Top Ten Dumbest Indiana Jones Moments

Mike Matei / July 6th, 2009


  • MarkShark

    April 8, 2010 at 1:56 am

    The fourth one contradicts the concept from the previous three that religion does have a power full presence over us. The fourth film says it’s E.T. bullshit. ????????????????????????????? What does S.S. want us to think? I wish he would be consistent in his franchise, fucking asshole. Same thing with Lucas, is Jedi a faith, or a gene pool?????????? Cock

    • OfficialJab

      November 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      “Depends on who your God is”

  • April 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I like how you point out from this list that the Indiana Jones movies are typical Hollywood B-films with an A-sense of excitement!

    I know why alot of people hated the fourth film, but I think all these films are both fun and exciting which they were meant to be. If you can turn your brain off for the next two hours, then you’re in for a fun ride!

    I did say I love all four films, but Raiders is my second favorite film of all time (after Jaws). From beginning to end, every scene is memorable to say the least!

  • April 9, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Yeah Indiana Jones… a classic hero movie, that was one of my favorite favorite since i were younger, but im kinda mad at the enemies in the trilogy.

    But what i think is a bit dumb with the number 1 why is it number one? , i think that number 7, the one with the seagols is the best, its soo dumb, but a genius…!” but im not you, but anyway.. you did a good choice ๐Ÿ˜›

  • killteck

    April 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Crystal skull is one big dumb moment.

  • Guy Montag

    May 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Crystal Skull was entertaining up until about 2/3rds of the way through, and then it just literally stopped making any sense whatsoever.

    As if S.S. realized this, he instead tried to fill in the lack of an intelligent and coherent plot with massive digital effects, something it is obvious from any of more recent movies that he apparently thinks are now more important then the story/dialogue themselves.

    Seriously. I left that movie feeling like I had just seen Transformers 2 (this wasn’t helped by the fact that Shia Buff was in both of them).

  • barudirush

    May 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Crystal Skull was fun ^^
    People make too much drama over it ^^
    PS:they say the place of the falls in the movie is “Iguazu (actualy is iguaรงu) falls”…

  • soib

    May 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    the entire video im sittin there thinkin 1 is going to be the saucer at the end of the crystal skull and then im like wtf

  • Superzone

    May 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I disagree with #9. I thought the entire first 20 minutes of Crystal Skull was freaking awesome (minus the CGI gophers). In fact, as a whole I defend Crystal Skull. It’s every bit as fun as the other films. I really like what James said at the end of the video, that moviegoers today are far too critical. People nitpicked Crystal Skull to death instead of just sitting down and enjoying it, so now it’s practically universally hated, which it doesn’t deserve to be.

  • May 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

    When I watch last Crusade, and when he brought it up in this video, the tank scene ALWAYS makes me think of Kathy Bates screaming, “He didn’t get out of the COCK-A-DOODY CAR!!”

  • TyroneAlfonso

    June 5, 2010 at 1:34 am

    The perfect blend of entertainment and historical film education. Awesome.

  • shadowfinger

    June 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Falling from an airplane on a rubber raft although not the best idea is possible. The mythbusters shown it could be done. The rest of it kinda dumb and this is coming from the guy who loves Indiana Jones and dressed as Sallah for the Crystal Skull midnight premiere.

  • quillaja

    July 10, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I had to register just to comment about your #7 pick. You’re crazy if you think the bird scene from the last crusade is a stupid moment. On the contrary, it was brilliant. It showed how Sr. could use intelligence instead of force to solve problems. More than that, it’s totally believable. Birds are a huge danger to planes, and a plane like that would very likely crash if it flew through a flock of birds like that. There was even an early Myth Busters where they built a big pneumatic gun to shoot chickens at airplane fuselages.

  • acceptedignorance

    August 2, 2010 at 2:48 am

    #10- i agree it really is a bit ridiculous and cartoonish not fit for this type of movie however it was simply for comic effect and not meant to be taken seriously

    #9- Once again i agree it is over the top and unnecessary first off it is a very cliche action opening which although Indiana Jones is all about cliches that was out of the place and very disappointing and the Elvis song just showed that the creators put very little thought or originality into the opening…..very overly used song and very cliche opening

    #8- Im not sure whats with the monkeys not only is there like 100 monkeys all in one place but its just ridiculous

    #7- Actually i completely concur with quillaja….it is scientifically proven that a flock of birds will bring down a plane by impact damage and clogging the propellers although it is unlikely anyone would think of doing that it is possible which is more than u can say for MOST action sequences

    #6-the voodoo doll just brings up the question why the kid didnt just stick the pin through the dolls head and kill him….

