Amblin Entertainment Films (1981-present)

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Founded by legendary film director Steven Spielberg, film producer and current head of LucasFilms Kathleen Kennedy, and film director/frequent collaborator of Spielberg in 1981. A company that still operates today combining many projects involving Spielberg and others that don’t. Here are all the films produced by Amblin Entertainment.

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1. Continental Divide (1981)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

A hard-nosed Chicago journalist has an unlikely love affair with an eagle researcher.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: John Belushi, Blair Brown, Allen Garfield, Carlin Glynn

Votes: 4,270 | Gross: $15.58M

First film released for Amblin.

2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 337,526 | Gross: $435.11M

3. Gremlins (1984)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

Votes: 177,832 | Gross: $148.17M

4. Fandango (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, Sam Robards, Chuck Bush

Votes: 6,927 | Gross: $0.09M

5. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 217,592 | Gross: $61.50M

6. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 938,457 | Gross: $210.61M

7. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 17,378 | Gross: $19.74M

8. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 71,560 | Gross: $98.47M

9. The Money Pit (1986)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 45,718 | Gross: $37.50M

10. An American Tail (1986)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 45,028 | Gross: $47.48M

11. Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

The Henderson family adopt a friendly Sasquatch but have a hard time trying to keep the legend of 'Bigfoot' a secret.

Director: William Dear | Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick, Joshua Rudoy

Votes: 28,650 | Gross: $29.76M

12. Innerspace (1987)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 49,881 | Gross: $25.89M

13. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 105,991 | Gross: $22.24M

14. *batteries not included (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 28,499 | Gross: $32.95M

15. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 168,897 | Gross: $156.45M

16. The Land Before Time (1988)

G | 69 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

66 Metascore

An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver

Votes: 73,470 | Gross: $48.09M

17. Dad (1989)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy

John's mom has a heart attack and ends in hospital. John flies home to take care of his dad, teaching him to do things around the house, spends time with him and shows him how to live again without mom's control. John's son joins them.

Director: Gary David Goldberg | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis, Kathy Baker

Votes: 4,235 | Gross: $19.74M

18. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 427,628 | Gross: $118.50M

19. Always (1989)

PG | 122 min | Fantasy, Romance

50 Metascore

The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman

Votes: 26,009 | Gross: $43.86M

20. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack

Votes: 31,972 | Gross: $39.40M

21. Back to the Future Part III (1990)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 359,957 | Gross: $87.73M

22. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 84,280 | Gross: $41.48M

23. Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

67 Metascore

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak

Votes: 58,320 | Gross: $53.21M

24. Cape Fear (1991)

R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 153,898 | Gross: $79.10M

25. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.

Directors: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells | Stars: James Stewart, John Cleese, Amy Irving, Phillip Glasser

Votes: 21,398 | Gross: $22.17M

26. Hook (1991)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

52 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

Votes: 214,296 | Gross: $119.65M

27. Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty

Votes: 9,485 | Gross: $2.28M

28. A Far Off Place (1993)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When a gang of African poachers raid her family's farm, young Nonni, visiting American teenager Harry Winslow and a local bushman guide must escape into the Kalahari desert and reach the nearest town.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Embry, Jack Thompson, Sarel Bok

Votes: 3,146 | Gross: $12.89M

29. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 784,426 | Gross: $402.45M

30. We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)

G | 72 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and nonviolent. They agree to go to the Middle Future (this era) in order to ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells, Dick Zondag, Ralph Zondag | Stars: John Goodman, Charles Fleischer, Blaze Berdahl, Rhea Perlman

Votes: 12,475 | Gross: $9.32M

31. A Dangerous Woman (1993)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Martha Horgan, a naive woman with an intellectual impairment who lives with her aunt Frances in a small town, is known for always telling the truth. She works at a dry cleaner, where her ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, Gabriel Byrne, Laurie Metcalf

Votes: 1,476 | Gross: $1.50M

32. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,091,214 | Gross: $96.07M

33. The Flintstones (1994)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

38 Metascore

In a parallel modern-day Stone Age world, a working-class family, the Flintstones, are set up for an executive job. But they learn that money can't buy happiness.

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Halle Berry

Votes: 70,102 | Gross: $130.51M

34. The Little Rascals (1994)

PG | 82 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

45 Metascore

Alfalfa is wooing Darla and his "He-Man-Woman-Hating" friends attempt to sabotage the relationship.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Travis Tedford, Bug Hall, Brittany Ashton Holmes, Kevin Jamal Woods

Votes: 39,841 | Gross: $51.76M

35. Little Giants (1994)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron, Devon Sawa

Votes: 23,484 | Gross: $19.29M

36. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 107,386 | Gross: $100.33M

37. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

Votes: 65,661 | Gross: $71.52M

38. To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing

Votes: 25,557 | Gross: $36.47M

39. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Kaelynn Craddick

Votes: 9,986 | Gross: $23.57M

40. Balto (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings

Votes: 36,532 | Gross: $11.27M

41. Twister (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz

Votes: 162,403 | Gross: $241.72M

42. The Trigger Effect (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 5,599 | Gross: $3.59M

43. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 346,112 | Gross: $229.09M

44. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 477,759 | Gross: $250.69M

45. Small Soldiers (1998)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross, Jay Mohr

Votes: 86,472 | Gross: $54.68M

46. The Mask of Zorro (1998)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

63 Metascore

A young thief (Antonio Banderas), seeking revenge for the death of his brother, is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who also pursues vengeance of his own.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, José María de Tavira

Votes: 156,763 | Gross: $94.10M

47. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,113,995 | Gross: $216.54M

48. In Dreams (1999)

R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

A suburban housewife learns that she has a dreamworld connection to a serial murderer, and must stop him from killing again.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Sagona, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 11,757 | Gross: $12.02M

49. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

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