Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Raiders of the Lost Ark is usually everyone’s first round pick when it comes to Indy movies, but my heart has always belonged to Crusade.  It has all the adventure, history, and tomb raiding of the first two films, with the added humor of Indy’s antagonistic relationship with father Henry, played with perfect condescension by the always enjoyable Sean Connery.  Most importantly, it also features my favorite Indy love interest: Dr. Elsa Schneider, a sexy Arian ice queen who cries at the sight of burning books but nonetheless aligns herself with the Nazis in the interest of tracking down the Holy Grail.  To young me, Elsa was the epitome of stylish, intelligent, and resourceful women.  (Question for future psychoanalysts: what does it say about me that the beloved films of my childhood all seem to feature Nazis?)  Throw in the Knights Templar, River Phoenix as the best young Indy (sorry Sean Patrick Flannery), and Venetian boast chases, and you have the perfect adventure film.  I’ve watched this movie countless times since it came out in 1989, and it’s mentally impossible for me to ever get sick of it.  No desert island would be complete without it.