    #5- yes its impossible yes its ridiculous but once again most action sequences are impossible it has been critiqued to death which i dont understand havent people heard of SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF?

    #4- similar to the last one its impossible and he should have died but what else did u expect? he either jumps off the tank and lives or falls down the cliff and lives (because hes the main character hes not going to die) so which would have been worse granted that they could have smoothed the errors out and shown how he lived

    #3- as quillaja said it is possible and if u think about it the raft would create a lot of wind resistance and slow the fall and they are landing on snow

    #2- very very cliche….how many movies have we seen double agents?
    way too many….enough said

    #1- what did she find a jungle version of a house of horrors? 1. she screams too much and her fear is over the top 2. There are random animals that she runs into every two feet as if the animals got together and planned it out. However, it is for comic value and not meant to be taken seriously just like the rest of the series, as the directors intended

  • LairosTall

    August 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Long live the Saturday Matinee and adventure movies…indeed.

  • retar-ted

    August 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    am i the only one who liked crystal skull?

  • WatchmenFTW

    August 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    The Mola Ram from Temple of Doom reminds me of Tom Araya from Slayer.

  • nammm3

    September 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I didn’t mind any of those, but i really thought the scriptwriters got extra lazy when Shia Lebeouf was swinging trees w/ monkeys…

    Great idea and video James! Keep it up!

  • Dgamer21

    September 20, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Kingdom of the crystal skull was not THAT bad of a movie. People only seemed to rant on this movie because of the dumb moments like the fridge and the CGI alien. But there are so many other dumb moments in other Indy films. that people don’t refer back to them.

  • talotiti

    October 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    At number 4, if you look carefully, you can see Indianan Jones drops just next to the cliff. And when the tank is dropping, Jones isn’t in the screen. That means, that he grabs right from the cliff. That’s how he saved.

    Sry my bad english

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 9, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Could you imagine Tom Sellick as Indy? He was originally approached for the role but was committed to Magnum P.I.

    Blondie was screaming like an annoying idiot during the plane-raft sequence as well.

    Nice shot for shot comparisons at the end.

  • Tall Cool One

    October 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Great video. I knew that the Indy movies were based on classic adventure cinema. But I always thought “The Return of the Great Adventure” meant that it the film was coming back to theaters, since it is only on the re-release poster.

  • November 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    These may be the dumbest moments in the IJ series, but to me the n.1 moment should have been the Tarzan thing, because it is not only stupid, but it is totally uncalled for. Ok, also your n.1 is a useless scene, but many of the moments in the list, while being dumb, perfectly fit! Things like the seagull attack and the super fridge are ok because, as you said, it’s all about escaping an impossible situation! Two unarmed men vs. a plane! Indy in the middle of a nuclear test! How will they survive? The problem about the fridge scene critics I think it’s all in today’s audiences that are unable to enjoy it as they should.

    Btw while I think Crystal Skull was far worse than the previous three, I think it was quite done in perfect Indy style and people should stop criticising the alien theme and the lach of magic stuff. IJ is not about paranolmal, it’s all about solving mysteries! The first and the third were about mysteries bonded to religion, the second one about vodoo shit and the fourth one about things from other worlds. It also HAD the paranormal element, with the skull somehow ipnotizing people. Also the ending is in IJ style, totally revealing the mistery and making the villain pay with life for wanting the treasure for itself.

  • Murphy2112

    November 30, 2010 at 3:07 am


    I 100% agree with your no. 1 choice. Kate Capshaw ruined that movie for me. You can’t have Lucas’s “second entry MUST be dark” thing going on and have a bunch of ridiculous slapstick-y nonsense at the same time. All of Short Round’s wisecracks and the lady’s incessant whining really takes me out of the movie. The mix of humour, danger and action just wasn’t right.

    And yeah, fuck those monkeys.

  • musicintrees

    December 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Just to note, the rubber raft thing is possible. Mythbusters proved it.

