How to Watch Indiana Jones In Order

If you want to watch the Indiana Jones movies in order, you got two options: by release date, or chronological order. To travel by release (i.e. as they hit theaters), here’s the five-stop movie itinerary:

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The first four movies are on Disney+, and will be joined by Dial of Destiny once it concludes its 2023 theatrical run.

Now, if you’re up for a little adventure (and if you’re not, you’ve come to the wrong series, pal), whip up a knapsack of popcorn and let’s snake our way through the Indiana Jones series by its chronological timeline.

The first entry isn’t a movie at all, but the TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Sean Patrick Flanery steps into the Indy role, and this George Lucas-created show reveals what the budding icon was up to from 1908 to 1920. Expect all the hallmarks of the franchise: Riddles and artifacts, passport-stamping escapades, run-ins with historical figures, a tenuous father-son relationship, and even Harrison Ford, who puts in a cameo. The series is available on Disney+ as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, edited into 22 feature-length entries.

Then we leap into the movies with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, set in 1935. This is the one with Indy’s sidekick Short Round and the opening set in Shanghai before going deep into the jungle caves of India as Dr. Jones is roped into saving village children from a human-sacrificing cult.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is set one year later in 1936, and takes us to Egypt, the former kingdom of Nepal, the Mediterranean Sea, and exotic America as Indiana chases the famed Ark of the Covenant, featured in best-seller Book of Exodus.

The Last Crusade has a prologue that’s set in 1912, before jumping forward to 1938, where we travel to Italy, Nazi-infested Austria, and Turkey as Indy, his pops Henry, and old pal Sallah search for the Holy Grail.

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull plants its future flag with a 1957-set story. This atomic age-inflected adventure features nuclear explosions, possible aliens, and the return of old flame Marion Ravenwood.

And finally, Dial of Destiny takes us to 1969, after an opening sequence set in 1944. See the list below for Indiana Jones movies and series in chronological order. Alex Vo


Synopsis: The young explorer crosses paths with historical figures.... [More]

Adjusted Score: 90111%
Critics Consensus: It may be too "dark" for some, but Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom remains an ingenious adventure spectacle that showcases one of Hollywood's finest filmmaking teams in vintage form.
Synopsis: The second of the Lucas/Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 108641%
Critics Consensus: Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white-knuckle action, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.
Synopsis: Dr. Indiana Jones, a renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 96814%
Critics Consensus: Lighter and more comedic than its predecessor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade returns the series to the brisk serial adventure of Raiders, while adding a dynamite double act between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
Synopsis: An art collector appeals to Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 89911%
Critics Consensus: Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford's return in the title role is more than welcome.
Synopsis: It's the height of the Cold War, and famous archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), returning from his latest adventure, finds... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Adjusted Score: 94845%
Critics Consensus: It isn't as thrilling as earlier adventures, but the nostalgic rush of seeing Harrison Ford back in action helps Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny find a few final bits of cinematic treasure.
Synopsis: Daredevil archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Accompanied... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold