Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first film in the hugely popular Indiana Jones Franchise. The other films in the series are Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Directed by Steven Spielberg, it stars Harrison Ford who portrays Indiana Jones, an archaeologist to recover the long-lost Ark of the Covenant
In the years since its release, the film has grown in esteem, and many now consider it to be among the greatest films of the 1980s and one of the greatest action-adventure films ever made
Raiders of the Lost Ark had a significant and lasting impact on popular culture. It is considered a touchstone of modern cinema, creating a film framework still emulated by other films
The film led to an increase in students studying archaeology, and many modern archaeologists have cited the film as an inspiration.
Spielberg has said he considers it the most perfect film of the series. He never wanted to modify or change anything about it