7 Movies With Gold-Obsessed Characters

Gone are the days of pirates setting out on dangerous voyages in search of hidden treasure and cargo carriers hauling loads of valuable commodities. Today, we live out our fantasies of discovering long-lost treasures on the big screen through the eyes of our favorite heroes and heroines.

The Goonies Find One-Eyed Willie’s Long-Lost Treasure and Save Their Homes

The Goonies

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This Stephen Spielberg film was released in 1985. The story follows a group of teens who discover a lost treasure map and set out in pursuit of the riches, despite facing danger along the way.

Nicolas Cage Fulfills the Family Legacy in National Treasure

National Treasure

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Benjamin Franklin Gates, portrayed by Nicolas Cage, embarks on a quest to discover the greatest treasure in history. He must run from the FBI and out-smart his nemesis along the way, all while finding time to earn the affections of the beautiful Ms. Abigail Chase.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Proves the Destructive Power of Greed

Sierra Madre

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This 1948 film is adapted from B. Traven’s 1927 novel, bearing the same name. Two Americans down on their luck meet up with a gold prospector and set out for the Sierra Madre mountains in search of gold. Dobbs, portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, is the one to uncover gold but soon finds himself engulfed with greed and distrust of his partners.

Trespass: A Failed Update to The Treasure of Sierra Madre

Trespass

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Trespass debuted in 1992, starring Ice Cube, Ice-T, Bill Paxton and William Sadler. Two firemen (Paxton and Sadler) decide to pursue a hidden treasure in an abandoned building after being given a map by an elderly man who dies in a fire they were attempting to diffuse.

Three Kings Puts a Modern Twist on Treasure Hunting

Three Kings

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Three Kings, released in 1999 and set in the post-Persian Gulf War era, commencing just as the war ends and U.S. troops are wrapping up unfinished business. George Clooney portrays Major Archie Gates, who convinces his fellow troops to search for gold bullion stolen from Kuwait, believed to be hidden in Saddam Hussein’s bunkers.

DuckTales Brings Our Favorite Animated Characters to the Big Screen in Search of Gold

DuckTales

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Enough with the seriousness! DuckTales brings the fun back to treasure hunting with the animated Walt Disney Pictures film, released in 1990. Scrooge McDuck and his loyal grand-nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, embark on a voyage to obtain the Treasure of Collie Baba.

Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain Engages the Teen Crowd Once Again

Gold Diggers

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The 1995 film Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, starring Anna Chlumsky and Christina Ricci, covers the journey of two troubled young girls who decide to explore the caves under Bear Mountain in search of hidden gold. What they find is far more valuable: Friendship.

These seven films are just a few among the vast collection of movies dedicated to fulfilling our wildest dreams and fantasies of discovering long-lost treasure. Modern adaptations of age-old stories tend to have the most box-office success, especially when driven with strong lead actors, such as Nicolas Cage and George Clooney, or those created by masterminds among the likes of Stephen Spielberg.

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