8. 'Raiders of the Last Ark'
Steven Spielberg was coming off the debacle of his John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd comedy 1941 when he teamed up with George Lucas to make a movie about a whip-wielding archaeologist that races against the Nazis to track down the all-powerful Ark of the Covenant. The movie wildly exceeded expectations, grossing $388.9 million and leading to three sequels of varying quality. Disney now owns the rights and is said to be contemplating future films, though whether or not Harrison Ford will be involved remains to be seen.