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One of the most celebrated and cherished directors in Hollywood, Steven Spielberg, is celebrating his birthday today. The man gave many blockbuster hits like Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List and Lincoln to name a few.
Steven is recently working on film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG, but the talented director has got about 12 Academy awards nominations out of which he won 2. Spielberg similarly launched the careers of former child stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas and Christian Bale. Now he is set to build the career of a 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill, who will be casting in his much awaited, The BFG.
On the 68th birthday of Steven Spielberg, here are some of the best works of the celebrated director. Till date, if we count the number of awards his hit movies received then, 'Schindler's List' will top the list. The 1993's superhit movie won 17 awards including 7 Academy awards (out of 12 nominations), 3 Golden Globes and 7 BAFTA Awards. His last Academy Award nomination was for Lincoln.
Here is a look at the best movies directed by Steven Spielberg.
Schindler's List: 1993
It is one of the best and first movies directed by Steven Spielberg. It won 17 awards and the movie is inspired by his own Jewish heritage. The movie grossed $321 million and Spielberg donated all the profits to a charity.
Jurassic Park: 1993
Steven created a history with this classic movie which is the highest grossing film by the director till date ($1.02 billion). The movie released in the same year, 1993, got 3 Academy Award nominations (won all the 3) and 1 BAFTA.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: 1981
The American adventure film got 9 Academy Award nominations and won 5. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 1982
It is one of the best films of kids and second highest grosser of Spielberg ($793 million). The kids science fiction film got 9 Oscar nominations winning 4. The movie surpassed Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time-a record it held for ten years until Jurassic Park took over.
Saving Private Ryan: 1998
The 1998 epic war drama got 11 Oscar nominations (winning 5), 5 Golden Globe nominations (winning 3), and 10 BAFTA nominations (winning 2).
Catch Me If You Can: 2002
Although the movie did not win any Oscar, it was a fresh change for Spielberg which got Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. The movie is based on the real-life story of Frank Abagnale.
Empire of The Sun: 1987
1987 American coming of age war film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same shot Christian Bale to fame.
The award-winning creature thriller film, adapted from Peter Benchley's novel made history! Jaws won 3 Academy Awards, grossed $471 million and has many sequels as well.
War of the Worlds: 2005
The science fiction thriller movie starring Tom Cruise did not win any major awards, but is one of the top 5 highest grossing movies of Steven Spielberg earning $592 million.
The Adventures of Tintin: 2011
The comic movie based on the Adventures of Tintin is a beautifully presented animated drama. It was the first non-Pixar animated film to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
Lincoln got 12 Academy Award and 7 Golden Globe nominations. The epic historical drama is a must watch! Daniel Day-Lewis who played Lincoln got academy Award for Best actor.