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Image: A scene from Catch Me If You Can
With only about enough meat in the story to justify a short, Steven nevertheless turns out an edge-of-the-seat feature that grips you from the word go. Stunning, really.
Image: Poster of Duel
8. Minority Report
The film's dark look of an apocalyptic noir was a truly original take, and more than balanced by its rollicking pace.
Image: A scene from Minority Report
7. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Spielberg picked out the image of the young Barry in Close Encounters as the defining shot of his career, and not just does it emphasise everything we love most about the director's movies -- imagination, awe, spectacle, innocence -- but also sums up his outlook as he with a simple 'or', bridges the tremendous gulf between promise and danger.
Image: A scene from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
6. Saving Private Ryan
The film, a rather fascinating ensemble piece, was historically dodgy and decidedly American in tone, but it is an undeniably overwhelming cinematic experience, a true must-see.
Image: A scene from Saving Private Ryan
5. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
This first of the films was decidedly the finest, and showed off Steven's ability to bring out the 10-year-old inside us all.
Image: A scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark
4. Jurassic Park
He made us believe. In a T-Rex. Turning a terrific Michael Crichton page-turner into a thrillride was never going to be the big challenge, but what Spielberg did in the early 90s with animatronic majesty, the way he created dinosaurs that stormed around our screens, was the true awesome magic of this film.
Jurassic Park moved the special effects goalposts and made the world's collective jaw drop. It was a spectacular and irresistible triumph of the imagination.
Image: A scene from Jurassic Park
3. Schindler's List
A beautiful yet edgy black and white picture -- with just a singular coat of red -- this told us the story of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman who employed thousands of Jewish refugees to save them from Nazi incarceration. A hauntingly effective film, this.
Image: A scene from Schindler's List
The special effects industry hadn't caught up with Spielberg's vision yet, but that wasn't about to stop the director from making a film so chilling -- while also being so incisively funny -- that it made us afraid of water itself.
The narrative is crackling, the tension is nervously taut, and the film's finest scenes don't feature the shark at all.
Image: A scene from Jaws
1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
There have been many readings of ET over the years, scholars even finding Biblical allegory, but all that truly matters about this glorious film is how it makes you feel. Amazing.
Image: A scene from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial