Steven Spielberg's Movies Ranked—From the Sublime to the Schlock

Notes from a fan who's seen it all.
Jan. 30 2012 6:59 AM

All of Steven Spielberg’s Movies, Ranked

From the sublime to the schlock—and beyond.

Director Steven Spielberg, winner of the Best Animated Film Award for 'The Adventures of Tintin' poses for a portrait backstage at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
Steven Spielberg at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards

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The Sublime

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Jaws

Only a Hater Could Complain

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jurassic Park

Not Not Worth Seeing

The Sugarland Express

Technically Sound, But Hollow

Munich
Saving Private Ryan
Catch Me If You Can
Amistad
Schindler's List

Wore Out Their Welcome

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Schlock

Empire of the Sun
War Horse
Hook

The Massive Misfires

The Color Purple
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
1941

The Dreckish Commercial Stuff

Minority Report
War of the Worlds
The Adventures of Tintin
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat

Bill Wyman is the former arts editor of NPR and Salon. More at www.hitsville.org.

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