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Killing Indiana Jones would be like killing James Bond. It would quite literally kill the franchise. It’s a situation where I’d actually prefer a remake than watching movies with Indiana Jones’s/James Bond’s son, or whatever.

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I find it interesting (and am glad) that they are going with Harrison instead of a recast or continuing with Mutt. It seems like Disney is doing their best to undo all of Georges misdoings.

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SONIC RACES THROUGH THE GREEN FIELDS.
THE SUN RACES THROUGH A BLUE SKY FILLED WITH WHITE CLOUDS.
THE WAYS OF HIS HEART ARE MUCH LIKE THE SUN. SONIC RUNS AND RESTS; THE SUN RISES AND SETS.
DON’T GIVE UP ON THE SUN. DON’T MAKE THE SUN LAUGH AT YOU.

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Old Harrison in fourth Indy wasn’t a problem. Yes, he’s old, but he’s not
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First time in ages I’ve signed in here. Happy to see there were some new replies.

My rank is still the same:

Temple Of Doom
Raiders
Crystal Skull
Last Crusade

I still enjoy TLC but for some reason I don’t enjoy it as much as the rest. It just feels very deja vu compared with the other three which are more unique, whereas TLC feels like Raiders 2.0 and amps up the comedy and slapstick to levels much higher than I’d like.

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DominicCobb said:

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

2. Last Crusade

3. Temple of Doom

4. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Anyone who ranks any other way is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

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Each film is to some degree worse than the one before it, so a ranking from me would be pointless as it’d just be me listing the films in release order.

Raiders is a perfect film.

Temple is the rare sequel that tries to do something very different to stand apart from its predecessor, and while there are a few missteps it’s mostly great.

Last Crusade is the standard sequel that rehashes the popular first entry while Flanderizing all the characters to death (especially poor Brody). It’s saved from being garbage by Sean Connery and the last ~30 minutes, which are genuinely fantastic.

Crystal Skull isn’t as awful as its reputation but aside from a 20-30 minute stretch in the middle of the film, it’s not very good. I disliked that they brought back Marion, tying it too heavily into Raiders instead of letting it stand on its own. And far too many moments in the film are utterly cringeworthy.

So, for me:

  • Raiders: 10/10
  • Temple: 9/10
  • Crusade: 7/10
  • Crystal Skull: 5 or 6/10, I can’t really decide.
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DuracellEnergizer said:

Temple of Doom & Last Crusade – a tie, more-or-less

Raiders of the Lost Ark

[big, honking gap]

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Madness. Pure, gibbering madness.

Collipso said:

DominicCobb said:

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

2. Last Crusade

3. Temple of Doom

4. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Anyone who ranks any other way is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

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ChainsawAsh said:

Each film is to some degree worse than the one before it, so a ranking from me would be pointless as it’d just be me listing the films in release order.

Raiders is a perfect film.

Temple is the rare sequel that tries to do something very different to stand apart from its predecessor, and while there are a few missteps it’s mostly great.

Last Crusade is the standard sequel that rehashes the popular first entry while Flanderizing all the characters to death (especially poor Brody). It’s saved from being garbage by Sean Connery and the last ~30 minutes, which are genuinely fantastic.

Crystal Skull isn’t as awful as its reputation but aside from a 20-30 minute stretch in the middle of the film, it’s not very good. I disliked that they brought back Marion, tying it too heavily into Raiders instead of letting it stand on its own. And far too many moments in the film are utterly cringeworthy.

So, for me:

  • Raiders: 10/10
  • Temple: 9/10
  • Crusade: 7/10
  • Crystal Skull: 5 or 6/10, I can’t really decide.

Switch The Last Crusade and Temple of Doom and you have mine. I think Temple of Doom is as dark as it is due to Lucas going through depression during the development of the story.

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I love how dark TOD gets. I far prefer a darker, grittier Indy movie to something overly cartoony and slapsticky as the latter two are.

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Doom Trooper said:

I love how dark TOD gets. I far prefer a darker, grittier Indy movie to something overly cartoony and slapsticky as the latter two are.

Weird, I find TOD quite cartoony (which is something I like about it).

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TOD had some humor which helps to balance out the darker aspects.

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Five month old bump.

Here are my rankings for the Indy movies:

  1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (5 out of 5) The quintessential adventure movie. Its masterful balance of action, drama, and heart make it a near-perfect film in my mind.

  2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (4.5 out of 5) While arguably a rehash of the original film, Last Crusade boasts plenty of good humor and action, as well as the dynamic duo of Ford and Connery. The pair’s chemistry is a joy to watch on screen.

  3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (4 out of 5). The darkest and most exhilarating of the Indy series. Perhaps too macabre and over-the-top for its own good, but it’s a fun ride.

  4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (3 out of 5) The black sheep of the Indy series. While it’s often dragged down by weightless CGI spectacle and implausible plot points, the cast’s charm and the movie’s heart (mostly) redeems this middling installment.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Temple of Doom

The Last Crusade

Like OP said, Last Crusade is great but too similar to Raiders.

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Doom Trooper said:

I wonder if I’m alone in liking Last Crusade the least, even with Skull in the mix? It’s not bad but it just comes off as bland compared to the rest for me.

Oh I totally agree.

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My rank is still the same:

Temple Of Doom
Raiders
Crystal Skull
Last Crusade

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Raiders
Temple
Crystal Skull
Young Indiana Jones
Last Crusade

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five-stars
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Last Crusade

four-stars
Temple of Doom
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

two-stars
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones

one-star
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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^ Huh, that’s strange - I only remember there being 3 movies… 😉
 

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My order would be

Temple of Doom (9/10)
The Last Crusade (8/10)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (8/10)
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (3/10)

If anybody was wondering, this is the correct order of quality for the films. I know there’s alot of misinformation floating around this thread, so I thought some clarity was sorely needed.

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Going to be strange to have an Indiana Jones without George Lucas, and not directed by Steven Spielberg. The 5th movie directed by James Mangold, Janusz Kaminski is also not returning as cinematographer. They brought in Phedon Papamichael.

I hope John Williams is doing the score there is no news that that isn’t the case.