Top 10 Must Watch Movies of Steven Spielberg



Steven Spielberg: the name itself is enough. Through the years, his name has come to be synonymous with ‘legendary’. You all must have seen at least one movie by this great director. From war films to films for children, he has tested his mettle at all the genres. Here is a list of the top 10 films made by him.

10. Minority Report (2002)

It was a bold attempt at sci-fi with dark themes pertaining to capitalism and evils of technology. Set in a futuristic world, the movie starred Tom Cruise in lead role playing a police officer at ‘PreCrime’, a department that specializes in seeing the future and then stopping a crime before it happens. The film was termed as a neo-noir and was the best reviewed film of that year. It was nominated for numerous awards at Oscars and Golden Globe and won 4 awards at Saturn Awards (Best Science Fiction, Direction, Writing, and Best British Actress).


9. Jaws (1975)

This thriller about a great white shark on a murder spree is that movie, which made Spielberg’s career as a big time director. Also to its merit is the fact that many from the industry consider the release of this movie a ‘watershed moment’ in the history of Hollywood because this movie gave rise to the concept of ‘summer blockbusters’. With its $ 1.017 billion business, it is the 7th highest grossing Hollywood film ever made. If you still haven’t seen it, go pick up your copy of DVD now and have a thriller night.


8. Indiana Jones: Raiders Of The Lost Arc (1981)

The movie was the first part in the Indiana Jones’ franchise. It was an action adventure involving archaeologist Indiana Jones being commissioned by the U.S. to find Arc of the Covenant before the Nazis. On a budget of $18 million, it made $384 million worldwide. Need we say more? It won 5 Oscars including Art Direction, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Effects and Visuals.


7. E.T. (1982)

Spielberg set the record of highest grossing Hollywood film with this one. The plot revolves around how a 10 years old boy finds an alien and how a bond of true friendship is developed between them. In an interview, Spielberg revealed that the alien’s character was based on an imaginary friend that he had created after his parents’ divorce in 1960. The film got nominated for 9 Oscars and won 4, including awards for sound and music. It’s B.O. record would only be broken after 11 years by Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park.


6. The Terminal (2004)

It was an endearing comedy drama about a foreign national who is denied entry into the US at the JFK airport following eruption of a revolution in his native country. Tom Hanks breathed life into his character and turned in that years’ one of the best performances. The film was inspired by real life incidents when an Iranian refugee, Mehran Karimi Nasseri had to live on Terminal 1 of the Charles de Gaulle airport from 1988, when his refugee documents went missing, till 2006. The film, though, on receiving mixed critical reviews for some reason, was still very successful at the B.O. with $219 million as its worldwide gross.


5. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

This was indeed a very special project for Spielberg as the first draft of its script was written by the legendary Stanley Kubrick. But the project languished in dust until 1995 when he handed it over to Spielberg. The movie is about, well….I will give you a quote from the film…and just that.If a robot could genuinely love a person, what responsibility does that person hold toward that mecha in return? It’s a moral question, isn’t it?The film was nominated for various awards including ‘Best Visual Effects’ and ‘Original Soundtrack’ at Academy Awards and Golden Globes. It won more money in international markets than in domestic markets and earned a total of $ 235.93 million. A cautionary advice: Keep a bundle of tissue paper by your side while watching it.


4. Empire Of The Sun (1987)-

This is one of those quintessential films that touch your emotional side. The movie is a coming of age war drama about a British boy who gets separated from his parents and subsequently becomes a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp during WW II. It stars a very young Christian ‘Batman’ Bale who, as deemed by many, has given his career’s finest performance. The movie didn’t earn big number at the B.O. as it was a limited release but it successfully recovered its budget. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Editing, Sound and Music, it couldn’t win any but the emotions depicted here transcend the medium itself, making it an essential watch for cinema lovers all over the world. Bale, on the other hand, received a special mention in the ‘Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor’ category from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.


3. Jurassic Park (1993)

In 1993, came the movie that would create its own legacy in the years to come and serve as the source of inspiration to many theme parks worldwide. The movie brought back the ‘creature movie’ genre back to Hollywood and made ‘dinosaurs’ the talk of every household. It broke the B.O. record, previously held by E.T., and earned $ 914 million worldwide. It was a critical success too and earned Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Due to its never seen before special effects, it became an important landmark film forever.


2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

It is THE legendary WWII movie that you should have already seen by now. If not, then….what’s left to say? The movie tells the story of a group of U.S. soldiers, who go behind the enemy lines to find and rescue a U.S. paratrooper. The film earned worldwide recognition for its realistic depiction of war. It was a major B.O. success and won Oscar for Direction, Cinematography, Editing and Sound.


1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Spielberg’s 1993 epic drama film was a big time winner at all the award functions. It’s a story about a rich German industrialist Oskar Schindler’s awakening towards the plight of Jews in concentration camps and how he helps them. The film bagged big awards like Directors Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, and won Oscar for Best Director, Picture, Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography and Art Direction. It’s is an important piece of cinematic achievement and you just cannot afford to miss it.



So which ones have you seen? Not one title on this list can be missed by cinema lovers. So if there is a certain title that you still haven’t seen, rush to your nearest DVD rental now, or order it online, whatever works best for you.



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