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The best treasure hunt films to inspire the kids

Pirates, puzzles and (PG) peril

 

THE GOONIES

A cult classic about a group of kids who, in an attempt to save their homes from being destroyed, stumble upon a famous pirate’s treasure map. It’s also got endless quotable lines and an iconic soundtrack featuring Cyndi Lauper. So basically it has it all.

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

Any Indiana Jones adventure could go on this list, but The Last Crusade — what with its double quest to find both Indiana’s father and the Holy Grail while outwitting Nazis — is the ultimate choice.

Indiana Jones Raiders of the last egg

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

If it’s less adventure and more lolz you’re looking for this Easter, there’s Monty Python’s take on the quest for the Holy Grail. It’s even got a rabbit in it. The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, that is.

NATIONAL TREASURE

The genesis of many memes - also the now-iconic, super dramatic Nicolas Cage line: "I'm going to steal it. I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence” (...it’s got a clue hidden in it.)
National Treasure "Hmmm... chocolate sprinkles, the eggs must be near"

HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

Revisit the first Harry Potter film for some challenges of the magical variety - such as Wizard Chess, or defeating He Who Should Not Be Named.

MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale about buried treasure adapted for film with two thrilling additions: music and Muppets! Oh, and Tim Curry, obviously.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

Tintin and Snowy encounter ancient scrolls and pirates as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the unicorn. It’s directed by Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish - and you get to see Snowy brought to life in motion capture.