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17,048 Ratings

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, 1981


Adventurer Indiana Jones confronts snakes, Nazis and one crazy cliffhanger after another in order to find the mystical Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Directed by Steven Spielberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1982 | 5 wins including: Best Effects, Visual Effects

1982 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Film Preservation Board

1999 | Winner: National Film Registry

Raiders is not a movie that lacks for classic moments, but its fiery climax ranks among Spielberg’s greatest sequences.
January 07, 2019
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It was meant to hark back to the “fun” movies of an earlier period, but for all its economy of budget and shooting time, it had the usual Spielberg epic reach, the romps and car chases and death-defying moments of the serials now expanded into an effortful 115 minutes. It was thus a far cry from studio pictures back in the day, when even the “prestige” films were expeditious in comparison.
January 03, 2017
Raiders is a setpiece-fueled dynamo. That is to say, the film builds its energy and its power through its own internal one-upsmanship: Each scene is more indelible than the last — conceived, written, shot, acted, edited, and scored in such a way that the damned thing just winds you up tighter and tighter as it moves along. But, unlike its many imitators, Raiders’ setpieces themselves work because they have a strong backbone of character.
July 30, 2013
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