Top Ten Movies Directed by Steven Spielberg

Spielberg is the most financially successful director of all time with multiple major box office hits. He has also been nominated for seven Best Director Oscar and four of the movies he directed have been nominated for the Best Picture award. This list is the top ten movies he has directed.
The Top Ten
1 Schindler's List

Spielberg's tribute to the Holocaust represents Hollywood cinema at its best. Though looking at the phenomenon from Schindler's narrow point of view, the b/w film is sharply written and anchored by three great turns from Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and especially Ralph Fiennes.

I think that this should be second, not third. This is better than Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jaws is first, then this.

Schindler's List is the best movie ever made. Saving Private Ryan doesn't deserve to be number one.

2 Jurassic Park

This list makes you wonder how a genius like this can exist. Anyway, Jurassic Park is not just a movie. It is the symbol of how movies can reach further than the screen they're on. They become alive, they go out of the screens and make you feel the angst, tension, and excitement like you're living it in reality. Its greatness is surreal. And I'd say it's certainly the father of all monster movies. Without a single doubt it is: Jurassic Park. *Gate opens in the night with background main theme song.* The feels... out of this world movie.

3 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Although it may not be as serious, dramatic, or revolutionary in its effects as the top 2, Raiders still stands as one of the greatest action movies ever made. There's an underlying creepiness to it that I haven't experienced with any other film prior to or since watching it. Perhaps it's the overall mystery the film presents, or maybe it's the amazing score by John Williams. Whatever it may be, it slowly builds in intensity as the film goes on and ends with one of the greatest climaxes ever. Not to mention, there's also great dialogue, amazing pacing, and showstopping effects that still impress to this day.

4 Jaws

"Jaws" is unquestionably the most effective, most enthralling, and most entertaining movie Spielberg has ever done. It is his most magical movie because it is just as funny as it is terrifying and suspenseful. Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, and Richard Dreyfuss' performances can send Harrison Ford's four Indiana Jones ones right to Pluto. This movie was more beneficial to Steven Spielberg's career than the 2 Oscars he received for "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan." It is a touching movie of extreme intensity because it shows us an extreme situation of human courage.

5 Saving Private Ryan

The D-Day scene alone makes the movie one of the best, but the rest of the movie really shows the emotional aspects of war. The greatest World War II movie ever and one of the greatest movies, period. This should be number 1.

This movie got gypped for the best movie. I would call it a tie with Jurassic Park, but Saving Private Ryan is the best World War 2 movie ever. Every other movie to this day has tried to recreate it. No one can.

Greatest and most stunning movie of all time! A great cast of actors all fit their roles, and it is a long movie! Winner of 5 Academy Awards!

6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

A near-perfect film that beautifully represents what the art of cinema is all about -- wonder, magic, heart, emotion, and iconic imagery.

E.T. is a true achievement that will stand the test of time for decades to come.

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I've been watching it since I was 4, and I still can't get enough of it today. My mind overflows with nostalgia watching it today.

This should be 1 if not 2 because this is a great movie, and we can congratulate E.T. for phoning home!

7 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Best Indiana Jones movie with the combination of a greater artifact to fetch from the Nazis. He actually gets it this time. It's very funny and Jesus beats Moses. Suck it, Raiders! This should be in the top 3.

Plenty of action and adventure, and provided a lot of laughs along the way. A great installment in the franchise.

I love this movie! This is the best Indiana Jones film out of the four, in my opinion.

8 Catch Me If You Can

This movie is as good as any.

So underrated. How this amazing movie somehow went under the radar is beyond me.

9 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Voting for this one because I believe it should be higher! What I love about it is that the aliens in the movie are completely shrouded in mystery! They're like extra-terrestrial ghosts! It's a wonderful film!

Oh yeah, and Jerry Garcia is in the chanting crowd scene.

10 Minority Report
The Contenders
11 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence

My favorite movie. Everyone should watch it!

This film is amazing. It made me cry as well.

A.I. is one of my favorite science fiction movies. I have watched it many times. I think you should watch this movie before you die.

12 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13 War of the Worlds

I don't think enough people talk about this movie. The special effects are amazing, Tom Cruise's acting was phenomenal, and there's a ton of genuinely terrifying moments. It almost made me cry.

Dakota Fanning is great in this movie.

I think this movie is very underrated.

14 Munich

Great movie that deserves much more respect compared to other movies on this list.

15 The Adventures of Tintin
16 The Lost World: Jurassic Park

My favorite Jurassic Park movie. I don't care what anyone says. While it does have a few shortcomings, I don't think this movie is as terrible, awful, or awesomely bad as people say it is. It has really good effects, a good soundtrack, good set pieces, good moments of tension, a good tone and atmosphere, and fun dinosaurs like the stegosaurus, compsagnathus, pachycephalosaurus, T. rex, and velociraptor. It's entertaining. The Lost World: Jurassic Park gets a 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Love this flawed but underappreciated sequel. And it deserves the fanbase it has.

17 Lincoln

It has the best performances, the best script, and the most restraint we've seen in any Spielberg film. Could we ask for more?

Objectively, this should be at number 1 or 2, with Schindler's List. It really is a masterwork.

18 Empire of the Sun

How is this not in the top ten? Empire of the Sun is an exciting and sweet tale. The main protagonist, James, begins as a classic, rich, arrogant fool who barely recognizes his servants as people. Being British and living in Shanghai, he views the war as Japan vs. China, not Japan vs. people like him. After being separated from his parents and sent to an internment camp, James is quickly forced into a world that is unfamiliar to him: struggle. He learns to become a selfless, genuine person and starts to recognize when people are only in it for themselves. In a truly heart-wrenching scene, we see James giving someone CPR, except, when he looks at the person, all he sees is an image of his old self. Like the person he's giving CPR to, the old James can't be revived. He is gone, and he's never coming back.

19 Hook

My favorite part in this movie is when the crocodile seemingly comes back to life and eats Hook.

20 The Terminal

One of Tom Hanks' best films, in my opinion. One of those movies I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it.

21 The Color Purple
22 Duel
23 Bridge of Spies
24 Amistad
25 1941
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