Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 Steven Spielberg movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes

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An alien is stranded on Earth and is brought home by a young boy named Elliott. The alien loves Reese’s Pieces, but he soon falls ill, and Elliott must help him get home before the government imprisons him.

Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace

9. Jurassic Park (1993) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Businessman John Hammond created a scientific wonder on Isla Nublar, an island in Central America. He recruits a group of scientists and a lawyer to tour his dinosaur-themed park before opening it to the general public. Obviously, things go very wrong with a quickness.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Richard Attenborough

8. Saving Private Ryan (1998) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes

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After three of the Ryan brothers are killed in action, Captain Miller leads a group of Army Rangers to recover the fourth. Private James Francis Ryan is on the front lines in France with the 101st Airborne Division and has no intention of leaving his platoon.

Rating: R
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Adam Goldberg

7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Researchers are investigating a series of strange items while a group of people in Muncie, Indiana encounter a UFO. Now everyone’s about to encounter alien life on this planet.

Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

6. Ready Player One (2018) 74% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The world of 2045 is a wasteland, and people distract themselves in a virtual reality world called the OASIS. When its creator dies and leaves his fortune within the game, players from around the world race to find it.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

5. Jaws (1975) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The sheriff of Amity Island discovers a shark attacking people near the beaches of his tourist community. Local businesses pressure him to keep the beaches open, and another boy is killed, leading the sheriff to team with a local fisherman and oceanographer to hunt it down.

Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw

4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 88% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Indiana Jones follows the footsteps of his father, Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. in search of the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, the Nazis are seeking it out too, and they’ll stop at nothing to reach the fabled artifact before him.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody

3. Catch Me If You Can (2002) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Frank Abagnale Jr. is the world’s foremost check forger, and he poses as a doctor, lawyer, and Pan Am pilot while passing bad checks around the country. Carl Hanratty is a seasoned FBI agent in the check fraud unit hot on his tail.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken

2. Lincoln (2012) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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As the Civil War winds down, President Abraham Lincoln works to ban slavery by amending the constitution. He fights his cabinet and races to obtain enough votes before the war ends and the south rejoins the union.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

1. 1941 (1979) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes

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In the wake of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, California is in panic in this underrated classic. A group of soldiers builds its defenses, while Naval crews from Japan and Germany scout it out.

Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Ned Beatty

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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