Archaeology movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant archaeology movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out exciting, suspenseful, suspense, entertaining, humorous and serious films and TV shows about / with archaeology, adventure, archaeologist, chase, gun, danger, monster, destiny, dialogue and mentor plots mostly in Adventure, Action and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
archaeology movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as archaeology: The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Stargate (1994), National Treasure (2004), As Above, So Below (2014), The Lost City of Z (2016), Sahara (2005), Timeline (2003), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

List of archaeology movies

The Mummy (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell and his companion, Beni stumble upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle in 1923, 3,000 years after Imhotep has suffered a fate worse than death – his body will remain undead for ...
Style: exciting, scary, funny, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night, family outing
Plot: mummy, archaeology, treasure hunt, adventure, ancient egypt, adventurer, archaeologist, tomb, deadly creature, desert, curses spells and rituals, treasure ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: egypt, cairo egypt, middle east, africa, north africa
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The Mummy Returns (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Rick and Evelyn O'Connell, along with their 8 year old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King's might, the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, psychotronic, suspense, scary ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: mummy, archaeology, ancient egypt, supernatural, good versus evil, treasure hunt, treasure, tomb, adventure, pyramid, monster, reincarnation ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: egypt, london, england, middle east, europe ...
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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: English aristocrat Lara Croft is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's ...
Style: exciting, sexy, entertaining, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: female protagonist, treasure hunt, archaeology, treasure, artifact, archaeologist, adventure, tomb, strong female lead, kick-butt women, fantasy world, heroic mission ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: cambodia, venice, iceland, egypt, siberia
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Stargate (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Style: exciting, futuristic, entertaining, tense, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, archaeology, adventure, teleportation, evil alien, ancient egypt, portal, pyramid, alien planet, military, ancient mystery, space and aliens ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, 1920s
Place: egypt, colorado, middle east, africa
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Style: exciting, humorous, entertaining, intense, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeology, archaeologist, adventure, artifact, treasure, good versus evil, adventurer, tombs and skeletons, crocodile, mythology, survival ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1935
Place: india, china, shanghai
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National Treasure (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Modern treasure hunters, led by archaeologist Ben Gates, search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary War. The chest's whereabouts may lie ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, clever, suspense, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens, boys' night ...
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, adventure, archaeologist, archaeology, riddles and clues, treasure hunter, adventurer, artifact, ancient, journey, legends and myths ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 19th century, 20th century ...
Place: usa, philadelphia, washington d.c., egypt, new jersey ...
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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany, Japan, UK, Hong Kong
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Lara Croft ventures to an underwater temple in search of the mythological Pandora's Box but, after securing it, it is promptly stolen by the villainous leader of a Chinese crime syndicate. Lara must recover the box before the syndicate's ...
Style: exciting, sexy, entertaining, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: archaeologist, archaeology, treasure hunt, adventure, fantasy world, kick-butt women, female protagonist, monster, adventurer, tombs and skeletons, chase, treasure map ...
Time: 2000s
Place: greece, africa, egypt, hong kong, asia ...
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set during the Cold War, the Soviets – led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko – are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. After being captured and then escaping from them, Indy is coerced ...
Style: exciting, humorous, entertaining, scenic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeologist, treasure, adventurer, archaeology, chase, artifact, jungle, alien, desert, mythology ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, future, year 1957
Place: latin america, peru, mexico city, usa, south america ...
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the ...
Style: exciting, breathtaking, entertaining, epic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeologist, holy grail, archaeology, adventurer, artifact, father son relationship, map, treasure, courage, escapades, adventure ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1912, year 1938, 1910s
Place: germany, israel, jordan, egypt, venice ...
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As Above, So Below (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Style: suspenseful, dark, psychological, scary, tense ...
Plot: found footage, supernatural, archaeology, ancient mystery, catacomb, survival, ghost, treasure hunt, underground, claustrophobia, confined, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, iran
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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a magical artifact is lifted from his library, a meek librarian sets out to ensure its safe return.
Style: humorous, exciting, entertaining, light, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeology, archaeologist, adventurer, obsessive quest, heroic mission, save the world, library, friendship, friends, university ...
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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Benjamin Franklin Gates and Dr. Abigail Chase re-team with Riley Poole and, now armed with a stack of long-lost pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary, Ben must follow a clue left there to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination ...
Style: entertaining, exciting, suspenseful, serious, ridiculous ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, archaeologist, ancient mystery, adventurer, archaeology, riddles and clues, adventure, artifact, treasure hunter, white house, hidden treasure ...
Time: 21st century, year 1865, 1860s, 2000s, 19th century ...
Place: virginia, london, washington d.c., south dakota, paris france ...
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The Lost City of Z (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilazation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.
Style: inspirational, meditative, sexy, suspense, factual ...
Plot: explorer, jungle, archaeology, expedition, tribe, journey, conquistador, survival, travel, world war one, lost city, obsession ...
Time: 1920s, future, 20th century, 1910s, year 1954 ...
Place: south america, england, london, ireland, latin america ...
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Sahara (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure ...
Style: exciting, buddy comedy, scenic, entertaining, sexy ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: treasure, treasure hunt, adventure, desert, adventurer, treasure hunter, obsessive quest, archaeology, escapades, romance, good versus evil, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, egypt, nigeria, sahara
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Timeline (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: time travel, knight, archaeology, time machine, medieval, changing the past or future, adventure, teleportation, alternate universe, natural disaster, fish out of water, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, future, middle ages, 14th century, 20th century ...
