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Top 7 Best Steven Spielberg Movies and Reviews

Updated on June 21, 2016
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Steven Spielberg Has Been There And Done That Where Movie Directing is Concerned

Steven Spielberg has been leading the way in directing since he first stepped onto the scene in Hollywood as a director of feature films, given his imaginative thinking and visionary works.

Spielberg is co-founder of DreamWorks Studios, and since the founding of the now major studio he has had more power over the projects that he has had the opportunity to direct.

However, Spielberg has been a long time friend of Universal Pictures Studios, and has done many of his directorial projects through the studio, including the likes of Jurassic Park (1 and 2) and Saving Private Ryan.

Spielberg has been credited for 56 projects where his directing is concerned, among which 35 are feature films. It seems that Spielberg is relentless with his pursuit to direct more and more movies, and the scope of his projects are anything but an easy ride.

Spielberg has directed some of the most iconic movies of Hollywood history, and with every decade there is a Spielberg hit that everyone remembers.

Spielberg is a long-time friend of Tom Hanks, an actor who has starred in 5 of his projects, all of which have gone on the be critical successes, and the partnership is something of an intrigue where audiences and critics alike are concerned.

Spielberg's 7 Best Directorial Masterpieces

Image - Steven Spielberg - the worlds leading Hollywood director, in talent, vision, net worth and movie credits
Image - Steven Spielberg - the worlds leading Hollywood director, in talent, vision, net worth and movie credits

Spielberg's Greatest Movies of all Time

Steven Spielberg is a artist where is movie directing comes into the picture, having honed his skills as a director throughout the early stages of of Hollywood directorial career, and since has gone on to direct some of the largest scale projects known to the industry, making him quite the iconic figure for many other directors of movies on the Hollywood scene.

It seems the bigger the scope for Spielberg's movies the more commercially and widely recognised these movie titles become. Spielberg does anything but take on the simple, easy to do projects. Another reason for his widely recognised success in the film industry.

This list was not an easy one to collate, as Spielberg has directed so many greats over the period that he has been directing movies in Hollywood, but the listing feels like a solid fix for Spielberg all time greats.

The Worlds Greatest Theme Park Brought to Life in "Jurassic Park" (1993)

No.1 - Jurassic Park (1993)

Storyline: (IMDb) During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Review: Jurassic Park was one of the first Spielberg movies that I can remember watching, as it was child friendly, given that I was very young when the movie came into my clutches. It was also the fascination that I had currently had with dinosaurs which likely led to this being a movie of choice at the time, but it was breathtaking if memory serves, but then again children have very few expectations where movie viewing is concerned.

But, as the years have gone on I have seen this movie multiple times and it has always been a spectacular viewing, given that no other movie has ever dared to bring dinosaurs to life in such a magnificently realistic fashion. Spielberg is a genius, given that he was able to create a movie where dinosaurs could exist among humans, an interesting idea turned into one of the greatest movies ever made.

Jurassic Park is a book-to-movie adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel by the same name, a story that called out for a movie, but to say this movie was made in the 90s it is difficult to believe that it was even possible to make such a world possible. This is the genius of Spielberg, the director who has made the impossible possible through his directorial dedication and camerawork that is unlike anyone else's in the industry.

Even without the taste for dinosaurs in a movie, this is still a great piece of entertainment, as the way that they brought the dinosaurs to life on-screen was impressive.

The acting, the movies soundtrack, the camerawork, the atmosphere, the entire world that had been created throughout this visionary masterpiece is unlike any other fantasy action movie that has ever been made.

But, this is no mere action movie, as the tense atmosphere that Spielberg created enabled it to be a family friendly piece of entertainment which could thrill any audience member into believing every scene that comes to pass.

Rating: 9.5/10

The Worlds Scariest Shark in "Jaws" (1975)

No.2 - Jaws (1975)

Storyline: (IMDb) When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

Review: Jaws was the horror movie of the decade back in the 70s, and had such an impact that audience members who had seen the movie were in such awe to the quality of the movie and the realism of the killer shark that they would not step into the sea through fears of being attacked by a shark. Quite the impact at the time, as no other horror movie had ever provided such a realistic look a shark that attacks and kills people.

Jaws is one of Spielberg's most iconic movies, given that it was such an impactful movie at the time of its release into movie theatres.

Rating: 8.6/10

The Greatest Holocaust Movie Ever Made - "Schindler's List" (1993)

No.3 - Schindler's List (1993)

Storyline: (IMDb) In Poland during WWII, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Review: The storyline for a holocaust movie is something which has been touched on again and again, but this movie is unlike any of the others, as for a start it is a modern colour picture day movie which opted for a classic black and white theme. Something, which arguably could have been a bad idea, but it worked for it as it gave it the timely appeal, given that at the time of the events of the movie that would have been the colour picture for movies.

Spielberg put the emphasis on drama in this movie, as it is a serious topic to be explored and he was able to captivate audiences with a specific story of how a German man was able to save thousands of Jews during the reign of Hitler during WWII.

It is an emotional movie, and Liam Neeson playing the lead in the movie was a fine choice, as he had shown during this portrayal that he was capable of pulling off an Oscar level performance which would go down in film history as one of the greatest movies ever made, a point that is in part thanks to Liam Neeson's acting in the movie.

