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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, because it has the best story in the series, the action sequences are thrilling, it has iconic scenes, introduced the Indiana Jones character, and it has a very young and pretty Karen Allen.
Crystal Skull, because I love a good train wreck, and the trailer still sounds like it's saying the "Crystal Skull" was made of "Solid Gold" and thus is NOT a Crystal Skull. (Upon close inspection, you may discover the "solid gold" part was referring to the city, not the skull)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Underrated and written by a cranky George Lucas, who was going through a divorce at the time. It's Indiana Jones Goes to Hell and it breaks every rule in sequels of the day, taking Indy to all new locations - geographically and emotionally.
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Simply because there was no other film like it in the past and that it featured the best MacGuffin out of all the Indy films (if not, all time): The Ark of the Covenant. The screenplay was also written by Lawrence Kasdan (who penned The Empire Strikes Back), so that's another plus for the film
Temple Of Doom, because it is so different than part one (and obviously the other two sequels). But besides that it is just my favorite one. One of my favorite scenes is when Indy is in the hotel room and that chick (don't remember her name, been so long since I seen it) was hot for him and he grabbed the statues breasts and she was like "hey, I'm right here".
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. With Harrison Ford and Sean Connery it's like a combination of Star Wars and James Bond. I also like how it brought back characters from the first film like Dr. Marcus Brody and Sallah .
Raiders of the Lost Ark. It hit theaters when I was 10 years old and literally changed my life: the lighting, camera work, musical score, amazing special effects from Industrial Light and Magic (on the top of their game). I decided then and there that I was going to be a filmmaker and started writing my first screenplay the next day. 32 years later, I'm a professional cinematographer with 27 features under my belt, livin' the dream in Hollywood… and Raiders is still my favorite flick after all these years.
The Last Crusade because of the relationship between Indy and his father. As a side note, I love the fourth one too. Many people hate that movie for the wrong reasons. Though, there are many silly things that happen in it, the movie overall is really fun.
My favorite is Temple of doom. My father brought me to see it when I was a kid to a local theater it was one of my first movies to see and I got a big kick out of shortround. Great movie but I then had to see the first one after that and saw all the subsequent films in the theater as well, good memories.
Raiders of the Lost Ark. At the age of 9 our school teacher took us to the theatre as a class excursion to watch this very film. Best teacher ever. We ate honeyed popcorn! The end when they open the Ark and every ones face melts, that was amazing. I loved it then as I love it now. One of the greatest scenes in cinema.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Stellar opening sequence, real development of the Dr. Jones character, and non-stop action. Set the stage for future archaeological films and of course fired up our imaginations.
Indiana Jones and the temple of doom because it was the first movie I saw of the series as a kid and it freaked me out when seeing the monkey brains, and then the heart being pulled out of the guys chest.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was a great movie, Sean Connery added so much to it; the Temple of Doom was a great second chapter for the series. However I have to go with Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first part of the movie was classic action/adventure escapism and reminded me of the old movie serials. When the boulder came down after him, I expected the fade scene with "To Be Continued Next Week" popping up.
All the "chapters" in this movie add up to make an exciting movie experience. The fight around, over and under the german flying wing; the horse race to catch up to the truck that's carrying the ark; Major Toht walking into the tent and menacingly putting together his hanger for his coat; the Arab swordsman; the gunfight in Marion's bar in Nepal; Indiana Jones with the rocket launcher saying he's going to blow up the ark with Belloq talking him out of it and Jones' explanation of the ark and its legend with Marcus Brody.
All the actors great work are a big bonus. Each one brought their character to life. Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones - I just can't see anyone else playing that character; Karen Allen's Marion; Paul Freeman's René Belloq; Ronald Lacey's Major Toht; John Rhys-Davies' Sallah, Denholm Elliot's Marcus Brody; Alfred Molina's Satipo; Jock and his pet snake Reggie; and of course the Arab swordsman.
Finally add in the photography, backgrounds, staging and the incredible score by John Williams and you have yourself an exciting, nail biting, one-of-a-kind movie that flows from beginning to end and is one of the greatest action/adventure movies ever made.