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YearMedia TypeCountryLanguageTitleTitle of Series, Volume, Magazine, or AlbumNumber in SeriesCreator(s) (Author / Director / Artist)Publisher / DistributorNotesLink(s)
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1916FilmUSASilentThe Captive GodCharles Swickard (director); Monte M. Katterjohn (writer)Triangle Distributinghttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006489/
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1917FilmUSASilentThe Woman God ForgotCecil B. DeMille (director); William C. De Mille and Jeanie MacPherson (writers)Paramount Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0008786/
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1921FilmUSASilentThe Outside WomanSam Wood (director); Douglas Bronston (writer)Realart Pictures Corporationhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012537/
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1921FilmGermanyGermanDer Schatz der AztekenKarl Heiland (director); Karl Heiland and Bobby E. Lüthge (writers)Heinz Karl Heiland-Filmaka: Treasure of the Aztecshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453843/
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1930FilmBoliviaSilentWara WaraJosé María Velasco Maidana (director)Urania Filmshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wara_Wara
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1940FilmUSAEnglishGreen HellJames Whale (director); Frances Marion (writer) Universal Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032558/
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1946FilmUSAEnglishThe Flying SerpentSam Newfield (director, as Sherman Scott); John T. Neville (writer)Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC)Recut and rereleased as Killer with Wingshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038531/
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1947FilmUSAEnglishCaptain from CastileHenry King (director); Lamar Trotti (writer)Twentieth Century FoxAdaptation of the 1945 novel of the same name by Samuel Shellabargerhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039243/
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1948FilmUSAEnglish RopeAlfred Hitchcock (director)Warner Bros.Pre-Columbian sculptures displayed in apartmenthttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040746/
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1948FilmUSA/MexicoEnglish Tarzan and the MermaidsRobert Florey (director)RKO and Churubusco StudiosFilmed at Teotihuacanhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040862/
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1951FilmMexicoSpanish DeseadaRoberto Gavaldón (director); Eduardo Marquina (writer)Clasa-Mohmeaka Desired; filmed at Chichen Itzahttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042388/
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1953FilmUSAEnglishHow to Marry a MillionaireJean Negulesco (director)Twentieth Century FoxFeatures Pre-Columbian objects in backgroundhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045891/
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1954FilmUSAEnglish Secret of the IncasJerry Hopper (director); Ranald MacDougall (writer)Paramount Pictures https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047464/
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1954FilmUSAEnglishVera CruzRobert Aldrich (director); Roland Kibbee (writer)United ArtistsIncludes a scene at Teotihuacanhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047647/
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1954FilmUSAEnglishA Star is BornGeorge Cukor (director)Warner BrosZapotec urn in homehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047522/
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1955FilmMexicoSpanishChilam BalamÍñigo de MartinoClasa Films Mundialeshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221071/
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1957FilmUSAEnglishThe Living IdolAlbert Lewin (writier & director)Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050649/
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1957FilmMexicoSpanishLa Momia AztecaRafael Portillo (director); Guillermo Calderón and Alfredo Salazar (writers)Cinematografica Calderon S.Aaka The Aztec Mummy and Attack of the Aztec Mummy; re-edited and released in US in 1963 as Attack of the Mayan Mummyhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050718/
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1957FilmMexicoSpanishLa maldición de la momia aztecaRafael Portillo (director); Guillermo Calderón and Alfredo Salazar (writers)Cinematografica Calderon S.Aaka The Curse of the Aztec Mummyhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050672
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1958FilmMexicoSpanishLa momia azteca contra el robot humanoRafael Portillo (director); Guillermo Calderón and Alfredo Salazar (writers)Cinematografica Calderon S.Aaka The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy and The Aztec Mummy Against the Humanoid Robot and Aztec Mummy vs. the Human Robothttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050717
