Joey’s Top 10s: ‘Indiana Jones’

Indiana Jones, the man, the myth, the legend.

The whip-cracking archeologistis coming back to the big screen for one last movie


The whip-cracking archeologistis coming back to the big screen for one last movie


There is going to be a new installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise! “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is set to release in theaters this summer. It has been quite a long time since the controversial “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” came out.

This article will stray from my typical formats of Top 10 lists or movie reviews to serve as a hybrid between the two, as there are not enough “Indiana Jones” movies to warrant a Top 10 list (there are only four movies in the series so far), but I want to break down all of them into one cohesive format.

  1. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

I know this movie gets a lot of flak, and some of it is well-deserved, but I truly do not think it is as bad as many people make it out to be. For the most part, it is a very enjoyable adventure movie with some fun action sequences and quips.

The part that loses the majority of the audience is the inclusion of aliens, which I can understand to a certain extent. Going from three religious artifacts to extra-dimensional aliens (the way they describe them is very confusing) is an understandable turnoff.

However, for the first half or even two-thirds of the movie, it is a pretty good storyline and I think that the scene with Shia LeBeouf swinging on vines with monkeys is fun.

It will be interesting to see where “Dial of Destiny” decides to pick up. “Crystal Skull” takes place during the nuclear arms race where Indy seems to be a little out of his element causing an out-of-place feeling compared to the rest of the movies.

  1. “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

It is pretty tough to rank this as third on my list because it is still a really good adventure movie but the top two are some of the best of the genre.

This movie strays from the script of the first and third movies, where Nazis are the main bad guys, and travels to a palace in India where a cult is sacrificing citizens to their god.

I was terrified of “Temple of Doom” as a kid, the random hell-pit  for worshiping the goddess “Kali” in the movie scared me (to give me credit, it is a pretty intense scene).

“Temple of Doom” comes before the first movie, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” chronologically (George Lucas and his prequels am I right?), which helps contextualize his character development over the course of the other three movies.

  1. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

Enter Sean Connery! Indiana’s dad is introduced in this film. Henry Jones Sr, played by Connery, spent his whole life studying and trying to map the location of the holy grail.

Seeing Connery play a character that is essentially adjacent to his prior role of James Bond makes a lot of sense. The chemistry that he and Harrison Ford shared on the screen is a lot of fun.

The plot is overall pretty similar to that of “Raiders;” Nazis are trying to track down a religious artifact that they can wield in their war efforts.

One of the highlights of this movie is the very beginning, where we see Indiana’s backstory of adventuring, featuring the scene where he gets his iconic chin scar.

  1. “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Is there a better action-adventure movie? You’d be hard-pressed to convince me otherwise. The music, the acting, the storyline and the stakes all work so cohesively together that I stand firm on the fact that this is one of, if not the best, stories that has ever been told.

Director of “Raiders,” George Lucas had directed “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “THX 1138” and “American Graffiti” prior to the release of this movie.

“Raiders” falls somewhere in between these movies thematically: the throwback desire for Americana and a simpler time like in “American Graffiti,” and the high stakes adventure that can be found in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Ford is a typical suspect in Lucas’ films, he can be found as the antagonist in “American Graffiti” and the swashbuckling Han Solo in the “Star Wars” movies. Interestingly enough, According to Far out magazine Ford did not like playing Solo but enjoyed playing Jones, two characters that I perceive to be highly similar.

There are so many iconic scenes in this movie, from the street fight where Indiana favors a gun over his legendary bullwhip to when he is facing down a swordsman to the Nazis having their faces melted off by the power of the ark of the covenant.

Along with “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” this is probably my most-watched movie ever. All four “Indiana Jones” movies are always a good time. But in my opinion, “Raiders” takes the cake as the best of the series and is a movie for the ages.