Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark | 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Main Plot

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.


  • Harrison Ford's character, Indiana Jones, is an archaeologist and adventurer who searches for the biblical Ark of the Covenant.
  • Karen Allen's character, Marion Ravenwood, is an adventurous and resourceful love interest and partner to Indiana Jones.
  • Paul Freeman's character, RenĂ© Belloq, is a rival archaeologist and the main antagonist in the film.


Indiana Jones successfully retrieves the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis in a thrilling chase through Egypt. However, he is betrayed by his rival, Belloq, who takes the Ark and plans to open it. The Nazis, Belloq, and their soldiers gather to witness the Ark's power, but upon opening it, a supernatural force is unleashed, killing them all. Jones manages to close the Ark in time to save himself and his love interest, Marion. The government then hide the Ark away in a warehouse, ensuring its power remains hidden.