Two live-action films based on the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' video game franchise, starring Creator/AngelinaJolie as Lara Croft.

The first film, ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'', was released in 2001. Lara is off looking for the Triangle of Light, which TheIlluminati seek in order to control time. She has until the planetary alignment to do so, and has rival/love interest Alex West (Creator/DanielCraig) in her way.

The second film, ''Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life'', has Lara in search of PandorasBox. Evil scientist Jonathan Reiss ([[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]]) seeks to weaponise the contents of Pandora's Box for biological warfare. Lara is paired with mercenary and former love interest Terry Sheridan (Creator/GerardButler), an ex-SAS man who betrayed the country and gets his chance to pay penance.

A reboot came out in 2018, simply titled ''Film/{{Tomb Raider|2018}}'', starring Creator/AliciaVikander as Lara Croft.
!!Both films provide examples of:

* ActionGirl: Lara Croft, tomboyish AdventurerArchaeologist able to stand her ground against any and all dangers. She's the only non-extra female character in both films, which makes her actions stand out even more.
* AlternateContinuity: To the games, of course. (Of course, at this point the games themselves have no less than [[ContinuityReboot three different continuities]], just to add to the confusion.)
* BadassBookworm: Lara Croft does some of her fight training in her library.
* BambooTechnology: Most of mechanisms are this or [[{{Magitek}} magic]].
* BigBraToFill: Angelina Jolie wore padding in the first film to appear more like the famously busty character, but didn't in the second film.
* BraidsOfAction: Lara is wearing her iconic braid most of the time, especially in the first film.
* CombatPragmatism: ZigZagged with RuleOfCool. Especially obvious in first film during the fight with some animated statues in collecting the first half of the Triangle.
* DungeonCrawling: Both films are all about searching ancient sites for equally ancient artifacts.
* GunsAkimbo: Lara is duel wielding pistols. It's ''Franchise/TombRaider'', what did you expect?
%%* HollywoodActionHero
* HollywoodScience: During the planetary alignment, there is a view in space, showing all nine (at the time) planets. The actual planets are too far apart to be seen in such a manner.
* MaleGaze: The Movie. There is enough fanservice thrown in to gather a... special PeripheryDemographic.
* MrFanservice: [[Creator/DanielCraig Alex West]] and [[Creator/GerardButler Terry Sheridan]]. Both with ShirtlessScene
* MsFanservice: Lara Croft, naturally. The first film alone turned Creator/AngelinaJolie into a sex symbol.
* RetCanon:
** The success of the first movie led to certain elements to appear in the Crystal Dynamics [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of the game series. The most notable is Lara's dad being an archaeologist named Richard. The main hall of Croft Manor in those games also has a very similar layout to the version in the films.
** Appears to carry over into the [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 2013 reboot]] as well, when Grim mentions Lara's father "Dicky Croft." ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTombRaider'' also seems to reference the first film with Lara continuing one of her father's expeditions after he was killed by the antagonists.
* RoleCalled: A notable case, since the game series was back then simply called "Tomb Raider". When Crystal Dynamics took the franchise over, [[ColonCancer they also added the "Lara Croft:" part into the title of their games]].
!!The first film provides examples of:

