Rated: The Indiana Jones Movies

Rated: The Indiana Jones Movies

Quick Review

RATED looks at EVERY Indiana Jones film and gives a QuickReview as well as putting them in order of BEST to, well, Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull!

(Note scores reflect my updated IMDB ratings)

Best: Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark is probably the best Indiana Jones film from a critical point of view, a collection of iconic moments, visuals and music that still holds up better than the majority of modern action movies.  Harrison Ford delivers one of THE best performances in history and Spielberg puts together action films better than almost anyone in film.  Well worth a rewatch.



2. Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom (1984)

Temple Of Doom has always been much maligned as one of Spielberg’s weakest films.  Don’t listen to them! Whilst Temple Of Doom maybe be the weakest of the original trilogy it’s far from being a bad film.  In fact rewatching it after all these years it’s spring just hope much fun it is (even with its considerable darkness).  Yup it’s violent, yup it’s dark and yup its probably not for kids BUT Temple Of Doom is the perfect prequel sequel.


3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Oddly I always remembered last Crusade as my favourite Indiana Jones film.  Not the best but the one i enjoyed the most. Rewatching it, it turns out that whilst it’s still a great film I’m probably a bigger fan of Temple Of Doom.  But ranking aside there’s so much fun here. From the tank sequence to boat escape, it’s a thrill ride that doesn’t let up.  Add in Connery and you have one of Spielberg’s most fun films.


Worst: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

For about half the film I was wondering ” Why DID I dislike this so much first time around” and then the monkeys/ants/aliens bits arrived and I went”Ah THAT’S why”.  Look it’s not terrible it’s just a very below par Spielberg with some of his flattest direction ever.  And if Spielberg doesn’t care why should we?


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Grosse Point Geek… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

Grosse Point Geek… (Best Film from EVERY Year I’ve Been Alive)

A Blog Best... Other Cr*p Your Opinion Sucks

A look at the BEST films, one from each of my years on this planet…. starting with 1976!


The 70’s

1976 – Rocky
1977 – Star Wars
1978 – Jaws
1979 – Alien

The 80’s

1980 – Empire Strikes Back
1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark
1982 – The Thing
1983 – The Return Of The Jedi
1984 – Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom
1985 – Back To The Future
1986 – Aliens
1987 – Predator
1988 – Die Hard
1989 – Indiana Jones and The last Crusade

The 90’s

1990 – Goodfellas
1991 – The Silence Of The lambs
1992 – Reservoir Dogs
1993 – Jurassic Park
1994 – Pulp Fiction
1995 – Seven
1996 – Jerry Maguire
1997 – LA Confidential
1998 – The Big Lebowski
1999 – The Matrix

The 2000’s 

2000 – Gladiator
2001 – The Lord Of The Rings: The fellowship of The Ring
2002 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
2003 – The Lord of The Rings: The Return Of The King
2004 – Shaun Of The Dead
2005 – Batman Begins
2006 – Rocky Balboa
2007 –  Hot Fuzz
2008 – The Dark Knight
2009 – Star Trek
2010 – The Kings Speech


The 10’s 

2011 – Warrior
2012 – The Dark Knight Rises
2013 – The Wolf Of Wall Street
2014 – Whiplash
2015 – Mad Max Fury Road
2016 – Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
2017 – Dunkirk
2018 – Avengers Infinity War
2019 – Avengers Endgame



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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – A Quick Capsule Review

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – A Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is as near perfect a film as you will get.  Yup it’s the same Spielberg classic actioner that we’ve seen a hundred times before but it’s amazing that, even after nearly 40 years, it still holds up perfectly and introducing it to my daughter I was surprised just how much she loved it also. The pacing, set up and action is second to none, all pulled together expertly by one of THE most iconic performances ever committed to film.  It’s not my favourite of the trilogy (Crusade is) but Raiders is probably the best.  A worthy entry into our Hall Of fame and one of the best films ever made.

Best Bit: Chasing the ark

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Romancing The Stone


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Phil’s Top 5… Steven Spielberg Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Steven Spielberg Movies!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Steven Spielberg movies!


Close but no cigar: Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, War of the World



5 – Jurassic Park
Proving that he does blockbuster better than anyone else, Jurassic Park is pure entertainment from start to finish.


4 – Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List is a brutal, personal film that finally secured Spielberg a well deserved academy award


3 – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Years later ET still packs a huge emotional punch and lives of generations after it’s original release.  

2 – Jaws
Jaws is one of the best horror films ever made and even now, years later, the iconic film lives on in references from everything from TV to film.


1 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
Creating one of the most iconic characters in film history is not easy, putting them in a trilogy that’s nearly perfect is even harder.  And yes… trilogy. There is no crystal skull.






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Phil’s Top 5… Three-quels

Phil’s Top 5… Three-quels

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Three-quels!


Close but no cigar: Die Hard With A Vengeance, Mission Impossible 3,Back To The Future Part 3, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King


5 – Army Of Darkness
Army of Darkness is amazing.  It’s camp, silly, funny… it was and still is everything I wanted from a sequel to Evil Dead 2!


4 – Star Wars VI:  Return of The Jedi
Yes it has Ewoks.  But it also has great plot twists, epic space battles and a note perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies of all time.


3 – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Most people forget this was part of a trilogy but the man with no name rode out one last time in what is the bets of the series for many.


2 – Goldfinger
Still seen as the quintessential Bond film by many, Goldfinger set the bar and the format for all Bond films that followed.  Connery defines cool.  


1 – Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 made me cry on several occasions.  It’s a charming, heart breaking and emotionally strong film that deserves it’s place here as the best threequel of all time.



Phil’s Top 5… Summer Movie Seasons

Phil’s Top 5… Summer Movie Seasons

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In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: the best summer movie seasons (Post 1975).

Close but no cigar: 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Stripes, Escape from New York), 1991 (Terminator 2, Boyz n the Hood), 1989 (Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, License to Kill), 1987 ( Predator, Robocop, Dirty Dancing, The Living Daylights, Full Metal Jacket)

5 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Once Upon a Time in America, Purple Rain, The Last Starfighter, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Top Secret!, Conan the Destroyer

4 – 1999
The Sixth Sense, Run Lola Run, The Blair Witch Project, The Iron Giant, South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut, Dick, American Pie, Bowfinger , The Thomas Crown Affair, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

3 – 1985
Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Cocoon, Fletch, Explorers, Fright Night, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Pale Rider, Prizzi’s Honor, Silverado, Weird Science, Brewster’s Millions 

2 – 1982
E.T., Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing, TRON, The Road Warrior, Conan the Barbarian, Rocky III

1- 1986
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Aliens, Top Gun, Stand by Me, The Fly, Big Trouble in Little China, Back to School, Cobra, Labyrinth, Short Circuit, Transformers: The Movie, SpaceCamp, Flight of the Navigator