10 Movies like National Treasure you must watch

By Kieran Burt
Published: April 2, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)

We discuss 10 movies like National Treasure you must watch. Add these well-recommended films to your watch list. 

National Treasure is an adventure tale mixed with a conspiracy thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Justin Bartha as they attempt to locate a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States, trying to reach it before Sean Bean’s evil Ian Howe. It’s a fun family outing with dorky humor.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the 2004 film started Nic Cage’s first franchise (which ended and then got revived by Disney).

For those looking for their next adventure, here are ten films similar to National Treasure.

10 Movies like National Treasure you must watch

Night at the Museum (2006) 

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is desperately trying to prove he’s destined for something huge, but as none of his crazy ideas takes off, he’s forced to work at the Natural History Museum. One night, Larry discovers that all the exhibits come alive after dark due to an Egyptian curse. With his career on the line, Larry must save the situation.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)

After leading an attack on the Holy city of Alamut, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) gets a dagger allowing him to access the Sands of Time, a device to turn back time itself. After being accused of killing his adoptive dad, the King of Persia, Dastan, and a princess from Alamut go on the run, protecting the treasure from the dark forces and unmasking the King’s assassin.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

This film follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he navigates the oceans without a ship or crew. He arrives in Port Royal before a pirate by his former crew mate, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and the Black Pearl. They kidnap the governor’s daughter Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), who holds a valuable coin linked to a curse making Barbossa and his crew undead.

Gallant blacksmith William Turner (Orlando Bloom), who’s in love with Elizabeth, allies with Sparrow to pursue Barbossa.

This light-hearted romp is a must-watch for anyone who enjoyed the comedic moments in National Treasure and has a love of adventure.

The Goonies (1985)

A group of adventurous kids discover an old pirate map in the attic and decide to follow it. Naturally, this leads them on a dangerous but exciting hunt for the treasure marked on the map.

The Mummy (1999)

Set in Egypt in 1925, a group of treasure hunters led by Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) stumble upon an ancient tomb and accidentally free an undead Mummy, which houses the vengeful spirit of an Egyptian priest who has been sentenced to an eternity of damnation.

Both The Mummy and National Treasure showcase history with a supernatural twist and leads who are searching for treasure.

 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Four school kids find an old video game console and are drawn to a game with a jungle setting. When they find they’ve become the adult avatars they chose, they have to go on a dangerous adventure to beat the game and return home, or else they’ll be stuck inside of it forever.

The Adventures of Tintin (2010)

Tintin (Jamie Bell), a young and adventurous reporter, and his loyal dog Snowy purchases a model ship called the Unicorn and discovers that it has a clue to sunken treasure. But he’s not the only one searching for the ship, sinister collector Sakharine (Daniel Craig) is also looking for it.

Tintin sets off on an adventure with the help of Snowy and gruff man Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) to find the mystery of the Unicorn.

Fans of the treasure hunt in National Treasure and alternate mythologies will love The Adventures of Tintin.

The Golden Compass (2007)

Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) lives in an alternate world where human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. But when several children and Lyra’s best friend Roger get kidnapped by what’s known as Gobblers, Lyra must save them with the help of her ferret daemon and a group made up of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear, and a Texas airman.

For those who enjoyed the puzzles in National Treasure and the high-stakes adventure, The Golden Compass must be watched.

The Great Wall (2016)

When a mercenary (Matt Damon) is imprisoned deep in the Great Wall of China, he discovers that one of the greatest wonders of the world is actually a defensive structure to stop marauding beasts. As wave after wave keeps coming, he joins an army of elite warriors to stop the seemingly unstoppable hoard.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic adventure film featuring Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) trying to reach the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do.

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