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 reps Hollywood cinema at its best. Though looking at the phenom from Schindler's narrow POV the b/w film is sharply-written and anchored by three great turns from Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and especially Ralph Fiennes - anthonybecerra

Schindler's list is the best movie ever made. Saving private ryan doesn't deserve to be number 1 - Shynash21

schindler's list is the most beautiful movie I have ever seen.

Simply the Best

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2 Jurassic Park

Amazing journey into a theme park under inspection that has breeding dinosaurs, but all hell breaks loose and that's where the fun starts.

Definitely, Jurassic Park is the best in its series as well as one of the Best films for Steven Spielberg. Based on the novel of the same name, the film is more and more interesting than any other film. Nevertheless, it is one of the most terrific films.

All these are good but not many people would even think about making Jurassic park. It's very thrilling and very interesting - Sabbath

If u think any other movie is better than this, go get some help. or you take care of it and die

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3 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Although it may not be a serious, dramatic, or revolutionary in it's effects as the top 2, Radiers still stands as one of the greatest action movies ever made. There's a 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.

Better than Schindler's List, Jurassic Park and even Saving Private Ryan! The most complete movie of it's era, this legend even contends with movies like Star Wars and The Shawshank Redemption.

This is definitely the greatest action/adventure movie of all time. It's Harrison Ford's greatest movie. It's potentially the greatest movie of all time. - BKAllmighty

My Favorite Movie of All Time. PERFECT.

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4 Saving Private Ryan

This movie got gipped for 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.

Best action your ever gonna find in a movie and it is long, stunning and one of the few movies that are the greatest!

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!

My Nana says that I should see this movie. But my Dad told me I'm a bit to young for this movie (for those of you that are reading this in October of 2018)

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5 Jaws

You're gonna need a bigger boat. - RdrTech

How can Jaws not the number 1 on this list? Like seriously it is one of the best films to this date and needs to get more attention on how incredible this film is. It is not just a horror film but a mix of all genres through thriller to comedy to drama, etc. It is one film I can watch over again and again.

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

Greatest film ever made...

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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.

oh my gosh. best movie. drew barrymore!

Love love love love LOVE this movie. I watched it 5 times! And I never got bored of it!

Many people dissapointed from the game verion that made the Game crash in 1983 but this movie is better.

-thank you for making jurrasic park.Its was creative though.

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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 on the top 3.

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

a really good story and good action

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

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8 Catch Me If You Can

So underrated, how this amazing movie somehow went under the radar is beyond me

This movie is literally as good as any. - Beatlesboy9

Amazing film, a must see!

It's great!

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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. - higgsboson2142

My favorite is surely close encounters. 2. Jaws.

10 Minority Report

Most underrated Spielberg film

Very underrated awesome flick

Why is Back To The Future here?

The greatest most underrated movie of all time and y is Ai on here creepy and weird enough said anyway this is a beautiful jilm

The Contenders

11 A.I. - Artificial Intelligence

This film is amazing. It made me cry, also. - Jetticus12

My favourite movie. Anyone should watch it!

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

Underrated - JPK

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12 War of the Worlds

Great special effects and a horror like element, this movie has exciting moments and thrilling action

Dakota Fanning is great in this movie. - MrGmo7

I did't like this.

So good

13 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Why is this movie way higher than the lost world jurassic park. That movie should be at this spot in my opinion. This godawful film should be in last place. The only good thing about it is Harrison Ford and the fight scene at the end. Other than that, avoid this film at all costs. It's that bad.

Most overrated movie of all time

14 Munich

Great movie that deserves much more respect compared to other movies in this list. - NovaSupreme

15 The Adventures of Tintin

It's so BADASS!

16 Poltergeist

For the people who don't think he directed this, HE DID, and this movie isn't that scary but it's an amazing movie with a great cast. SEARCH IT UP. HE DIRECTED THIS.

He directed this look up Steven Spielberg or Steven Spielberg movies and this will come up I SWEAR

He didn't direct this

He didn’t direct it but he did produce. Tobe Hooper directed it.

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17 Empire of the Sun

This is such an underrated film. If you have a chance, rent it!

This is underrated in many ways... - CerealGuy

U don't believe how miracle can be done by a kid

20? deserves at least top 5..just see christan bale as a child artist...magnificent

18 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. - ShuhBanggg

19 The Color Purple

This movie is so great! Sadly, few people know about it - hurrhurrman

The best of a lifetime of great films by speilberg

Amazing movie...

Good movie. I'm suprize it didn't win any Oscars

20 Ready Player One

I know its not out yet but the trailers great - JakcO5

Awesome Film - JPK

It's awesome

21 Gremlins

Didn't direct it. - BeatlesFan1964

This movie is kinda scary...and it happened at Christmas Time. Gross when they hatch thou

This movie gave me nightmares

There are no bad Spielberg movies is my opinion, this, E.T. War Horse

22 Hook

Not a big fan of this movie. I know a lot of people gush over this film and that's fine but I think this is one of Spielbergs worst movies. It has cheesy effects, fake sets, a boring first act in London and the plot is all over the place. I don't despise this film but I don't like it either save for Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams as hook and pan respectively. I'm glad I did not grow up with this film at all.


23 The Goonies

He didn't direct this movie

Not even in the top 5?!?!? Deeply offended..

Spielberg only wrote the story but he wasn’t the director. - Undistinguished

24 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. - keep-me-posted

It's gotta be at least in top 20...

25 Super 8

But he didn't direct this one...

Super underrated movie fantastic I could watch it over and over again!

This is one of his best movies!

26 The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Awesome film. I like how it is much more darker and more savage than the first. A masterpiece really.

Screw you guys, this movie was great and by far the best in the franchise. Part One is great but is overrated.

This is film is very underrated. I like this movie very much.

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 or as awful or as awesomely bad as people say it is. It has really good effects, good soundtrack, good set pieces, good moments of tension, good tone and atmosphere, and fun dinosaurs like the stegosaurus, Compsagnathus, pachycephalosaurus, trex 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 underappriecated sequel. And it deserves the fan base it has.

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27 Bridge of Spies
28 1941
29 Amistad

The true story of the Amistad ship and it's role of becoming a symbol in the movement to abolish slavery

30 Duel
31 The BFG
32 The Sugarland Express
33 The Post
34 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I love this movie. So good. So good! - ShuhBanggg

No! This (movie) was the equivalent of shia lubufs (acting)

35 War Horse

This is a fantastic and beautiful film that is so underrated and unappreciated and not enough people know about it.

A beautiful film that made me cry sadly underrated it should easily be in the top 5

It's a fantastic movie which made my cry it should be in top 10 not the worst

Great movie to watch

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36 Homeward Bound

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38 Amblin’
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