The 31 Best Treasure Hunt Movies of All Time

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National Treasure

National Treasure
  • IMDB Rating – 6.9
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Detective, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 2004
  • Budget: $100,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $347,512,318
  • Director: John Turtletaub
  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, David Diane Fisher, Stuart Finlay-McLennan, Oleg Taktarov

Benjamin’s family believes in the legend of the treasure hidden by famous politicians who founded the United States. And so the hero with his friend Railty Poole, decide to hire a professional – Ian Howe.

They need to get to Charlotte, who keeps the secret. And having traveled a long way they, with the support of Ben’s parents and his girlfriend, once again go in search of the golden city. But they are not the only ones who want to find it. Will the heroes be able to survive, and at what cost?

Interestingly, the performer of the main role Nicolas Cage and the director studied at the same school, so they knew each other well before filming began.

The 31 Best Treasure Hunt Movies of All Time

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • IMDB Rating – 8.4
  • Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy
  • Production: USA / 1981
  • Budget: $18,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $353,988,025
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliot, Alfred Molina, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Vic Tablian.

The famous media franchise “Indiana Jones” tells about the amazing adventures of Dr. Henry, an archaeological scientist well versed in occult sciences. He goes in search of the Holy Ark, but Hitler’s agents have also received orders to find it.

The idea was suggested to Steven Spielberg by George Lucas, who met him in Hawaii. He, together with Lawrence Kasdan, developed the plot and the main characters, who wander around the world in search of legendary relics.

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Hooten & the Lady (TV show)

Hooten & the Lady
  • IMDB Rating – 7.3
  • Genre: Drama, comedy, adventure, detective
  • Production: UK / 2016
  • Director: Justin Molotnikoff, Daniel O’Hara, Colin Teague
  • Starring: Michael Landis, Ophelia Lovibond, Jessica Hines, Sean Parkes, Jonathan Bailey, Jane Seymour, Paul Peters, Stevell Mark, Natasha Neal, Jenna Saras

Hooten and Alexandra, staff members of the British Museum, seek to obtain unique artifacts to add to the museum’s collections. They are willing to do anything to get their hands on an object with a historical past.

But what does it take to find a Buddha scroll or the tomb of Alexander the Great in our vast world? And is it worth risking your life just to unravel the mysteries of ancient civilizations?

Filming even took place in Russia, on Red Square and in Cambodia.

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  • IMDB Rating – 6.7
  • Genre: Drama, Crime
  • Production: USA / 2016
  • Budget: $20,000,000
  • Worldwide box office receipts: $14,880,939
  • Director: Stephen Gagan
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bill Camp, Joshua Harteau, Timothy S. Simons, Craig T. Nelson, Macon Blair.

The plot of the American movie “Gold” is based on a real scam that took place in the mid-90s. Kenny West, who constantly dreamed of the noble metal, persuades geologist Michael Acosta and goes to Indonesia.

Despite the difficulties and setbacks encountered, they find what they were looking for. But why, then, is their life turning into hell?

Actor Matthew McConaughey shaved his head, put on 45 pounds of weight and changed his front teeth to make his character look less charming. But claimed it was his favorite role.

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Das Jesus Video

Das Jesus Video
  • IMDB Rating – 5.9
  • Genre: Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Detective
  • Production: Germany / 2002
  • Budget: $4,500,000
  • Director: Sebastian Niemann
  • Starring: Matthias Keberlin, Naike Rivelli, Manu Lubowski, Hans Diehl, Dietrich Hollinderbaumer, Heinrich Giskes, Robinson Reichel, Klaus Grunberg, Pierre Semmler, Frank Charles.

An ancient tomb is excavated near Jerusalem. Archaeologist Staffen finds a skeleton inside. In his hands he sees a manual for a new video camera that has not yet been released and a leaf with the name of Jesus written on it.

The burial is approximately 2,000 years old. And so Steffen concludes that a videotape of Christ’s life must be sought. It’s a sensation that undermines the foundations of the worldview. Powerful forces are clashing. An archaeologist pursued by everyone wants to solve the mystery, but he has to hide for a while.

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The Rundown

The Rundown
  • IMDB Rating – 6.7
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 2003
  • Budget: $85,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $80,657,921
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ewan Bremner, John Grise, William Lucking, Ernie Reyes Jr., Stuart F. Wilson, Dennis Keiffer

In this action-adventure movie, the main character settles things with debtors – returns runaways and makes them pay off their creditors. And now he is given the task to find and bring home the son of one of the criminal bosses.

