Combine the fantastic facial expressions of a great actor (Harrison Ford) with a well written script (George Lucas) and fantastic director (Steven Spielberg) and you get an incredible movie like Raiders of the Lost Ark. This film and it successors are, of course, considered classics even today.
Having said that, there is an everlasting comparison to the Star Wars movies. In my opinion, there really is no comparison. Raiders is a much, MUCH better film than any of the Star Wars films. The acting is well rounded and led by the phenomenal Harrison Ford. The directing is light years ahead of the Star Wars films and the action is more enticing.
Raiders is a story about a renegade archeologist searching for the lost Ark of the Covenant. His adventures carry him all over the world for an exiteing tale of good vs evil as he battles the Nazis (circa 1944) too gain the most powerful weapon the earth has ever known.
I highly recommend this movie. It is so good, it compares well with greats like Casablanca and Gone with the Wind. Raiders is a timeless classic.