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The Best Movies (and Series) in the Indiana Jones Franchise, Ranked

List RulesVote up the best movies and series in the Indiana Jones franchise.

There is no doubt that all the Indiana Jones movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the best of the franchise. Will it be the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, that started it all back in 1981 or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade will make it to the top of the list? Maybe the series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles will surpass them all. Only time will tell.

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Indiana Jones movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite archaeologist ranked by popularity and with the year they were released so you can watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst. One of these is the best Indiana Jones movie (or show) out of the entire Indiana Jones film series.

Your votes will help determine the best movies and TV show in the Indiana Jones franchise. Vote up your favorites and vote down the Indiana Jones films you didn't like to ensure the right movie makes it to the top of the list. And if you're a fan of the franchise, be sure to check out our list of the best Indiana Jones games.

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  • Photo: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark / Paramount Pictures
    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by Frank Marshall for Lucasfilm Ltd., with Lucas and Howard Kazanjian as executive producers. Starring Harrison Ford, it was the first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise to be released, though it is the second in internal chronological order. It pits Indiana Jones against a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. The film co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as  ...more
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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. Harrison Ford reprises the title role and Sean Connery plays Indiana's father, Henry Jones, Sr. Other cast members featured include Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, and John Rhys-Davies. In the film, set largely in 1938, Indiana searches for his father, a Holy Grail scholar, who has been taken by Nazis.  ...more
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  • Photo: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom / Paramount Pictures
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1935, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone, where he then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.  ...more
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  • Photo: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull / Paramount Pictures
    It's the height of the Cold War, and famous archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), returning from his latest adventure, finds out his job at Marshall College is in jeopardy. He meets Mutt (Shia La Beouf), a young man who wants Indy to help him find the legendary Crystal Skull of Akator, and the pair set out for Peru. However, deadly agent Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) is searching for the powerful artifact, too, because the Soviets believe it can help them conquer the world.  ...more
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