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1958FilmUSAEnglishBell, Book, and CandleRichard Quine (director)Columbia PicturesPre-Columbian objects in opening sequencehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051406/
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1959FilmUSAEnglishNorth by NortwestAlfred Hitchcock (director)Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAuction of Pre-Columbian objectshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053125/
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1963FilmUSAEnglishKings of the SunJ. Lee Thompson (director); Eliott Arnold (writer)United Artistshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057225/
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1964FilmUSAEnglishMarnieAlfred Hitchcock (director)Universal PicturesFeatures Pre-Columbian objectshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058329/
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1964FilmMexicoSpanishLas luchadoras contra la momiaRené Cardona (director); Guillermo Calderón and Alfredo Salazar (writers)Cinematografica Calderon S.Aaka Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummyhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058304/
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1965FilmWest GermanyGermanDie Pyramide des SonnengottesRobert Siodmak (director); Ladislas Fodor, Robert A. Stemmle, Georg Marischka (writers)Omnia Deutsche Film-Exportaka Pyramid of the Sun God; based off the 1924 novel Vom Rhein zur Mapimi by Karl Mayhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059621/
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1965FilmWest GermanyGermanDer Schatz der AztekenRobert Siodmak (director); Ladislas Fodor, Robert A. Stemmle, Georg Marischka (writers)Omnia Deutsche Film-Exportaka Treasure of the Aztecs and Mercenaries of the Rio Grande; based off the 1902 novel Waldröschen; oder, Die Rächerjagd rund um die Erde. 2. Bd: Der Schatz der Mixtekas by Karl Mayhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059682/
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1965FilmWest GermanyGermanDas Vermächtnis des InkaGeorg Marischka (director); Winfried Groth, Georg Marischka, and Franz Marischka (writers)Nora-Filmverleihaka Legacy of the Incas; adapted from the 1895 novel of the same name by Karl Mayhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061152/
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1966FilmUSAEnglishTarzan and the Valley of Gold Robert Day (director)American International PicturesFilmed at Teotihuacanhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061067/
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1969FilmUKEnglishThe Royal Hunt of the SunIrving Lerner (director); Philip Yordan (writer)Rank Film Distributors (UK) and National General Pictures (USA)Based on play of the same name by Peter Shafferhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064907/
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1969FilmBelgiumFrenchTintin et le temple du soleilEddie Lateste (director and writer); Jos Marissen, László Molnár, Michel Régnier (writers)Belvisionadapted from the 1948 comic books Les Sept Boules de Cristal and Le Temple du Soleil from the series Les Aventures de Tintin by Hergéhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065106/
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1972FilmWest GermanyGermanAguirre, der Zorn GottesWener Herzog (director and writer)Filmverlag der Autorenaka Aguirre, the Wrath of Godhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068182/
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1973FilmMexicoSpanishLa montaña sagradaAlejandro Jodorowsky (director and writer)ABKCO Filmsaka The Holy Mountainhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071615/
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1973FilmFranceFrenchLe MagnifiquePhilippe de Broca (director)Cine IIIaka The Man from Acapulco and How to Destroy the Reputation of the Greatest Secret Agenthttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070354/
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1977FilmUSA EnglishStar WarsGeorge Lucas (director)Twentieth Century Foxrereleased as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope; Tikal used as the setting of the Rebel Basehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076759/
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1978FilmUSAEnglishMardi Gras MassacreJack Weis (director and writer)unknownhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras_Massacre
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1979FilmUKEnglishMoonrakerLewis Gilbert (director); Gerry Anderson (screenplay)United ArtistsTikal used as a sethttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079574/
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1980FilmJapanJapanese復活の日 (Fukkatsu no hi)Kinji Fukasaku (director); Kôji Takada, Gregory Knapp, and Kinji Fukasaku (writers) Tohoaka Virus and Day of Resurrection and The End; scene filmed at Machu Picchuhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080768
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1981FilmUSA EnglishRaiders of the Lost ArkSteven Spielberg (director); George Lucas (writer)Paramount Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971
