The general plot is that Nicholas Cage plays an avid American historian/treasure 'protector' who, following clues left by the Free Masons, determines that he must steal the Declaration of Independence to protect it from some nasty people - including an always delightful Sean Bean.
Why It Makes My List:
A genuinely fun family film amidst a slew of terrible Nicholas Cage movies in recent years. Perhaps because it was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (who also produced Pirates of the Caribbean), National Treasure has an adventurous, fun, and largely family-friendly feel in spite of the threat to America's most historic document.
Other Reasons to Watch:
- Short & Sweet: This is an original, highly historical treasure hunt. If you enjoy history, nerdy sidekicks (like 'The Napster' in The Italian Job), and clean Disney fare, you'll probably enjoy this film.
- You're a History Major: If you, like me, enjoy reading American history, then this movie will make you feel like you can save the world and that you also have a good chance of dating a foreign, intellectual blonde who finds your historical savvy incredibly attractive. :)
- Not Oscar Caliber: This is a fun film with a bit of action; there aren't any life-changing performances, inspiring figures, or emotional moments - it's light, family-friendly, blockbuster fare.