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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Movie audiences never quite had an adventure before they saw Indiana Jones’ first on-screen excursion into the heart of Nazi treasure hunting. After several passes of Hollywood’s leading men at the time, Spielberg reached out to Harrison Ford, Han Solo himself, to lead filmgoers on a trip they wouldn’t soon forget.  This was the first period action-adventure movie. We hadn’t seen stories from the past that were exciting, stunning and contained religious artifacts capable of melting faces.

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