Tomb Raider Series

Tomb Raider Series adventure

Most of the films on this list are dominated by the men, but now it’s time for a woman to lead the pack.

Who better than Angelina Jolie featuring as Lara Croft, a character from a leading gaming franchise, Tomb Raider. Well, both the films; Tomb Raider and The Cradle of Life where the big screen adaptations of the gaming franchise Tomb Raider.

Even though, both the films failed to please the critics, these films, thanks to the popularity of both Lara Croft and Angelina Jolie, have earned a cult following and is among the list of best treasure hunting movies.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is an interesting movie as it revolves around the fantasy of a 29-year old Office lady named Kumiko, who firmly believes that there’s a treasure hidden at the location shown at the end of the film Fargo.

Surprisingly, she found the VHS copy of the film Fargo in a secluded cave on the shore and the fascination for the film made her truly believe in the film’s ending, where a character played by Steve Buscemi buries a satchel of the ransom money on a snowy highway.

Believing it as a true story and frustrated at her current life, Kumiko decides to discover the hidden money by taking hints from the movie and finding the exact location where it is buried.

Black Sea

Black Sea movies on tresure hunting

Black Sea is the film about a divorced veteran captain of undersea salvage, who sets off on yet another journey under the sea to find a hidden treasure that was drowned during World War II.

However, facing conflicts between his crew comprising of Englishmen and Russian, he finds the voyage hard to accomplish. After so much struggle, conflicts, and betrayal, he is able to discover the gold with the help of some of his loyal crew members but eventually sacrifices his life to save his crew at the end.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Adapted from Dan Brown’s novel of the same title, The Da Vinci Code is a Mystery Thriller Film that follows the life of Robert Langdon, a professor at Harward University with expertise in religious iconography and symbology, when he becomes the prime suspect  in the murder of a Louvre curator Jacques Sauniere.

When the police find a cipher on the victim’s body, Robert uses his knowledge and then begins a mysterious quest for the legendary Holy Grail.

The film deserves special mention on the list because it’s, in fact, the most mysterious movies ever made in this genre and most importantly introduces the secret society to the world that includes legends like Da Vinci, Victori Hugo, Botticelli and so on, thereby attracting a lot of criticism and controversies around both the book and the movie.

Cutthroat Island

Cutthroat Island

Although a box office bomb, the film is included on the list just because of its genre as there are only a few movies in the industry that offers you the right blend and experience of treasure hunting.

The film is a treasure hidden in Cutthroat Island while the map of the island and the treasure is divided into four different parts among four brothers. When one of the brothers gets selfish and kills one of the brothers while kidnaps the other to obtain their maps.

However, the daughter of the kidnapped one disrupts his plans and she has successfully helped his father escape. Fulfilling the dying wish of her father, she then begins the quest to find the treasure herself before her evil uncle does.

The Treasure of Sierra Madre

The Treasure of Sierra Madre

A classic from 1948, The Treasure of Sierra Madre is an adventure film that tells us the story that involves a journey of two young Americans accompanied by an old prospector Howard on a quest to the remote Sierra Madre Mountains to discover gold.

The film is about how greed could take over and ruin the chances of something that one is too close to accomplishing. Being a classic, it’s a must-watch for anyone who likes the genre of adventure films and treasure hunting escapades.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug

Well, the complete Hobbit series can qualify as adventure films. However, only the second installment in the series deserves to be on the list not because other two films lacked quality but they did lack the main ingredient, which is treasure hunting.

After the events of the first Hobbit movie, Thorin and his company along with Bilbo follow their journey to the Lonely Mountain in order to retrieve Arkenstone, which is ruined and under the possession of Smaug, the dragon living in the castle ruins of the Lonely Mountain.

The film is both adventurous and action-packed as it involves the fights against the Orcs, the dragon, and the Wood-elves as well as the quest leading to lots and lots of hidden gold treasure inside the castle.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is a movie that made Clint Eastwood famous for his iconic Westerner avatar as Blondie or more popularly known as A Man With No Name.

The movie is a typical westerner film directed by the legendary Sergio Leone, involving a bandit, a mercenary, a wanted fugitive, and a bounty hunter with no name. Their lives intertwined with each other in a quest to retrieve the stolen cache of Confederate gold hidden in a cemetery under one of the graves.

From there, begins the enticing adventure of gunfights, betrayal and the quest for the treasure. However, the main highlight of the movie is the fan favorite Westerner lifestyle. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is one of the Best Cowboy Movies of all the Time.

Over to you!

Well, there are hardly such Movies based on Treasure Hunt made nowadays, however, the genre has not died yet.

This is undoubtedly one of those genres, which makes the viewers or fans to fantasize about a life involving treasure hunts, adventures and unraveling mysteries and clues along the way.

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Rajeesh Nair is a true Gizmofreak and an addictive movie buff. He blogs at – a lifestyle Blogzine which focuses on general life related topics of the 21st Century.