Special Report

32 Steven Spielberg Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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7. Jurassic Park (1993)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (912,545 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (1,071,829 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (130 reviews)
> Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

The film that launched the Jurassic Park franchise shares equal appeal among critics and audiences. Critics said the scenes of terror of dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA and running amok in the 20th century evoked comparisons with Spielberg’s “Jaws” (see No. 4).

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6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (719,323 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (768,808 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 88% (73 reviews)
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Sean Connery and Harrison Ford play father and son in this well-received third installment of the Indiana Jones series. Spielberg applied a lighter touch in this film than other movies in the franchise, as Jones and his father pursue the Holy Grail.

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5. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (891,479 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (749,469 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (203 reviews)
> Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

“Catch Me If You Can” is a delightful romp based on the true story of con man Frank Abagnale outwitting an exasperated FBI man played by Tom Hanks. Geoff Andrew of Time Out said the film was “this is the director’s most likeable film in ages, even if it’s insubstantial, overlong and, frankly, a touch redundant.”

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4. Jaws (1975)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (566,899 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (945,011 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (93 reviews)
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

The film most responsible for keeping people out of the ocean in 1974 and launching the Jaws franchise, it tells the story of a monstrous, rampaging Great White Shark plying the waters off a New England town. Among the memorable characters is Robert Shaw as a Captain Ahab-esque ship captain obsessed with killing the shark.

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3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
> IMDb user rating: 8.6/10 (1,297,141 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (993,591 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (143 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

“Saving Private Ryan” set new standards for realistic war scenes and took home five Oscars in 1999, including a Best Director statue for Spielberg and a Best Cinematography award for Janusz Kaminski. The plot centers around a group of U.S. soldiers tasked with pulling out another GI from the battle area because all of his brothers have been killed in the war. “An old-fashioned war picture to rule them all,” said Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian. “Gripping, utterly uncynical, with viscerally convincing and audacious battle sequences.”

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