty and elegant American adventure films ever made. I wasn't wrong.
Played by Harrison Ford for nearly 40 years, Indiana Jones has stolen the heart of abundance. Now, with the mockery of Indiana Jones 5 over the past few years, it's very likely that we haven't seen the latest of the treasure hunter with whips, either for better or worse. In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, which is still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. Then he stumbles upon a secret sect that commits slavery and human sacrifice in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. He returns to action and finds himself involved in a Soviet plot to discover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. And while many of them were quite forgettable, some of them stand out as classic geek movies that everyone should definitely watch. Check out our 30 favorite modern geek movies.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the first Indiana Jones film to be released after a long hiatus of almost 20 years. It's hard to imagine a better film to conclude the Indiana Jones trilogy than Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. After the difficult and deformed Temple of Doom, it was pleasant and comforting for Indiana Jones to return to its simpler and more straightforward roots of action and adventure with the very pleasant sequel, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was Indiana Jones' second film, it was actually a prequel to In Search of the Lost Ark.