10 Best Movies About Treasure Hunting | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Since forever, people have been dreaming about finding that one hidden treasure that can change their lives. Some want it for the riches, while others aim for glory, wanting their name to be remembered in history books. But no matter the reason, the road to these treasures is hardly a cakewalk; it’s full of dangers you can’t easily count on your fingers. So, here are 10 awesome treasure-hunting movies to feed the adventurer in you.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

In The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, we meet Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two struggling Americans in Mexico. They team up with an old prospector, Howard, to hunt for gold in the Sierra Madre mountains.

Battling the uncompromising jungle and dodging bandits, they strike gold, but things get dicey as greed and paranoia enter the chat. Dobbs, especially, goes off the deep end, fearing betrayal. The movie teaches us how people can go haywire with greed, backstabbing, and getting too obsessed with getting rich. 

The Lost City of Z (2016)

There’s this British explorer named Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z, who’s on a mission to unearth the Amazon, convinced there’s an ancient city he calls “Z.” But like always, people don’t buy his story, and he faces loads of challenges from the scientific community and the British Royal Geographical Society.

Jungle troubles, diseases, and run-ins with tribes don’t stop him, though, but eventually, his obsession puts a strain on his relationship with his wife, Nina, who’s supportive but, at the same time, fears that her husband won’t be coming back. 

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

You’ve probably caught on by now that the movie takes inspiration from a super popular game series that sold billions of copies. In Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, our adventurous gal Lara Croft has a mission to steal Pandora’s Box before her competition, Jonathan Reiss, lays waste to her plans.

Lara teams up with an old flame, Terry Sheridan, and together, they scour the ruins of Greece, Kenya, and China in search of the old artifact. Things turn troubling when they are faced with tough terrains, mythical creatures, and brain-twisting puzzles that can be lethal if you give the wrong answer.  

Fool’s Gold (2008)

In Fool’s Gold, Ben and Tess Finnegan, a couple who just split up, team up again to hunt down a sunken Spanish treasure off the Florida coast. Financial ruins and different interests test their relationship, but when Ben finds a crucial clue, they’re back in the game.

But the way to becoming rich isn’t easy; the duo faces sea challenges, rival treasure hunters, and their own sordid history. On this wild journey, they rediscover their love, all while having a good laugh and some action.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

This one might not be about lost or sunken treasures with gold and all that, but it’s about a guy going all out to find the treasure he needs the most – medicines. In The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, we’re taken to the early 1900s Paris, tagging along with the journalist Adèle. She’s on a mission to wake up her comatose sister by finding a Pharaoh’s mummy.

Meanwhile, chaos erupts when a pterodactyl hatches into a museum. On her adventure, Adèle meets quirky characters like a scientist, a detective, and even an ancient Egyptian man brought back to life. The movie isn’t just about finding old mummies; there’s also some hidden politics and ancient curses in the mix, and Adèle uncovers it all later in the film. 

The Ruins (2008)

This movie isn’t exactly a treasure hunt. It’s more about what happens when you let curiosity lead you into places you shouldn’t be poking around.  In The Ruins, a bunch of unlucky friends on a Mexico vacation decide to check out some ancient Mayan ruins in the jungle.

They tag along with a German tourist, but when they get there, it turns out the place is cursed, and the locals aren’t keen on letting them go. As they try to bail, crazy and deadly things start happening, like creepy vines that seem to have a mind of their own. Even though it starts off a bit slow and boring, trust us, it’s a real nail-biter!

Pirates of the Caribbean Series (2006-2017)

You just know the movie is going to be awesome and entertaining when you spot Johnny Depp rocking a pirate hat and a broken compass. Thtoughout thr Pirate films, we follow Captain Jack Sparrow, as he ends up in a discourse with Davy Jones. Jack owes Jones a big debt and risks becoming a crew member of the Flying Dutchman.

To dodge that fate, Jack goes on a mission to find the heart of Davy Jones, a powerful relic that controls the legendary sea captain. The movies do become more elaborate and crazy as the series progresses, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best treasure hunting series out there.

Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure Of Foggy Mountain (2023)

Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain has no right to be as entertaining as it is. This is a simple but enjoyable comedy about three friends who set out and try to find a secret treasure. There’s a lot of 90’s and 2000-esque comedy rippling through this, with clear influences to Without A Paddle and Road Trip.

The treasure hunt is ultimately just a plot crux to elevate the comedy and the relationship between the three boys, which is the main drive and enjoyment in this one. In fact, the treasure hunt relies on simple and convenient plot contrivances to keep things ticking along and from a narrative perspective, it’s a little contrived and basic. However, its the comedy where this one shines.

Please Don’t Destroy is unashamedly dumb. It’s one of those corny and silly movies that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Of course, that does mean that some aren’t going to enjoy the comedic style but for those who do, you’re going to have a blast with this.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

You’re making a list of the best treasure-hunting movies and not including ones with Dr. Jones? That’s just not possible! The story here centers in 1936, in the first adventure featuring archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones. He’s hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

This movies has all the needed ingredients that make an Indiana Jones film great – like jungle dangers, spies, and over-the-top chase scenes.

Tumbbad (2018)

Tumbbad is one of the best supernatural horrors and treasure-hunting movies ever shot. This movie is a love letter to cinema, from the story and script to how it’s filmed. In Rahi Anil Barve and Anand Gandhi’s masterpiece, we meet Vinayak Rao, a boy born in the village of Tumbbad with a dark family secret.

As Vinayak gets older, he gets fixated on a hidden treasure protected by a not-so-friendly deity named Hastar. The story spans decades, showing Vinayak’s mad quest for riches, his run-ins with Hastar, and the fallout from his never-ending greed. The movie tackles themes of mythology, family curses, and how human desire can be downright destructive. 

There we have it, our list of 10 best movies about treasure hunting! What do you think about our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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