Steven Spielberg's Best Films

The Worlds most popular and most successful director's career ranked.
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1.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ 5/5

A True Classic; How has the most insane shoot become the most amazing film? Jaws never gets old, its still as fearful and suspeneful as the day it came out. Nothing could ever beat Jaws! it'll stay with the viewer forever! ” - luke-eberhardt
 
2.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ 5/5

In a new decade Spielberg joined forces with his friend George Lucas to bring us the greatest adventure of all time. Incredibly defining in its genre, its really a tribute to Saturday night adventure tales. But no matter what age you are Raiders still packs a punch, cracks a whip and sores its way until the very end you don't want to stop seeing. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
3.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ 5/5

A Masterpiece from 1993, this is the bigger one. No other film has portrayed the horrors of Nazi Germany and the journey of one man's test of humanity to save lives. Liam Neeson has never had a better role along side Sir Ben Kingsleys and Ralph Fiennes. Steven Spielberg finally got a deservingly Best Director and Best Picture win after many years of have one or two nominations. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
4.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ 5/5

What if a being was left behind after the events of the idea of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", This is the result "E.T. The Extra Terrestial" It beat the Box Office Success of both Star Wars and Jaws to be the Highest grosing film ever then! Its a touching tale of boy meets alien makes friends, also the exciting adventure of finding his way back home, truly marvellous. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
5.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ 5/5

Another Unforgettable blockbuster, Its about Dinosaurs coming back, They look amazing and very real with CGI. Not only is the science radical, the highpoint is the suspense and adventure encountering dangerous and amazing dinosaurs. Its the T-rex thats the star of the show, raptors are the villains, everything else make this film one of the greatest popcorn movies next to Jaws from Spielberg's phenominal success. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
6.
The Color Purple (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. (154 mins.)
“ 5/5

This was the first time Spielberg made a serious picture about serious issues of American History. Everything about this film is wonderful, production design, script acting, cast, direction; It just captures your heart! It was first film for Whoopi Goldberg whoose performace is direct stardom. Its a shame this got No Academy Awards, then again theres plenty of films that have that result, but this will always remain a classic! ” - luke-eberhardt
 
7.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ 5/5

An intriguing mystery full of fun and adventure and wonder until the very end. Spielberg's dreams were beginning to be realised all this time, the special effects are great along with the sound track and effects. It may be wierd but in a very masterful way you'll never forget. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
8.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ 5/5

This may go down as one of the most successful war films of all time. Genuinely defining in its genre, the main strong point is the story an incredible story of survival, and taking it to the very end, Performances from actors are also fantastic. It also goes down as one of the most violent films ever made but thats really the horror of war. Spielberg has done it again and got another Ocsar for Direction. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
9.
Munich (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (164 mins.)
“ 5/5

This is Spielberg's 'Noughties Masterpiece'. I love it!!! as much as previous films had a noirish look this is great. He's done it once again; Great cast, beautifully written script, amazing direction. It makes you question a lot about Jewish Mossad and the possibilities of the operation, as spy films go, this one of the most serious. Some parts of the film are incredibly fascinating and has some very compelling ideas connected to main plot. Once again you just gotta see this to believe it, it also make you think; what happened to the kid inside everyone? this is a more adult film, not for long. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
10.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ 5/5

As near perfect as any film can get for Spielberg to define, "Lincoln" is up there as one of his greatest. It really examines Abe Lincoln's final months in office, among the many people he worked with to get the 13th ammendment to abolish slavery and the ending of the bloody civil war. Fuled by Tony Kushner's beautifully written script and Spielberg's bold direction and driven by the outstanding cast lead by Daniel Day-Lewis; 'Lincoln' is the inspiring, bold, immersive and defining portrait of America's legendary 16th President ever performed on film. Spielberg has done it again a deep meaningful epic political journey the doesn't set itself up as a biopic but more a central focus on one man's legacy and his most costly fighting chance ever touched upon in his life. I could say more or less this film is a spiritual successor to Spielberg's 1997 'Amistad' where action against the abolition of slavery was pushed forward to the next level. Highly recommended to everyone even if you don't know much about Abraham Lincoln. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
11.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ 4.5/5

A Triumph all in all!! Empire of the Sun is a great film sympathysing the human spirit and survival in a war torn country. Christian Bale was great when he was a young boy, already a rising star. Compared to 'The Color Purple' I find this a little more family friendly even though its still a serious film and should be watched by everyone. Some even consider it Spielberg's most underatted film. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
12.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
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During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. (142 mins.)
“ 4.5/5

