Here is our personal list of the top 10 films by acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. Don’t miss them for anything in the world
If we think of the directors who have made the modern history of cinema, how can we fail to mention them Steven Spielberg. Director, screenwriter, film and television producer, Spielberg was, together with Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen, proponent of New Hollywood renewing, between the end of the 60s and the beginning of the 70s, the way of making cinema and of seeing the figure of the director. The films, directed by such a prominent figure on the world cinematic scene, cannot fail to represent a must, for cinephiles and beyond. For this we have compiled for you a list of the best (according to our point of view) filmsmade by him. It is not a ranking, but a sort of list, in order of release of the works of his most appreciated by him.
10) The Shark | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
Let’s start immediately with a horror film, del 1975, The Jaws. Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Benchley, Jaws stands as a cornerstone of modern cinema, which some consider as a real turning point. Filmed almost entirely in the open sea, its difficult realization was rewarded by fruitful collections. As the title suggests, the film is about a white shark, which arrives in the waters of Amity Island and begins to sow panic among the bathers. It will be up to the local police chief, a marine biologist and a shark hunter to find it and restore peace to the seaside town. Upon its release, Jaws managed to win 3 Premi Oscar, 1 Golden Globe ed a BAFTA Awardalso thanks to the soundtrack, signed by John Williamswhich many still remember. The film stars Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton e Carl Gottlieb.
9) Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
Steven Spielberg writes and directs Close encounters of the third kind In the 1977, with the intention of telling a science fiction story. In fact, the plot tells of a group of people, endowed with extrasensory abilities, able to perceive the arrival of extraterrestrials. In the cast François Truffaut, Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr e Melinda Dillon. We can describe Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a film that tells an incredible event, through the eyes of ordinary people. The film shows Spielberg’s interest in the extraterrestrial topic, a theme that will re-emerge, as we will see, in other subsequent films. This movie was too a hit at the Oscars; in fact, she received 9 nominations, managing to win in the categories of Best Photography and Special Award for Sound Effects. The film also won a BAFTA Award for Best Art Direction, a Donatello’s David for Best Foreign Film, un Grammy Award for Best Original Score, three Saturn Awardfor Best Director, Best Score and Best Writing, a Golden Screen Award, un Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing and a National Board of Review Award. In short, a real success.
8) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
movie of 1981, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is an adventure film, written by Lawrence Kasdan and based on a story by George Lucas e Philip Kaufman. It goes without saying that this film was also a real success, managing to obtain the best film collection of the year, so much so that the New York Times included it in its list of 1000 best movies ever. Set in 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark chronicles the exploits of archaeologist Indiana Jones, hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant, before Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army can grab it before him. In the cast Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Wolf Kahler ed Anthony Higgins. Raiders of the Lost Ark won 4 Oscar e 1 BAFTA award. His success gave way to a long series of other films.
7) ET the extra-terrestrial | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
Released in 1982, ET the extra-terrestrial it is still today a great classic for young and old. It tells the story of little Elliott, who comes face to face with an alien, left on Earth by mistake. The boy will do anything to help his new friend get home. The cast consists of Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton and from a very small one Drew Barrymore, in one of his very first appearances on the big screen. As in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg’s passion for the alien theme is also shown and told in ET; creatures that the director knows how to tell in a different way than usual. In his films they are in fact good beings, not interested in conquering or setting fire to the Earth. Perhaps that is precisely why the sweet ET has remained in the hearts of viewers.
6) The color purple | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
Three years after the release of ET, Steven Spielberg decides to delight us with another moving film, of a completely different kind, entitled The purple color. The film tries to shed some light on condition of African-American women at the beginning of the last century, focusing in particular on the story of one of them, Celie. The girl’s life is anything but easy, forced to suffer abuse and humiliation from the men around her, she will find the strength to get up again, only thanks to the courage and independence of other women like her. Comedy-drama has as its protagonist Whoopi Goldbergat his side Danny Glover, Margaret Avery e Oprah Winfrey. Despite not winning any Oscars, The Color Purple received well 11 nomination.
5) Jurassic Park | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
Among Spielberg’s countless successes, how not to mention Jurassic Park. The film, released in 1993 started one of the longest-running sagas ever, as well as being one of the first to experiment with the method of CGI ad alto budget. Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park tells of the events that took place on Isla Nublar; here the paleontologist Alan Grant and the paleobotany Ellie Sattler they are surprised to discover the existence of an amusement park entirely dedicated to real dinosaurs, who live there. Animals are the result of the genetic work of dottor Henry Wu, who managed to clone extinct animals, bringing them back to life. But what if the control systems were to collapse? Even Jurassic Park, like the other films listed here, can boast numerous prestigious victories: 3 Oscar awards e 1 BAFTA award.
4) Schindler’s List – Schindler’s list | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
In the same year of release of Jurassic Park, Spielberg is also able to create another unforgettable film, of a completely different mold: Schindler’s List. The historical drama is based on the biography of Oskar Schindler, who lived at the time of the Shoa and became famous for the help given to hundreds of Jews at the time of their deportation. The man, a German entrepreneur, thanks to his acumen, managed to save about 1200 people, bringing them to work for him, in his factory of saucepans and pots. The film, able to narrate the exploits of a man in the times of Nazism, allowed Spielberg to move away from his previous films, creating an exciting film that everyone should see at least once. The film, which won well 7 Oscar, 3 Golden Globein addition to other numerous awards, sees the participation of Liam Neeson as the protagonist, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall ed Embeth Davidtz.
3) Saving Private Ryan | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
movie of 1998Saving Private Ryan allowed the director to focus on the true story of the Niland Brothers. The film is set during the days of D-Day; here Captain Miller’s company is forced to launch into a heroic battle against the Germans. When Major Marshall learns in Washington that three of the four children of the Ryan family have already died in the war, he decides to organize a rescue operation, led by Miller, to bring the only survivor home. The film is masterfully interpreted by two great world-famous actors: Tom Hanks e Matt Damon. It almost goes without saying that Saving Private Ryan won 5 Oscar e 2 Golden Globe.
2) The Terminal | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
Another starring film Tom Hank which is worth mentioning The Terminal. The movie of 2004 is set almost entirely in an airport and tells of Viktor Navorski, a man from Cracosia, who arrives at John F. Kennedy airport in New York only to discover that his passport is no longer valid. From that moment, Viktor will not be able to enter America, but neither will he be able to return home, due to a war that has broken out in his country of origin. The man will have no choice but to wait for the situation to unblock, right inside the airport. The Terminal is also inspired by a true story, in particular that of Mehran Karimi Nasserian Iranian refugee, known to have lived in Paris Charles De Gaulle airport for 18 years.
1) The War of the Worlds | Here are Steven Spielberg’s top 10 movies
We close our series of best Steven Spielberg films with a film from 2005, War of the Worldswhich has as protagonists Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto e Tim Robbins. Here the director returns to the theme of aliens, this time in a different vision from the previous films. In fact, we follow the story of Ray Ferrier, an estranged man who sees his children Rachel and Robbie once a month. Just during the days when he can be with them, something seems to be wrong. A strange cloud forms in the sky from which arrows and lightning rain down, while from the ground huge open craters bring out gigantic alien machines, which begin to destroy everything. Ray will have to flee, to try to save their children.
A shower of accolades
We are sure that, even if you have never seen the films listed, many of you have still heard of them. It’s proof that Spielberg truly is one of the greatest directors of our time. This is also demonstrated by the numerous awards he has won such as Best Director, in fact managing to conquer, only in…