Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

The film that redefined adventure cinema, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark blends action serial thrills with old-fashioned Hollywood wit, and remains a beloved classic.

The year is 1936. Adolf Hitler is on a quest for the legendary Ark of the Covenant, which he believes will grant his armies mystical power. The US Government turns to Dr. Indiana Jones to find it first; the famed archaeologist begins a journey that sees him fighting Nazis, staring down snakes, and reuniting with old friends and lost loves.

Released June 12, 1981

Steven Spielberg had hoped to direct a James Bond film, when George Lucas told him he had something better...

The Flying Wing was based on a Northrop Corporation prototype and drawings by concept artist Ron Cobb.

Spielberg and Lucas looked for a leading man for over six months. "Then I saw The Empire Strikes Back," Spielberg said, "and I said Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones."

A certain droid duo from a galaxy far, far away appear as hieroglyphics on the wall and altar posts in the Well of the Souls.

To create the illusion of Nazis being zapped with the energy of the Ark, actors wore what were essentially lightbulb squibs, timed to go off at one-second intervals.

The film that redefined adventure cinema, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark blends action serial thrills with old-fashioned Hollywood wit, and remains a beloved classic.

The year is 1936. Adolf Hitler is on a quest for the legendary Ark of the Covenant, which he believes will grant his armies mystical power. The US Government turns to Dr. Indiana Jones to find it first; the famed archaeologist begins a journey that sees him fighting Nazis, staring down snakes, and reuniting with old friends and lost loves.

Released June 12, 1981

Steven Spielberg had hoped to direct a James Bond film, when George Lucas told him he had something better...

The Flying Wing was based on a Northrop Corporation prototype and drawings by concept artist Ron Cobb.

Spielberg and Lucas looked for a leading man for over six months. "Then I saw The Empire Strikes Back," Spielberg said, "and I said Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones."

A certain droid duo from a galaxy far, far away appear as hieroglyphics on the wall and altar posts in the Well of the Souls.

To create the illusion of Nazis being zapped with the energy of the Ark, actors wore what were essentially lightbulb squibs, timed to go off at one-second intervals.