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The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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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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  • Jurassic Park1

    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark2

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The...  more

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  • Saving Private Ryan3

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film directed by Steven Spielberg. Set...  more

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  • Jaws4


    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Schindler's List5

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by...  more

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade6

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial7

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and...  more

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  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom8

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind9

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Catch Me If You Can10

    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Minority Report11

    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Hook12


    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Lincoln13


    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park14

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Ready Player One15

    Ready Player One

    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven...  more
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  • Empire of the Sun16

    Empire of the Sun

    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Color Purple17

    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Bridge of Spies18

    Bridge of Spies

    Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg....  more
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  • The Terminal19

    The Terminal

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • War of the Worlds20

    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence21

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Munich22


    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Amistad23


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • War Horse24

    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Adventures of Tintin25

    The Adventures of Tintin

    Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg


    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Adventures of Tintin, also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,...  more