In the film history and present time as well, the name Steven Spielberg stands tall! Born on 18 December 1946, he is one of the top names among American directors, producers, and screenwriters in the industry. Some of his blockbuster sci-fi movies like ‘Jaws’ (1975), ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981). and ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’, are considered as the prototypes of the modern Hollywood. . Later in his movie career, his films began to display humanistic problems like, ‘the Holocaust’, ‘war and terrorism’ etc. These films struck chords with the viewers and became popular all over the world!
Talking about Spielberg’s childhood days, it was not easy for him growing up as the other children of his age. He suffered from xenophobia as a child. The sole reason for this was that Spielberg came from the Jew origin his family was an orthodox Jewish. He also admitted that he was bullied because of his race (a Jew). Spielberg’s movie career blossomed when the vice president of Universal Studios, Sidney Sheinberg offered him a seven-year directing contract and Spielberg became the youngest director ever to be singed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio. At that time, Spielberg was just a student but after this offer, he dropped out of college and began making movies professionally. He has been nominated for seven Academic Awards for the category of Best Director winning two of them (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List). Here in this article, we introduce you to some Steven Spielberg’s movies which are the magnum opus in their own way. Go on and read!
#11 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
At the 5oth Academy Awards, this film was nominated for Oscars. It was released back in 1977 and revolved around a blue collar worker, Roy Neary, who becomes obsessive with UFOs after encountering one. This is one of the most popular Steven Spielberg Movies of sci-fi genre and it did extremely well at the box office. The film had a production budget of 20 million dollars and was released only in selected cities. The title of the film was based on the classification of close encounters by Ufologist, J. Allen Hynek’s. He explained the meaning of the film’s title as, ‘close encounters’ meant the encounter with the aliens, and the ‘third kind denotes’ human observations of aliens. This is one of the Best Sci Fi movies of all time.
#10 Saving Private Ryan
This epic war drama was released in 1998 and was set during the times of ‘Invasion Of Normandy’ at the time of World War 2. The story follows journey of John H. Miller (portrayed by Tom Hanks) and his team as they go on a mission to find one of the Ryan brothers who is a paratrooper and has landed himself somewhere in Normandy.
The movie was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and Steven Spielberg won Best Director award for the film. Saving Private Ryan was also selected for preservation by Library of Congress.
#9 The Sugarland Express
Steven Spielberg’s first movie, ‘The Sugarland Express’ was released back in 1974. The film was inspired by a real-life incident in which a couple tried to outrun the law. The movie was honored with ‘best screenplay award’ at Cannes Film Festival. Lou Jean (Goldie Hawn) visits her husband, Clovis in prison and informs him that their son will soon be placed under the care of foster parents. She convinces him to escape from prison and get their son back. Clovis escapes and the duo hitch a ride from an elderly couple. But when the car is stopped by patrolman, things go for a toss. Will Clovis and Lou Jean be successful?
#8 War Of The Worlds
Loosely based on a novel by H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds was released in 2005. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a divorcee and estranged from his two children. His ex-wife leaves the two kids under his care while she goes to Boston to visit her parents. Unexplained weather change results in lightening that strikes at a intersection. Ray is in the crowd and soon notices a tripod appear and kill all the witnesses. To save his children, Ray decide to take his children to Boston and re-unite them with their mother.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of United States of America who also pushed for the Thirteenth amendment (which outlawed slavery). The movie begins with President hoping that the Civil war will end soon and equally concerned whether the thirteenth amendment will be passed by the Congress. The movie follows the struggles of President as he tries to convince Democrats and Republicans to pass the amendment. The movie ends with news of Lincoln being shot announced. Daniel Day-Lewis portrayed the role of President Lincoln and won Academy Awards for Best Actor. This movie is considered as one of the best Steven Spielberg Movies.
#6 Transformer: Age Of Extinction
Another flick in the line of Steven Spielberg movies and also one of the best sci-fi movies, ‘Transformers: The Age Of Extinction’ hit the theatres on July 2014. The movie was not praised by critics but the work of action sequences, stunts, and musical scores was greatly applauded. Even after receiving many down points, the film grossed over 1.104$ worldwide and was the highest grossing movie of 2014.
#5 Real Steel
This movie is a treat for visual aficionados, who love to watch robots and humans sharing screen space. One of the great works in terms of Steven Spielberg movies, this film was released in 2010. The movie lays emphasis on the fact what happens when humans are replaced with robots for boxing fights. This was again a sci-fi movie helmed by Steven Spielberg. This film won People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Action Movie Star Category which was bestowed on Hugh Jackman.
#4 Jurassic Park
Released in 1993, it is a sci-fi adventure movie and is considered as one of the greatest movies of all the time. It is based upon the novel of the same title, written by Michael Crichton. The plot involves scientists visiting a wildlife amusement park which contains cloned dinosaurs. But soon the experience becomes horrific as the dinosaurs started acting violently. The film earned high praise from the critics for its visual effects, musical score and Spielberg’s direction. Spielberg also won the Best Director Academy award for the film. This is one of best movies of all time.
Jaws is a 1975 thriller film based on the novel of the same title, written by Peter Benchley. In the plot, a white shark attacksthe beachgoers on amity island, prodding the police chief of the island to hunt it with the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter. Jaws received mostly positive reviews by the critics. It is considered as one of the greatest movies ever made and was the highest grossing movie of all time until the release of Star Wars(1977).
#2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Filmed and released in 1982, E.T. extra-Terrestrial is an American Sci-fi fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison. This film revolves around a lonely boy Elliott who befriends an extra-terrestrial(E.T.) who is stuck on Earth and how Elliott and his siblings help E.T. to return to his home planet while keeping him hidden from their mother and the government.
This film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically important.” It ranks as the greatest science fiction film ever made and one of the best Steven Spielberg Movies.
#1 Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List is an American epic period film which was released in the year 1993 and considered as one of the top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies. It was adapted by the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally. This film is related to the life of Oskar Schindler who was a German Businessman and how he saved the lives of more than a thousand Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in the factories during World War 2. This film is a masterpiece in its own way and has won a lot of hearts because of the humanistic problems it has showed.
This movie has won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and many more award. The American Film Institute has ranked this film 8th on its list of the 100 best American Films of all time.
Steven Spielberg has time and again moved us with his brilliant story telling. We can never stop admiring his work. If you’re also a Spielberg fan go and watch these eleven movies which are a piece of art. There are other Steven Spielberg movies such as Munich, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Bridge of Spieswhich you could watch. Check his complete filmography here.
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