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1. The Protector (2018– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past.

Stars: Çagatay Ulusoy, Hazar Ergüçlü, Okan Yalabik, Ayça Aysin Turan

Votes: 28,107

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.4
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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: 845,022 | Gross: $248.16M

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: 660,763 | 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, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 425,457 | Gross: $179.87M

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

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

6.1
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65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. 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: 408,122 | Gross: $317.10M

6. 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: 191,717 | Gross: $131.14M

7. As Above, So Below (2014)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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: 71,199 | Gross: $21.20M

8. 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: 169,621 | Gross: $71.57M

9. The Gift (2019– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.6
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A painter in Istanbul embarks on a personal journey as she unearths universal secrets about an Anatolian archaeological site and its link to her past.

Stars: Beren Saat, Mehmet Günsür, Metin Akdülger, Melisa Senolsun

Votes: 11,920

10. 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 fourteenth century France before they can escape back to the twenty-first century.

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

Votes: 58,730 | Gross: $19.48M

11. 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: 126,018 | Gross: $65.66M

12. 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: 141,636 | Gross: $5.92M

13. 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: 98,216 | Gross: $47.73M

14. Omen II: Damien (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.3
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45 Metascore

Damien the Antichrist, now about to turn 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: 27,922 | Gross: $3.88M

15. 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: 5,760

16. Tomb Raider (2013 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.8
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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: 14,403

17. The Mummy (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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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: 22,017

18. 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: 10,994

19. Time Team (1994–2014)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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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: 1,074

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

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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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: 6,388

21. Labyrinth (2012)

Not Rated | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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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: 2,909

22. The Myth (2005)

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

6.1
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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: 13,882

23. 2012 Doomsday (2008 Video)

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

1.7
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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: 7,083

24. Luxor (2020)

85 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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When British aid worker Hana returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she ... See full summary »

Director: Zeina Durra | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Janie Aziz, Shahira Fahmy, Salima Ikram

Votes: 8

25. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

Passed | 216 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.2
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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: 1,047

26. Carry on Behind (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

5.6
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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: 2,247

27. The Mole People (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

5.0
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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: 2,945

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

Not Rated | 170 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

4.4
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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: 2,092

29. The Awakening (1980)

R | 101 min | Horror

4.9
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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: 1,816 | Gross: $8.42M

30. 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: 754

31. 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: 1,156

32. Hellbound (1994)

R | 95 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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A pair of mismatched Chicago cops arrive in Jerusalem to investigate a murder - and stumble into a battle with an ancient demon trying to establish a new of reign of supernatural darkness.

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

Votes: 2,892

33. 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: 4,548

34. 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, Addison Bain

Votes: 436

35. The Body (2001)

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

5.3
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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: 7,140 | Gross: $0.03M

36. Valley of the Kings (1954)

Approved | 86 min | Adventure

6.0
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In 1900, in Egypt, archaeologist Mark Brandon is asked by Ann Mercedes to find the tomb of Ra-Hotep but their quest is marred by intrigue, betrayal, murder and danger.

Director: Robert Pirosh | Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Carlos Thompson, Kurt Kasznar

Votes: 1,188

37. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

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

6.3
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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: 2,890

38. 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: 693

39. Tower of Evil (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: 1,343

40. 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: 593

41. 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: 656

42. The Naked Archaeologist (2005–2008)

Documentary, History

7.3
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Simcha Jocobovici hosts this 26-part series, stripping biblical archaeology naked and treating the Bible stories with his own brand of investigative journalism.

Stars: Simcha Jacobovici, Gabriel Barkay, Yair Zakovitch, James Charlesworth

Votes: 239

43. Spriggan (1998)

R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.6
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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: Shôtarô Morikubo, Ryuji Aigase, Takehito Koyasu, Katsumi Suzuki

Votes: 3,437 | Gross: $0.01M

44. 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: 1,809

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

120 min | Drama, History

7.1
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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: 894

46. Unearthed (I) (2016– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

7.5
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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: 158

47. Merry Andrew (1958)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.8
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Downtrodden but creative English school-teacher (Danny Kaye) on archeological trip discovers joys of love and circus life with acrobat (Pier Angeli).

Director: Michael Kidd | Stars: Danny Kaye, Pier Angeli, Salvatore Baccaloni, Noel Purcell

Votes: 681

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

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

3.7
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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: 1,082

49. 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: 2,608

50. 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: 995



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