Thursday Movie Picks: Treasure Hunt

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

Today’s theme is Treasure Hunt! I like a good treasure hunt, so I’m really excited about this post. There’s just something about that bit of adventure in the air, the excitement of maybe finding something that has been missing for a long time – I love it! Let’s jump right in!

The Goonies

The Goonies is a classic and was the first movie I thought of when I heard the theme! I loved it as a kid, I still kind of love it now. Despite its flaws, it will forever be entertaining to me.

Finding Ohana

Speaking of the Goonies, this is the Hawaiian new version of it. Kind of. I really enjoyed watching it and still have the song from the cave stuck in my head. Fingers crossed that one day, they’ll release it performed by the actors. The movie as a whole definitely had a lot of heart!

National Treasure

There’s just something so funny about Nicholas Cage stealing the Declaration of Independence and sprinkling some good old lemon juice on it to reveal a secret message.

Treasure Planet

One of my favorite Disney movies growing up! I think there’s many great ones out there, but I feel like quite a few slept on this one.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

I was honestly obsessed with Lara Croft as a kid/teenager. She was the epitome of everything I wanted to be – whip smart, super athletic (never bound to achieve that, I’m afraid) and always on some sort of adventure. When they announced the reboot with Alicia Vikander, I wasn’t against it, but it just didn’t hit the same for me.

What are some of your favorite treasure hunt movies? Let’s talk!

11 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Treasure Hunt

  1. I’m 3 for 5 this time out.

    I really liked but didn’t love National Treasure. A little Nicolas Cage goes a long way for me but Justin Bartha was funny as his sidekick and made the film go down easier. The plot was on the ridiculous side but it had enough action to make it down smoothly.

    I put off The Goonies for decades, it just looked like such a kids flick to me but I ran across it earlier this year just as it was starting so I gave it a go and ended up thinking it wasn’t too bad. I don’t see myself running back to see it again but I was glad to finally catch up with it.

    Lara Croft didn’t work for me. I like Angelina Jolie and it was cool to see a pre-Bond Daniel Craig but it was messy and unfocused.

    I’ve never heard of Finding Ohana but I don’t have Netflix so that’s surely why. Treasure Planet is animated and it takes a lot for me to watch anything that is, I’d guess that when I was babysitting my nieces or nephew I probably saw parts of it but I couldn’t say for sure.

    I love treasure hunt movies and have seen more than I could possibly remember and all the ones I instantly thought of-Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean etc.-I’ve used before so I did a deep dive into some older ones.

    Green Hell (1940)-A group of fortune hunters lead by Keith Brandon (Douglas Fairbanks Jr) including David Richardson (Vincent Price) and Forrester (George Sanders) head deep into the South American jungle in search of rumored Incan treasure. Shortly after Richardson is killed by natives his wife Stephanie (Joan Bennett) arrives. Despite his loss she decides to stick it out and look for the booty but as the months tick by tempers and passions flare as the local heathens become increasingly hostile.

    Plunder of the Sun (1953)-Down on his luck and short on funds insurance adjuster Al Colby (Glenn Ford) makes a deal with Thomas Berrien (Francis L. Sullivan), a crooked collector of antiquities to travel by ship to Oaxaca, Mexico smuggling a small package. During the voyage Berrien dies, Colby opens the package finding three parchments and a stone medal. Contacted by rival archaeologist Jefferson (Sean McClory) Colby discovers the parchments are a key to hidden treasure and the search is on!! Filmed in Mexico at the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla and Monte Alban.

    Beyond Atlantis (1973)-When a fisherman wants to trade in his pearls for cash pimp Fast Eddie (Sid Haig) smells a fortune to be made and embarks on a treasure hunt to locate more. Joining with scuba driver Logan (John Ashley), adventurer Vic (Patrick Wayne, The Duke’s son) and Dr. Kathy Vernon (Lenore Stevens) they head to the island. Upon arrival they are met by a tribe of half fish/half humans led by Neraus (George Nader) and his beautiful daughter Syrene (Leigh Christian) who only seems to possess a skimpy bikini. The gang are looking for loot, but Syrene is looking for a chance to propagate for the good of the tribe! A real piece of Roquefort Cheese!!

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  2. I’m glad you picked Lara Croft film because it nobody chose this film I almost went with National Treasure and really enjoy these films. The Goonies is the film this week and I haven’t seen it yet. I don’t know the other 2 movies

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    • I was surprised not to see Lara Croft anywhere else, it screams treasure hunt to me! I hope you’ll one day get to watch the Goonies. It’s obviously outdated in parts now, but I like it a lot. As for Finding Ohana and Treasure Planet, they’re geared towards a younger audience, but are both very enjoyable with a lot of heart!


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