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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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

This list ranks 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 five years later for the WWII film 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 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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    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Catch Me If You Can Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


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

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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Munich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Hook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    The Terminal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    The Terminal Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Duel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    The Adventures of Tintin: The ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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    The Sugarland Express is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    The Sugarland Express Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton

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    1941 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    1941 Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

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    Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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    Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda

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    Always is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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    Always Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Firelight is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Nancy Spielberg

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    Amblin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Rick Levin, Richard Levin, Pamela McMyler

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    Slipstream is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Tony Bill, Roger Ernest, Peter Maffia

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    The BFG is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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    The BFG Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton

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    Something Evil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Steven Spielberg, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy

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