Indeed, he is one of the most famous living filmmakers, Steven Spielberg succeeded in combining the intimacy of a personal vision with the epic requirements of the modern commercial blockbuster. Presenting a list of milestones of this living legend.
1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Watching this movie is like spending a day at an amusement park, which is probably what Mr. Spielberg and his associates intended. It moves tirelessly from one ride to the next, only occasionally taking a minute out for a hot dog, and then going right on to the next unspeakable experience.
2. Minority Report (2002)
What might have been just another sci-fi flick in some other director’s hands becomes under Spielberg a stylish, thoughtful, and thought-provoking future-noir thriller. The movie is not without what I see are a few minor annoyances, but it is still one of the best sci-fi films around.
3. The Terminal (2004)
Steven Spielberg must have held a seance and tried to pick the brains of the dead when he was working on ‘The Terminal’. Based on the story of Merhan Nasseri, an Iranian refugee, The Terminal is an endearing and highly entertaining movie.
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
This movie celebrates the stories we spent our adolescence searching for in the pulp adventure magazines, in the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in comics — even in the movies. Steven Spielberg has made it more than a movie; it’s a catalog of adventure. For locations, it ticks off the jungles of South America, the hinterlands of Tibet, the deserts of Egypt, a hidden submarine base, an isolated island, a forgotten tomb — no, make that two forgotten tombs — and an American archaeology classroom.
5. Jurassic Park (1993)
Steven Spielberg directed this blockbuster thriller based on the popular book by Michael Crichton. I remembered it as my first ever experience watching a movie at the cinema that has a big screen and banging audio. It’s such a perfect watching experience for me, I still remember the queue to buy the tickets and how it feels to be thrilled by the special effects.
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A stalwart Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller, a soldier’s soldier, who takes a small band of troops behind enemy lines to retrieve a private whose three brothers have recently been killed in action. It’s a public relations move for the Army, but it has historical precedent dating back to the Civil War. The movie is as heavy and realistic as Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Schindler’s List, but it’s more kinetic.
7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
In E.T., Spielberg proved a herald of the age when moviegoers would make full-time friends with fantasy, but his most special effect was taking us into ourselves. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is a reminder of what movies are for. Most movies are not for any one thing, of course. Some are to make us think, some to make us feel, some to take us away from our problems, some to help us examine them.
8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Thanks to Spielberg’s pacy direction, the 141 minutes rarely flag. Greatly aided by some stunning cinematography by Janusz Kaminski, this is a film which self-consciously recalls some classic Hollywood moments, and has a few moments of its own that will become watchable again and again over the years.
9. Jaws (1975)
A reminder that, once upon a time, Spielberg used to make films for adults rather than infants and critical regressive. Spielberg works with subtly correct camera placement and meticulous editing. He twists our guts with false alarms, giving us the real thing with heart-stopping suddenness.
10. Schindler’s List (1993)
In Schindler’s List, Spielberg goes beyond ”dramatizing” the Holocaust: He restages it with an existential vividness unprecedented in any non-documentary film. He makes us feel as if we’re living inside the 20th century’s darkest- and most defining-episode. Schindler’s List is a film whose meanings are to be found less in its uplifting outline than in its harrowing flow of images — images of fear, hope, horror, compassion, degradation, chaos, and death.
Which is your favorite one? Do tell us in the comment section.