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1982FilmUSAEnglishQLarry Cohen (director and writer)United Film Distribution Companyaka The Winged Serpenthttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084556
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1984FilmUSAEnglishAgainst All OddsTaylor Hackford (director); Eric Hughes (writer)Columbia Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086859
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1986FilmUSAEnglishFirewalkerJ. Lee Thompson (director); Robert Gosnell (writer)The Cannon Grouphttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091055
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1987FilmUSAEnglishHouse II: The Second StoryEthan Wiley (director and writer)New World Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093220
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1988FilmUSAEnglishVibesKen Kwapis (director); Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (writers)Columbia Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096378
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1989FilmItalyItalianMayaMarcello Avallone (director and writer); Andrea Purgatori and Maurizio Tedesco (writers)Distribuzione Lanciamento Filmhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0157981
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1989FilmUSAEnglishThe Laughing DeadSomtow Sucharitkul (director and writer, as S. P. Somtow)Skouras Pictures https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097718
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1990TV MovieUSAEnglishI'm Dangerous TonightTobe Hooper (director); Bruce Lansbury and Philip John Taylor (writers)USA Networkhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099822
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1990FilmUSAEnglishReversal of FortuneBaret Schroeder (director)Warner Bros.Features Pre-Columbian objects in backgroundhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100486
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1991FilmMexicoNáhuatlRetorno a Aztlán (In Necuepaliztli in Aztlan)Juan Mora Catlett (director and writer)Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE)aka Return to Aztlanhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102779
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1996FilmUSAEnglishFrom Dusk till DawnRobert Rodriguez (director); Quentin Tarantino (writer)Miramax Filmshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116367
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1998FilmMexicoSpanishLa otra conquistaSalvador Carrasco (director and writer)20th Century Foxaka The Other Conquesthttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175996
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2000FilmUSAEnglishThe Emperor's New GrooveMark Dindal (director); David Reynolds (writer)Walt Disney Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120917
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2000FilmUSAEnglishThe Road to El DoradoBibo Bergerson and Don Paul (directors); Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (writers)DreamWorks Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0138749
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2000FilmJapanJapaneseドラえもん のび太の太陽王伝説 (Doraemon Nobita no Taiyōō Densetsu)Tsutomu ShibayamaTohoaka Doraemon: Nobita and the Legend of the Sun Kinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doraemon:_Nobita_and_the_Legend_of_the_Sun_King
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2003FilmUSAEnglishPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlGore Verbinski (director)Walt Disney Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0325980
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2004FilmUSAEnglishAlien vs. PredatorPaul W. S. Anderson (director and writer)20th Century Foxhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370263/
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2004FilmArgentinaSpanishDiarios de motocicletaWalter Salles (director); José Rivera (writer)Buena Vista Internationalaka The Motorcycle Diaries; based on the memoir of the same name by Che Guevara (1993)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318462
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2006FilmMexicoSpanish and PurépechaErendira IkikunariJuan Mora Catlett (director and writer)David Distribucionaka Eréndira la indomablehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0445960/
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2006FilmUSAYucatec MayanApocalypto Mel Gibson (director and writer); Farhad Safinia (writer)Buena Vista Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472043
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2006FilmUSAEnglishThe Celestine ProphecyArmand Mastroianni (director); James Redfield, Barnet Bain, and Dan Gordon (writers)Celestine Films LLCBased on the 1993 novel of the same name by James Redfieldhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398842/
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2006FilmUSAEnglishThe FountainDarren Aronofsky (director and writer)Warner Bros.A graphic novel of the same name was based on the filmhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993
