The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen About Lost Treasures

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(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. This week we go looking for gold and maybe a little iron pyrite in the search for some underseen gems about people looking for lost, hidden, or legendary treasures.)

There’s something endlessly appealing about a search for hidden treasure, and movies have captured the feeling time and time again. From the Indiana Jones trilogy to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, from The Rundown to Three Kings, there’s a thrill to the pursuit of something lost or legendary. Some films focus exclusively on the journey and the puzzles along the way while others frame it as a race against time and the enemy, but the goal remains the same: find “it.”

Despite the subgenre’s popularity, though, there are more than a few out there that never quite caught on or maybe just deserve all the eyeballs, and that’s where I come in. Rather than hand you a map filled with clues and challenges designed to ultimately point you towards some fun movies you probably haven’t seen yet, I’ve decided to eliminate the middle man and just name them. So keep reading for a look at six highly entertaining movies about people in pursuit of lost treasure you’ve probably never seen.

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With CZ12, Jackie Chan writes, directs and stars in a return to the Armour of God films that were part of his stellar ’80s film run. The two mid/late ’80s Armour movies were part of Chan’s international breakout, and the globe-trotting aspects of those stories, some of which were heavily indebted to the Indiana Jones movies, helped define Chan as an action star with broad appeal beyond the scope of martial arts movies.

Now there’s CZ12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), in which Chan once again reprises his Armour of God role. This time Chan seems to be going into full-on James Bond mode. A US trailer has hit for the release, and while Chan isn’t getting any younger, it’s easy to see that his ambitions haven’t been constrained when it comes to putting together action sequences. Read More »