Movies about Archaeologists

List of the best movies about archaeologists selected by visitors to our site: 7 Guardians of the Tomb, The Mummy, Genesis 2.0, Time Trap, The Dragon Pearl, Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure, Time Raiders, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, Detectorists, Tutankhamun.

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7 Guardians of the Tomb (2018)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrehorror, action, adventure
CountryChina, Australia, Russia, Thailand
CharactersInsects, Diggers, Spiders, Emperors, Archaeologists
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Mythology, Mummies
PlaceChina, Tomb, Caves
StyleExciting, Tense

An innocent discovery of a well-preserved mummified Emperor from 200 BC China unearths a 2000 year old nightmare - a secret that should have remained buried.

The Mummy (2017)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, China, Japan
CharactersDogs, Gods, Zombie, Horses, Monsters
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Disasters, Supernatural, Revenge
PlaceEgypt, Aircraft, London, Tomb, Pyramid
StyleUnexpected ending

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Genesis 2.0 (2018)
Markimdb: 7.1
CountryLuxembourg, China, Russia, South Korea, USA
CharactersScientists, Archaeologists

A well-preserved mammoth carcass is found in the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, opening up the possibility of a world-changing “Jurassic Park” moment in genetics.

Time Trap (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CharactersClimbers, Friends, Lifeguards, Students, Archaeologists
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Supernatural, Investigation, Missing people
TimePost apocalypse
StyleWorth watching, Fascinating, Action, For a group of friends, Tense

A group of students become trapped inside a mysterious cave where they discover time passes differently underground than on the surface.

The Dragon Pearl (2011)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, detective
CharactersDragons, Wizards, Teens, Family, Scientists
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Fate, Fulfillment of desires, Freedom
PlaceChina, Australia
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fancy, Serious

When teenagers JOSH (Louis Corbett) and LING (Li Lin Jin) join their respective parents, CHRIS (Sam Neill) and Dr LI (Wang Ji) on an archaeological dig in China they encounter something trapped beneath a temple beyond their wildest imagination. A real live Chinese dragon. Two thousand years earlier, to defend his kingdom, the dragon lent an emperor his all powerful pearl. Instead of being returned, the pearl was buried with the emperor beneath his palace, and helpless without its source of power the dragon has remained entombed ever since.

Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure (2019)
Markimdb: 3.2
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryUSA, India, South Korea, China
CharactersFriends, Bears, Archaeologists, Warriors, Family
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Rivalry, Chase
PlaceMountains, Asia

An ancient Chinese artifact has been stolen by a villainous archaeologist named Dexter. With the help of his Lemming friends, Norm must keep his word and embark on a journey across the world to help recover the artifact for the people of China.

Time Raiders (2016)
Markimdb: 4.8
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Mystery, Mystery

Time Raiders is based on the online novel series Daomu Biji written by Xu Lei. It tells the story of explorers searching for the secrets of immortality in ancient tombs

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
CountryUnited Kingdom

David Attenborough tells the story of the discovery and reconstruction in Argentina of the world's largest-known dinosaur, a brand new species of titanosaur. Measuring 37m long and weighing 70 metric tons, it now holds the record as the biggest animal ever to walk the Earth. In 2014, a shepherd spotted the tip of a gigantic fossil bone sticking out of a rock in La Flecha Farm in the Chubut Province in the Argentinian desert. Palaeontologists soon uncovered a massive 2.4m long thigh bone, the largest ever found. By the end of the dig they had uncovered more than 220 bones. As the programme reveals, these all belong to a new species of the giant plant-eating titanosaur. Filmed over the next two years, Attenborough witnesses the uncovering and examination of these stupendous fossils and the dramatic construction of the complete skeleton. The film also reveals the internal secrets of this dinosaur and what it means to be a giant.

Detectorists (2014)
Markimdb: 8.6
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Partners, Archaeologists, Teachers
PlotBetrayal, Cheating, Friendship
PlaceForest, England
StyleFancy, Light

The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime.

Tutankhamun (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersJournalists, Archaeologists
PlotOn real events, Treasures, Travel, Curses, Mummies
PlaceEgypt, Tomb
StyleAction, Exciting, Fascinating

The remarkable story of the chance meeting that transformed penniless, ostracised archaeologist Howard Carter into a household name following his discovery of the tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun.

Don Verdean (2015)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
PlotRivalry, Pursuit, Friendship
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense

Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean is hired by a local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. But after a fruitless expedition he is forced to get creative in this comedy of faith and fraud.

The Librarians (2014)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, adventure
CharactersArchaeologists, Thieves, Heroes
PlotMagic, Friendship
StyleFascinating, Twisted plot

A group of librarians set off on adventures in an effort to save mysterious, ancient artifacts. Based on the series of "The Librarian" movies.

The Pyramid (2014)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genrehorror, action, thriller, adventure
CharactersGods, Monsters, Archaeologists
PlotSupernatural, Death, Survival, Excavations, Mythology
PlaceEgypt, Deserts, Pyramid, Tomb
StyleAtmospheric, Disturbing, Serious

A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid's depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren't just trapped, they are being hunted.

Nostalgia for the Light (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, documentary
CountryChile, Spain, France, Germany, USA
CharactersAstronomers, Archaeologists
StyleFascinating, To cry, Atmospheric, Serious

In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet's regime.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure, detective
CountryFrance, USA
CharactersDinosaurs, Monsters, Sisters, Strong women, Archaeologists
PlotAdventure, Expeditions, Mummies
PlaceFrance, Tomb
StyleExciting, Cute

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century, focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

Yatterman (2009)
Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, musical
CharactersSuperhero, Robots, Archaeologists, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
TimePost apocalypse
StyleExciting, Fancy, Disturbing

Gan and his girlfriend Ai are mild-mannered toy shop owners by day but, when evil lurks, they transform into superheroes Yatterman 1 & 2. With the help of a dog-shaped robot, Yatterwoof, they take on the Doronbow gang, lead by the sexy Lady Doronjo. Together, they must stop the evil gang from finding the four magical skull pieces that will allow them to control the world!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CharactersArchaeologists, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Treasures, Chase, Betrayal, Mythology
PlaceJungle, Deserts, Tomb
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

Set during the Cold War, the Soviets – led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko – are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. After being captured and then escaping from them, Indy is coerced to head to Peru at the behest of a young man whose friend – and Indy's colleague – Professor Oxley has been captured for his knowledge of the skull's whereabouts.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, China, Germany, Canada
CharactersWizards, Yeti, Emperors, Archaeologists, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Chase, Superpowers, Witchcraft
PlaceChina, Asia, Pyramid, Tomb
StyleExciting, For men, Atmospheric

Archaeologist Rick O'Connell travels to China, pitting him against an emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who's returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination. This time, O'Connell enlists the help of his wife and son to quash the so-called 'Dragon Emperor' and his abuse of supernatural power.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, adventure, family, detective
CharactersHackers, Archaeologists, Presidential
PlotAdventure, Treasures, Mystery
PlaceParty, The White House
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Serious

Benjamin Franklin Gates and Dr. Abigail Chase re-team with Riley Poole and, now armed with a stack of long-lost pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary, Ben must follow a clue left there to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CharactersPriests, Archaeologists
PlotSupernatural, Obsession, Superpowers
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Depressive, Heavy, Disturbing

Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates Christian missions into the area, but the discovery also causes strange events to start occurring -- including physical changes to a young, disabled boy, whom Merrin grows to suspect has been possessed by a demon.