They promise to pay a lot – so much that he will never have to work again. Beck rushes into the Amazon forests and realizes that he is involved in a serious matter. However, it is not in his rules to retreat, he must hurry – maybe the client is still alive.

In the movie, the stunts were performed for Dwayne Johnson by his cousin, Tanoai Reed. He suffered a serious leg injury when the car fell down a mountainside.

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The Mummy

The Mummy
  • IMDB Rating – 7.1
  • Genre: Fantasy, adventure, action movie
  • Production: USA, UK, Morocco / 1999
  • Budget: $80,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $415,933,406
  • Director: Stephen Sommers
  • Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Voslu, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jonathan Hyde, Oded Fehr, Eric Avary, Stephen Dunham, Corey Johnson.

The mummy adventure movie series features horror and a love line. And all this is spiced with a considerable dose of humor. After Rick O’Connell found the city of the dead – Hamunaptra – in the desert in 1923, his life began to change.

Returning to it three years later with his beloved girlfriend Evie and her brother, he realizes that the irreparable has happened. Evie has revived the mummy of Imhotep. But even after 10 years, the heroes’ fear does not go away – Imhotep really needs Anubis’ bracelet, but it is worn by Alex, the 8-year-old son of Rick and Evie. The adventure continues.

Interestingly, the picture was initially allocated 15 million dollars, and then, when the general concept of the script became known, the studio added another 65 million.

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The Myth

The Myth
  • IMDB Rating – 6.1
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Drama, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: Hong Kong, China / 2005
  • Budget: $15,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $6,669,097
  • Director: Stanley Tung
  • Starring: Shao Bin, Jackie Chan, Weixin Yao, Zhang Jianzhong, Kim Hee-sung, Choi Min-su, Wu Gang, Tony Leung Ka-fai. Maggie Lau

This movie has everything – the Korean princess Ok-su, the Chinese Emperor Qin, the essence of immortality and many more glorious warriors, loyal and fearless.

Events continue to unfold well into modern times. Archaeologist Jack often sees his past life in his dreams. He does not even imagine that the past can return and he will meet the one he is most fond of.

Interestingly, the meteorite from the movie has a historical prototype mentioned in the Chinese Historical Notes, the Shi Ji.

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Legend of the Ghost Dagger

Legend of the Ghost Dagger
  • IMDB Rating – 4.5
  • Genre: Melodrama, comedy, adventure
  • Production: Norway / 2019
  • Director: Martin Sofidal
  • Starring: Fredrik Skogsrud, Caroline Gloumnes, Trond Fausa Aurvaag, Patrick Finzi, John Smith Kabasi, Hamid Karimi, Henrik Plau, Carl Philip Amundsen Stav, Cecile Svendsen

In this, relatively new treasure movie, tells about the adventures of Olaf – an unsuccessful treasure hunter. He has everything so bad that he is laughed at by his comrades and his relationship with his beloved is almost ruined.

Olaf tries to fix the situation and offers her to go to Majorca. But is he not hiding the true purpose of the trip? After all, what he is striving for could be deadly for both of them.

The movie was shot in Norway and Mallorca. Crowdfunding services were used to raise the necessary amount.

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  • IMDB Rating – 5.9
  • Genre: Fantasy, adventure, action movie
  • Production: Norway / 2013
  • Budget: NOK 38,500,000
  • Worldwide box office: $3,721,345
  • Director: Mikkel Brenne Sandemuse
  • Starring: Paul Sverre Valheim Hagen, Nikolaj Kleve Brock, Sofia Helin, Bjørn Sundqvist, Maria Annette Tanderø Berglid, Julian Podolski, Terje Strømdal, Karre Hagen Sydness, Marika Enstad, Tom Axel Mathisen

Norwegian archaeologists Sigurd and Allan find ancient runes. One on a legendary Viking ship called the Osberg, and the other on a stone. Their meaning is that man knows little. It becomes clear to Sigurd that these writings are perhaps a treasure map.

And he sets off with his family and a few other volunteers to the north of the country, to the border with Russia. No one has lived in the neutral zone for a long time. Maybe here they will discover the true meaning of the inscriptions? And do the heroes of this fantasy have any real chance to learn the secret?

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island
  • IMDB Rating – 6.3
  • Genre: Action, Thriller, Detective, Adventure, History
  • Production: Ireland, UK / 2011
  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Starring: Eddie Izzard, Toby Regbo, Rupert Penry-Jones, Daniel Mays, Philip Glenister, Donald Sutherland, Elijah Wood, Shirley Henderson, Nina Sosanya, Joff Bell.

