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Every Steven Spielberg Movie Ranked From The Post to Jurassic Park
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32. The Terminal (2004)
Viktor Navorski’s home country collapses amid a civil war just before he arrives in New York, leaving his passport invalid. Once he’s a citizen of no country, he’s forced to live at JFK. If you love airports and duty-free shops, this movie is for you. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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31. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
If there’s one thing Hollywood loves, it’s milking a franchise until it’s dead. Even Spielberg himself isn’t immune to taking on a bad sequel, and The Lost World is proof that the great director can indeed deliver a misfire. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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30. Indiana Jones and the Kingom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
By far the weakest link in the Indiana Jones franchise, this one starred a 66-year-old Harrison Ford as the titular character fight ing Soviets who are on the hunt for extraterrestrial crystal skulls. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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29. 1941 (1979)
This madcap comedy about the infamous (and mysterious) Battle of Los Angeles following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor features an ensemble cast of comedy titans including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Candy, and John Belushi. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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28. Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Spielberg’s installment in this sci-fi / horror anthology sees the elderly residents of Sunnyvale Retirement Home revisiting their childhood—experiencing the joy of youth, as well as its burdens—when a mysterious resident named Mr. Bloom moves in. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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27. Always (1989)
Richard Dreyfuss stars as an aerial firefighter who, after getting killed on the job, returns as a spirit to mentor another young pilot (Brad Johnson). The plot gets complicated when the younger pilot falls for the elder pilot’s widow (played by Holly Hunter). Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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26. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
The beloved Belgian boy-hero gets the big-screen treatment in this motion-capture film, with Jamie Bell as the adventurous roving reporter who seeks out on a hunt for a lost, sunken ship with the help of a cantankerous sea captain. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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25. The BFG (2016)
Oscar-winner Mark Rylance steps into the role of Roald Dahl’s big, friendly giant, proving that he can perfectly disappear into any performance (especially if he’s playing a computer-generated character). Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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24. War of the Worlds (2005)
Spielberg brings his usual flash and vision to another extra-terrestrial tale—a passable adaptation of H. G. Wells’s sci-fi classic—this time giving Earth’s celestial guests deadly motives as they pummel our world. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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23. War Horse (2011)
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22. The Surgarland Express (1974)
Spielberg make his theatrical feature debut with this crime drama that stars Goldie Hawn as a woman that helps her husband escape from jail in order to spring their son out of foster care. It is an impressive first feature, which announced a major cinematic talent. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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21. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Temple of Doom has the notorious distinction of being so bloody and scary that it basically initiated the creation of the PG-13 rating. It also has the notorious distinction of being, well, pretty racist. It really does not hold up. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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20. Empire of the Sun (1987)
Christian Bale’s breakthrough performance is the shining light of this war drama, in which an upper-class British boy living in Shanghai sees his life turned upside-down during the Japanese occupation in World War II. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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19. Amistad (1997)
This historical drama follows the slave uprising on the ship La Amistad and the subsequent legal battle that ensued once the Mende tribesmen were captured by an American ship. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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18. Hook (1991)
The boy who would never grow up did, in fact, grow up—at least that’s what Hook presupposes. Robin Williams plays an uptight, workaholic corporate lawyer whose children are kidnapped by a long-lost enemy: Captain James Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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17. Duel (1971)
This TV movie marked Spielberg’s directorial debut—one so successful that it received a theatrical release. It follows a traveling salesman who is stalked on a two-lane desert highway by an unseen driver manning a tanker truck. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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16. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Spielberg infamously took on this film project from Stanley Kubrick following the acclaimed auteur’s death in 1999. The result is a Spielberg-Kubrick fusion: a Pinocchio-inspired morality tale about a child robot. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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15. The Post (2017)
Spielberg’s timely political drama looks back at Washington Post publisher Kay Graham and editor Ben Bradlee as they prepare to go up against the Nixon White House to publish the infamous Pentagon Papers in 1971. Pre-order on Amazon.
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14. Minority Report (2002)
Set in the distant future, a specialized police force known as the PreCrime unit arrests criminals before they can commit their illegal acts. When the head of the unit is identified as a possible criminal, however, he must outsmart his colleagues as he searches for the truth. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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13. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Leonardo DiCaprio dazzles in this comic caper about the real-life Frank Abagnale—a professional con man who poses as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a prosecutor—and the beleaguered FBI agent who is desperate to apprehend him. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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12. Bridge of Spies (2015)
Mark Rylance won an Oscar for playing a KGB spy who is traded for an American pilot who was shot down over the Soviet Union in Spielberg’s slightly slow—but handsomely filmed—Cold War drama. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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11. Munich (2005)
Eric Bana stars as a Mossad agent chosen to lead Operation Wrath of God, an assassination mission targeting the Palestine Liberation Organization’s massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics, in this complex morality play disguised as a political thriller. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
In his third outing, Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones once again battles Nazis on his quest to find his father (played by Sean Connery), who has disappeared on an archeological quest for the Holy Grail. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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9. Lincoln (2012)
Spielberg’s Lincoln is a feast for his fans and history buffs alike that features an incredible performance from Daniel Day-Lewis (who earned his third Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president)—as well as a starry ensemble of supporting players. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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8. The Color Purple (1985)
Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel served as material for Spielberg’s first serious drama, which saw both Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey making their film debuts (and earning Oscar nominations for their performances). Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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7. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss reteam for this celestial drama in which everyday Americans see their lives changed after UFO sightings, which earned Spielberg his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spielberg essentially created the cuddly-alien-bonds-with-human-boy genre with this iconic and acclaimed blockbuster about a creature who is very, very far away from home. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Spielberg joined forces with George Lucas to launch one of the greatest action-adventure franchises in film history, with Harrison Ford’s first outing as Indiana Jones remaining the series’ best installment. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
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3. Jaws (1975)