Now whether you love him or hate him, you can't deny what he has done as a film maker. This will be a really hard list to make. Don't worry '1941' will not be on it! LOL I hope to however to capture some of this mans best work and make a great Top Five.
Movies I Need to See: The BFG, Amistad, Schindler's List,
The Color Purple, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Honorable Mentions: Lincoln, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Hook, E.T., War of the Worlds, , The Adventures of Tin Tin, and Jurassic Park
Catch Me if You Can
One of the many collaborations Spielberg had with Tom Hanks. A movie with great Dicaprio and Hanks performances, that I feel is a very underrated film. A movie with such star power in front and behind the camera, it only managed two Oscar nominations (Christopher Walken and John Williams) A cat and mouse film executed to perfection.
Saving Private Ryan
The most heart pounding opening sequence you could of ever wished for. Saving Private Ryan is another well acted and well directed film. This movie should of walked out with the Best Picture Oscar! At least Spielberg walked out with Best Director. Tom Hanks, leads an all star cast (Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, Matt Damon) just to name a few. Arguably, one of the best war films of all time!
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Spielberg directs one of the greatest adventure movies of all time! Get use to hearing greatest of all time when it comes to Spielberg. Casting Harrison Ford was a risking move that payed off for Spielberg and Ford himself. The question here was if Ford was only going to be remembered as Han Solo. Well guess what, this character is even better. Indiana Jones, is one of my favorite movie characters of all time and this movie is one of my favorites. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a work of art, from the action, to the script, even to the amazing score. Film making rarely gets better then this!
When I was younger, this film scared the crap out of me. I hated swimming in the ocean and still till this day am very weary of it. To me that makes a great film experience, how it sticks with you. I recently watched it again and enjoyed it just as much. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw are crazy film characters that have become larger than life. Dreyfuss is a truly entertaining actor and his character is the same. The music is so iconic as well.
Minority Report is not only my favorite Spielberg film, it's arguably one of my favorite films of all time, too. This gritty, crime film has one of the best Tom Cruise performances of all time too. I love the concept that Spielberg creates, it's very unique and innovative. When you first watch it, you are taking on an amazing ride that keeps you guessing from beginning till end. Another one of Spielberg films that got mostly over looked at the Oscars (Best Sound Editing), but will forever live on in my film library and the amazing filmography of Mr. Steve Spielberg!
Spielberg's Films Oscar Nominations and Win:
- Bridge Of Spies
- War Horse
- Minority Report
- Saving Private Ryan
- Schindler's List
- The Color Purple
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Catch Me If You Can
- The Adventures of Tin Tin
- War of the Worlds
- Jurassic Park
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Empire of the Sun
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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