This British mini-series, consisting of two episodes, is an adaptation of R.L. Stevenson’s famous novel “Treasure Island”. Jim Hopkins is unspeakably lucky – he found the map of the evil pirate Flint. However, John Silver, who was left without a leg because of the captain’s prank, also really needs gold.

Further adventures made the guy look at the events happening around him in a different way. The treasure is washed in blood and people still die because of it.

Elijah Wood, who played the role of Ben Gunn, had to do about two hours of makeup before filming. And all this in order to match the image of a pirate who had lived alone on the island for several years.

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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  • IMDB Rating – 6.0
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Production: China, Hong Kong / 2011
  • Budget: $35,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $89,770,276
  • Director: Tsui Hark
  • Starring: Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Kwai Lunmei, Li Yuchun, Mavis Fan, Luis Fan, Gordon Liu, Sun Jiankui, Chien Sheng.

In the movie “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, filmed in the genre of Chinese fantasy, there are many scenes showing the beauty of oriental martial arts. Forced to flee from pursuit into the desert, swordsman Zhao Huayan, together with a company gets into a hotel.

There they see many strange and suspicious personalities – princesses and bandits, secret agents. You bet, because many people are waiting for a terrible sandstorm, thanks to which they will be able to get to the Golden City with fabulous treasures.

By the way, Chuck Comiskey, who worked on Avatar’s special effects, took over as special effects director on this movie as well.

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Fool’s Gold

Fool's Gold
  • IMDB Rating – 5.7
  • Genre: Melodrama, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 2008
  • Budget: $70,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $111,231,041
  • Director: Andy Tennant
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Zena, Ewan Bremner, Ray Winston, Kevin Hart, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Brian Hooks, David Roberts.

Former spouses, Ben and Tiss, have a real opportunity to rebuild their relationship. Ben is a treasure hunter with a lot of experience, aimed at finding the treasure ships of the Spanish King Phillip. They are caught in a violent storm and sink shortly after leaving the port of Havana.

Ben finds a good sponsor, but behind the beauty of the local scenery hides a serious threat to his entire company – it’s local mafiosi. And after a ship’s log with a direct indication of the secret place falls into the hands of the heroes, it becomes really dangerous.

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • IMDB Rating – 5.8
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure
  • Production: USA, UK, Japan, Germany / 2001
  • Budget: $115,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $274,703,340
  • Director: Simon West
  • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Ian Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig, Richard Johnson, Chris Barry, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Leslie Phillips, Robert Phillips.

This successful adaptation of the British studio Core Design’s media franchise about the adventures of Lara Croft features a lot of fast-paced action. No one will fall asleep while watching it!

Confrontation with the Illuminati in search of an ancient mysterious artifact, shooting with many types of weapons, hand-to-hand combat – is this what a real lady should do? But she does.

It is known that the creators of the video game wanted to create a male hero, and even named him Flatcher Christian. But then they changed their minds.

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The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
  • IMDB Rating – 4.4
  • Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 2006
  • Budget: $14,000,000
  • Director: Russell Mulcay
  • Starring: Casper Van Dien, Jonathan Hyde, Leonor Varela, Stephen Waddington, Niko Nikotera, Tat Whalley, Brendan Patricks, Patrick Toomey, Malcolm McDowell, Simon Callow.

This adventure movie is full of mysterious events related to the Egyptian gods. The main character is our contemporary, archaeologist Danny Fremont, who went to the capital of Egypt to find a part of the Emerald Medallion, using which Tutankhamun sealed the demon Seth.

But the members of the Hellfire Council – British scientists – occultists, also intend to seize it to conquer the world. And they succeed in many ways.

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  • IMDB Rating – 6.0
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: UK, France, Germany, Spain, USA / 2005
  • Budget: $130,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $119,240,351
  • Director: Breck Eisner
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Delroy Lindo, Lennie James, Patrick Malahide, Jude Akuwidike, Mark Aspinall, Raki Ayoola

Dirk Pitt is searching in Mali for a ship that locals have given the name “Death Ship”. It is one of the battleships designed to destroy any type of ship, created during the American Civil War. Its real name is “Texas” and it should definitely have gold on it. Dirk is an engineer and prospector who once served in a SEAL unit.

Teaming up with old friend Al, he tries to determine the source of a mysterious epidemic involving industrial waste and discover how an old battleship may be connected to the deaths of many people.

