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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., 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 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) 2 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Jaws 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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Schindler's List 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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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Jurassic Park 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) 5 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Saving Private Ryan 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 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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Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 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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Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 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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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 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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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 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more

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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 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
Lincoln 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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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 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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Hook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin ...more

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Munich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Munich 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 Lost World: Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 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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The Terminal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The Terminal 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 of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
War of the Worlds 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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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age war 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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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 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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Amistad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Amistad 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 abducted for the ...more

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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 Duel is a 1971 television thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Richard Matheson, based on Matheson's short story of the same name. It stars Dennis Weaver as a terrified ...more

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The Adventures of Tintin: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn 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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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more

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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. During the Cold War, lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of ...more

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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson War Horse is a 2011 American war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during ...more

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Twilight Zone: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American anthology science-fiction fantasy horror film produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis as a theatrical version of the 1959–64 TV series The ...more

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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 1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John ...more

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Always is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Trioxin245 added Always Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter Always is a 1989 romantic drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, introducing Brad Johnson and featuring Audrey Hepburn's cameo in her ...more

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The Sugarland Express is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The Sugarland Express Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton The Sugarland Express is a 1974 American neo-noir drama film co-written and directed by Steven Spielberg in his theatrical feature film directorial debut. It stars Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, ...more

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Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Ready Player One 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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Amblin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Amblin Rick Levin, Richard Levin, Pamela McMyler Amblin' is a short film released in 1968. It is the first completed film shot by Steven Spielberg on 35mm. The film is a short love story set during the hippie era of the late 1960s about a ...more

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Firelight is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Firelight Nancy Spielberg Firelight is a 1964 science fiction adventure film written and directed by Steven Spielberg at the age of 17. Made on a budget of $500, the film was, in a manner of speaking, Spielberg's first ...more

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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The BFG Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton The BFG is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. In the film, an orphan human girl ...more

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The Post is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The Post Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson The Post is a 2017 American historical period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The country's first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) of The Washington Post, and its ...more

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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
assaftevet12 added Poltergeist Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
assaftevet12 added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Real Steel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
assaftevet12 added Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand Real Steel is a 2011 film directed by Shawn Levy.

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
assaftevet12 added Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
assaftevet12 added The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen Mirren, Juhi Chawla, Om Puri The Hundred-Foot Journey is an adventure drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and written by Steven Knight. The film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal and Om Puri. The film is based on a ...more

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
assaftevet12 added Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more