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2007TV MovieUSAEnglishTyrannosaurus AztecaBrian Trenchard-Smith (director); Richard Manning (writer)The Sci-Fi Channelaka Aztec Rexhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925306
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2007TV MovieUSAEnglishFuturama: Bender’s Big ScoreDwayne Carey-Hill (director); Matt Groening (writer)20th Century Fox TelevisionOlmec head among Bender’s loot
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471711/
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2007FilmUSAEnglishNational Treasure II: Book of SecretsJon Turteltaub (director); Marianne Wibberley and Cormac Wibberley (writers)Walt Disney Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465234/
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2008FilmUSAEnglishBeverly Hills ChihuahuaRaja Gosnell (director); Analisa LaBianco and Jeffery Bushell (writers)Walt Disney Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014775
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2008FilmUSA EnglishIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullSteven Spielberg (director); David Koepp, George Lucas, and Jeff Nathanson (writers)Paramount Pictures
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367882
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2008FilmUSAEnglishThe RuinsCarter Smith (director); Scott B. Smith (writer)DreamWorksadapted from the 2006 novel of the same name by Scott Smithhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0963794
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2008TV MovieCanadaEnglishThe Lost Treasure of the Grand CanyonFarhad Mann (director); Clay Carmouche (writer)Starz!https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229370/
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2013FilmUSAEnglishThe Aztec BoxSerge Bronstein (director and writer)SEBRON Entertainmenthttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt2280132
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2016TV MovieUSAEnglishLegends of the Hidden TempleJoe Menendez (director); Zach Hyatt, Alex J. Reid, and Johnny Umansky (writers)Nickelodeon Networkbased on the Nickelodeon game show of the same namehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt5333842/
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2016FilmUSA/PeruSpanishIcaros: A VisionLeonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi (directors and writers); Abou Farman (writer)Factory 25https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4371680/
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2018FilmMexicoSpanishMuseoAlonso Ruizpalacios (director and writer); Manuel Alcalá (writer)Cinépolis Distribuciónaka Museumhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt4958448
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2019FilmUSAEnglishDora and the Lost City of GoldJames Bobin (director); Nicholas Stroller, Matthew Robinson, and Tom Wheeler (writers)Paramount Pictureshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt7547410/
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2020FilmMexicoSpanishAztechFernando Campos, Jaime Jasso,
Rodrigo Ordóñez, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Leopoldo Laborde, Francisco Laresgoiti, J. Xavier Velasco, Alejandro Molina, Jorge Malpica (directors)
The Basulto Companyanthology filmhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt5237742
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1956TV ShowUSAEnglish"Aztec Papers"Captain Z-RoS01E20David Butler (director); Roy Steffens (writer)Atlas Television Corporationhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt1164682
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1960TV ShowUSAEnglish"Aztec Wreck"Popeye the SailorS01E94Jack Kinney (director); Warren Bennett (writer)King Features Syndicatehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt1138388
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1961TV ShowUSAEnglish"Francisco Pizarro"Peabody's Improbable HistoryS02E27Gerard Baldwin, Frank Braxton, Pete Burness, Sal Faillace, Paul Harvey, Jim Hiltz, William T. Hurtz, Lew Keller, Ted Parmelee, Gerry Ray, Dun Roman, Bob Schleh, George Singer, Ernie Terrazas, John Walker, Rudy Zamora (directors)American Broadcast Company (ABC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10541808
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1964TV ShowUKEnglish"The Temple of Evil"Doctor WhoS01E27John Crockett (director); John Lucarotti (writer)British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0562894
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1964TV ShowUKEnglish"The Warriors of Death"Doctor WhoS01E28John Crockett (director); John Lucarotti (writer)British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805215/
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1964TV ShowUKEnglish"The Bride of Sacrifice"Doctor WhoS01E29John Crockett (director); John Lucarotti (writer)British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0769061/
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1964TV ShowUKEnglish"The Day of Darkness"Doctor WhoS01E30John Crockett (director); John Lucarotti (writer)British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0830292/