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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
  • IMDB Rating – 6.3
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama, Melodrama, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: USA, Germany / 2004
  • Director: Peter Winter
  • Starring: Noah Wiley, Sonya Walger, Bob Newhart, Kyle McLauchlan, Kelly Hu, David Diane Fisher, Jane Curtin, Olympia Dukakis, Lisa Brenner, Mario Ivan Martinez.

A series of mystical movies tells about a librarian – the keeper of mysterious artifacts. He must take care of the safety of the ancient library, using modern satellites for this purpose and periodically turning to loyal allies.

Flynn Carsen one day discovers who he is, that he needs to find the Spear of Destiny, and prevent the Serpent Brotherhood from getting it. What he doesn’t yet know is that he has a lot to do – visit King Solomon’s Spears, meet a vampire girl in New Orleans.

The movie has inaccuracies in the construction of the pyramids, but it doesn’t break the logical component.

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King Solomon’s Mines (TV show)

King Solomon's Mines
  • IMDB Rating – 6.0
  • Genre: Fantasy, Action, Melodrama, Adventure
  • Production: USA, Germany, South Africa / 2004
  • Director: Steve Boyum
  • Starring: Patrick Swayze, Alison Doody, Roy Mersden, John Standing, Gavin Hood, Sidede Onyulo, Ian Roberts, Nick Boraney, Hakim Kae-Kazim, Lesedi Mogoetl.

This mini-series tells about the adventures of the main characters in hot Africa. Sam Metland, an explorer, suddenly becomes the owner of a map with the location of King Solomon’s mines plotted on it.

He finds a sponsor and travels to the African continent, where he suddenly disappears. His daughter, Elizabeth Metland, does not like this situation, she decides to start a search and hires an experienced traveler who knows Africa well. But they are not the only ones embarking on a long journey.

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Relic Hunter (TV show)

Relic Hunter
  • IMDB Rating – 6.6
  • Genre: Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Detective, Adventure
  • Production: France, Germany, Canada, USA / 1999
  • Director: Paolo Barzmen, John Bell, Ian Toynton
  • Starring: Tia Carrere, Christien Enholt, Lindy Booth, Tanya Reichert, Juan Carlos Veliz, Luis Mandylor, Tony Rosato, Simon McCorkindale, Elias Zerow, Nancy Ann Sakowicz.

Professor Sydney Fox has a troubled life. She searches for ancient and therefore incredibly valuable relics. Sydney searches for them on all continents, and then sends them to museums or returns them to those who are their real owners.

Nigel, who speaks many languages, and the frivolous secretary Claudia help her to cope with such serious cases. A great danger to women are treasure hunters. After all, they know the true value of artifacts and will do anything for profit.

The series was well received by audiences in the US and ran for 3 seasons.

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  • IMDB Rating – 5.2
  • Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Western
  • Production: France, Mexico, UK / 2004
  • Budget: €37,000,000
  • Russian box office: $580,000
  • Director: Jan Kunen
  • Starring: Vincent Cassel, Juliette Lewis, Michael Madsen, Temuera Morrison, Ernest Borgnine, Djimon Hounsou, Hugh O’Conor, Geoffrey Lewis, Nicole Hiltz, Kateri Walker.

In this western with fantasy elements, there are a lot of mysterious cases. The main character Mike Blueberry is not distinguished by good behavior, and his moral qualities clearly leave much to be desired. And otherwise why his parents send him to the ranch to a harsh uncle?

But he doesn’t like the strict requirements and he steals money from his relative and goes to the nearest town. There he falls in love with a prostitute, and her former lover seriously injures Mike and kills the girl. He is found by Apache Indians and taken for treatment to shaman Runi, who saves not only his body, but also his soul and familiarizes him with magic.

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Mackenna’s Gold

Mackenna's Gold
  • IMDB Rating – 6.7
  • Genre: Melodrama, Western, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 1968
  • Budget: $7,000,000
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
  • Starring: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Camille Sparv, Keenan Wynn, Julie Newmar, Ted Cassidy, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith.

This is a movie about a very ancient treasure, for mere knowledge of it a man can be killed. In 1784, Sheriff McKenna, who accidentally wounded an elderly Apache chief, discovered his plan for the location of the legendary Gold Canyon.

The untouched gold placers, guarded by spirits, give power to the Apaches, so they massacre anyone who wants to find them and enrich themselves. However, the interested become too many – bandits, several prominent townspeople, blind Adams, once already visited the canyon and therefore lost his sight.

