Great Images from Great Movies #12 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Great Images RAIDERS

Truly great movies can leave indelible marks. It may be through an emotional connection to the story. It may be through a remarkable performance or a signature scene. But it could also be through the brilliant imagery that a film can carve into your mind. That’s what this feature is all about – highlighting great images from great movies. Today we look at a Steven Spielberg’s 80’s action classic and one of my personal all-time favorites.

So what are your thoughts on “Raiders”, one of greatest action-adventure films ever made? Which image sticks out the most to you?


37 thoughts on “Great Images from Great Movies #12 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

    • I grew up with these movies and love them dearly (minus Crystal Skull). But this one is my favorite as well. Sooooo good. I remember seeing it in the theater as a kid. I came out wanting to be Indiana Jones!!!

  1. Indiana Jones has always delivered exquisite entertainment from an age of master filmmakers. Today films are all about guts, braun, stunts and cgi… or sex. There is little atmosphere or character, people don’t act anymore, they just pretend. But here is a timeless classic. If you don’t see the quality then you’re looking too closely at the pixels. Sit back and forget about the size of your screen. I only own a 7″ DVD player, but I’d rather watch this on it than anything made post millennium. Um, bar a couple of space adventures lol.

    • YES! And you know it’s a truly great film because it stands the test of time. I saw it in the theater as a kid and I still get the same joy out of it now. So many great scenes, great images, and great lines. Love it!

  2. One of the best films ever. I always enjoyed that scene of that one guy with the sword trying to challenge Indy to a fight to the death as Indy is like “Seriously, you’re going to kill me with a sword w/ all of that shit?” and he shoots the guy dead. Never show off, just kill the guy and get it over with.

  3. This movie never gets old! One of the images that keeps coming to mind (for me) is Indy trying to replace the idol with the sack. But, I love just about every second of Raiders, so every shot is genius!

  4. You have a still image from maybe my favorite little sequence, where he’s running alone through that field for a few seconds, then the group of natives comes up over the hill. I always thought that was pretty clever.

    Ever see The Big Bang Theory joke on this movie? It’s on YouTube, but I think I won’t link to it.

    • YES! I know that scene so well. “Jacques! Jacques! Start the plane Jacques!”. Sooo good.

      Haven’t seen the BBT spoof though. I gotta look it up though.

      • The big bang thing was something of a knock on the movie, it was funny, but might alter your view of the movie, so there’s the caveat before you look it up. It is funny though…

  5. I love this movie (believe it or not, it actually took me two or three times watching this to fully ‘warm up’ it) and the image that sticks to me the most is the scene when he’s about to swap the idol with the bag of dust.

      • I can be a bit of a purist when it comes to movies based on the Bible or historical events, or movies about real life people’s story, so when I saw how utterly biblically inaccurate it was, I didn’t like it. But then I realized that it’s not meant to be accurate, just a lot of good childish fun, I accepted it and now love it! (But as a result of not liking it at first, “The Last Crusade” has always been my personal favourite with “Kingdom of the Cyrstal Skull” a close competitor).

      • That’s exactly right. Far from Biblically accurate and much more of a make-believe adventure. Interesting to hear you like Crystal Skull better. That’s the only one I’m not a fan of.

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