The Best Steven Spielberg Movies Up to Date
Steven Spielberg is known as one of the best director, producer, screenwriter and editor in the Hollywood. His career in the movie making industry started 40 years back, and since then, he never looked back. His early science fiction and adventure films got him most of the recognition, such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Later his films began addressing humanistic issues like the holocaust, the transatlantic slave trade, war, civil rights and terrorism with his films such as The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Schindler’s List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), War Horse (2011), and Bridge of Spies (2015). His other massive super hits include Jurassic Park (1993), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) and War of the Worlds (2005). We will be discussing his best films up to date in this article, which went top of the charts and broke the box office records one by one.
1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
By 1998, there were many war related movies out and it had to be something special to come up with a similar genre movie. But, with Spielberg behind the cameras, and the cast led by Tom Hanks, this movie was off to a great start even before the first scene was shot. It was one of the best-reviewed films of the year, with $481 million in the collection.
2. Bridge of Spies (2015)
This is a Cold War drama about an American lawyer who is burdened with the thankless fallout from a spy plane pilot’s Russian capture. The movie was nominated for six Oscars and took one home as well. It is a box office hit, which harkened back to the past while remaining uncomfortably relevant. It collected $165.5 million worldwide.
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
This movie was what can be called as the full-on arrival of CG era. It was a throwback to good old fashioned creatures. Spielberg assembled a cast of savvy character actors like Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough, and made a movie about a millionaire who bankrolls a vacation destination, which is filled with real live dinosaurs. The movie was a blockbuster. It was 1993’s top grossing movie by a wide margin.
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1997)
By the time half of the 70’s passed, the Hollywood already had enough alien invasion movies, that the filmgoers started taking them for granted, because if a flying saucer was seen in the sky, it only meant trouble. Spielberg took this notion and turned it on its head with Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It is one of the most enduring all-time sci-fi classic. According to Spielberg, the extra-terrestrial guests mean no harm to us, and they were merely curious. It doesn’t feel like much of a thing right now, but during the Cold War, it was something revolutionary about this movie, an alien movie, which ended up bringing smiles.
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
This was first in the series of a serial-inspired adventure, which starred Harrison Ford as the swashbuckling archaeologist Indian Jones. The movie established Spielberg and Lucas as two of the Hollywood’s most bankable filmmakers, along with making Ford as one of the greatest cemented actors. It collected more than $380 million around the world, as the movie took audiences on a breathtaking thrill ride.
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
Spielberg kept this movie in circles for years, as he was concerned that he didn’t have the maturity or skills necessary to dramatize the story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi Party member, who with the help of his potion as a German industrialist, saved nearly 1200 Jews during the course of World War II. The film finally started in early 1993, and was one of the most widely acclaimed movies of the 90’s.
7. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Spielberg brought together Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio to help him with dramatizing the story of a real life legend Frank Abagnale, a con man. Frank led FBI on a wild goose chase during the 60’s, while he posed as everything from being an airline pilot to a doctor, and stole millions of dollars along the way. Although, Spielberg was criticised for it 141 minutes running time. The movie was a brilliant piece of direction, along some great acting from Tom Hanks as an FBI Agent and Leo as Frank.
8. Jaws (1975)
A year after the underperforming The Sugarland Express, Spielberg came back to the theatres with Jaws, which made him – after it nearly broke him. After taking the reins on the big screen adaption of famous bestseller novel, Spielberg found himself surrounded by all sorts of production problems, budget benchmarks and also struggling to hit studio deadlines. The whole project was nearly shutdown, but Spielberg ultimately delivered. And, what a movie it was. This movie launched Spielberg’s career overnight.
9. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
This was a modern classic, which was just another addition of jewel to Spielberg’s crown. E.T. earned a total of nine Oscar nominations. The movie was about what will happen if an alien life came to earth, and felt more feared from us than we did from it. Spielberg used a group of kids, which included Drew Barrymore as a child artist, and framed a story in a new way, giving audience a film from a child’s perspective. It was a massive commercial hit and won four Oscars out of nine nominations. This movie remains a touchstone for filmmakers of several generations.
10. The Sugarland Express (1974)
Spielberg was a young college dropout with only a few years of TV work experience when he came up with this feature film. It was crime drama about a husband and his wife, who are bound and determined to prevent their son from being sent to a foster home, even if it meant they had to hold a cop hostage and lead the police on a chase. This movie was inspired by real life events. The movie was one of the best works of Spielberg, was ignored by the audiences largely.
These are the movies which were all directed and written/co-written by Steven Spielberg. He was also a part of some other successful movies like Poltergeist (1982), Gremlins (1984), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Room 666 (1984), Back to the Future (1985), The Goonies (1985), Men in Black (1997), Minority Report (2002), The Terminal (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Transformers (2007), Cowboys and Aliens (2011), Real Steal (2011), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Poltergeist (2015), Jurassic World (2015) and many more. His upcoming main attractions are Jurassic World sequel (2018) and Indiana Jones 5 (2019).