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The Best Archaeology Movies 

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Updated October 21, 2019 467 votes 163 voters 29.9k views 17 items

List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Archaeology films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best archaeology movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This archaeology movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of archaeology films also contains archaeology movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This archaeology films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best archaeology movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This archaeology movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Upvote your favorite movies on the list to see them rank higher.

List of archaeology films includes archaeology movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Re-rank this page as your own by deleting movies you don't think belong, then put your personalized list up for a vote on Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter.

These are the top films in the archaeology genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the archaeology genre in it. Be it the motifs of the archaeology genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

The best movies on this list are the ones with the most votes, so show things like The Mummy's Shroud and The Mummy's Tomb some love. If we missed any archaeology movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous archaeology movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about archaeology movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the archaeology movies. List includes photos and archaeology movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List is made up of movies like The Mummy's Hand and The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these archaeology movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good archaeology movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest archaeology movies, here is the full archaeology movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Terence Fisher and Christy Cabanne are among the directors who have worked on Archaeology movies in the past.

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Archaeology Movies
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Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Released: 2004

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

National Treasure is a 2004 American adventure film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written by Jim Kouf, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Cormac Wibberley, and Marianne ...more

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Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Noble Johnson

Released: 1932

Directed by: Karl Freund

The Mummy is a 1932 horror film from Universal Studios directed by Karl Freund and stars Boris Karloff as a revived ancient Egyptian priest. The movie also features Zita Johann, David Manners ...more

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Archaeology Movies
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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Released: 2001

Directed by: Simon West

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Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Rob Cohen

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is the third and final installment in the Mummy trilogy. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria ...more

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The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Archaeology Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

Released: 2001

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

The Mummy Returns, is a 2001 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia ...more

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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer

Released: 1959

Directed by: Terence Fisher

The Mummy is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was written by Jimmy Sangster and produced by Michael Carreras and Anthony ...more
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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Richard Deacon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Charles Lamont

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is also the 28th and final Abbott and Costello film produced ...more
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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Archaeology Movies
The Mummy Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis

Directed by: Alex Kurtzman

The Mummy is a 2017 American action-adventure horror film directed by Alex Kurtzman. It is a reboot of The Mummy franchise and the first installment in the Universal Monsters shared universe. ...more

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Devil's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Archaeology Movies
Jeri Ryan, William Shatner, Ciara Hanna

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jared Cohn

Devil's Revenge is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jared Cohn. A desperate archeologist discovers a cave that has a cursed relic that can also open a portal to hell, the curse follows ...more
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Boris Karloff, Eduardo Ciannelli, Cecil Kellaway

Released: 1940

Directed by: Christy Cabanne

The Mummy's Hand is a 1940 black-and-white horror film, produced by Ben Pivar for Universal Studios. Although it is sometimes claimed by fans as a sequel or follow-up to The Mummy, it does not ...more
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André Morell, Roger Delgado, Michael Ripper

Released: 1967

Directed by: John Gilling

The Mummy's Shroud is a 1967 British DeLuxe colour horror film made by Hammer Film Productions which was directed by John Gilling. It stars André Morell and David Buck as explorers who ...more
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Fred Clark, Ronald Howard, Michael Ripper

Released: 1964

Directed by: Michael Carreras

The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is a British horror film produced, written and directed by Michael Carreras, starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark and introducing Jeanne Roland. Made ...more
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Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine

Released: 1944

Directed by: Reginald Le Borg

The Mummy's Ghost is the 1944 Universal Pictures sequel to The Mummy's Tomb. Lon Chaney, Jr. again takes on the role of Kharis the mummy.
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The Mummy's Tomb is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Archaeology Movies
Lon Chaney, Jr., Elyse Knox

Released: 1942

Directed by: Harold Young

The Mummy's Tomb is the 1942 horror film sequel to The Mummy's Hand. Lon Chaney, Jr. disliked the role of Kharis the mummy. Make-up artist Jack Pierce spent up to eight hours to wrap Chaney. A ...more
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Valerie Leon, Aubrey Morris, George Coulouris

Released: 1971

Directed by: Michael Carreras, Seth Holt

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb is a 1971 British film starring Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, and James Villiers. This was director Seth Holt's final film, and was loosely adapted from Bram Stoker's ...more