Special Report

The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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19. Munich (2005)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (219,261 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (330,282 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (211 reviews)
> Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze

Some argue that this gripping historical thriller ranks among Spielberg’s most underrated efforts. It takes place during and after the political murder of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972, chronicling the attempt to track down and kill those responsible. Frequent Spielberg collaborator Tony Kushner co-wrote the screenplay.

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18. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (465,229 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (717,093 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (69 reviews)
> Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan

This divisive sequel took the franchise to some much darker places and prompted the creation of the PG-13 rating. Tasked with retrieving a precious stone, Indiana Jones journeys to a dangerous temple filled with booby traps. In early versions of the story, co-creator George Lucas envisioned wild set pieces such as a hidden valley full of dinosaurs.

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17. Lincoln (2012)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (252,083 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (245,942 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (285 reviews)
> Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn

Daniel Day-Lewis went deep into character for the role of Abraham Lincoln in this understated historical drama. As the Civil War draws to a close, the president must strategically pass the Thirteenth Amendment and thus preserve the abolishment of slavery. It won two Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Day-Lewis.

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16. Empire of the Sun (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (120,240 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (60,320 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 76% (56 reviews)
> Starring: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson

Spielberg’s artistic hero David Lean was originally attached to direct this WWII drama, based on J.G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel. It stars Christian Bale as a young boy living in China, whose privileged life is uprooted by the Japanese occupation. A commercial disappointment upon release, the film has earned a loyal following over time.

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15. Minority Report (2002)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (526,585 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 80% (481,676 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (253 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton

This sci-fi adventure, loosely adapted from a short story by PKD, takes place in the year 2054. With help from three clairvoyant beings, police officer John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is able to stop crimes before they occur. When Anderton himself is accused of murder, he must solve the mystery of his own future actions.

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