Top 8 Treasure Hunting Movies

Note: Any adaptions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of “Treasure Island”, not included on this list unfortunately.

When we look at treasure hunting, we want to make sure that the buried loot is all there, as we would want to make sure to take them all out, in one piece. “Treasure of Sierra Madre”, and “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” only showed that when they went sideways, they lost the loot. And realized that they were in a quest all for nothing. Same thing to “One Piece” as Monkey D. Luffy and his pals never found what they were meant to look for.

In this list, these are the top 8 treasure hunting movies that made cinema history. And in all eight movies, they brought their treasures out in one piece. No matter if they are live action or animated…

8. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966). Kicking off on the list, we look at the Man With No Name, a bandit named Tuco, and a bounty hunter named Angel Eyes during the American Civil War. All were going after bags of buried gold coins, hidden in a grave in a cemetery, far from the battlefields. From avoiding dehydration, heat strokes, & getting killed by which army, they were lead to the biggest Mexican standoff that made cinema history before claiming it.

7. Da 5 Bloods (2020). African-American veteran friends since the Vietnam War, were to fulfill a promise. Find the dead remains of their fallen squad commander, the bars of gold too, and bring them out of Vietnam back to the United States, alive. During their quest, they were suffering from PTSD since the war, as how they had to avoid booby traps by Vietnamese guerrillas who loathe America. A French-American traitor too who was after the bars of gold too.

6. Kelly’s Heroes (1970). Again with Clint Eastwood, we look at a team of American soldiers during the Second World War as a former lieutenant, but now private Kelly leads them to go AWOL; because gold bars are in a small town behind enemy lines. From avoiding minefields, tiger tanks, as well as wiping out the German infantry in a train yard, they deserved something than being court-martialed. In fact, you should’ve seen Donald Sutherland as a tank commander…..

5. The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Based on three of the books in the Tintin series by Hergé, we look at a brave reporter, his pet dog, a hilarious sea captain and two INTERPOL twins, as they were going after three scrolls, one each hidden in three model ships that contains a clue, that can lead Red Rackham’s Treasure. From London to Morocco, North Africa and home again, they’ve beaten a ship of criminals including its mastermind who are after this.

4. Without a Paddle (2004). Since the disappearance of hijacker D.B. Cooper who parachuted in the Pacific Northwest, and took cash with him, three lifelong friends began a camping trip to find the $200,000.00 he stole. Their trip went sideways as they were being chased by a huge grizzly bear, a dirty sheriff and two poachers who want them dead, after running into them. Not to mention how hilarious a frightened Seth Green was, while facing that big bear….

3. Cutthroat Island (1995). With Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Chris Masterson, we take to the seas in the search of an island where no one had ever set foot on. As 24 carat gold awaits them. Avenging the death of her father, and finding three ripped parts of a map, a lady pirate with her crew and a master of disguise avoid the British and her pirate uncle who are after them. From street chases to that climatic battle at sea, their adventure was worth everything.

2. The Goonies (1985). Since they found a map in an attic, that leads to pirate One Eyed Willy’s loot, four boys and three teenagers in 1980’s Oregon, decided to take this journey as their homes were facing foreclosure soon for a golf course. By avoiding three Italian-American bank thieves that are after them, and booby traps hidden in the tunnels that One Eyed Willy had set up, they outsmarted those criminals as they took a handful of jewels to save their home.

1. The Mummy (1999). Taking the number 1# spot on the list, is something we need to be careful on. As a remake of the 1932 classic, a former French Foreign Legion soldier who happens to be an American, joins an expedition to a place where the Egyptian dead and a room of massive treasure is hidden. Unfortunately, it was all lead to horror after a female librarian turned archeologist accidentally resurrected the undead mummy, Imhotep. One by one, they slowly perished from the mummy’s wrath until his defeat, as only three were left alive, and brought out Egypts finest treasures in the end, in one piece. In addition, they definitely have wrapped this up….

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite treasure hunting movies?

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