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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies Films
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    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana

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    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

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    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

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    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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    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

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    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

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    Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton

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    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

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    Nancy Spielberg

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    Rick Levin, Richard Levin, Pamela McMyler

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    Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda

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    Steven Spielberg, Darren McGavin, Ralph Bellamy

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