Steven Spielberg turns 74 | Discover the director’s 10 best films

Synonymous not only with cinematographic entertainment, but also with the entry of many children into the passion of the seventh art, filmmaker Steven Spielberg is now 74 years old. One of the most famous directors of all time, the artist took the concept of the celebrity director to a whole new level, reigning in an absolute and unprecedented way in the 1980s, the birthplace of blockbusters.

Spielberg came with the revolutionary wave that took Hollywood by storm in the 1970s, being part of the movement that included filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Brian De Palma, all colleagues to this day. But overall, only Spielberg has transcended being “just” a director, becoming an entity specific to the seventh art. This is because he mixed popular entertainment cinema (including being the ‘father’ of the first blockbuster in history and producing / giving his seal of quality to countless blockbuster works of the time) with copyright-protected “art” films, which earned it prestige awards.

Nominated for 17 absurd Oscars and winner of 3 (two as director and one as producer), in addition to an honorary Oscar, it is clear that we could not fail to honor this one which is one of the most important figures in cinema as we have it today. For that, we decided to list his 10 best films as a director – in a vote between the critics and the general public. Check it out below and don’t forget to comment.

10 | Minority report – The new law (2002)

We start the list with what was the first collaboration between Spielberg and maximum movie star, Tom Cruise. When you’re at the top, you’re looking to work with like-minded professionals. So the greatest movie director needed to collaborate with the biggest Hollywood star. And the project for it was this root sci-fi based on a short story by genre-bending author Philip K. Dick. In the futuristic plot, more current than ever, crimes have been eradicated through new technology adapted by the police and implemented by the government, where the offender is arrested before committing the offense. The procedure is starting to be studied by the internal affairs department in order to remove any doubt about any flaws in your system. After all, the crime must actually take place before the punishment.

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09 | Immediate third degree contacts (1977)

Steven Spielberg is said to be known, among other things, for his fantastic films – and that includes science fiction. And if we have in the director’s filmography a work like Minority Report, we can only be grateful for this first work of the filmmaker of the genre. The second major film of his career explores one of the artist’s favorite themes, especially at this time of his debut: intelligent life outside Earth. Space and the unknown have always captured Spielberg’s imagination, and here the filmmaker has put into practice everything he knows on the subject. In the plot, strange events begin to unfold in an American city, with its inhabitants terrified of supernatural forces. The government knows everything, but hides the information. The secret is revealed as the interplanetary visitors. But Immediate Contacts goes further and focuses on the specific drama of a family and its patriarch’s obsession – the role of Richard Dreyfuss. The feature film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including the first nomination for Spielberg as a director.

08 | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Not everyone might know it, but the hero Indiana Jones was born out of Spielberg’s desire to make an 007 movie in theaters. His colleague George Lucas convinced him to give up the idea, claiming to have something better in store for his friend. It was then that he suggested the creation of an adventurer / archeology professor – whose trip would be in the 1930s, and the bad guys would be Nazis. This makes it even easier to understand the internal joke of placing Sean Connery as the protagonist’s father in this third adventure – since the deceased veteran would be forever immortalized as Agent James Bond’s first (and for the most part best) performer. At the movie theater.

07 | Jurassic Park – The Dinosaur Park (1993)

As this list shows us, Steven Spielberg is a successful factory. And the director who reigned in the 1980s continued to show great form for the next decade. One of the highlights was this adaptation of novel by novelist Michael Crichton – which revolutionized the history of cinema with its computer-generated special effects never presented in this way. Only those who were children at the time and could see the film on the big screen know the generational impact the work had. It exists before Jurassic Park and after. In terms of what we have today in relation to blockbusters, this film was one of the main maintainers and the first to use CGI in favor of the story. Unlike what we have today with many empty blockbusters of content, Jurassic Park told a great story and used unforgettable characters. Dinosaurs were all the rage again and the world was watching in awe.

06 | ET – The Alien (1982)

Recently, in an article about Oscar nominated films in the main category that many ignore, I included this big hit from the seventh art. This ET is an absolute audience phenomenon and one of the most beloved children’s films in history that everyone knows. But that the film has also gained prestige in awards and even played at the Oscars, which not everyone can keep in mind. ET has been nominated for no less than 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Spielberg (his third directorial nomination). The filmmaker used his own experience of a broken home as a child for this story about a family suffering from their parents’ divorce, where the wife had to take the lead and order at a time when it was not very common. Once again, it is through a visit from space that the lives of everyone around you will change forever.