Rating: 9.2/10

What Brothers in Arms Truly Means in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998)

No.4 - Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Storyline: (IMDb) Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Review: The most epic war movie of the 90s, starring the loveable and most talented Tom Hanks, this is a war movie focusing on a story of saving the last brother in a family of brothers whom have all been lost to the tragedies of WWII, the war that is currently being fought in the movie.

The opening scene for this movie is unforgettable and perhaps the best part about the movie entirely, as it was an emotional storm on the beachfront foretelling the true events that would have taken place on that most dreaded and tragic day. Spielberg has the wiz and knowhow sense when it comes to creating an emotion driven epic scene which has audiences on the edge of their seats in glorious suspense.

The rest of the movie flows well with little to no points where there is not pending excitement for action, loss and tragedies along the way, just as it would have been during the war which ended all world wars.

Once the opening scene is over the movie focuses less and less on the bigger picture of the war itself, and focuses more and more so on the story of how a company in the army where able to save the final brother in a row of brothers from almost certain death on the battlefield to ensure that he returned home to his family.

An emotional storyline which has been perfectly portrayed onto the big-screen by a talented cast of actors, and envisioned by probably the greatest director of all time, Steven Spielberg.

Rating: 8.9/10

The Greatest Adventure Movie Ever Made - "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)

No.5 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Storyline: (IMDb) Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Review: Raiders of the Lost Ark has carved itself out a unique niche in the action genre, and that being an edge of your seat pure action and adventure thrill ride which does not take itself too seriously, but still keeps the story interesting. Hence, why Indiana Jones is one of the most successful action franchises ever made.

Spielberg came from a unique angle for the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, capturing a new action hero which was unlike any other, having the ultimate appetite for adventure and teaching.

Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford), the main character in the movie, has the personality of a witty professor, although he also has the abilities to fight bad guys and go on wild adventures to make new discoveries, something which other professors could only ever dream of doing. All a little far fetched, but that is part of the joy of this beginning of what has become a worldwide franchise.

This movie was fresh, it was interesting, and had the ultimately likeable action hero portrayed almost too well some might say by Harrison Ford, making this an action movie unlike any other.

The soundtrack for the movie also deserves some credit as it was fitting for all of those wild adventure and action scenes, a soundtrack composed by John Williams (Jurassic Park, Home Alone).

Rating: 7.9/10

The Secrets Told Behind the Aftermath of a Terrorist Attack in "Munich" (2005)

No.6 - Munich (2005)

Storyline: (IMDb) Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Review: The aftermath of a heinous terrorist act which landed in the death of many athletes was an interesting project based on true events, and who better to direct this most intriguing movie than Steven Spielberg, the one director who can deliver from all angles where his directing is concerned.

The movie was well structured, with many scenes leaving so many questions, a good reason in any case to watch a movie as it always leaves a taste to want to re-watch it just to a get a better idea of what all of the little details were all about, something which can be easily missed on the first watching of the movie.

Steven Spielberg has left plenty to remember this movie by, as it was based on true events, but rather the aftermath of a widely known event which resulted in many deaths. Something which always grips the eyes, as these were the events which took place afterwards, with things happening which were not quite as publicly known. The perfect reason make this story into a movie.

Eric Bana, the lead in the movie, is an actor who has proven his worth with this movie, given that he was playing a rather complex role which would determine the entertainment that movie provided. It can be safely said that he did a good job.

Daniel Craig (Skyfall, Spectre) also appears in this movie, and some may say that his role in this movie showed that he could look good with a gun, an important element for his later role as James Bond in his instalments for the 007/Bond franchise.

Rating: 8.0/10

The First Great Alien Movie - "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977)

No.7 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Storyline: (IMDb) After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

Review: The first movie to successfully make belief that aliens could be real, given that Spielberg was able to capture the alien species in an unrealistic, yet somehow believable manner, which unarguably makes the movie a worthy viewing.

This was Spielberg's first jump into a sci-fi project, and a heck of a movie that he created, and some might say that this was one of his most daring projects, given that at the time in the 70s creating the realistic in movies was a near-impossibility. But, as he had previously shown with Jaws, Spielberg has the nag for making the unreal feel real to audiences.

A captivating movie, which in some ways may have been the first great alien-based movie ever made.

Rating: 8.0/10

If the List Continued

Top 7 Continued... (Titles)
Year of Release
Movie Rating
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
1982
8.9/10
Catch Me If You Can
2002
8.6/10
Lincoln
2012
8.5/10
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1989
8.0/10
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1984
7.6/10
The Terminal
2004
7.6/10
Minority Report
2002
7.5/10

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Summary for the Top Steven Spielberg Movies of all Time

Steven Spielberg is the lighting beacon which has kept Hollywood moving through the times, as when he pushes the boundaries with his project choosing's and succeeds in every manner possible, this results in other directors and studios having to do the same, to ensure that these new expectations from audiences (based on the works of Spielberg) are being met.

Spielberg is responsible for some of the most epic and watchable movies ever made, all Oscar worthy in their making, and all movies that could quite easily make their ways into every household in the world.

Given the somewhat complexity of Spielberg's projects, they always intrigue from the singular titles themselves, and since they are always far apart from one another in story, genre and settings, this makes his movies immediately of interest, perhaps the reason why audiences stand by Spielberg movies as the top of their must-see list when going to the movie theatre.

Spielberg has always kept his movies fresh and interesting, and even now after all of his directorial credits he is still managing to pump out new and great releases.

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