Top films of Steven Spielberg by LMdC

It was probably the first director name I ever noticed when I was a kid and it was way before I become a director worshiper. My relation with Spielberg has many highs and many lows. Let me explain myself here, I love his talent as a storyteller and his vision that makes us discover something fresh and original almost every time. The latest release of Tintin helped me to make peace with this widely acclaimed director that got on my nerves with his latest releases. The moralistic messages of his films and the lack of sensibility of some of his subjects and/or the hypocrisy of their treatment pissed me off.
However, when I look back at his better films I can not do anything but applause and remember myself how like his better work. Just hum the theme song for Indiana Jones and I will immediately have images of the hero for days. Who can't quote a line from Jaws? What is the only other (other than black and white even if they aren't colors 'cause they're black and white) color in Schindler's List?

I know it is a controversial list but it is my personal appreciation of Spielberg's oeuvre so far.

1. Jaws (1975)
2. Duel (1971)
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
6. Jurassic Park (1993)
7. Schindler's List (1993)
8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
9. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
10. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)
11. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
13. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
14. Minority Report (2002)
15. Munich (2005)
16. Hook (1991)
17. War of the Worlds (2005)
18. The Terminal (2004)
19. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
20. Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull (2008)

Films I haven't seen: The Sugarland Express (1974) 1941 (1979) The Color Purple (1985) Empire of the Sun (1987) Always (1989) Amistad (1997) War Horse (2011) Lincoln (2012)


  1. Thats a good list. A little suprised to see Duel at #2 not that I disagree just surprised.

    1. I really like the technical abilities and the tension created by Spielberg's keen storytelling in Duel. A classic!

  2. For once I've seen almost everything a director has done. Of the movies of his that you have not seen, I liked 1941. Critics didn't because it was an out and out comedy, and they didn't want to see that from Spielberg. He's never made a pure comedy since. I thought The Color Purple was overrated. Empire of the Sun was great and it was the first movie I ever saw Christian Bale in. Amistad as a decent movie, but not a must see. Crystal Skull was a disappointment.

    As for me, I'd have Schindler's List, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, and The Last Crusade in that order for my top 5.

    1. I heard many good words about 1941 and I really want to see it soon. I've decided to complete my viewing of his films this year so I hope to get through all these great titles!

      Nice Top 5 by the way! I would be interested to see what a poll of his best films would give as results... Spielberg's work touch many people differently and he had the opportunity to make many films within many genres.

  3. Mike, en tant qu'amoureux de l'histoire, The Color Purple et Amistad sont deux films à voir! certainement pas les meilleurs de Spielberg mais ce sont deux très bon films.


    1. Cool! Je vais certainement essayer de voir tous ses films bientôt! Merci du tuyau et de ton commentaire!

  4. Great list! I completely agree with your #1 choice. Spielberg was a force to be reckoned with in the 70s and early 80s. Just my two cents, but I feel that Empire of the Sun was terribly underrated and under-appreciated during its initial release.

    As one of my favorite blogs, I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Check out my post for details: http://cinematiccatharsis.blogspot.com/2012/02/hey-im-liebster-blog-award-winner.html . Feel free to accept or decline. No pressure! :)

  5. Thank You Barry! This is much much appreciated! I'll do the acceptation post shortly!


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