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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

Updated December 18, 2019 32.0k votes 4.6k voters 148.0k views33 items

List RulesOnly 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. He 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 Kingdom  is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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

    The Post

    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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


    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and... more on Wikipedia

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    Always is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies


    Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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

    The BFG

    Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

    Twilight Zone: The Movie

    Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow


    Directed bySteven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, Joe Dante

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

    The Sugarland Express

    Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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


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    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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