The episodes were filmed in the national parks of Arizona. According to George Lucas, who was present, they had a great impact on him.

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Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone
  • IMDB Rating – 6.9
  • Genre: Action, Melodrama, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: Mexico, USA / 1984
  • Budget: $10,000,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $86,572,238
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda, Holland Taylor, Mary Ellen Trainor, Eve Smith, Joe Nesnow.

On the successful writer Joan Wilder in an instant falls a whole bunch of misfortunes. Her son-in-law dies, who managed to send her a letter before his death. Someone breaks into her apartment and turns everything upside down. And the concierge who discovered the intruder is dead.

Her sister is kidnapped by smugglers. They’re demanding ransom in the form of a map she received in a letter. Joan is rushed to Colombia. But they’re waiting for her there.

In fact, due to reports of kidnappings in Colombia, the decision was made to film in Mexico.

The financial success of the film allowed director R. Zemeckis to realize his project “Back to the Future”. Zemeckis to realize his Back to the Future project.

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Armour of God 

Armour of God
  • IMDB Rating – 7.0
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: Hong Kong, Yugoslavia / 1986
  • Budget: $15,000,000
  • Director: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang
  • Starring: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Lola Forner, Rosamund Kwan, Ken Boyle, John Ladalski, Robert O’Brien, Bozidar Smiljanic, Anthony Chan, Danny Yip.

This Hong Kong movie is full of stunts and battle scenes. Of course – it’s about Jack, or “Asian Hawk” as he is called, who manages to steal a ritual sword in Africa and tries to sell it in Europe. He learns that the sword is part of the armor of God.

Legend has it that if they are all destroyed, Evil will rule the Earth. And he has followers – sectarians dressed as monks selling drugs, who, seeking world domination, collect powerful artifacts – armor. Three are already in their possession. And they will stop at nothing to get the rest.

Performing one of the stunts for Jackie Chan almost ended in disaster.

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It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 1963
  • Budget: $9,400,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $106,332,858
  • Director: Stanley Kramer
  • Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters.

Some people want to get rich very badly. That is why there are always their cars on the roads in Las Vegas. The owners are eager to get to the casinos and turn into millionaires in a few moments. Here, on one of the highways – a car with the family of a businessman, then a car with a dentist and his wife, and following are the buddies Dingy and Benji, the same, dreaming of jackpot. And Lenny Pike, the driver of the furniture truck.

They all pulled up to the scene of the accident and the fatally wounded driver told them that he hid 350 thousand dollars in the park. And now they’re all eager to get to this town first. But who will succeed?

It took 86 takes to sledgehammer the blowtorch accurately onto the ladder.

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Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia

Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia
  • IMDB Rating – 7.6
  • Genre: Comedy, adventure, crime
  • Production: USSR, Italy / 1973
  • Director: Eldar Ryazanov
  • Starring: Andrei Mironov, Ninetto Davoli, Antonia Santilli, Alighiero Noskese, Tano Cimarosa, Gigi Ballista, Evgeny Evstigneev, Olga Aroseva, Larisa Vikkel, Alexander Lukyanov.

When an immigrant from Russia dies in a Roman hospital, there is a commotion. After all, the 92-year-old old woman has managed to tell her granddaughter a great secret – her family’s fortune, about 9 billion lire, was hidden in revolutionary Leningrad in a safe place, right “under the lion”.

Besides Olga, two orderlies, one mafioso and a man with a broken leg heard what was said. And in the first airplane heading for Moscow they all met. A lot of sneaking around by competitors makes everyone nervous and in a hurry.

Stunts with cars were performed by Soviet stuntmen and an Italian car racer.

Andrei Mironov, who played the role of a police captain, himself descended from the sixth floor on a carpeted walkway.

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The Goonies

The Goonies
  • IMDB Rating – 7.8
  • Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Family
  • Production: USA / 1985
  • Budget: $19,000,000
  • US box office receipts: $61,389,680
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerry Green, Martha Plimpton, Ke Huy Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantogliano.

In this comedy film, a group of Oregon kids want to help their hometown and dream of protecting their neighborhood from destruction. The teenagers decide to find the treasure of One-Eyed Willie, a famous pirate who lived in the XVII century. And there is reason to do so. After all, Mickey Welsh already has a mysterious map and he, together with his friends, goes in search of them.

The guys are waiting for numerous traps, deep caves, real villains and someone else very strange.

Based on this movie, the video game “The Goonies” was created in 1986.