* AccidentalBid: When meeting with clock expert Wilson at an auction house, Lara takes a seat with the auction group to wait until he's free. When he gives her a little hello wave, she waves back - which the auctioneer takes as a bid for 2.4 million pounds. Luckily, she's outbid moments later, much to her evident relief.
* ActionPrologue: The film opens with Lara fighting a giant robot. This has no bearing on the rest of the plot, and is markedly different in tone from the rest of the film. Of course, it ''was'' just a training simulation.
* AmmunitionBackpack: Lara could reload her pistols using a [[http://i.imgur.com/FKsrRhA.gif mechanism in her backpack]] called "bandolier tree" in the {{Novelization}}.
* AncientArtifact: The Triangle of Light, which dates at least back to early Bronze Age.
* AncientConspiracy: [[TheIlluminati Accept no substitute]]. The Illuminati are seeking the Triangle of Light, and the power it grants to control time. The film hints they've been seeking it for generations, with the artifact itself resembling the all-seeing eye that is part of the film Illuminati's symbology.
* AncientArtifact: The Triangle of Light, an ancient artifact granting its bearer the power to control time.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Everything to do with the planetary alignment in the first movie was made to serve the needs of the plot.
* BattleButler: When Lara's mansion is being invaded by Manfred's men in the first film, Hillary dons a bulletproof vest and wields a shotgun. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Too bad we never get to see him do anything.]] He shoots from the upper level at the mercenaries breaking into the vault. Unfortunately, he's outgunned.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Lara and Alex in ''spades''. Dialogue between them when they first meet at the auction suggests they once had a history together, and Alex doesn't like that they're always fighting.
* BetweenMyLegs: During the fight between Lara and the robot.
* BookEnds: The film starts and ends with Lara fighting her [[DeadlyTrainingArea training robot SIMON]].
* BulletproofHumanShield: [[TheDragon Powell]] grabs one of his Mooks to [[KickTheDog block a thrown spear]]. One he could've easily dodged.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster for the first film featured Lara in her trademark short shorts and tank top. In the actual film, she doesn't wear this clothes combo at any point; in the first action sequence, she's wearing the short shorts but has a t-shirt, and later in the film, she's wearing her sleeveless shirt but wears long pants with it.
* CasualDangerDialogue: "Julius, make a mental note. Kill Miss Croft if she attempts any such thing."
* DismantledMacguffin: The Triangle of Light is split into two pieces that were "hidden at the ends of the earth". [[spoiler: Then it turns out that the actual number is three]].
* FacelessGoons: During the attack on the mansion the {{Mooks}} are wearing either noctovisors or balaclavas. Or both.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Manfred Powell, with bits of AmbitionIsEvil. He works for Illuminati, sure. He ''is'' Illuminati. But he don't give a damn about their schemes [[spoiler: so he kills the leader in order to take the Triangle of Light for himself and no-one else.]]
* KlingonPromotion: How [[spoiler: Powell]] seized control.
* LandmarkOfLore: Probably the most obvious one - Angkor Wat.
* LettingHerHairDown: By the end of the film, Lara finally carries herself like a lady. Part of the new image is unbraided hair.
* LivingStatue: Available both in human and huge sizes.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Happens just in the opening with SIMON. And then there is a huge statue, which is also assembling swords for [[DualWielding quadruple wielding]], and is a nod to the franchise's video game roots, specifically ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderIII Tomb Raider III]]''.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Both Alex and Powell. Lara also counts, since [[spoiler:when she teams up with the bad guys, she does that only to get the artifact for herself.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Alex takes this position in regards to himself at Lara. When Lara accuses him of theft, Alex retorts that ''she's'' the tomb raider.
* NoodleIncident: Between Lara and Alex. At some point Alex stole a prayer wheel from her, which seems to be the source of Lara's antagonism towards her. Alex at first denies it, before changes tack and says it's not like she ''actually'' owned it.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Daniel Craig does a good job as an American, but slips up a bit on certain words/phrases.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney:
** Alex is a [[PunchClockVillain tomb raider]] [[HiredGuns for hire]] and doesn't really care about whole Illuminati scheme to TakeOverTheWorld.
** The [[HiredGuns mercenaries]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere just walk away]] once [[spoiler: Powell dies]] and they won't get any more money.
* OurTimeMachineIsDifferent: The Triangle of Light. It's never explained how it's actually working, so it can be also OurTimeTravelIsDifferent.
%%* {{Overcrank}}: Utilized in the finale.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** The scene where there is a large procession of Buddhist monks was not originally in the script. Simon West decided to shoot it because the monks just happened to be having their procession, and agreed to be filmed for the movie.
** The "duck boat" transports at the end of the film were spotted on location, and the filmmakers requested to borrow them because they looked cool.
* ScaryBlackMan: The leader of Powell's Mooks is tall, silent, and black.
* SceneryCensor: Daniel Craig's privates are blocked by a conveniently placed chair when Lara interrupts him in the shower.
* SceneryPorn: The Cambodian part of the first film has long shots of ruins covered with lush vegetation.
* ScrewDestiny: Thanks to TimeTravel, Alex survives, and Powell [[AttackBackfire is badly wounded with his own knife]], but Lara's father is still dead, so it's ZigZagged with YouCantFightFate.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' just watch carefully how Lara deals with a stone statue that is showboating with its sword.
** The first film includes two to director Simon West: the last name of the main male character Alex West, and the training robot [[RobotNames S.I.M.O.N.]].
* ShowerScene: Male and female shower scenes. Lara has one at the beginning of the film after her training sequence. Alex later has one in Cambodia which is interrupted by Lara.
* SmugSnake: Manfred Powell is a cunning member of the Illuminati inner circle, scheming his way to the top [[spoiler: and not above killing his boss]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Some of Lara's outfits barely cover her. The second film toned it down to make it easier for the make-up artist covering Jolie's tattoos.
* TempleOfDoom: The final site in Siberia from the first film is ruins of the temple originally hosting the Triangle of Light, with all the six-thousand-years-old mechanisms (and traps) still in working condition, if only a bit dusty.
* TimeStandsStill: One of the functions of the Triangle of Light.
* UnderwaterKiss: Lara Croft does this on her rival Alex West after he got shot.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Powell tried to pull it on Lara. Twice. [[spoiler: Not that it worked]].
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: The Triangle of Light.
* WickedCultured: Powell again. He is soft-spoken (with with a cultured British accent), well-educated and mildly mannered and has a ''massage'' in his camp in Cambodia, among other things.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: The movie would have ended a lot sooner if Lara Croft had followed her father's instructions and destroyed her half of the Triangle of Light. Or her father could smash it instead of leaving it to her with instruction to destroy. Or 5000 years ago, if one considers that the individuals that had separated the Triangle could have [[NoManShouldHaveThisPower simply destroyed the pieces]], instead of [[ForgottenSuperweapon hiding them]] at the corners of the Earth.
* YouKilledMyFather: Powell reveals he killed Lara's father just before the two fight at the end of the first film.

