Adventure Entertainment The Best Treasure Hunters In Film & TV  

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Pop culture is filled with characters who have a thirst for adventure. These characters have a strong desire to travel to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of valuable artifacts, important relics, and riches beyond their wildest imaginations. Throughout their adventures, they must face off against adversaries seeking the same treasure for their own nefarious gain. This list of treasure hunter characters will remind you to search for wonder and magic in your own life.

Indiana Jones may be an archaeology professor by day, but by night, he's off trying to find the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail. In case you ever wondered how Scrooge McDuck made his fortune, he's actually a world-renowned treasure seeker, and all the gold in his vault was collected from distant lands. There's also Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage from National Treasure) who stole the Declaration of Independence for the good of society.

The following list has some of the greatest treasure seekers of all time in film and TV, so be sure to vote up the ones you think had the most thrilling adventures.

By the time you reach the end of this list, you will want to embark on your own globe-trotting expedition.

Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Treasure Hunters In Film & TV
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Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., often shortened to "Indy", is the title character of the Indiana Jones franchise. George Lucas created the character in homage to the action heroes of 1930s film serials. The character first appeared in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, to be followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles from 1992 to 1996, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. Alongside the more widely known films and television programs, the character is also featured in novels, comics, video games, and other media. Jones is also featured in the Disney theme park ...more on Wikipedia

Played By: Harrison Ford, Corey Carrier, George Hall, Sean Patrick Flanery, Harrison Ford, + more

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Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Treasure Hunters In Film & TV
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Lara Croft is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Square Enix video game series Tomb Raider. She is presented as a beautiful, intelligent, and athletic English archaeologist-adventurer who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world. Created by a team at UK developer Core Design that included Toby Gard, the character first appeared in the 1996 video game Tomb Raider. She has also appeared in video game sequels, printed adaptations, a series of animated short films, feature films, and merchandise related to the series. Official promotion of the character includes a brand of apparel and accessories, action figures, and model portrayals. Croft has also been ...more on Wikipedia

Played By: Minnie Driver, Angelina Jolie, Rachel Grant, Rachel Appleton, Judith Gibbins, + more

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Bilbo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Treasure Hunters In Film & TV
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Old Bilbo is a fictional character from the 2013 film The Hobbit: There and Back Again. ...more on Wikipedia

Played By: Martin Freeman, Norman Bird, Ian Holm

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Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Treasure Hunters In Film & TV
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Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character and a main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and is portrayed by Johnny Depp, who based his characterization on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon character Pepé Le Pew. He first appears in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He later appears in the sequels Dead Man's Chest, At World's End, On Stranger Tides, and Dead Men Tell No Tales. In the films, Sparrow is one of the nine pirate lords in the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit ...more on Wikipedia

Played By: Johnny Depp

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