The Best Steven Spielberg Movies Films

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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Also be sure to check out more lists like the complete collection of Spielberg movies, a listing of all the films directed by Spielberg, and even a directory of movies Steven Spielberg has written himself



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    Jaws


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    most listed
    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    the people's #1
    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Saving Private Ryan


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind


    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Catch Me If You Can


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    Minority Report


    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Lincoln


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

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    The Color Purple


    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Munich


    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Hook


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

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    War of the Worlds


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Empire of the Sun


    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    The Terminal


    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana

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    The Lost World: Jurassic Park


    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence


    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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    Amistad


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Duel


    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie


    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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    1941


    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

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    The Sugarland Express


    Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton

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    Bridge of Spies

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    Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda

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    Always

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    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Firelight


    Nancy Spielberg

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    Amblin


    Rick Levin, Richard Levin, Pamela McMyler

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    Something Evil


    Steven Spielberg, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy

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