0011: Steven Spielberg's Ten Best Films

  • 1) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • 2) Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • 3) Schindler's List
  • 4) Jaws
  • 5) Duel
  • 6) "Eyes" from Night Gallery
  • 7) Saving Private Ryan
  • 8) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • 9) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • 10) Jurassic Park
Author Comments: 

The list gets a bit thin as it nears the end, no?

JURASSIC PARK? You must be joking. Instead of "The Color Purple?" I usually like your opinions, but there seems to be a great aberration of logic here. Great special effects (sometimes), but pretty lacking in most everything else. And what exactly is the purpose of Jeff Goldblum in this opus? He provides nothing but a few "moral/ethical" commentaries and not much else. I really think this movie is pretty weak, though, of course, not as weak as its sequel. Even the 3rd Indiana Jones installment is better than Jurrasic Park, so if you think "The Color Purple" is overrated, what about this one? I am really rather surprised to see this movie on this list.

Relax... I simply have not seen The Color Purple yet...

I loved the 3rd Indiana Jones film when it was first released. I was much younger then. I saw it the other day and nearly groaned. It wasn't nearly as good as I had remembered.

As I said on my comments, the list gets quite thin toward the bottom. I'm not sure I could say I 'love' any of the films below number 6, and I am certainly not a JP fan. But hey, a top 9 looks rather lame, eh? I'll have to rent Color Purple soon.

Thanks for the comments!

I know that the cut off is 10 on your list, and it is very hard to choose, but I was wondering if Empire of the Sun and Sugaland Express were omitted due to the already strong list of titles or have you not seen them yet?

I have watched the Empire of the Sun and Sugarland Express, and I chose to leave them off the list. I didn't like Empire as much as I wanted to; I felt SS's style was often at odds with the film. Sugarland Express struck me as an interesting film, but just didn't make the cut here. I admit, however, that I have not seen the later for several years, and may well like it more if I saw it again. I'll also admit that it almost grabbed the number 10 slot.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Tell me about Duel; should I add it to my "to see" list?

Forgive me, lbangs, for butting in, but...

Oh man, Jim, you've never seen DUEL??!! It's Spielberg's must-see debut. A meek motorist on a business trip gets his dander up when he is bullied by a mysterious trucker (mysterious because he's never really seen). The trucker's big, fast, filthy-black rig, a tanker, is an imposing character in itself. This basically simple movie is very well shot and edited. No flashy special effects, just a primal story of man against man, or is it man against machine?

Boy, I'm not sure I can better Bertie's description, except to emphasize how much of the director's skill shines since the film lacks a large budget or grand theme to obscure it. This is lean and mean, and while it is not Steven's best, it is certainly a unique pleasure in his work.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

As if you don't have enough Listology projects, you should think about updating these "ten best" lists...I imagine that Minority Report would find it's way on here, no?

Yes, Minority Report belongs on here. I'm sorta holding off until I get a chance to see a few more (especially Catch Me If You Can). I'll try an update then (following yet another nasty round in my mind of Close Encounters vs. Raiders... :) ).

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I imagine that A. I. Artificial Intelligence might also be included.

I have yet to see AI all the way through, though I did catch about thirty minutes of it once, and I'm afraid it looked awfully sticky to these eyes.

I will rent it at some point and give it a fair shot.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I don't know if you ever got a chance to rewatch The Sugarland Express, but I recently saw it for the first time, and was pretty impressed. In contrast to the sappy, feel-good endings Spielberg slaps on everything now, Express goes with a darker ending that feels right for the tone of the film. And Goldie Hawn? Well, I've never been a big fan of hers, but her performance here, while not a powerhouse one, still might make me reevaluate my opinion.

And Duel is just so damn cool...

Johnny Waco

I still need to rewatch it. Hawn always had (has?) more talent than her bubble-blonde image lets on. $ is a favorite of mine.

Duel is awesome. I need to see it again also...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

my buddy keeps telling me that duel was speilbergs best. I havent seen it. But by far my favorite movie of his was Indiana Jones and the Last crusade. probably not his best. but my absolute favorite movie ever.

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