  • Thor0373

    January 5, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I Love all of the Indiana Jones movies… and i generally only watch movies for amusement, and i think that your comentary in the end is the pure truth!
    if they are fun to watch they are well made

  • unholyasshole

    January 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    great list, although i missed one scene: right at the beginning of raiders, in the cave when indy’s hanging in the pit, grabbing the vine and trying to drag himself out, the door keeps shutting down and takes like forever! You see like endless takes of that door shutting down always starting from the same height, yet it should have closed ten times already, leaving indy to be buried in that cave. it’s freaking hilarious and my personal no. 1 dumbest scene from the movies!
    i realized this only when i was about 18, and that’s when i understood what you are explaining about the intended “b-movie dumbness”. but while other scenes may be even dumber, i think this scene should deserve no.1 because it’s the real f’ing first of all those near fatal, no-way-out situations, and he manages to get out of it, simply because the door apparently has some kind of rewind function every time it’s on the screen. it’s like Spielberg/Lucas were wiping it on our faces: “don’t take it seriously – stupid? yes. entertaining? hell yeah!” Simply ingenious.

  • January 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Nice top 10, except I wouldn’t call taking out a plane with birds dumb. That is indeed a real hazard. Aviators and aerospace engineers refer to this as “bird strike”.

    Astronaut Theodore Freedman lost his life to bird strike when a goose crashed into and punctured the cock-pit window of his T-38, subsequently causing broken glass to be sucked into the jet engine’s air intake and causing the engine to catch fire. Freedman had to eject, but he was too close to the ground for his chutes to deploy. His body was found nearly 100meters from the crash site.

  • February 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    This movies are great !! But I have to admit that I haven’t seen the last one .. and The first ona I saw was Tha last crusaide .. so That’s the no. 1 one for me..


    March 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    if james bond is the first adventurer???

    why don’t we have a top 10 about james bond things.
    like the best villians
    or the hottest womans.
    or dumbest moments.
    or coolest chaces.
    or for best movie.

    i would like to see a top 10 or 20 about that.

    btw indian jones awesome review.
    i know i am going to piss people off right now but the fridge scene in mannequin nuke town i kinda liked it.

  • cheezdoodle96

    April 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I liked the Nuketown scene. I know you can’t survive a nuclear blast by hiding in a fridge, but you can survive a explosion by hiding in a fridge.
    Of course not without getting.. um.. damaged and stuff, but it is possible.

  • JACK217

    April 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    the reason why they made indy shoot the swords man in raiders he was meant to whip the sword oout of his hands but harrison ford was sick at the time of filming so they went with a gun instead of a whip

    and in temple of doom they added i think those scenes so it wouldnt ll be dark

  • May 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Nuketown fridge!!!!

  • germanium28

    May 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    All of those scenes were great, they’re just movies and they show some balls. Did Han shoot first isn’t even a question, yes he did, in the original movie he shot Greedo dead, Greedo didn’t even fire a shot, it was only in a special edition released afterwards that Greedo shot first, so the first Star Wars movie Han shot first.

  • May 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    plain and simple for the top 10 dumbest indiana jones moments, and it takes the whole top 10 list…it’s Shia Labouf….killed it for me >.<

  • Twsm

    June 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    If you remember the scene from raiders of the lost ark where Indy climbs on the german submarine that is about to dive, en the next scene we see Indy behind some crates in the harbor. How didn’t he drown and how did he got himself behind the crates unnoticed?

    I always imagined that indy would crawl in a turpedo tube to stay alive or something weird like that. It would be an better explanation than none I guess.

  • rhapsodicink

    June 9, 2011 at 3:29 am

    My friend’s dad is a storyboard artist and he did a few scenes for Temple of Doom. He said that when he did the storyboard for the airplane-inflatable boat scene, the airplane swooped down really close to the ground so the raft was able to lightly glide to the ground from about 20 feet high or whatever and make a (more realistic) soft landing. Spielberg looked at it and decided to go with what in in the movie now. Needless to say, he was still flabbergasted about it a couple months ago when he told us about it.

  • GamerNinjaX

    July 20, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I usually judge a movie by how good the story is and the characters. But when I see a movie like indiana jones or something like that. I just erase all the stuff I judge and have a fun ride.

  • probablytheonlyswede

    August 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    the first thing i thought about before before pressing play was the fridge scene ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JoeBum89

    August 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

    The death of Cinema will be whenever they start making reality tv shows into reality tv movies.

    • Lyra_Heartstrings

      November 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Don’t they already do that with documentaries?

