Top 5… Steven Spielberg films

In honour of War Horse opening at the cinema and in anticipation of a future review here is a run down of my top 5 Steven Spielberg directed movies.

5. Munich

Picking 5th place was harder than picking the rest of the list. Any of my honourable mentions at the end of this post could easily have taken this spot but I had to pick something so I went for something from the last decade to show he is still alive and kicking! Five men are picked to avenge the killing of the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. We follow them as the track down and take out those responsible.

4. Saving Private Ryan

I think the best war film of 1998 was not Saving Private Ryan but instead was Terrence Malick’s gorgeous The Thin Red Line but Saving Private Ryan is still a very accomplished and gripping war film that still haunts.

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Having to put this film in third is a testament to how good Spielberg is. From start to finish this film is faultless as they really don’t make them like they used to (even if Spielberg and Lucas continue to try and fail).

2. Jaws

“We’re gonna need a bigger boat”. A film of two halves that almost feels like you get two masterpieces for the price of one. The film that invented the summer blockbuster and launched Spielberg’s career into the stratosphere.

1. Schindler’s List

Everything about this film is amazing: The soundtrack, the use of black and white, the acting, the beginning, the middle, the end. If you haven’t seen this then you owe it to yourself to find a spare three hours, get rid of all distractions and immerse yourself into one of the best films ever made.

Honourable mentions

  • Jurassic Park – ground-breaking special effects that still look amazing today
  • Catch Me If You Can – hilarious and charming. Hanks and DiCaprio on top form.
  • Minority Report – Spielberg does sci-fi like only he can. Intelligent and heart-pounding. Ruuuuuuuuuun!
  • Empire of the Sun – The song Christian Bale’s character sings still haunts me today.
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  1. “get rid of all distractions and immerse yourself into one of the best films ever made.” <- Or laugh inappropriately at a certain point in the film. "whoops" :)

    Oh and on Empire of The Sun – It's Christian's character that is singing (or singeing :p) not Christian himself. ;)

    I haven't seen most of those in your main list, but have seen the majority of those in your honourable mentions. Apart from Minority Report, as it has Tom Cruise and you know I'm not much of a fan of Tom. :p

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