7. Bridge of Spies (2015)
As one of the best actor-director partnerships of all time, Steven Spielberg and his most frequent collaborator Tom Hanks were back with a bang in 2015. Based upon the 1960 U-2 incident in which an American spy plane was shot down in Soviet Union, moviegoers had their eyes set on Bridge of Spies.
Winning one Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor from its six nominations including Best Picture, the movie proved that Spielberg might be getting too old for making movies but he is still in the game.
6. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
It was a movie that changed the entire landscape of how aliens were portrayed in mainstream movies. Often shown as antagonists with the aim of taking over the Earth, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial gave the aliens a softer touch by introducing a kindhearted space creature who became friends with a troubled child.
Surpassing Star Wars to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, the movie held that record for eleven years until Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park crossed it. Arguably one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director but won four.
5. Jaws (1975)
It was Steven Spielberg’s second feature film and told every filmmaker in Hollywood to move over as there was a new great director in town. As the movie that put Spielberg on the map, Jaws is without a doubt the best killer shark movie of all time.
Winning three Academy Awards from its four nominations, Jaws has a legacy like no other. Spawning three sequels and three video games, it is amazing to know that Jaws was nearly shut down due to delays and budget over-runs but Spielberg definitely made it worth the wait.
4. Jurassic Park (1993)
Not a stranger to revolving around animals as far as his stories are concerned, Steven Spielberg definitely took the cake by introducing dinosaurs. It is true that there have been many dinosaur movies before and since Jurassic Park but the movie has a class of his own. Using life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, the prehistoric creatures looked very real.
With the tagline “65 million years in the making”, the movie became a must-see as people ran to cinemas to see the amazingly real looking dinosaurs as Jurassic Park became the highest grossing movie for four years until being crossed by James Cameron’s Titanic.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
As one of the most iconic movie characters of all time, Indiana Jones is a name familiar to every moviegoer and one of the best franchises of all time. If the best one had to be narrowed down from the four installments, Raiders of the Lost Ark would definitely be the one.
Starring Harrison Ford, no one could have guessed that it was the start of something really special. Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Raiders of the Lost Ark won five.
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg’s obsession with wars is no secret as evident from the many war movies he has made. Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, the director made Saving Private Ryan which would go down as arguably the best war movie ever made.
The magic created by the partnership between Spielberg and Hanks is always a threat to their opponents as the duo’s work is Oscar material and Saving Private Ryan is no different. The movie had eleven Academy Award nominations and was the most talked about movie of its time. Winning five, the movie bestowed Spielberg his second Academy Award for Best Director.
1. Schindler’s List (1993)
Despite being a movie made in modern times, Steven Spielberg decided to shoot Schindler’s List in black and white in order to give the an impression of timelessness. Even though the movie having no color, Schindler’s List was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won seven including Best Picture and Best Director.
It was Spielberg’s very first Academy Award victory after five previous nominations and a pinnacle of his career. If anything, the amount of success achieved by the black and white movie proves that Spielberg could have made it big in any era of Hollywood because he is that damn good.
We can’t resist mentioning these epic Steven Spielberg’s movies as well:
- Minority Report
- The Color Purple
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