A lot of movies have been directed and produced. However, not all directors have a unique vision and respect the craft of filmmaking. Which is why Steven Spielberg has stood out in the movie industry as his works portray both uniqueness and style.
Knowing Spielberg’s gift and knack for filmmaking as a director, watching his creativity play out on screen is a privilege. So if you're a Spielberg fan, here are Steven Spielberg's ten most iconic movies of all time.
1. Jaws (1975)
Created far back 1975, this Speilberg’s creation struck fear into the hearts of viewers. In the iconic movie, a shark is on the loose at a quiet beach-side community, and a trio of unlikely men team up to hunt down and kill the wicked beast. Spielberg’s subtle technique for realism makes the film that much more frightening, and while his use of the animatronic shark may not be as terrifying today as it was then, CGI wasn’t a thing back in 1975, and the film's practical effects were actually pretty advanced for the time.
2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
This was one of Spielberg’s first Alien related movie creation. The movie starred Richard Dreyfuss and first opened the eyes of many to the existence of extraterrestrials bodies. The movie follows a series of UFO sightings that snagged a group of pilots from the Earth, something which later becomes an obsession of a blue-collar worker. The film is yet another sci-fi Spielberg epic that certainly isn’t short on thrills or unique, thought-provoking ideas and characters. It’s a blast to watch, with a great musical score and a grand performance from Dreyfuss.
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park still remains one of Spielberg's most iconic movies of all time. As a kid, Jurassic Park was the first real depiction of dinosaurs in a hit movie. The film explored what would happen if dinosaurs were brought back to the modern day and got reanimated into society; that could be fun for the kids, but terrifying for the rest of us. In Jurassic Park, Spielberg stunned our imagination in more ways than one. He revolutionized visual effects and showed Hollywood what a special effects action spectacle should look like.
4. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
This story sees DiCaprio playing Frank Abagnale, an intelligent, young con artist who tip-toes through various roles and professions that, in reality, he never worked a day in his life in. Abagnale begins as a young boy who is sad by the notion of his parents getting a divorce, and runs away living out a life of petty crime and habitual conning, until becoming one of the most iconic con-men in history. This Spielberg film is sleeker and more slender than his other movie. Its slick crime-investigation narrative just adds live to the movie.
5. War Horse (2011)
If Horses could fly, then this movie would have never stopped showing in cinemas. Based upon the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse tells the story of a horse named Joey that is sold to British WWI veterans. Joey lands himself in a variety of different locales during the war throughout the journey to find his way back home. What remains so wholesome about this movie is that Spielberg showed the narrative through the eyes of the horse. The viewers are shown the horrors of war but, at the same time, slight glimmers of beauty and hope shine.
6. Lincoln (2012)
Spielberg’s Lincoln is a war picture and biographical drama set during the ambivalent time of the Civil War when the North and South were at each other’s throats. Of course, the nation’s sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln oversaw the country being torn apart while he did his best to free the slaves. With his experienced directing skills and a ground breaking performance from Daniel Day-Lewis this biopic has been a standout in Spielberg’s career.
7. The Color Purple (1985)
This movie was based on the book by Alice Walker, which tells the story of Celie Harris played by Whoopi Goldberg who is subjected to unthinkable abuse and domestic torture from her father and husband. With Spielberg’s beautifully crafted direction. the movie explore each character deeply and shows how strength can be gotten from pain.
8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Who knew that Spielberg and war movies with great action sequences would blend so well together? A squad of soldiers attempts to locate Private James Francis Ryan, the only one of his brothers to survive, in the epic Saving Private Ryan. With a magnificent ensemble cast and brutally realistic photography, the director gives a more heavy-handed approach to World War II and uses the gritty aesthetic of the genre to transcend traditional war films and make a magnificent and bloody tale of honor and friendship.
9. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark was the movie that first brought Indiana Jones into the limelight. His role in the movie and Speilberg's amazing directing launched Jones’ character into impressive heights on the silver screen and elevated action-adventure movies above nearly anything else at that time. Spielberg helped create a gold mine with this film, and used his wits to bring to life a legend on screen.
10.West side (2021)
After many years of directing, Spielberg finally made a musical and it was as expected, a big hit and won a handful of awards. The West Side movie was the second feature-length film to adapt the 1957 stage musical of the same name. The storyline takes place in the 50s and brings a Romeo & Juliet-esque story to a modern audience. Star-crossed lovers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) find themselves on opposing factions, and as their love blossomed, the Jets and Sharks waged war for control of the streets in Manhattan's Upper West Side.