2004 | 'National Treasure'

Patriotic plot: While this action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer film attempts to rewrite history and, at one point, has Nicolas Cage using the Declaration of Independence as a shield against bullets, nearly every scene includes an artifact from or a monument to American history. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a fifth-generation treasure hunter who travels the globe pursuing an impressive war chest, which was hidden, forgotten and rediscovered by the crusading medieval knights who eventually spawned the Freemasons. However, the map to this national treasure is written with invisible ink on the very document that helped the colonists break from the British. The careening treasure hunt (also starring Jon Voight, Sean Bean, Diane Kruger, Christopher Plummer and Justin Bartha) spawned a 2007 sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," which revolved around Abraham Lincoln's assassination and Mt. Rushmore.
Buena Vista Pictures / Robert Zuckerman / Associated Press
Copyright © 2018, Los Angeles Times
EDITION: California | U.S. & World