Lincoln: Trailer 1
First up is the latest from Hollywood's premier director, which is earning rave reviews and lots of Oscar buzz, especially for lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis
. Nevermind the two plus hour running time. This one's said to be a fascinating account of the 16th president's final days in office, and his relentless quest to end the Civil War and abolish slavery.
Rewinding all the way back to Spielberg's first days as a studio filmmaker, we're left swimming with a behemoth from below, and the first ever mammoth summer blockbuster. Almost four decades later, it's still the granddaddy of them all, the first to gross more than $100 million, and a white knuckle thriller that lives up to the legend.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Long before E.T. and The X-Files, Spielberg stirred the imaginations of moviegoers world-wide with visions of otherworldly beings flying across the night skies in spinning objects of multi-colored light, emanating a classic refrain of five simple musical notes.
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
A mere year after Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg proved he was as capable with family entertainment as he was with full-throttle actioners. If you were alive in 1982, it was impossible to go anywhere without hearing someone eek the catchprase "E.T. phone home," or have visions of aliens while feasting on some Reese's Pieces.
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
After Star Wars, it seemed liked Harrison Ford would forever be known as Han Solo. Thanks to Spielberg and producer George Lucas, he was destined for an even greater status in film history. Here in the 1981 opener, and three sequels to follow, the fedora-wearing star and his pumped-up filmmaking collaborator turned the tables and everything else on its head.
The Color Purple: Reunited
In retrospect, it is a travesty that The Color Purple did not win a single Oscar from its 11 nominations. Plus, Spielberg wasn't even nominated for Best Director. Say again? This is an amazing piece of cinema about the journey of an abused African American woman named Celie. With it, the world was bowled over by two relative newcomers named Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.
Empire of the Sun
A lot of folks know Empire of the Sun as the film that starred a fresh-faced 13-year-old named Christian Bale in his first major role. It's also an incredible adventure based on the boyhood of Jim Graham, who went from living with his wealthy British family in Shanghai to time spent as a prisoner of war in a Japanese internment camp.
Jurassic Park 3D
1993 saw the release of both Jurassic Park and Schindler's List. While the former reinforces the Jaws director's reputation as a first-class maker of thrills, the second would cement his legacy as an important artist who could and would dispense his whole arsenal of abilities on tough, challenging and important subject matter. Still…we love the dinosaurs, too.
1993's Best Picture Winner is a marvel. It is possibly Spielberg's most lasting piece of cinematic art, and on every level, it is a wonder and a must-see. It is the story of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than a thousand refugees, mostly Polish-Jews, during the darkest days of the Holocaust. If you haven't seen it, see it. If you've seen it, be sure to see it again.
Saving Private Ryan
The opening minutes of Saving Private Ryan are some of the most harrowing war movie scenes ever captured on film. This tale of an American Army unit sent behind enemy lines to find and send home the last surviving brother of four servicemen is a potent, emotional story. For it, Spielberg was awarded his second Best Director Academy Award.
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
on a list of Spielberg's ten best films? We know what you're thinking. One, feel free to comment below. Second, take another look at this underrated gem. Not only is the filmmaker's vision of a future world awe-inspiring, but the sometimes odd, sometimes brattish performance of Haley Joel Osment
is entirely appropriate for a child android attempting to find his place in the world. Jude Law
is equally perfect as a seasoned A.I. who becomes a big brother to the boy robot.