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I think the best is...

Schindler's List 11 22.92%
 
Saving Private Ryan 3 6.25%
 
Jaws 7 14.58%
 
Raiders of the Lost Ark 6 12.50%
 
Munich 2 4.17%
 
ET 1 2.08%
 
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 2 4.17%
 
Jurassic Park 10 20.83%
 
The Colour Purple 0 0.00%
 
Other 6 12.50%
 
Total:48
Leynos said:

As usual, people forget about his best film. Empire of the Sun with Christian Bale. The ending kills me every time. Such strong character development. The journey. The war through the eyes of a child until he is no longer a child. The music and the acting. It's all brilliant.

His cinema is fantastic.

Unfortunately, he's best known for his blockbusters.



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I am not really a fan of Steven Spielberg. His movies come out as superficial to me. This is especially a problem for his more serious stuff, like Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. His characters are just not interesting to me.
He does have a handful of movies I enjoy though, mainly from the early 2000's, Munich, Minority Report, Catch me if you Can and my personal favorite: A.I.



Shoutout to the two folks who voted for Munich; another of his most underrated and overlooked films in my opinion, it easily makes my top 5.

Dead heat between Jurassic Park and Schindler's List in the polls, such vastly different films both released the same year. I mean, I love JP, but for me SL is on another level in terms of filmmaking. That's just me though.



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I want to say Schindler's List even though Color Purple is ingrained in the fiber of my being.

I've never seen Munich and Empire of the Sun (rented Munich on Netflix back when it was still DVDs via mail) but never got around to it. Looks like we're having a watch party this weekend!



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Schindler's List is the best but I liked Jurassic Park the most. Voted Schindler's List though



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future

He was a producer, so if that counts then I think this is his best film.



d21lewis said:

I want to say Schindler's List even though Color Purple is ingrained in the fiber of my being.

I've never seen Munich and Empire of the Sun (rented Munich on Netflix back when it was still DVDs via mail) but never got around to it. Looks like we're having a watch party this weekend!

Let us know what you think once you've watched them! :)



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curl-6 said:

Dead heat between Jurassic Park and Schindler's List in the polls, such vastly different films both released the same year. I mean, I love JP, but for me SL is on another level in terms of filmmaking. That's just me though.

Funny part is that Spielberg literally rushed through filming Jurassic Park because he wanted to make sure that filming the dinosaur movie didn't interfere with his passion project.  If I remember fight, he was afraid Schindler's List might never get made if he got caught on the set of Jurassic Park and getting there was his priority.

He actually wrapped production for Jurassic Park almost two weeks ahead of schedule despite production having to stop when a hurricane hit the set (it greatly helped that Stain Winston's animatronics behaved).  He then moonlighted during Schindler's List production supervising the post-production of Jurassic Park for hours several nights a week.

Keep in mind that Spielberg was an emotional wreck during Schindler's List due to the film's subject matter.  Transitioning between bringing back to life the horrors of the Holocaust and manufacturing the thrills of a monster movie must have been constant emotional whiplash.

Yeah I remember reading about that. Apparently, in addition to putting off making the film for a decade because he was reluctant to take on something such a serious topic, Spielberg refused his salary for Schindler's List as he felt so uncomfortable about making money off the subject matter.

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