12 Must-Watch Films and TV Shows to Pass the Time Until Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

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Audiences are eagerly anticipating the release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023), the film that is set to be the finale of the franchise that started over 40 years ago. But with so much anticipation, it can help to watch some more adventurous and high-spirited films and TV shows.

Here, we will go over some of the best projects to keep yourselves entertained, be they in the spirit of Indiana Jones, feature some of the stellar team behind this upcoming project, or are just good fun for the family.

12 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Indiana Jones vs. Swordsman.

Paramount Pictures

We would be remiss not to include the film that started it all. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was the film that would kick-start the entire franchise. Shortly after working with George Lucas on the Star Wars franchise, Harrison Ford was cast to play the titular adventurer, even if he wasn’t the first choice for the role.

There can be no better way to prepare for the final capstone of the franchise than by looking back on Indy’s first adventure, racing against the Nazis to snare a treasure that had been lost to time. Seeing Ford’s performance compared to how he’ll perform in the finale will be quite the difference, as both the actor and the character have matured over time.

11 Jackie Chan Adventures

Jackie, Jade, and Uncle looking up at a threat

Sony Pictures Television

Keeping up with the fun spirit of an archaeologist going on insane adventures, we look to Jackie Chan Adventures, a television series in which Chan gets taken from his quiet life and wrapped up in the work of a secret intelligence agency to recover powerful artifacts from the hands of evil beings.

While Jackie doesn’t fight Nazis like Jones, he has to deal with gang members, ninjas, and demons. All while he is caring for his niece, Jade, and working alongside his uncle and the mob turncoat, Toru. Like Jones, Jackie gets to travel the world, visiting countries such as Mexico, China, and France.

10 Night at the Museum (2006)

Larry and Nick Daley in Night at the Museum 320th Century Fox

As we continue looking at items that belong in a museum, we’re going to take a look at a film that introduced the concept of museum exhibits coming to life at night. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is in for the job of his life when he becomes a nighttime security guard for the Museum of Natural History.

While there isn’t as much action as is associated with the Indy franchise, there’s plenty of family-friendly humor with the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex behaving like a dog, Teddy Roosevelt helping Larry along the way, and a Capuchin monkey adding to the antics that our security guard has to endure.

9 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The Force Awakens

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

For those curious as to what kind of a performance we can expect from an older Harrison Ford reprising a beloved character, look no further than Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Reprising his role of Han Solo, we see an aged gun-for-hire working alongside his old friends, new friends, and his ex-wife to try to save his son Ben (Adam Driver) from the dark side.

Witnessing touching moments like the first time Han uses the bolt caster and the emotional moment when Han tries to convince his son to return home, fans were teary-eyed when the credits began rolling. Ford will receive more focus in his final appearance as Indiana Jones, but this was an excellent precursor to the star actor saying goodbye to his most iconic parts.

8 Logan (2017)

Hugh Jackman Logan

20th Century Fox

When looking at the potential this story has of a gun-slinging, whip-cracking adventurer going on his last ride, one has to hope that the film is in the right hands. Rest assured, that is the case as James Mangold is helming the film’s production, and he is most known for directing a similar story in Logan (2017).

In this film, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) goes on what would be his final adventure, protecting his friend Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and raising his surrogate daughter in Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keen). Told in a classic Western style, with the film even seeing a re-release in black and white, Mangold has an impressive example of how well he can handle a hero’s last ride.

7 The Mandalorian

the Mandalorian

Disney+

Continuing with the theme of gun-slinging westerns, the entire series of The Mandalorian fits those themes. A lone adventurer taking charge of a young ward. Exploring vast regions (or, in this case, planets) while defending themselves against hostile forces (wildlife, mercenaries, mob bosses) and remaining resolute despite high odds of failure.

Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) is more like Indiana Jones than most realize. That’s why the hit series on Disney Plus is fun to watch before tuning in for Dial of Destiny, as the series has three seasons and interconnects with The Book of Boba Fett.

6 Uncharted (2022)

A scene from Uncharted

Sony Pictures Releasing

One would be remiss if we didn’t mention the two video game characters that carry heavy inspiration from the original adventurer. First, we’ll examine the film adaptation of Nathan Drake’s (Tom Holland) Uncharted (2022). In this film, the young adventurer travels to locales such as New York City, Barcelona, and the Philippines.

Working alongside Sully (Mark Wahlberg), Nate faces harrowing adventures and over-the-top action, falling out of airplanes, brawling in bars, and surviving shootouts. This may remind audiences of the adventurers Indy had to face in the early parts of his franchise.

5 Tomb Raider (2018)

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Warner Bros. Pictures

And now, we look to the second character to carry some inspiration from Indiana Jones. We look to Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander), another adventuring researcher looking to solve the world’s mysteries, in Tomb Raider (2018). Croft sets out to continue her father’s research into the mysterious island of Yamatai.

Here, Lara would face such dangers as a ruthless organization known as Trinity, brave perilous treks such as a massive waterfall with an airplane wreck, and work alongside her friends to re-seal a tomb containing an ancient virus that could plague the world. Classic tropes with new-school flair, this could be a taste of what the newest Indiana Jones film has to offer. Bonus Fact: Dial of Destiny’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to write Prime Video’s Tomb Raider series!

4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Walt Disney Studios

We return to the Star Wars universe, and while this film may not offer a look at Harrison Ford, it’s still a look at one of his beloved characters. Focusing on the origin story of a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), audiences would see the spirit of a classic Western in a space setting.

Watching this film will also give audiences a taste of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acting, as she would provide the voice for L3-37, the droid that would work alongside Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) before becoming the AI of the Millennium Falcon. Waller-Bridge is set to play the part of Indiana Jones’ goddaughter, Helena Shaw, in Dial of Destiny.

3 Carmen Sandiego

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WildBrain Studio/HMH Productions/Netflix

There may be no greater globe-trotting adventurer than the titular character in Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego. An evil agency raised Carmen (Gina Rodriguez) as an expert thief. Deciding she didn’t want to fully align with V.I.L.E’s methods, Carmen would leave the facility and go on the run, working to steal precious items back from the group.

While Jones isn’t a thief, he does travel the world protecting ancient artifacts from evil forces, so perhaps he and Carmen have more in common than one would think. The odds of there ever being a crossover are few and far between, though, seeing as one can never find Carmen Sandiego.

2 National Treasure (2004)

Nic Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates in National Treasure

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

This one is a bit different from Indy’s journey. While Indiana Jones is about performing amazing adventures and securing artifacts for a museum, National Treasure (2004) sees Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) stealing the Declaration of Independence to solve the greatest treasure hunt known to man.

In a race against a crime organization and working alongside his father (Jon Voight), his best friend Riley (Justin Bartha), and a member of the National Archives, Dr. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), Ben goes on an adventure that spans some of the finest locations in the United States of America.

1 Jurassic Park (1993)

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Universal Pictures

At one point, John Williams had claimed that he would retire as a composer after he wrapped his work with Dial of Destiny. Should Williams have stayed true to that claim, it would have been epic as we have already seen Steven Spielberg step aside from the franchise, and it would have been fitting to see Williams go out alongside Ford at the end.

That said, if you want a great film perfectly accentuated by John Williams’ composition, you should look back to Jurassic Park (1993). The iconic composer perfectly scores the film’s most dramatic and emotional moments, and it only leads one to believe that Williams will put his best foot forward in Dial of Destiny.

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