!!The second film provides examples of:

* ArtifactOfDeath: The PandorasBox, treated as [[DoingInTheWizard a container for a superplague]]. .
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The roaring (and whimpering) shark.
* BattleButler: Hillary acts as a sparring partner for Lara and handles himself quite well... until he makes Lara angry at him (as she was angry at the villains already.)
* BelligerentSexualTension: Lara and Sheridan. Sheridan is a former lover that Lara openly distrusts, and they share a steamy makeout session partway through the film. [[spoiler: And then they come into conflict over the disposition of Pandora's Box at the end of the film. Lara is forced to kill him to prevent him from taking it.]]
* BoxedCrook: How Lara acquires the services of her old lover Terry Sheridan.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Jonathan Reiss [[spoiler: is thrown into the acid that surrounds the cradle and is melted alive, screaming all the while.]]
%%* DramaticLandfallShot
* DoubleEntendre: When a [[{{Fanservice}} bikini-clad]] Lara gets in the boat after having splashed some men while riding her jetski:
--> '''Lara''': Hello, boys. You're all wet.
* DurableDeathtrap: Present in both films, but taken UpToEleven in the second.
* HollywoodGeography: If the establishing shots of Croft's travels in China were to be taken literally, it means that she landed somewhere in the Yangtze River Valley in Hubei (in south central China), rode a motorcycle all the way to the Great Wall in northern China, then turned around and went back south to Xi'an for the fight in the Terracotta Tomb, and then went to Shanghai as she originally intended--that's about 4000 kilometers in rough terrain and she covered it all in a single afternoon.
* MadScientist: Jonathan Reiss is a cross between this and CorruptCorporateExecutive.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: More like Real Life Designs the Costumes, this film puts Lara in more outfits with longer sleeves. This was done because the makeup used to conceal Angelina Jolie's tattoos during the filming of the first film was not as effective as it was supposed to be.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The establishing character moment for the bioterrorist/scientist villain, [[LargeHam Jonathan Reiss]], is him in a private jet with his clients. He [[BloodFromTheMouth poisons]] one who snitched on him to Interpol, intoning "this is the sound of a traitor dying" as he gurgles his last.
* SealedEvilInACan: PandorasBox - MeaningfulName, isn't it?
* TookALevelInBadass: Although she kicked ass and knocked off a few mooks in the first time, Lara acts more like a female James Bond with a licence to kill, leaving behind a high body count and outright [[ChekhovsGun warning]] Sheridan that she is perfectly capable and willing to kill him if necessary.