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • IMDB Rating – 8.2
  • Genre: Drama, adventure, western, action movie
  • Production: USA, Mexico / 1947
  • Budget: $3,800,000
  • US box office: $215,295
  • Director: John Huston
  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton McLain, Alfonso Bedoya, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Donde, Jose Trovay, Margarito Luna.

Back in 1925, life was very hard for ordinary people. Poor Dobbs and Curtin meet Howard, an old gold prospector, in a lodge. He calls them to the Sierra Madre Mountains to search for treasure. They bargain for everything they need.

The old man, who has seen a lot, warns them that the sight of gold will change their character. They will become greedy and angry, but the boys don’t believe him. And in vain – something begins to happen to Dobbs. He is plagued by suspicions.

The director himself appears as the tall American from whom Dobbs asks for coins.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • IMDB Rating – 8.8
  • Genre: Adventure, Western
  • Production: Italy, Spain, Germany (FRG) / 1966
  • Budget: $1,200,000
  • Worldwide Box Office: $25,118,063
  • Director: Sergio Leone
  • Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Aldo Giuffre, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, Enzo Petito, Claudio Scarquilli, John Barta, Livio Lorenzione.

Criminals learn of Confederate gold that has gone missing without a trace. But since they themselves are teetering on the brink of death, they can’t get to it right away. Blondie and Tuco team up to make some money.

But later they part ways due to Touko’s dissatisfaction with the fact that staying with a noose around his neck awaiting execution is worth more than an accurate shot of his fellow man. Will they be able to reach the treasure during the civil war and what will they have to endure?

Pavilion filming of the movie was held in Italy, and on location – in Spain. The battles took place there, and the ancient weapons were provided by a Spanish museum.

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Cutthroat Island

Cutthroat Island
  • IMDB Rating – 5.7
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: USA, France, Italy, Germany / 1995
  • Budget: $98,000,000
  • US box office receipts: $10,017,322
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Starring: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin, Patrick Malahide, Stan Shaw, Rex Lynn, Paul Dillon, Christopher Masterson, Jimmy F. Skaggs.

There is no room for kinship in pirate feuds and enmity. The main character, Morgan, who learns that her father is being held captive by his own brother, is convinced of this. She tries to free him, but the mortally wounded father dies and asks her daughter to shave off his hair.

She does so and discovers a treasure map on her skin, in the form of a tattoo. Will the girl be able to get to them, because all around are evil and cruel people with no morals?

The movie did not pay off at the box office, it was considered a failure.

The pirate Doga’s gun, with a skull on the handle, was later used by Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The 31 Best Treasure Hunt Movies of All Time

Hearts of Three (TV show)

Hearts of Three
  • IMDB Rating – 7.2
  • Genre: Melodrama, adventure
  • Production: Russia, Ukraine / 1992
  • Director: Vladimir Popkov
  • Starring: Alyona Khmelnitskaya, Sergey Zhigunov, Vladimir Shevelkov, Rafael Kotanjian, Piret Miangel, Igor Kvasha, Dmitry Kharatyan, Liza Dolya, Algimantas Masiulis, Gediminas Girdvainis.

In this treasure and treasure movie, young and lucky millionaire Francis Morgan has a goal. He embarks on a dangerous journey to find a Mayan treasure. As a partner he takes a distant relative Henry, not so long ago bankrupt.

But the fact that Leoncia Solano, a young beauty, also expressed a desire to go with them, caused genuine joy in both young people.

The movie was based on a novel by J. London and was the last project of its kind in the Soviet Union. When the group returned from filming in India, it was already the Russian Federation. And to release the movie, the director had to take out a loan.

The 31 Best Treasure Hunt Movies of All Time


  • IMDB Rating – 5.2
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
  • Production: USA / 1986
  • Budget: $8,000,000
  • US box office receipts: $11,949,484
  • Director: J. Lee Thompson
  • Starring: Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davies, Ian Ebercrombie, Richard Lee-Soon, Saida Silvia Gutierrez, Alvaro Carcaño.

Max and Leo, the unlucky treasure hunters who have miraculously survived another scrape, waste all their time in a bar with a not so good reputation. Here they are found by Patricia Goodwin, who has a passion for archaeology.

She bothers these guys for no reason at all. Patricia tells the men about a map and a temple where they can learn the secret of Indian gold. But can they stay where they are now? And so all three are already there, where there are very many dangers and interesting encounters.

There is a lot of humor in this movie, which attracted Chuck Norris, who played one of the main roles.

The 31 Best Treasure Hunt Movies of All Time
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