Special Report

32 Steven Spielberg Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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27. Always (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (29,132 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 60% (22,772 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 64% (25 reviews)
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman

This is a fantasy about an airborne firefighter (Richard Dreyfuss) who dies saving the life of a fellow flyer and his spirit returns to see a pilot he mentored fall in love with his girlfriend (Holly Hunter). Critic Janet Maslin of the New York Times said the film had its sentimental moments, but “it lacks the intimacy to make any of this very moving.”

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26. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
> IMDb user rating: 6.1/10 (439,008 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 53% (1,320,929 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (277 reviews)
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

The fourth film in the smash-hit Indiana Jones franchise has Jones in a Cold War-era race to find the Crystal Skull of Akator in Peru before a Soviet agent (Cate Blanchett) does. Though not quite up to the appeal of the previous Indiana Jones films, critics appreciated its energy, though some found a fourth installment unnecessary.

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25. The BFG (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (81,860 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 57% (38,040 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 74% (305 reviews)
> Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement

BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, a role played by Mark Rylance, who befriends a 10-year-old girl. Together, they try to convince Queen Victoria to help them banish bad giants. The fantasy is based on a book by Roald Dahl. Sara Michelle Fetters of MovieFreak.com thought the film was a “delightful fantasy” and an “enchanting odyssey.”

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24. The Terminal (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (429,768 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 74% (408,234 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 61% (207 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Tom Hanks stars as an Eastern European tourist trapped at a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport when war breaks out in his country and the Department of Homeland Security won’t let him leave or enter the U.S. Matthew Lucas of The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.) called it a “jaunty and charming comedy.”

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23. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (298,848 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64% (414,132 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 74% (196 reviews)
> Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, Sam Robards

Haley Joel Osment plays a robotic child adopted by humans who finds he can’t adapt to the world around him and seeks a place where he will be accepted. Critic Andrew Bloom of The Spool opined “A.I. examines the morality of creating something that can love, that must love, but whose deeply-felt affections may not always be returned.”

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