The Best Steven Spielberg Movies Films
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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

List Criteria: Only feature films directed by Steven Spielberg. No TV.

List of the top films ever made by Steven Spielberg, arguably the most famous and celebrated of all American filmmakers. Spielberg won his first Oscar for directing in 1993 for his Holocaust drama Schindler's List, and took the prize again 5 years later for the WWII drama Saving Private Ryan (best remembered for its immersive opening D-Day sequence.) But he had already been heralded in the '70s and '80s as one of Hollywood's most important, and successful, directors.

Spielberg first came to international recognition in 1975 with the release of his big-budget shark thriller Jaws, a troubled production that nonetheless became a smash hit and eventually inspired the trend of blockbuster "summer movies" which continues to this day. In the ensuing years, he continued having popular success with a duo of alien-themed dramas - Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the family favorite E.T., and also branched out into comedy (the critically-trashed "1941") and period drama (Empire of the Sun and The Color Purple). He also collaborated in the 1980s with writer/producer George Lucas on the massively popular Indiana Jones adventure film series, an homage to the movie serials of the 1930s. Spielberg returned to sci-fi again in 1993 with Jurassic Park, released in the same year as the critically-acclaimed Schindler's List. He has since added Minority Report and War of the Worlds to the genre, both starring Tom Cruise. In 2011, Spielberg again released two popular films in the same year - the film adaptation of the hit stage production War Horse and the motion-capture animated The Adventures of Tintin, a collaboration with Peter Jackson.

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern

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    the people's #1 & ranked high on reranks Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Frank Welker

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    most listed Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    new! Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Daniel Day-Lewis

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Julianne Moore, Camilla Belle, Vince Vaughn

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, Jude Law

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis

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    Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow

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    Mickey Rourke, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Lee

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