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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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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: 817,778 | Gross: $248.16M

2. Stargate (1994)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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42 Metascore

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 166,188 | Gross: $71.57M

3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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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: 638,196 | Gross: $197.17M

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

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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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: 408,326 | Gross: $179.87M

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

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

6.2
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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: 395,028 | Gross: $317.10M

6. As Above, So Below (2014)

R | 93 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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38 Metascore

When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil

Votes: 67,475 | Gross: $21.20M

7. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 186,398 | Gross: $131.14M

8. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

7.8
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69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 136,265 | Gross: $5.92M

9. The Rundown (2003)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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59 Metascore

A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 96,017 | Gross: $47.73M

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

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.5
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43 Metascore

Adventurer Lara Croft goes on a quest to save the mythical Pandora's Box, before an evil scientist finds it, and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 122,485 | Gross: $65.66M

11. Timeline (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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28 Metascore

A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 57,547 | Gross: $19.48M

12. Relic Hunter (1999–2002)

TV-14 | 60 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure

6.6
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Sydney Fox is a university professor and black belt who globe-trots after lost, stolen and rumored to exist artifacts and antiquities.

Stars: Tia Carrere, Christien Anholt, Lindy Booth, Tanja Reichert

Votes: 5,484

13. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

Passed | 216 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a teenage boy named Billy Batson is given the power to become an adult superhero, Captain Marvel, with a single magic word: "Shazam!"

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict, Louise Currie

Votes: 985

14. Time Team (1994–2014)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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A group of archaeologists have 3 days to discover historical artifacts in different sites around Britain.

Stars: Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, John Gater, Stewart Ainsworth

Votes: 982

15. Damien: Omen II (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.3
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45 Metascore

Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges | Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth

Votes: 26,835 | Gross: $3.88M

16. The Mummy (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron

Votes: 20,822

17. Labyrinth (2012)

Not Rated | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.0
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This mini-series follows two women, medieval Alaïs Pelletier du Mas (Jessica Brown Findlay), who lives through the Crusades and Cathar massacres in medieval France, and modern-day Alice ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Tom Felton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tony Curran

Votes: 2,845

18. Tomb Raider (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.9
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Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability, experience Lara Croft's intense origin story from a young woman to a hardened survivor.

Director: Noah Hughes | Stars: Camilla Luddington, Robin Atkin Downes, Cooper Thornton, Robert Craighead

Votes: 13,468

19. Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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Lara Croft continues her late father's research, trekking across Siberia in search of the answers her father couldn't find, facing off against an ancient and ruthless shadow organisation.

Director: Neil Huxley | Stars: Camilla Luddington, Kay Bess, Laura Waddell, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Votes: 5,593

20. Roma (1972)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various people and events of life in Italy's capital, most of it based on director Federico Fellini's life.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Britta Barnes, Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses

Votes: 10,468

21. The Myth (2005)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, who is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named Ok-Soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Bing Shao, Jackie Chan, Weixing Yao, Jianzhong Zhang

Votes: 13,420

22. Carry on Behind (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

5.5
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Professors Vooshka and Crump decide to visit an archaeological site to study the artifacts there. Lo and behold, it's right next to a caravan site where all manner of people are staying. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Connor

Votes: 2,160

23. Horror on Snape Island (1972)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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A group of experienced archeologists are searching for an old and mystic Phoenician treasure when they are surprised by a series of mysterious murders...

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Mark Edwards, Jack Watson

Votes: 1,277

24. The Mummy (2001–2003)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.1
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Set one year after The Mummy Returns, this series follows the adventures of Alex O'Connell and his archaeologist parents, as The Mummy tracks them down.

Stars: Chris Marquette, John Schneider, Jim Cummings, Grey Griffin

Votes: 704

25. The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 170 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.5
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Thousands of years ago, the great Child King Tutankhamen ruled. Few know the details of his life no one knows the secrets of his death. But all is about to change. In 1922 Cairo, ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Jonathan Hyde, Leonor Varela, Steven Waddington

Votes: 2,035

26. Hellbound (1994)

R | 95 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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Shatter and Jackson, two Chicago police officers, are investigating the brutal murder of a rabbi and are summoned to Israel for questioning. While they are in Israel they continue their ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Norris | Stars: Chuck Norris, Calvin Levels, Christopher Neame, Sheree J. Wilson

Votes: 2,804

27. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

G | 68 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett

Votes: 2,794

28. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )

56 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

7.8
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Mysteries involving notable historical events, people and locations are scientifically examined.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Jay O. Sanders, Salima Ikram, Piers Gibbon

Votes: 412

29. The Mole People (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.8
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A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier

Votes: 2,778

30. The Awakening (1980)

R | 101 min | Horror

4.8
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An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist

Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $8.42M

31. 2012 Doomsday (2008 Video)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

1.8
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On December 21, 2012 four strangers on a journey of faith are drawn to an ancient temple in the heart of Mexico. For the Mayans it is the last recorded day. For NASA scientists it is a ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Everhart | Stars: Cliff De Young, Dale Midkiff, Ami Dolenz, Danae Nason

Votes: 6,992

32. Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend (2011 TV Movie)

88 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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Tells the story of the greatest natural disaster of the ancient world, an event that experts believe inspired the legend of Atlantis.

