Spielberg’s name is synonymous with big Hollywood moviemaking, as he is the director whose greatest early hits first defined the summer blockbuster as we know it. We will however, not hold either of those things against him, as the guy has quite honestly made a good number of quality films. These are 15 of the best:
15.) Empire of the Sun
An adaptation of World War 2 memoirs by J.G Ballard. It entails how the son of British diplomats in China who lives a life of luxury sees his life take a drastic change after the Japanese invade China.
Separated from his parents, he learns to live on his own, even taken as a prisoner of War before the war ended.
14.) Bridge of Spies
This is one of the movies where the bad and the good guys aren’t clearly defined as Steven explores the complexity of dealings in political circles.
In this movie which is one of Steven Speilberg’s best films featuring Tom Hanks. It centers on a US lawyer who is tasked to take over negotiations for the exchange of a Soviet spy for a downed Airforce Pilot in 1962.
13.) Ready Player One
An adaptation of the book written by Ernest Cline, the story is about an online game competition where million of gamers compete to win. With so much reference to the 80s culture which almost makes the movie complex.
The movie is still up for debate in many quarters as to what message Speilberg was actually trying to share.
12.) AI(Artificial Intelligence
Set in the future, AI is about a robot who wants to be turned into a real boy due to him feeling unloved by his parents.
He then goes in search of the blue fairy who will turn him into a human. The film is said to be the 83rd greatest film since the year 2000.
This is Stevens lowest-grossing domestic movie but received five academy nominations.
It was based on the 1972 Olympics which saw the assassination of 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.
10.) Minority Report
In the immediate future, crimes are detected before being committed by a group called the PreCog, but when the head of the department is said to be guilty of murder in 36 hours, he goes on the run and tries to prove his innocence.
The movie features Tom Cruise.
Another blockbuster from Steven Speilberg, the movie focuses on the last four months of President Lincoln, his struggles, and how he lobbied to pass the 13th amendment before the end of the civil war.
This historical film is one of Steven Spielberg’s best films. Lincoln was played by Daniel Day-Lewis.
8.) Catch me if you can
Starring Leonardo Di Caprio who is cast as Frank, and Tom Hanks as Carl an FBI agent, Catch Me If You Can is a biography of a con artist who made a fortune for himself at the age of 19 by forging cheques.
After he was caught by the FBI, he is enlisted to work for them to catch other criminals.
Regraded as one of Steven Spielberg’s best work in film, which isn’t surprising as ET was mostly from his own discretion, sharing moments he had with his imaginary friend after his parents divorced.
It was the highest grossing movie of all time before his own movie broke the record 11 years later.
6.) Close encounter of the third kind
A personal project of Spielberg and it is said to be one Spielberg’s best films till date. With a budget of $20 million dollars, the movie made $300 in earnings and won numerous awards. It was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
5.) Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan, a gritty, honest WWII film was somehow robbed for Best Picture by the fey likes of Shakespeare In Love, but it nevertheless stands as one of Spielberg’s best.
The film opens with an incredible recreation of D-Day, which, for those sorely in need of a history lesson, was the Allied storming of the beach at Normandy, France. From there it tells the story of a captain (Tom Hanks) charged with locating and sending home the young private of the title (Matt Damon), who is the last survivor of a group of four enlisted brothers. The movie became the highest domestic grosser of the year, and earned Spielberg his second Best Director win.
4.) The Color Purple (1985)
This adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel is a harrowing, funny, painful, lively and ultimately triumphant look at black female life in the early 20th century South.
Richly detailed in its period setting and packed with great performances, including Whoopie Goldberg as the put upon main character/narrator Celie, Oprah Winfrey as the headstrong Sofia, Danny Glover as abusive husband Albert, Margaret Avery as Shug and Desreta Jackson as Young Celie, who is sold by her own father (who previously impregnated her) into marriage with Glover as a teenage girl.
A film that shifts in tone as smoothly and deftly touches upon as many issues as this one does is unmistakably the work of a master director.
3.) Schindler’s List (1993)
Spielberg released this appropriately heart-wrenching and epic Holocaust film to universal critical acclaim and tons of awards. Liam Neeson stars as German profiteer Oskar Schindler, who uses his position to save a thousand Polish Jews from extermination.
Shot primarily in black and white, to plant one firmly in the world of archival photos and footage so they can witness the full, moving, speaking horror of the events, this is a film unlike any other Spielberg had done up to that point, and marked the beginning of his later career forays into darker, more realistic subject matter. As powerful as any film regarding this subject should be, and more beautiful than it has a right to be.
2.) Jaws (1975)
This smash hit became the highest grossing film in history at the time of its release and watching this taut tale of maritime horror today, it’s not hard to see why.
Considered one of Steven Speilberg’s best films and greatest works till date.
Featuring some great dialogue that is spoken by some great performers inhabiting some great characters, Jaws tells the story of a New England resort town’s terrorizing at the hands of a Great White Shark. The police chief (Roy Scheider) goes out to sea to put the beast down along with a plucky marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a crusty master seaman (Robert Shaw, pitch-perfect).
The ultimate battle between the three men and their terrifying opponent is still a pulse-pounding and flawlessly realized spectacle, and Jaws, as a whole, shines as mainstream Hollywood at its best.
1.)Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
This boulder-fleeing, Nazi-punching, Wrath Of God-releasing, masterwork is quite simply why movies are made. Harrison Ford stars as everyone’s favorite ophidiophobic archeologist, who races Third Reich scoundrels for the Ark of the Covenant.
One expertly filmed action sequence follows another, as Ford makes cracks with both whip and wit and yet another iconic score by John William’s thunders along. This gleefully old-fashioned adventure was originally conceived by producer George Lucas, and like his own Star Wars, became a cultural phenomenon that bred a successful, beloved (and later tarnished) franchise.
This is one of Steven Speilberg’s best films and one of th most successful franchise in Hollywood.