Why RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is the greatest action–adventure film in history.
Why INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL is worth catching.
Eight years ago, before Decent Films existed, I jotted down a few quick sentences on Raiders as part of a list of 35 or so movies I particularly liked and recommended. Those sentences wound up on the first version of Decent Films, and have remained on the site ever since… until yesterday, when I finally posted a full-length review. I hope to get around to writing up Temple of Doom and Last Crusade sometime soon… I'll have to see how it goes.
Incidentally, it occurs to me that as an "action–adventure film," Raiders straddles two overlapping but distinct genres: Not all adventure films are action films, and not all action films are adventure films.
For instance, consider Star Wars and Die Hard. Star Wars is a classic adventure story, but I wouldn't call it an "action film." Likewise, Die Hard is one of the pinnacles of action moviemaking, but I wouldn't call it "adventure."
Raiders, on the other hand, is clearly both action and adventure. That's part of the reason that, while all three are four-star classics in my book (though Die Hard in particular certainly isn't for everyone), Raiders would probably make my personal all-time top 10 list, if I ever drew one up, while Star Wars and Die Hard wouldn't. (They'd probably make the top 100, though.)