Special Report

The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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29. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
> IMDb user rating: 6.1/10 (438,015 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 53% (1,320,929 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (277 reviews)
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf

This latter-day installment of the popular Indiana Jones franchise was released 19 years after its acclaimed predecessor. Harrison Ford once again plays the titular archaeologist, this time squaring off against KGB agents while searching for alien artifacts. The upcoming “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is the first film in the series not directed by Spielberg.

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28. The BFG (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (81,547 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 57% (38,040 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 74% (305 reviews)
> Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton

Spielberg’s team employed a mix of live-action and motion-capture technology when bringing this fantasy adventure to life. It culls from Roald Dahl’s classic novel of the same name, which chronicles the friendship between an orphan girl and massive giant. Against a reported budget of $140 million, it made just $55.5 million at the domestic box office.

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27. The Terminal (2004)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (427,304 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 74% (408,234 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 61% (207 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride

Tom Hanks plays Eastern European tourist Viktor Navorski in this feel-good dramedy, loosely based on actual events. Caught in the middle of a diplomatic nightmare, Navorski takes up a long-term residence in JFK airport. The real-life figure who inspired the story spent 18 years at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, dying there in 2022.

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26. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (298,247 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64% (414,132 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 75% (196 reviews)
> Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor

Director Stanley Kubrick spent years developing this sci-fi drama before handing over the reins to Spielberg shortly before he passed away. Set in the 22nd century, it follows a young robotic boy (Haley Joel Osment) as he tries to find his place in the world. “If only it knew when to stop,” wrote Time Out critic Geoff Andrew in reference to the film’s protracted ending.

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25. The Sugarland Express (1974)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (16,359 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 66% (7,197 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (48 reviews)
> Starring: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks

Spielberg’s big-screen directorial debut takes inspiration from real events and falls into the counterculture road trip subgenre. Upon his escape from prison, a convict and his wife (Goldie Hawn) attempt to retrieve their son from the state of Texas. Their subsequent adventure involves kidnapping a police officer and drawing massive media attention.

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