National Treasure is the first installment in the American adventure film franchise “National Treasure”. The plot centers on a historian and cryptologist-wannabe searching for the greatest lost treasure in history consisting of artworks, jewelry, precious metals and other artifacts. The film starts Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight and Diane Kruger. Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the movie was released on November 2004, whereas its sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, premiered on December 2007.
The following are adventure movies like “National Treasure” that will challenge your views about life and the world.
#1: The Da Vinci Code
Release Date: May 19, 2006
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno
Robert Langdon is a symbolist who finds himself involved in a bizarre and mysterious murder inside the Louvre Museum. There, she meets Sophie Neveu, a cryptologist and the granddaughter of the murder victim. Together, they discover clues within the paintings of Da Vinci. In search of the truth, they decide to take a trip from Paris to London. While on their way, they come across both enemies and allies, such as Silas and Sir Leigh Teabing. Their mission leads them into a thought-provoking and scandalous discovery that is being protected by a secret society for two thousand years – the same discovery that could ruin the foundations of the Christian religion.
#2: Angels and Demons
Release Date: May 15, 2009
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer
Robert Langdon works as a symbolist in Harvard. When a physicist, Father Silvano Bentivoglio, is murdered, he and the scientist Vittoria Vetra are given a dangerous mission: to hunt down the members of a secret brotherhood called the Illuminati. They tour the entire Vatican in search for clues, including the four altars of science, Earth, Water, Air and Fire. When four cardinals are captured and brutally killed by an assassin who works for the Illuminati, Robert and Vittoria must double their work to stop all the violence and prevent the terrorism attack being planned against the Vatican.
#3: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Release Date: June 12, 1981
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman
Indiana Jones is an archeology professor who takes the risk of entering the South American jungles in search of the golden statue. He is lucky to be able to escape a deadly trap inside the jungle, but he knows that his long, dangerous journey has just begun. One day, Marcus Brody, a museum curator, tells him about The Ark of the Covenant, a biblical artifact that could be the answer to humanly existence. To find the artifact, Jones travels to huge places, like Egypt and Nepal. In order to complete his goal, he must accept the battle being offered by the Nazis.
#4: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Release Date: May 24, 1989
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones receives a diary from Dr. Henry Jones, his father, who is in Italy. The diary holds a map and hints, prompting him to look for the enigmatic Holy Grail. One day, his father disappears. A private collector named Walter Donavan informs him that the search operation for the Holy Grail has gone off track because of his father’s disappearance. With museum curator Marcus Brody by his side, Indiana Jones travels to Italy to look for his father. With the help of the strange map and clues, they set off for another dangerous mission that concerns the Holy Grail and the life of Indy’s father.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Release Date: July 9, 2003
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
Eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow is asked by Will Turner, a quick-witted blacksmith, to search for Elizabeth Swann, the love of his life and the governor’s daughter who has been abducted by Captain Barbossa, an evil pirate who happens to be Jack’s former ally. However, what they do not know is that Captain Barbossa and his men are under an ancient curse, causing them to be destined to neither live, nor die. Worst, Jack and Will discover that in order for them to defeat the evil pirates, a blood sacrifice must be made.
#6: The Adventures of Tintin
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Directors: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
The evil Mr. Sakharine plans to kidnap the fearless reporter Tintin, but he is able to escape. He goes to Morocco with his dog Snowy, and Captain Haddock, the alcoholic master of the Unicorn ship. Haddock tells Tintin that three hundred years ago, Sir Francis Haddock, his ancestor, has been forced to destroy the first Unicorn when Sakharine’s ancestor has attacked him. Fortunately, Sir Francis has managed to save his treasure and has provided clues regarding its whereabouts. Guided by Sir Francis’ clues, Sakharine and Tintin sets off on a journey to find the treasure before Sakharine does.
#7: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Release Date: June 15, 2001
Director: Simon West
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen
Rich British archeologist and tomb raider Lara Croft enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from wherever in the world. Meanwhile, the planets in the solar system are about to get into alignment and the Illuminati, a secret society, seeks for an ancient talisman that would enable them to control time. In order for the Illuminati to find the talisman, a key is needed. Lara’s father has hidden the key inside their mansion, which Lara happens to find. When the society steals the key, Lara acquires an old letter from her late father, informing her about the Illuminati's plan. Now, Lara must get back the key, find the talisman and destroy it before the Illuminati use it for their evil plan.
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 25, 2019:
I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed National Treasure. I like this kind of movie but, for some reason, I had low expectations going into this movie. It was a nice treat to find this little gem.