  • BramBrouwers

    September 15, 2011 at 5:08 am

    I agree with 9 of the 10, but the birds in Last Crusade weren’t that far-fetched:

  • OfficialJab

    September 23, 2011 at 3:04 am

    The fridge moment couldn’t happen of course, but is really no crazier than any of these other things, ESPECIALLY the tank and the raft from the plane.

    The strangest statement people make is “oh and OF COURSE it lands right side up, real big coincidence”. Huh? There was a 75% chance that it would, more really with the top and bottom, and it’s not like he couldn’t roll it over if it was upside-down. The only real unlikely part is that it didn’t open while he was flying, other than that what’s the big deal? Lots of debris gets thrown everywhere with powerful bombs, its not like only his fridge survived.

  • Shuintaro

    November 20, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Just wanted to state that there have been airplain crashes due to birds crashing into them…it’s not that uncommen…they even test the front windows in an airplain by smashing chicken against it…so

  • JennaMarieFarr

    December 8, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Actually for #3, they tested that on Mythbusters and it turned out pretty well ๐Ÿ˜›

  • tardjei939

    January 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I don’t understand why so many hate the kingdom of the crustall skull. Though I heard they are making a new one they could probably do without it. but Im going to see it none the less

    • Piet

      February 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

      @tardjei939 well, pal…hate is a strong word…but l guess southpark said it best:

      OMG they raped Indy! XD

  • DiegoAMora

    February 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    in the first one it was actually that harrison ford had serious diarrhea…

  • ShockzGlodekova

    March 24, 2012 at 6:50 am

    That scene with Sean Connery scaring those seagulls makes me giggle every single time.

  • lotusclown

    September 13, 2012 at 4:45 am

    wake up james.. movies nowadays are about sickening and depressing the shit out of you, look at *the wickerman* fuck hollywood today…

  • Idmndcookies

    October 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    All the Indiana Jones movies are good! This country is going to hell in a handbasket really quick. We’ve become so spoiled by Hollywood and movies that we demand way too much nowadays. The old Indy movies are fantastic and yeah this is the worst one., but it’s still and Indy movie. Enough with the people saying it “raped” your childhood. It’s the dame basic concept. And aliens being in the movie are too unrealistic for Indy? How about giant robots coming down and transforming into vehicles that don’t even have close to enough parts to become a robot. Or we could talk about how a serial killer can repeatedly keep coming back after dying a million times. It’s a fucking movie! Get over it! So all I can say to the people of this country is wah wah wah GO FUCK YOURSELF!!!!

  • February 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’ve always been distracted with the number one because some of those animals don’t belong there.

  • Jcr3ws

    March 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I truly accepted Indy 4 for what it is, I can watch it numerous time much like the trilogy.. but the bad cgi is my prob with it and why did those damn monkeys only attack the bad guys, guess monkeys hate russians.

  • April 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    He uhh… jumped off the tank and grabbed a vine. Not that difficult.

  • July 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    #7 ..The author has obviously NEVER heard the widely used term in the aeronautic industry “Bird Strike”.

  • July 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    To go along with #9 from the Crystal skull, the hot rod these kids are driving has a small block Chevy in it. This engine did not even come out until 1955 so I find it had to believe this kids are going to have a brand new in their car!
    George Lucas as a “car guy” should have known a Flathead Ford V8 belonged in there.
    And I have to agree that all of Kate Capshaws screaming in the second movie ruined it for me, it is my least favorite one.
    Now Steven Spielberg must have like the screaming since Kate Capshaw has been Mrs Spielberg for over 20 years now.

  • July 18, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Pity there isn’t a text to go with the clip. Just don’t have the patience to sit through the yap just to satisfy my curiosity.

  • Bludman2

    October 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

    You left out the ending (aliens) of Kingdom of the crystal skull.

  • October 22, 2014 at 12:08 am

    wow you are being way too critical. most of these are completely fine and reasonable and just fun. i will give you the truely stupid ones like the flying raft and fridge.

  • August 10, 2015 at 1:43 am

    The only real tragedy is Shia La’poof. I never saw the last one and I don’t care to. Indiana Jones was awesome as a kid and I don’t care to see a newer one, especially one with an assclown like La’poof. Also did not care for Star Wars new or old, there I said it.

  • Daniel Oarcea

    September 24, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    The history behind the inspiration of the Indy character was terrific and eye opening. I have some cinema homework to do.

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