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Top 20 Movies Directed by Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is one of the all time favourite directors of World Cinema. In a career spanning more than four decades, he has worked as director, producer, and screenwriter in various movies. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Here is the list of best 20 movies in his filmography..


Schindler's List (1993)

With Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

With Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

War Horse (2011)

With Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

The story of 'Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.

Bridge of Spies (2015)

With Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

The Color Purple (1985)

With Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Empire of the Sun (1987)

With Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

With Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Jurassic Park (1993)

With Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Lincoln (2012)

With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Duel (TV Movie 1971)

With Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

The Terminal (2004)

With Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Jaws (1975)

With Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

With Richard Dreyfuss, Fran├žois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
With Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

With Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become 'real' so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Minority Report (2002)

With Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

With Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

With Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

With Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri

After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.