Steven Spielberg Best Film – Schindler’s List VS E.T?

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  • Denis
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    Bring it GD! Which one do you think is his best work?

    Personally, die hard fan of “Close Encounters” followed closely by his other masterpiece “Schindler’s List” , Do you think it’s something not on the list, like “Amistad” or “Jaws”? 

    Feel free to discuss! 

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    Halo_Insider
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    It has to be Jaws for me! Currently, my Top 10 would go:

    1) Jaws
    2) Raiders of the Lost Ark
    3) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    4) Schindler’s List
    5) E.T.
    6) Saving Private Ryan
    7) Catch Me If You Can
    8) Munich
    9) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    10) Minority Report

    I actually think War Horse is one of his worst, so I’m surprised to see it listed.

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    DominicCobb
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    Always in flux, but probably

    1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    2. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    3. Jaws
    4. Saving Private Ryan
    5. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    6. Schindler’s List
    7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    8. Lincoln
    9. Catch Me If You Can
    10. Jurassic Park 

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    Anonymous
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    I cannot believe that “Catch Me If You Can” is not an option (and “Lincoln” & “War Horse” are…). It’s by far his best movie followed by “Schindler’s List”.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    1. E.T.
    2. The Color Purple
    3. Jurrasic Park (how is this not an option, but yet Lincoln is??  Blehhhh) 

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    Icky
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    1. Jaws
    2. Close Encounters
    3. Minority Report
    4. Raiders
    5. Jurassic Park
    6. ET
    7. Munich
    8. Empire of the Sun
    9. Schindler’s List
    10. Catch Me If You Can

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    benbraddock
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    #192670

    5 masterpieces..
    SCHINDLERS LIST
    E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
    JAWS
    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
    LINCOLN

    5 better than most any other film maker can offer.
    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
    CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
    MUNICH
    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
    EMPIRE OF THE SUN

    An astonishing body of work

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    Denis
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    I cannot believe that “Catch Me If You Can” is not an option (and “Lincoln” & “War Horse” are…). It’s by far his best movie followed by “Schindler’s List”.

    It has to be Jaws for me! Currently, my Top 10 would go:

    1) Jaws
    2) Raiders of the Lost Ark
    3) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    4) Schindler’s List
    5) E.T.
    6) Saving Private Ryan
    7) Catch Me If You Can
    8) Munich 
    9) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    10) Minority Report

    I actually think War Horse is one of his worst, so I’m surprised to see it listed. 

    Sorry! The poll is limited by 10 options, so I focused on his most nominated oscar movies and or biggest box office hits but something had to be left off, hence the option “Others?”. I actually liked a lot War Horse, it is probably in my top 5 of his movies and I was biggest supporter here for it to win cinematography at the oscars, but thanks for commenting! 

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    FilmGuy619
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    #192672

    Jurassic Park. Followed by E.T., Catch Me If You Can, Schindler’s List, and Jaws.

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    KyleBailey
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    In terms of filmmaking, Schindler’s List. For overall movie, Indiana Jones is still my favorite. Catch Me if You Can and Color Purple are up there too 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I still have a few Spielberg blind spots (for some reason I still haven’t seen “Jaws” or “Color Purple”), but of his films I have seen, I can’t escape the cliche: “Schindler’s List” was and is his masterpiece. And this from a filmmaker who I think had come close to the masterpiece line an extraordinary amount of times. I’ve ranked four of his films in my top two for the year since I started making lists in 1998.

    Other masterpieces or near-masterpieces: “Saving Private Ryan,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Minority Report,” and “Munich.”

    “Jurassic Park” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” are timeless popcorn films. “E.T.” I liked a lot, but didn’t connect with it as deeply and as personally as the rest of the world seems to.

    Surprisingly, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” has not aged well for me. And I think both of his last two films, “Lincoln” and “War Horse,” missed the mark.

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    babypook
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    Outside of that Twilight Zone eppy he directed with Joan Crawford, he did several other television shows and movies, such as Duel, which I did a cursory study of while a student. Wow. The guy has something here….talent, for starters.

    Very difficult for me to pick one. There are too many.

    It’s “dart” time I suppose….

    Noone can say he keys on only one subject matter or genre.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Personally, die hard fan of “Close Encounters”

    Absolute agreement. This is the only film for which Spielberg holds the sole writing credit. Still my favorite.

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    John
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    I can understand War Horse and Lincoln being listed as they were AMPAS Best Picture nominees in 2011 and 2012, but they are definitely not his strongest films. War Horse was a spectacular production, but IMHO it suffered lack of credibility with how much the screenplay anthrpomorphized the horse. Lincoln was a story that needed to be told, it’s a very difficult person and subject to portray, and he did it quite well, but it just isn’t as compelling as some of his other films. Munich was another story that needed to be told, but a major omission in it detracts significantly from its value . . . a flaw in its screenplay, not in the execution of it in making the film. Among those not listed that I feel should have been are Amistad and Empire of the Sun, two often overlooked but very compelling stories overshadowed by Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. I consider Amistad and Empire of the Sun to be among his better work and rank them above The Color Purple, Munich, Lincoln and War Horse.

    Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones franchise are all in a different class of pure popcorn entertainment, and as a result I wouldn’t try (or want) to compare them with the others as they don’t have the more serious underlying themes.

    I voted for Schindler’s List as I feel it’s his most compelling movie to date. It hit all the marks in film making that define a true masterpiece.

    John

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    John
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    I still have a few Spielberg blind spots (for some reason I still haven’t seen “Jaws” or “Color Purple”), but of his films I have seen, I can’t escape the cliche: “Schindler’s List” was and is his masterpiece. And this from a filmmaker who I think had come close to the masterpiece line an extraordinary amount of times. I’ve ranked four of his films in my top two for the year since I started making lists in 1998.

    Other masterpieces or near-masterpieces: “Saving Private Ryan,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Minority Report,” and “Munich.”

    “Jurassic Park” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” are timeless popcorn films. “E.T.” I liked a lot, but didn’t connect with it as deeply and as personally as the rest of the world seems to.

    Surprisingly, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” has not aged well for me. And I think both of his last two films, “Lincoln” and “War Horse,” missed the mark.

    If you haven’t seen Amistad or Empire of the Sun, I encourage you to. Based on your other remarks I believe you would like them.

    John

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