Stories of treasure hunting will always fascinate us, no matter how much we grow up, and it’s not the treasure that draws us to these stories but the adventurous journeys of the characters in these stories. Take the world of cinema, for example; most of the classic heroes we look up to, like Jack Sparrow, Indiana Jones, and Lara Croft, were out seeking treasures, and to this day, we think about their journeys more than the treasures.
Almost every year, we get to see movies about men and women who are lured into the riches of these treasures, but not all are able to stick to our heads. A few remain etched in our memories, and we keep going back to them. Netflix knows the allure of such movies and holds a collection of some of the best in the genre.
7. Blood & Gold (2023)
‘Blood & Gold’ is a World War II drama that follows decorated German veteran/deserter Heinrich (Robert Maaser) whom a woman named Elsa (Marie Hacke) saves from being executed. Heinrich is looking for his daughter while Elsa has to take care of her brother Paul, who has Down syndrome. How their stories intertwine is underscored by the Nazi soldiers’ search for hidden gold. The search eventually takes the form of a battle between Heinrich, Elsa, and some village folk, and the Nazis. Poignant, harrowing and at the same time inspiring, ‘Blood & Gold’ is directed by Peter Thorwarth. You can watch the film here.
6. The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure (2022)
Directed by Kim Jeong-Hoon, ‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure’ is a South Korean period adventure drama set during the rise of the Joseon Dynasty in 14th century Korea. It follows two parties looking for a missing royal treasure. On one side, we have Captain Hae-Rang and her crew of pirates. On the other side, we have Bu Heung-Su, a former ranking official of the Joseon army, who aims to bring the treasure to Yi Bang Yon. Using all the imperial gold, Bang Yon shall usurp the Joseon throne from his half-brother/crown prince Yi Bang-Seok.
‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure’ is a spiritual sequel to ‘The Pirates’ (2014). The cast includes Han Hyo-joo, Kang Ha-neul, Sehun, Chae Soo-bin, Lee Kwang-soo, and Kwon Sang-woo. You can watch it here.
5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail,’ directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, is a classic comedy that hilariously reimagines the Arthurian legend. The film stars the renowned Monty Python comedy troupe, including Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Eric Idle, among others. The story follows King Arthur and his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, but their journey is filled with absurd encounters and comedic mishaps. You can watch the movie here.
4. Finding ‘Ohana (2021)
Starring Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, and Kelly Hu, ‘Finding ‘Ohana’ is a family adventure film written by Christina Strain. The Jude Weng directorial follows New York-raised siblings Pili and Ioane E as they navigate through the changes in their lifestyle after moving to Oahu. Their grandfather has lately been struggling with serious personal problems and needs every bit of moral support that he can get. But one ordinary day, the two siblings accidentally come across a journal that gives them hints about a long-lost treasure somewhere in Oahu. To find it, the duo join hands with their friends to embrace the adventurous search for fortunes that also help them reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. You may watch the film here.
3. The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018)
Directed and produced by Theo Love, ‘The Legend of Cocaine Island’ is a documentary film that revolves around a desperate businessman named Hyden, who is willing to go to any lengths to help his wife, Jamie, and his daughter Emily. So, when he learns that a lost cocaine stash worth about $2 million is buried somewhere in Puerto Rico, Hyden vows to find it. Unfortunately, it does not take him long to realize that the buried treasure that he is searching for is not as easy to find as he had previously thought. Feel free to check it out here.
2. The Dig (2021)
Inspired by John Preston’s novel of the same name, ‘The Dig’ is a British drama film directed by Simon Stone. The Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes-starrer is set in the late 1930s on the eve of World War II and revolves around Edith Pretty, a wealthy landowner from Suffolk who hires a self-taught archaeologist-excavator, Basil Brown, to examine the burial mounds at her rural estate. Despite the pressure from his former employers and a minuscule chance of finding anything of value, Basil decides to work at Sutton Hoo, which turns out to be a life-changing later on. His team ends up finding a ship from the Dark Ages, a discovery that becomes era-defining for the archaeologists in the following years. You can check out the film here.
1. Da 5 Bloods (2020)
Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is a war drama film that features stand-out performances by Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, and Norm Lewis. The story centers upon Vietnam War veterans who have put their lives on the line, fighting alongside each other in one of history’s bloodiest battles. When conflicts between the two warring parties have been resolved, four men return to what once used to be enemy grounds in search of their long-dead squad leader and the hidden gold fortune that they together hid. But before they get their hands on the lost treasure, these veterans must face the forces of man and nature that stand in their way. You can stream the masterpiece here.
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