Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American action adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford. This was the first installment of the four part film series, with a fifth episode rumored to be released in 2021. This film was a trailblazer of its time, making archaeology one of the most sought after and fantasized about careers. It is chalk full of so many iconic action set pieces and moments that permeate today's pop culture. Everything from running from the impending boulder, to swapping the golden idol with sand, to the face melting ending, this film is a memory maker. Spielberg's excellent directing build the foundation for Harrison Ford’s performance as one of the most suave, charismatic and enviable film heroes of all time. It is one of the most entertaining two hours of film I have ever had the privilege of watching, and to this day brings me nostalgia while reviewing it. Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most stylish and characteristically American adventure movies ever made, harkening back to old-time movie serials and episodic adventure shows. Raiders provides an entryway to the next films, each of which have their merit, and I would recommend watching them all. 4.5/5 Stars. @Joaquin of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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