Saturday, 22 September 2012

Steven Spielberg's Biggest Films

E.T. The Extra-Terrestial (1982): An alien botanist gets stranded on earth and befriended by a ten year old boy. This film introduced the world to Drew Barrymore and made Reese's Pieces candy wildly popular. E.T. became the most successful movie ever made, surpassing Star Wars. It is currently still one of the top ten grossing films with 435m

Jurassic Park (1993): Based on the novel by Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Disclosure) about scientist who clone dinosaurs for public viewing. Of course anything that can go wrong does, with Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum there to save the day. With 357m it is the fourth highest grossing film of the 1990's.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008): The long awaited fourth instalment in the Indiana Jones series. Harrison Ford is back as Indy and Shia Labeouf is added as his son. Critics and fans were lukewarm on the movie but it still made over 317m.

Jaws (1975): This is the film that put Spielberg on the map and changed the way movies were made. Hollywood was already flirting with the concept of blockbusters (Airport, Poseidon Adventure), Jaws and Star Wars made them mandatory and created the summer movie season. The movie made 260m at the box office and became the highest grossing film of all-time (the first time Spielberg managed this feat).

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981): Spielberg teams up with George Lucas to create one of the most enduring characters in film history. Harrison Ford stars as archaeologist Indian Jones, a role he would reprise two more times during the 80's. Making 248m this is the most successful of the three original movies.

War Of The Worlds (2005): A remake of H.G. wells' novel starring Tom Cruise. This film is notable because Cruise had his infamous couch jumping incident on the Oprah Winfrey show while doing promotion This was Spielberg and Cruise's second film together, the first being Minority Report (2002). The two haven't worked together since. War Of The Worlds made 234m making it the fourth biggest film of 2005.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997): Sequel to Jurassic Park also based on a novel by Michael Crichton. This time Jeff Goldblum takes center stage and Vince Vaughn is added for comedic relief. Besides the Jurassic Park films, Spielberg and Crichton also collaborated on the TV series ER. With 229m at the box office, the sequel paled compared to the original.

Saving Private Ryan (1998): Tom Hanks stars in Spielberg's World War II film about the invasion of Normandy. The two were friends and had worked together on the films The Money Pit (1986) and Joe Versus The Volcano (1990). This was the first time Spielberg actually directed Hanks in a movie. They went on to collaborate on the movies Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Terminal (2004), and the TV series Band Of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010). This movie made 216m.

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