Director: Tony Mitchell | Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Reece Ritchie, Langley Kirkwood, Isadora Verwey

Votes: 968

33. Unearthed (I) (2016– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

7.6
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Exploration of great archaeological discoveries, fascinating ancient civilizations, forgotten architectural marvels and tantalizing historical mysteries.

Stars: Steven Kearney, Jo Buckberry, Memo De Anda, Edith Hall

Votes: 115

34. Prisoners of the Sun (2013)

TV-14 | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

3.7
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A multinational expedition discovers a lost city beneath a pyramid, where they must stop the reawakened gods of ancient Egypt from initiating the Apocalypse.

Director: Roger Christian | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, David Charvet, Carmen Chaplin, Emily Holmes

Votes: 1,115

35. Luxor (2019)

Drama, Romance | Post-production

Hana a British aid worker stationed at the Syrian border, takes a break from the horror and atrocities she has been living and heads to the ancient city of Luxor. When destiny brings her ... See full summary »

Director: Zeina Durra | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Michael Landes, Karim Saleh, Shahira Fahmy

36. Apocalypse Rising (2018)

TV-MA | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.0
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They came from a doomed world to save us from the same fate.

Director: Richard Lowry | Stars: Hunter Alexes Parker, Shane Samples, Justin Lebrun, Johanna Rae

Votes: 677

37. The Body (2001)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.4
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21 Metascore

A crucified body dated back to the first century A.D is uncovered at an ancient cave in Jerusalem. Trouble ensues as word spreads.

Director: Jonas McCord | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, John Shrapnel, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 7,040 | Gross: $0.03M

38. The Mask (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Roffman | Stars: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings

Votes: 613

39. Nostalgia for the Light (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.6
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91 Metascore

A documentary about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet's regime.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel Lawner

Votes: 4,265

40. The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox

Votes: 2,405

41. Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.5
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Sherlock Holmes and Watson do battle with their nemesis, Professor Moriarity, over an ancient necklace attributed to Cleopatra.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Hans Söhnker, Hans Nielsen, Senta Berger

Votes: 643

42. The Dead Are Alive (1972)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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A photographer on an archaeological expedition digging up Etruscan ruins in Italy begins to suspect that not all the Etruscans buried there are actually dead.

Director: Armando Crispino | Stars: Alex Cord, Samantha Eggar, John Marley, Nadja Tiller

Votes: 551

43. MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994 TV Movie)

93 min | Action, Adventure

6.5
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MacGyver and his former college professor are first hunting some artifacts attributed to Zenon, an ancient scientist from Atlantis, and later the lost city of Atlantis itself.

Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Brian Blessed, Sophie Ward, Christian Burgess

Votes: 1,776

44. The Hunt for the Hidden Relic (2002 TV Movie)

R | 182 min | Action, Thriller, Mystery

5.8
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Steffen Vogt is helping out at a German archaeological excavation in Israel when he finds a 2,000-year-old skeleton holding the instructions for a video camera dating from the year 2003. ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Niemann | Stars: Matthias Koeberlin, Naike Rivelli, Manou Lubowski, Hans Diehl

Votes: 1,770

45. A Thief of Time (2004 TV Movie)

94 min | Mystery

7.1
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Officers Leaphorn and Chee search for a missing anthropologist suspected of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III, Wes Studi

Votes: 565

46. Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006 TV Movie)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

3.8
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Thirty years ago, Ray Reiter witnessed the brutal death of his parents at sea by a strange, octopus-like creature. Now determined to exact revenge, he joins archaeologist Nicole on a ... See full summary »

Directors: Tibor Takács, John Blush | Stars: Charlie O'Connell, Victoria Pratt, Kristi Angus, Cory Monteith

Votes: 1,062

47. Bone Eater (2007 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

2.8
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Ancient Native American legend of the Bone Eater rises up and begins terrorizing the local townspeople.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Horse, Adoni Maropis, Clara Bryant

Votes: 1,076

48. Spriggan (1998)

R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.5
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48 Metascore

An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.

Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki | Stars: Shotaro Morikubo, Ryuji Aigase, Takehito Koyasu, Katsumi Suzuki

Votes: 3,370 | Gross: $0.01M

49. The Runestone (1991)

R | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

4.9
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A Norse runestone is discovered in Western Pennsylvania. The prophecy upon it tells of the Norse great wolf Fenrir (Fenris), and that its release from the stone will bring about Ragnarok --... See full summary »

Director: Willard Carroll | Stars: Peter Riegert, Joan Severance, William Hickey, Tim Ryan

Votes: 602

50. Pompeii: The Last Day (2003 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, History

7.2
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A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Director: Peter Nicholson | Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Carter, Jonathan Firth

Votes: 873



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