Steven Spielberg once again proves he can do no wrong, especially with real world material. Following the grand traditions of Amistad and Munich, Bridge of Spies is an incredibly fine, concise and versatile Cold War drama/thriller. With an impressively written script contributed oddly by the two and only Cohen Brothers, add to that under Spielberg's bold direction the film shines as one of his most finest films to date. Another big credit added towards the casting, with another impressive collaboration with Tom Hanks, alongside the likes of other incredibly talented actors, particularly Mark Rylance, and the gorgeously looking cinematography. The film itself, also tells it's story really well with minimal music by Thomas Newman, making this the third Spielberg film to be scored without John Williams. Overall, the film really challenges the rights of prisoners and country's laws and constitution in a time of great conflict where almost anything could happen. Lastly, it's a highly recommended film in which it's Oscar changes might be big. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
13.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist. Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
“ 4.5/5

The most triumphant entry in the Indy franchise, Most fans like this the best. Always kept close to its predecessors. More adventure with Sean Connery as Indy's dad make quite a humorous father and son relationship. Its a film that will never stop moving until the very end. Was it really Indy's conclusion well we'll have to wait long years for that. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
14.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ 4.5/5

This is one of 3 best films adapted from the work of sci-fi legend, Philip K Dick. Spielberg Aced it!!! The Sci-Fi Neo Noir film is intelligent and visually imaginative that marks Spielberg's return to his blockbuster days. The Action is fantastic along with Tom Cruise actually not so cocky and has never been better. You may even consider this to be Spielberg's 'Blade Runner', makes up for a great sci-fi action entertainment. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
15.
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
“ 4.5/5

'War Horse' is an emotionally drawn in story with unforgettable characters and thrilling sequences and moral emotions. Its a shame you don't get many WW1 films these days, 'War Horse' fills in the gap. It reminded me a little of 'Empire of the Sun' with the concept of the naivity of war also thebeauty of the relationships with human and animals. Like always every frame stands out, a fantastic cast, beautifully crafted, I think everyone needs to see this once. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
16.
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. (107 mins.)
“ 4.5/5

After many years in Development, Great Snakes! Blistering Banacles!!! Tintin is finally here! and Its soooooo much fun. It looks and feels a lot like the comics, No matter what age you are this film is for you. Its got a lot of classic elements that make it feel like a Hitchcock, Lean or very Spielberg film, all things old made new again in a new film medium for a modern time, its a great combination. I was delighted with the cameo of Herge and other of his easter eggs. A great Rolla costa ride from start to finnish I just didn't want it to stop. I'm so looking forward to the sequels! ” - luke-eberhardt
 
17.
The BFG (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world. (117 mins.)
“ 4/5

Even while adapting novels tends to big one of Spielberg's biggest attributes, you can't expect anything more from such a fantastic director. 'The BFG' is an incredibly faithful rendition of Roald Dahl's classic novel, even with many of the darker elements of the book used very little, Spielberg's signatory style and themes seem to match up to the greatness of the source material. Outstanding casting ahead as Ruby Barnhill is a fantastic lead as the young; Sophie, while Academy-Award Winner Mark Rylance is pitch perfect as the title role able to carry the character's physicality and charming witty intellect to such an iconic Roald Dahl character. Other minor castings are excellent within their own place occurring throughout the narrative. The film is also a visual wonder for viewers to experience on the big screen, places like Giant Country and Dream Country are true places of fantasy and imagination that really make you believe it could almost be real. I'd also like to pay great tribute to Melissa Mathison, who wrote the screenplay for this film adaptation, while she also wrote the screenplay for 'E.T.' it's this film that once again brings Spielberg back to his youthful and child-like wonders, almost as if he read Roald Dahl's book to his kids many years ago. This is my favourite Roald Dahl adaptation alongside the likes of 1995's Tim Burton produced; 'James and the Giant Peach' and Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'. Steven Spielberg has done it again, made an incredibly thrilling entertaining, visually stunning and virtually satisfying adaptation of one of Roald Dahl's great works. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
18.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. (118 mins.)
“ 4/5

This is the proper Spielberg release. Indy's back! in an all new and darker adventure that take us to the very pitts of hell and pagan sacrifice, not even as shocking as "The Wicker Man". "The Temple of Doom" is none the less a terrific sequel to this franchise a rollickingly roller coster ride from start to finnish! ” - luke-eberhardt
 
19.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
“ 4/5

New Decade, Spielberg takes over one of Stanley Kubrick's last film ideas. He wrote and directed a facinating futuristic portrait of the bleak future concerning robots, one particular creation is 'David' programed for love. The film is his journey to find out whats the meaning of love, life and loss. Its a lot like E.T. in a way will all the warm hearted charm. I love the casting, he's always casted well, visually spectacular and moving. I should consider this a cult classic. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
20.
Amistad (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (155 mins.)
“ 4/5

