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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies 

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List Rules 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. 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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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum & Richard Attenborough
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1998), starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon & Vin Diesel
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1981), starring Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina & Karen Allen
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1975), starring Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss & Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1982), starring Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak & Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1993), starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes & Ben Kingsley
Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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Indiana Jones and the La... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1989), starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery & River Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Te... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1984), starring Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg & Dan Aykroyd
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more

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#17 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked How ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' Traumatized A Whole Generation And Changed Movie Ratingslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams & Jennifer Garner
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more

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Close Encounters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1977), starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr & Carl Weathers
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, ...more

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#10 of 190 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #180 of 199 The Biggest Tearjerker Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2002), starring Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise & Colin Farrell
Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2012), starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis & Sally Field
Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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Hook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1991), starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts & Robin Williams
Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan ...more

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The Lost World: Jurassic... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1997), starring Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg & Camilla Belle
The Lost World: Jurassic Park is a 1997 American science fiction adventure directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. The film was produced by ...more

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#109 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #548 of 1,199 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on The Highest Grossing 90s Movies

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1985), starring Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg & Laurence Fishburne
The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more

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#149 of 336 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #127 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1987), starring Christian Bale, Ben Stiller & John Malkovich
Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars Christian Bale, ...more

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2005), starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman & Channing Tatum
War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more

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A.I. Artificial Intellig... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2001), starring Meryl Streep, Robin Williams & Jude Law
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more
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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2018), starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke & Ben Mendelsohn
Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Teenager Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan), who frequents the ...more

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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2015), starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance & Amy Ryan
Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of U.S. Air Force pilot ...more

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2005), starring Daniel Craig, Eric Bana & Geoffrey Rush
Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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The Terminal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2004), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks & Zoe Saldana
The Terminal is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is about a man who becomes trapped in New York City's JFK ...more

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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2011), starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston & Emily Watson
This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name. After his beloved horse is sold to the ...more

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The Adventures of Tintin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (2011), starring Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg & Jamie Bell
The Adventures of Tintin, also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is a 2011 3D motion capture computer-animated epic adventure film based on The Adventures of Tintin, ...more
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Amistad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Dir. by Steven Spielberg (1997), starring Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey & Anna Paquin
Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen taken and managed ...more