My Favorite Steven Spielberg Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

2.   1941 (1979)

3.   Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

4.   Jaws (1975)

5.   E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

6.   Duel (1971)

7.   The Sugarland Express (1974)

8.   Columbo – Season 1 (1971-1972)
8a. Episode 1: Murder by the Book (1971)

9.   Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   Catch Me If You Can (2002)

2.   Minority Report (2002)

3.   Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

4.   Jurassic Park (1993)


10 thoughts on “My Favorite Steven Spielberg Films

  1. Interesting 🙂 For me, A.I. Artificial Intelligence ranks as his most artistic film. As for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, would that be at number 3 on your list like mine is 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. My Spielberg top 3 is easy.
    1) Schindler’s List
    2) Close Encounters
    3) The Colour Purple.

    AI and Private Ryan would be in a top ten, along with Duel and possibly Minority Report if only for Morton. But I think he is over-sentimental, and also hugely overrated. Another ‘controversial’ opinion, I know. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I hear ya 🙂 Although I was kind of amazed that you were not the type of guy who dug his more commercial films as opposed to his more serious works. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. Interesting. I was wondering how your Spielberg list would go. Mine’s quite different.
    1. Jaws 2. Schindler’s List 3. Sugarland Express 4. Raiders of the Lost Ark 5. Duel 6. War Horse 7. Munich 8. Saving Private Ryan 9. The Color Purple 10. Jurassic Park
    I love that Sugarland Express and Duel are in your top 10. I really like Minority Report too.

  5. Yours is interesting indeed 🙂 I had a feeling that Jaws was going to be your number 1 pick just based on that post you did a month back 🙂 As you can see, I am a bigger fan of his more commercial work though my number one choice is one of his most artistic films and that is A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Other critics who are fans of that film have said it before, so I can only nod in agreement with their their blurb of it being “the best of both worlds.” In this case, a combination of Spielbergian themes and Kubrickian themes. As for Schindler’s List, that was very good, but as with a lot of Spielberg’s more serious films, he sometimes goes crazy with the pompous speeches. Take away that and they would be perfect. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

  6. Yes. He did go crazy with the pompous and sentimental speeches in Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan and..well, a lot of his films he overdoes it with the preachy themes. But, hey, he’s optimistic. I respect that.
    Looking forward to your next list.

  7. My beef with that does not even stem so much from the fact that they are pompous and sentimental as much as this feeling I have that Spielberg does not really have his heart into doing something like that so he feels that the best way to earn bonus points is to succumb to that. Just my opinion 🙂

  8. I actually probably should have rephrased that 🙂 You seem more like the type of guy, who would not buy into Spielberg even when he was trying to be serious thinking that it was just a way to con viewers into believing that he is a mature artist. Take that pompous speech Neeson gives in Schindler’s List and you realize that Spielberg does not trust himself and feels that you need a big speech to impress the ones who do not care for his other films. I hope I explained it as best as I could 🙂

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