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1964TV ShowUSAEnglish"Treasure of the Temple"Jonny QuestS01E06Joseph Barbera and William Hanna (directors); Walter Black (writer)American Broadcasting Company (ABC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0616905
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1965TV ShowJapanJapanese"インカ帝国の宝 (INKA teikoku no takara)"鉄腕アトム (Tetsuwan Atomu)Episode 128Osamu Tezuka (director); Yoshiyuki Tomino (writer)Mushi Production (Japan)aka "Treasures of the Inca Empire" (Astro Boy)https://tezukaosamu.net/en/anime/subtitle/a0030/index.html
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1966TV ShowUSAEnglish"Shoot a Crooked Arrow"BatmanS02E01Sherman Marks (director)American Broadcast Company (ABC)Pre-Columbian objects as set dressinghttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0519501
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1966TV ShowUSAEnglish"A Day Called 4 Jaguar"I SpyS01E23Richard C. Sarafian (director); Michael Zagor (writer)National Broadcasting Company (NBC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0609423
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1970TV SpecialUSAEnglishRaquel!David Winters (director); Doug Tibbles, Larry Alexander, and Jonathan Axelrod (writers)National Broadcasting Company (NBC)TV special featuring Raquel Welsh at Teotihuacanhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174154
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1974TV ShowUSAEnglish"How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"Star Trek: The Animated SeriesS02E05Bill Reed, Hal Sutherland (directors); Gene Roddenberry, Russell Bates, and David Wise (writers)National Broadcasting Company (NBC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0832414
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1975TV ShowUSAEnglish"Legacy of Terror"Kolchak: The Night StalkerS01E17Don McDougall (director); Jeffery Grant Rice and Arthur Rowe (writers)American Broadcasting Company (ABC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0304434
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1975–1976TV SeriesJapanJapaneseアンデス少年ペペロの冒険 (Andesu Shōnen Pepero no Bōken)26 episodesKazuhiko UdagawaNET Networkaka The Adventures of Peperohttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Pepero
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1976TV ShowUSAEnglish"Fiesta Host is Aztec Ghost"The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt HourS01E02Charles A. Nichols (director)American Broadcasting Company (ABC)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0696352
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1976–78TV SeriesUKEnglishThe Feathered Serpent12 episodes across 2 seasonsJohn Kane (creator and writer); Vic Highes, Michael Custance, and Stan Woodward (directors)Independent Television (ITV)https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202732
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1981TV ShowJapanJapanese"スフインクスの怒り (SUFUINKUSU no ikari)"鉄腕アトム (Tetsuwan Atomu)51Noboru Ishiguro (director)Nippon TVepisode aka ""Rage of the Sphinx" and "The Secret Of The Mayas;" series aka Astroboyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Astro_Boy_(1980_TV_series)_episodes
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1982TV SeriesJapanJapanese魔境伝説アクロバンチ (Makyō Densetsu Akurobanchi)24 episodesYu Yamamoto (creator and writer); Masakazu Yasumura and Takashi Hisaoka (directors)Nippon TVaka Acrobunch in Devil-Land; aka L'Empire des Cinq; aka Askadis - La Légende de l'empire perduhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrobunch
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1982–83TV SeriesJapan and FranceJapanese太陽の子エステバン (Taiyô no ko Esteban)39 episodesBernard Deyriès and Hisayuki Toriumi (directors); Jean Chalopin, Mitsuru Kaneko, Mitsuru Majima, and Sôji Yoshikawa (writers)NHKaka Estaban, Child of the Sun and Les mystérieuses cités d'or and Mysterious Cities of Goldhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mysterious_Cities_of_Gold
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1986TV Show USAEnglish"El Dorado"The WizardS01E01Peter H. Hunt (director); Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Paul B. Radin (writers)CBShttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0749840
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1987TV ShowUSAEnglish"The Aztec Dagger"The WizardS01E17Peter H. Hunt (director); Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Paul B. Radin (writers)CBShttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0749851
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1987TV ShowUSAEnglish"Aztec Enchantment"JemS02E09Ray Lee (director); Misty Stewart-Taggart (writer)Claster Television https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0935557
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1991TV ShowUSAEnglish"Blood Feud"The SimpsonsS02E22David Silverman (director); George Meyer (writer)20th Century Fox Televisionhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0767440
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1992TV ShowFrance and CanadaFrench, English"The Broken Ear" (two parts)The Adventures of TintinS02E02–3Stéphane Bernasconi (director); Alex Boon, J.D. Smith, and Robert Réa (writers)Home Box Office (HBO)Adaption from the comic book of the same namehttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0837214/