Steven Spielberg - Ranked

In my humble opinion, a ranking of the films of Steven Spielberg - based as much on the enjoyment as the critical factor.

(this list includes only the films of his as director, and those I have seen; any new or old movies of his I watch will enter this list once viewed)

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  • I remember having a tough time when I did my list. How do you rank childhood favourites against his critical successes? Nice to see duel up so high!

  • I heartily agree that The Adventures of Tintin is a significantly better Indiana Jones movie than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    Interesting to see E. T. so far down. I only saw it as an adult, and it did not affect me that much - not helped at all by the fact that I saw the CGI-infested version. Most people seem to rate it highly, but most people saw it at a young age. When did you watch it the first time and do you think that has an effect on the ranking?

  • @Dirk - It's a tough one but I go more with the entertainment factor. Mind you, I think critically Raiders, Duel & Jurassic Park can stand toe to toe with his more serious work.

    @Mikkel - damn right about Tintin! :D As for ET, I watched it back in the late 80's first then again a few years ago, but as an adult I struggled with it myself; Spielberg's best is when he's making films for adults disguised as kids movies and I think this ranking largely reflects that.

  • Where's Jaws?? And Schindler's List?? :-P Those two, along with E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Saving Private Ryan, would make up my 'Spielberg Top 5.'

  • To my shame I've never seen them, but I plan on rectifying that sooner rather than later.

  • Ha! I know. I hang my head in shame.

  • i will predict that after you watch Jaws and Schindler's list, that a couple will be bumped down, i'll wait for that day to check back on your list.

  • @Tony B That's a quite interesting thesis. I have always felt that while I enjoy Last Crusade a lot, it is not a particularly adult film. The encounter with Hitler, the comic book depth of the father- son relationship and the simplicity of the final riddles are very enjoyable, quite good, and work well in the film, but strike me as appealing not to the adult in me, but to the child and the child-like wonder in me. This is not a quality statement; the movie is one of my favourites too. But I don't find it very adult as a movie. Do you disagree (and why)?

  • @Tony B That's a quite interesting thesis. I have always felt that while I enjoy Last Crusade a lot, it is not a particularly adult film. The encounter with Hitler, the comic book depth of the father- son relationship and the simplicity of the final riddles are very enjoyable, quite good, and work well in the film, but strike me as appealing not to the adult in me, but to the child and the child-like wonder in me. This is not a quality statement; the movie is one of my favourites too. But I don't find it very adult as a movie. Do you disagree (and why)?

  • No I totally agree. I guess what I mean is that Spielberg knows how to tap into that child-like wonder in adults, as well as children, in his best entertainment movies.

    Nothing in film gets me more excited than watching Indy, and I'm a grown man. Yet I screened one for 12 year olds earlier this year and they loved it too. So it's less Spielberg is making these movies to tap into adult themes & ideas, rather helping adults rediscover their inner child.

    It's why I felt Super 8 last year to be such a good Spielberg homage; it made me feel young.

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