05 | Catch Me If You Can (2002)

In recent years, no other has marked Steven Spielberg’s career as much as in 2002. The director is still enjoying success today, and his last two films The Post and Player No. 1 show that the director still manages to captivate the public like few others. However, when we talk about his most beloved films, 2002 was the most recent year to bring in productions that truly fell in love with fans. After Minority Report, the filmmaker delivered the same year a new partnership with an extremely hot star. We are talking about the golden boy Leonardo DiCaprio, the perfect choice to live the young crook Frank Abagnale Jr. who, in a fantastic story also if it was not real, passed himself off as doctor, lawyer and airplane pilot in the years. 1960. As if that weren’t enough, Tom Hanks enters the scene as an FBI agent tracking down the young offender. The Desire That Remains is a new collaboration between Spielberg and DiCaprio.

04 | Shark (1975)

Arriving on the podium we are faced with what is one of the most popular productions of Steven Spielberg’s career. And it is not for nothing, since the film has the maximum honor of being the first blockbuster in history, the first film in the United States to exceed the bar of 200 million dollars at the box office. The film was so successful that it became a phenomenon. The public would leave the exhibit and come back to the line to see it again, that line circling the block – hence the term “blockbuster”. Other than that, Tubarão had such an impact that people were really afraid to go to the beaches. Better for the movie, since they ran to theaters during the summer vacation. However, it is also known that the production of the film was quite problematic, resulting in a real nightmare for a young Spielberg of 25 years. The plot, of course, is about attacks by a great white shark on the beaches of a small town on an island. The film was also nominated for an Oscar in the main category.

03 | Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

At that time, Steven Spielberg was the best of both worlds. The director has been an absolute financial success, breaking box office records one after another. And it was the second blockbuster of his career, in no time. Other than that, it was the third film, in 6 years, with the prestige of reaching the Oscars. The filmmaker was on top of the world and wanted more. Here, as stated, a new movie hero was created, out of the mind of producer George Lucas, and Spielberg’s desire to direct 007. Harrison Ford, was also a part of that success, when he was cast. to experience the smiling character. canastrão, a stick for every job, involved in adventures so grandiose that they owe nothing to any current superhero. And to think that Tom Selleck, the original chosen for the role, lost a good piece because of the engagements with the Magnun series (1980-1988). Ah yes, The Raiders of the Lost Ark was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

02 | Saving Private Ryan (1998)

There is a joke, perhaps a little too sour, that “even William Shakespeare would know that Private Ryan is a better movie than Shakespeare in Love” – ​​but it was the second that became the real winner in the category. principal of the Oscars in 1999 In any case, here the filmmaker received his second Oscar as a director and collaborated for the first time with another big name of cinema in Hollywood, the famous star Tom Hanks – curious was the first union from the duo to be in a movie. kind, shall we say, so intense, unusual for both. It was the filmmaker’s first foray into a literal war film, in which we are immersed in conflict in a way so real and unique that only the director could show it. It is clear that Spielberg had touched on the subject on two other occasions before, in the 1941 comedy – A Very Mad War (1979) and in Empire of the Sun (1987) – much more centered on a Japanese concentration camp and seen in through the eyes of a child. . Saving Private Ryan is Spielberg’s second favorite film by critics and audiences alike, and wins our Silver Medal.

01 | Schindler’s List (1993)

It couldn’t be different. If Saving Private Ryan turned out to be one of the best war films in cinematic history, it must be very grateful for this filmmaker’s previous work. Even when he delivered his first “so-called more serious” films, that is to say with themes not recommended for all types of audiences, especially younger ones, Spielberg failed to please a party. critics or fans. Cor Púrpura (1985) and Império do Sol (1987) are very good films that have marked a whole generation. However, no other drama from the director would elicit a movement of unanimous appreciation as strong and overwhelming as Schindler’s List. It’s one of those perfect movies, which has no detractors. Even those who don’t like it for personal reasons recognize its myriad qualities and cinematic significance for the seventh art. Of extreme personal importance to the director, from a Jewish family, the work is a terrifying portrayal of what Nazi concentration camps looked like during World War II, at the same time as it is an uplifting story. and beautiful on a hero, a man. who saved countless Jews from extermination alone. A must have.

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