Treasure Hunting Films That You Need To Watch Before You Die

Are you passionate about treasure hunting? Well, you will be more than happy to hear that there are a bunch of movies that are entirely based on the idea of treasure hunting. The movies date back to the ‘70s and some of them are being under production as you read this article. The idea of treasure hunting is explored because of the adventure feel it offers to a movie. Action movies wouldn’t be that thrilling if the script was somehow static, and a treasure hunting experience is what viewers need to enjoy the suspense ambiance that it creates. Here is a list of treasure hunting movies (other than Lara Croft) that you should definitely watch at least once in a lifetime:


The Deep (1977)


The Deep is a movie directed by Peter Yates that was launched in 1977 and it presents the story of two treasure hunters that explore the depth of the Bermuda Triangle. Besides the fact that this is a great adventure movie, it also has that touch of mystery that you will definitely enjoy. The two treasure hunters will find something entirely unexpected underwater – a WW II shipwreck that seems to have a dramatic background story. The Deep was nominated for the Oscars a while back, so you should give it a solid chance to become your favorite treasure hunting movie.

The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies

The Goonies was released in 1985 and it’s a family movie based on the idea of treasure hunting. Big names such as Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus worked on the story and script of this masterpiece. Richard Donner, the director, did a great job picturing the amazing world of The Goonies. The movie presents the story of a family that is ready to move away because some decisions regarding their neighborhood didn’t please the members. One adventurous child, Mikey, happens to find a treasure map that points to a hidden fortune. Mikey gathers his friends, they call themselves the goonies and they start a quest for finding the long-forgotten treasure to prevent Mikey’s family to move away.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


The Indiana Jones series is a classic that you definitely should put on your list, but before watching it entirely, you should know why special attention should be offered to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which was launched in 1989. You might want to watch newer movies, but you should give this older gem a shot first. This time, Spielberg directs the movie, while George Lucas puts together the beautiful story behind it. To make it short, this treasure hunt has the Holy Grail in the center of attention. The precious artifact will only be found by treasure hunters who are pure in their hearts.

Trespass (1992)

Trespass (1992)

Trespass is a movie that not many people know about. It presents the story of two firemen that stumble upon a map that seems to be directing them towards some stolen gold. The place where the gold is hidden seems to be an abandoned factory. The map stirs the interest of the two firemen, who decide to embark on this adventure. Bad timing makes the story full of action, as the factory seems to be the place where a local gang decides to execute an enemy of theirs. The two firemen find themselves right in the middle of the altercation which leads to a few problems. The story develops further from this point.

Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings is a masterpiece that is based on a story written by John Ridley and directed by David Russell. The cast is also impressive, as George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube play the main roles. The movie presents the story of three American soldiers who plan to steal a cache of gold located near their base. The situations they will be facing are very difficult and will keep the viewers engaged in the action. This is not the basic war film you are used to and it also includes numerous nuances of humor that all viewers seem to enjoy.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

If you are a fan of animations, put Atlantis: The Lost Empire on your list immediately. The animation presents characters set in 1914, where Milo Thatch does his research about Atlantis in the boiler room of a museum. Milo finds out that there is a journal that gives anyone who owns it the exact steps to reach Atlantis, and he decides to start looking for it. Milo somehow manages to get the journal, to obtain a submarine and a great crew to start exploring with.

Into the Blue (2005)

celebrities in bikinis

As the name says it, you should expect to see divers. Into the Blue is a movie that was nominated for the Golden Schmoes Awards in 2005 and won the Golden Trailer Awards in 2006. The movie gathers together Paul Walker and Jessica Alba who plays Jared and Sam, two divers who are eager to be part of adventures. Both divers are aspiring to become treasure hunters and the opportunity is just around the corner. They manage to find a small historic wreck next to the remains of a crashed airplane that is stacked with cocaine. Jared and Sam tend to be more interested in the historic wreck, but the people they are with are interested in the drugs as well. The people who were behind sending the plane to its destination start looking for it as well, and this is the moment when the action really begins.

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

tom hanks da vinci code

If you’ve read the book, you will definitely love the movie. The Da Vinci Code is based on Dan Brown’s novel and is directed by Ron Howard. Tom Hanks plays the main role as it stars as Robert Langdon, the main character of Brown’s all novels. The movie presents a controversial theory that is well-kept from the world. The action starts where a body is found at the Louvre museum in Paris.

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