The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

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34. 1941 (1979)
> IMDb user rating: 5.8/10 (32,543 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 48% (24,124 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 44% (24 reviews)
> Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams

While making some of the best movies of his career, Spielberg also directed this infamous box office blunder. It puts a comedic spin on American paranoia circa WWII, as a California town descends into madness after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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33. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (394,433 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 51% (651,982 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 54% (78 reviews)
> Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite

This blockbuster sequel follows a similar template as its predecessor but fails to conjure the same movie magic. The story follows a research team back to the titular theme park, where hordes of deadly dinosaurs are unleashed once again. It all builds toward a bonkers ending ripped straight out of the Godzilla” franchise.

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32. Hook (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (242,937 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 76% (731,388 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 29% (66 reviews)
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts

Spielberg’s adaptation of a classic fantasy tale rolled out to high expectations and respectable box office numbers, but disappointed nevertheless. Robin Williams plays a grown-up version of Peter Pan, who returns to Neverland for another showdown with Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Critic Gene Siskel called it “a woefully uneven retelling of the ‘Peter Pan’ story.”

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31. War of the Worlds (2005)
> IMDb user rating: 6.5/10 (429,071 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 42% (32,518,946 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 75% (264 reviews)
> Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins

Based on H.G. Wells’ novel of the same name, this sci-fi disaster flick takes place during a hostile alien invasion. What begins as a normal day for everyman Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) becomes a harrowing fight for survival across perilous terrain. Reportedly shot on a budget of $132 million, it made over $600 million at the worldwide box office.

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30. Always (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (29,056 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 60% (22,772 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 65% (25 reviews)
> Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson

This romantic fantasy film stars Richard Dreyfuss as a firefighting pilot, who dies on his final mission and returns as a ghost. It updates the 1943 WWII drama “A Guy Named Joe,” restaging the story in a modern setting. Critic Roger Ebert called it a curiosity, “a remake that wasn’t remade enough.”

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