Place: france, europe
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
Style: exciting, breathtaking, entertaining, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeologist, artifact, adventurer, escapades, treasure, archaeology, ancient, journey, desert, secret place ...
Time: 1930s, year 1936, 20th century
Place: egypt, nepal, cairo egypt, south america, usa ...
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The Mummy (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human ...
Style: scary, exciting, suspense, entertaining, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mummy, archaeology, monster, egyptian mythology, ancient egypt, tomb, pharaoh, treasure hunt, archeological dig, supernatural, pyramid, immortal ...
Time: 2010s, 1930s
Place: egypt, iraq, middle east, london, big ben london
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, War
Country: USA, Germany, China, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Archaeologist Rick O'Connell travels to China, pitting him against an emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who's returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination. This time, O'Connell enlists the help of his wife ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, atmospheric, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: mummy, adventure, tomb, archaeologist, archaeology, tombs and skeletons, pyramid, monster, immortality, chase, chinese emperor, emperor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: china, egypt, asia, himalaya, peru ...
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Tutankhamun (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the true story of Howard Carter’s epic quest to discover the lost tomb of the Boy-King Tutankhamun. Down on his heels archaeologist Howard Carter stumbles upon evidence of an undiscovered tomb of one of Egypt’s forgotten Pharaohs, ...
Style: captivating, tense, factual, exciting, atmospheric
Plot: archaeology, curse, egyptology, archaeologist, explorer, aristocrat, journalist, tomb, determination, love interest, englishman abroad, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: egypt
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The Pyramid (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid's depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, intense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, found footage, supernatural, pyramid, archeological dig, archaeologist, survival, death, egyptian mythology, egyptology, mythology, desert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013
Place: egypt, cairo egypt
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Bonekickers (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Bonekickers was a BBC drama about a team of archaeologists, set at the fictional Wessex University. It made its début on 8 July 2008 and ran for one series. It was written by Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes creators Matthew Graham and Ashley ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: archaeologist, archaeology, investigation, escapades, mysterious character, uncover truth, mystery, mysterious place, dishonesty, religions or cults, society, adventurer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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Black Mountain Side (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of archaeologists uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it's not long before they begin to feel ...
Style: suspense, rough, bleak, scary, psychological ...
Plot: archaeology, virus, isolation, snow, winter, amputation, expedition, temple, creature, suicide, survival, murder ...
Place: canada
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The Gift (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Turkey
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: A painter in Istanbul embarks on a personal journey as she unearths universal secrets about an Anatolian archaeological site and its link to her past.
Style: captivating, disturbing, enigmatic, mystical, psychological ...
Plot: archaeology, archeological dig, art, supernatural, massacre, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, adventure, disorder, wizards, secret, uncover truth, puzzle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: turkey, ottoman empire
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The Dig (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As WWII looms, a wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain's past resonate in the face of its uncertain future‎.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, feminist film, inspirational
Plot: archaeologist, archeological dig, archaeology, world war two, excavation, discovery, plane crash, uncover truth, mystery, family, family secret, war ...
Time: future, 1930s, year 1939
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Uncharted (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake uncovers the location of the legendary El Dorado. With the help of his mentor and an ambitious journalist he works to uncover its secrets while surviving on an island filled with pirates, mercenaries, and a ...
Style: suspense, ambiguous ending, psychotronic, visually appealing, scenic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, treasure hunter, adventure, jungle, adventurer, archaeology, artifact, heroes, tough guy, fight, betrayal ...
Time: future, year 2006
Place: the philippines, boston, new york, barcelona
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Prometheus (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Style: futuristic, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: outer space, survival, space travel, space and aliens, alien, androids, spacecraft, mysterious planet, alien encounter, distant planet, expedition, hi-tech ...
Time: future, 21st century
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Ragnarok (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Norway
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen discovers that the Oseberg ship hides a secret from the Viking Age. Along with his two children put Sigurd out on a quest to find the truth. The mystery leads them into "No Man's Land" between Norway and ...
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: norse mythology, ancient mystery, viking, archaeology, adventure, legends and myths, escapades, adventurer, riddles and clues, obsessive quest, mystery, wilderness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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Rise of the Mummy (2021)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of archaeology students awaken an ancient mummy. After being trapped in a time loop, the only way they can escape, is to defeat the mummy. As the body count rises, it seems the Mummy has to collect the souls of those who woke him to be able ...
Style: psychotronic, suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense ...
Plot: tomb, mummy, treasure hunt, curses spells and rituals, archaeology, monster, adventurer, undead, murder, death, violence, human versus monster ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe
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The Protector (2018)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Turkey
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: The epic adventure of Hakan, a young shopkeeper whose modern world gets turned upside down when he learns he’s connected to a secret, ancient order, tasked with protecting Istanbul.
Style: exciting, captivating, enigmatic, tense
Plot: friendship, superhero, love, archaeology, ancient mystery, ritual, plague, heroes, fight, murder, save the world, immortal ...
Time: future, 16th century, 15th century
Place: istanbul turkey, constantinople, turkey, ottoman empire
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AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Czech Republic, Canada, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When scientists discover something in the Arctic that appears to be a buried Pyramid, they send a research team out to investigate. Little do they know that they are about to step into a hunting ground where Aliens are grown as sport for the ...
Style: exciting, scary, twists and turns, breathtaking, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: alien, monster, deadly creature, save the world, predator, adventure, evil alien, pyramid, first contact, survival, apocalypse, technology ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s, contemporary
Place: antarctica, egypt, nebraska, nepal, mexico
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