Indiana Jones Movies Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 24 Apr 2016 | updated - 02 Jan 2017 | Public

This is how I rank the Indiana Jones feature films, from best (#1) to worst.

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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 808,679 | Gross: $248.16M

With fantastic action sequences fueled by brilliant stunts, the original is still the best and most nuanced film in the series. The characters and situations are great, even though the protagonist doesn't actually have much impact on the plot.

2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 404,124 | Gross: $179.87M

Darker and more violent than the first, this different take on Jones still has some great action sequences and characters - if a few are a little annoying, especially Willie. There's some sequences are a little cheesy but I think the film is endlessly quotable and effortlessly fun.

3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 631,341 | Gross: $197.17M

This feels more like the original than 'Temple Of Doom' and is very fun because of it. The more comedic tone doesn't hinder the film but it doesn't help it either, yet the action is as good as it's ever been (if slightly neutered.)

4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 391,774 | Gross: $317.10M

What a let down, I don't know what possessed Spielberg and co to think that this was a good idea - let alone a good script! It is really contrived, makes little sense and features unrealistic CGI fueled action. Harrison Ford is as great as Indy as ever, but the film around him doesn't hold a candle to the others in the series.

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