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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

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937 313
Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Jaws Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider

873 257
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

1,066 245
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

922 268
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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

575 234
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

449 125
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

553 246
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Catch Me If You Can Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

606 269
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

434 235
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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

333 170
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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

319 226
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The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

251 228
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Munich Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

329 236
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Hook Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams

The Best Movies Produced by Steven Spielberg The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

321 321
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War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

263 255
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The Terminal Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana

220 200
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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

330 257
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park Julianne Moore, Steven Spielberg, Camilla Belle

284 265
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

226 186
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Duel Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Lou Frizzell

236 177
War Horse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

201 186
The Adventures of Tintin: The ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Jamie Bell

255 358
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

114 47
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Bridge of Spies Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda

142 178
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Twilight Zone: The Movie Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Burgess Meredith

110 181
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1941 Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee, Dan Aykroyd

83 159
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The Sugarland Express Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, William Atherton

57 106
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Trioxin245 added Always Audrey Hepburn, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

44 50
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The BFG Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton

14 83
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Amblin Rick Levin, Richard Levin, Pamela McMyler

11 82
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Firelight Nancy Spielberg

14 86
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Slipstream Tony Bill, Roger Ernest, Peter Maffia

6 26
Outdoor Adventures: Boating & ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Steven Spielberg Movies
Joseph Meeker added Outdoor Adventures: Boating & Fishing Safety