Another 1997 release saw Spielberg take on american history, Amistad follows the journey of a mutiny on a slave ship and the court trials after. Like his other dramatic film before almost every character plays a single significan ad rememberable role in this incredible story. It actually give the slaves a voice to tlk and a victory that didn't need any sort of physical force. You need to see this to believe it. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
21.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
“ 4/5

Spielberg hits it again. This has more of a classic feel, Strong Performance from DiCaprio for a smart, charming and surprisingly film about an Identity theif artist like Fank Abagnale himself. I think it has more of a Hitchcock or Hawks vibe to it, it proves Spielberg can alway be classy than revolutionary. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
22.
War of the Worlds (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
“ 4/5

A very faithful adaptation of H.G. Welles' Masterpiece. It also; at least I think the best film in the alien invasion genre, you actually can take this seriously. Tom Cruise's second collaboration with Spielberg semed satifactory, but made up for a good blockbuster. I guess some people were alarmed because of the way Spielberg portrayed aliens; violent and destructive than friendly and curious. You just have to see it to believe it. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
23.
The Terminal (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
“ 4/5

At first I found this to be a very bizaar film for Spielberg to direct. I wasn't dissapointed however. The Terminal; is a very heartwarming, cleverly written and interesting film for everyone to watch. It showcases another one of Tom Hanks best perfomances and his third collaboration with Spielberg. Com to think of it, this may of been based on a true story about some foreigner who did get stuck in the New York Airport. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
24.
The Sugarland Express (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road. (110 mins.)
“ 4/5

This is an Underated classic as Steven's first "Theatrical" feature. Its an interesting story about how criminals can become folk heroes. Its very tragic too! Also was the beginning of a great friendship with composer; John Williams. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
25.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda. (129 mins.)
“ 3.5/5

After a three year hiatus, Spielberg comes back with the Jurassic Park sequel, the other franchise that made him famous. This is a good entry based on another novel from Michael Crichton. taking plae on another island it involves more scientists and hunters for dinosaurs along with more adventure, raptors and a T-rex rampage in San Fransisco. I find it a very underatted sequel, I also remember seeing it in cinemas all those years ago. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
26.
Duel (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
“ 3.5/5

Spielberg's first feature. Its really a tele b-movie that has a cult status. it dosn't make much sense story wise other than the fact its a giant killer truck chasing an innocent buisnessman, we have no idea who the driver of the truck is. Its suspensful in a beginners way, impressive, written by Richard Mathesen (I am Legend). Its what would later inspire his more famous film a few years later. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
27.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called back into action, when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls. (122 mins.)
“ 3.5/5

Years after drinking from the Holy Grail; He's BBAAAAAACK!!!!!! That whip cracking archeologist has aged quite a bit, but he can still kick ass as always. Love or hate it however you see it that way, Indy's fourth outing reminds us a lot what the old films of the 80s blockbusters were like (Its really an old movie released in a modern time) sure its not as brilliant as the others but its still good. Harrison Ford's return to the role is more a welcome, Spielberg proved he's still the man for the entire series and some more impressive casting like always brings adventure to everyone. Who nuked the frige! XD. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
28.
Hook (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. (142 mins.)
“ 3/5

What if Peter Pan grew up, heres another answer from Spielberg's Idea. Although this film is very lively and fun to watch, its also quite bloated and overstretched. Dustin Hoffman as Hook is good and tries not to think too much about about Disney's version. Robin Williams brings more of his charismatic side to things here, While it may not be a great Peter Pan film, its still a very entertaining and deeply affecting film with rich subject matter consistent with Spielberg's other films. It's also quite a low point on Spielberg's career but its great fun for the whole family. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
29.
Always (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl. (122 mins.)
“ 3/5

A heartwarming drama, but slow moving and quite weak on the character development and setting. I recently heard its a remake of a 1943 film; A Guy Named Joe, while Spielberg himself decided not to treat it like that. Not an satisfying film overall but I think it's pretty watchable. ” - luke-eberhardt
 
30.
1941 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor. (118 mins.)
“ 2.5/5

Wildly incomprehensible, and incredibly downright out of this world, 1941 has some bold satire intentions coming from the likes of Steven Spielberg. But sadly, the comedy aspect of the film is pushed way too far it almost offsets the entire narrative, that along with too many characters the film focuses on. It may as well be the biggest career low point for Spielberg, nonetheless it has an excellent cast and can be enjoyed much more when viewers intentionally do not take this film seriously as it may as well doesn't take into any of its scenarios seriously. ” - luke-eberhardt