10. 'Munich' (2005)
Spielberg took an earnest look at the five men who took retaliation against the Black September massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. With a government set on "eye for an eye" retribution, the director takes a look at how we deal with terrorism.
9. 'Minority Report' (2002)
Based on a story by Phillip K. Dick, 2002's "Minority Report" blends gritty film noir with futuristic sci-fi and then-cutting edge visual effects. Spielberg's cat-and-mouse game pits Tom Cruise against Colin Farrell and a ticking clock for a non-stop action ride in a movie about fate, reconciliation and managing the inevitable.
8. 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind' (1977)
Spielberg's first venture into sci-fi with Richard Dreyfuss as a man whose blinding obsession with earth's first contact with alien life forms drives him further and further away from his family and the man he once was.
7. 'Empire Of The Sun' (1987)
At age 13, Christian Bale delivers a commanding lead performance as a young expat lost in China during World War II. Despite the tragedy of war and some harrowing moments, Spielberg manages to make "Empire Of The Sun" an uplifting film about the loss of innocence.
6. 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998)
The incredible 24-minute opening scene depicting the storming of the beaches of Normandy in "Saving Private Ryan" is one of cinema's most-riveting battle sequences. Spielberg manages to balance the anonymity of battle with the heart-achingly personal story of one family's tragedy.
5. 'Jurassic Park' (1993)
Chaos and dinosaurs come together in the action-packed "Jurassic Park". With its ground-breaking special effects, the epic adventure topped the box office in 1993 with characters, a story and terrifying dinosaurs that still seems as fresh and exciting as it did over 23 years ago.
4. 'Jaws' (1975)
It's the film that launched a thousand summer blockbusters – all the more astonishing that this was only Spielberg's second feature film. "Jaws" was the first modern movie blockbuster that made summer cinema-going an event. More than 40 years later, one bar of the "Jaws" score instantly makes us afraid to go back into the water.
3. 'Schindler's List' (1993)
It's incredible to believe that Spielberg directed both "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park" in the same year. His unflinching and ambitious look at the Holocaust blends the melodrama of his earlier works with a slow-building script and incredible performances from Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and a tremendously terrifying turn by Ralph Fiennes to become one of the greatest films ever made about the atrocities of war.
2. 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' (1981)
Spielberg's 1981 "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" is the perfect adventure film. The movie marked the introduction to the timeless, snake-hating hero Indiana Jones, one of the most-beloved characters in movie history.
1. 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial' (1982)
Sci-meets meets warm and fuzzy feelings in Spielberg's 1982 classic "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial". The director wraps the story of a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce in a tale of dreams, friendship and growing up.