Now that our Top 50 Superhero Movies of All Time list has come and gone, it’s on to the next! But this time around, we’re putting the spotlight on one specific filmmaker – one of the best of all-time, Steven Spielberg. From 1975’s Jaws, which started the summer blockbuster phenomenon, to 2017’s Academy Award-nominated The Post, Spielberg has moved audiences with his rich, emotional stories, thrilled them with some incredible action sequences; made them think with his political dramas and inspired them to explore a world beyond our own. Along the way, he has won three Oscars with one coming in the Best Picture category for Schindler’s List and two in the Best Director category for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.
With so many great films to Spielberg’s name, there were bound to be a few that wouldn’t end up on our Top 10 list. We chose 4 of those films to highlight as our Honorable Mentions. Watch those videos here and here. We started the Top 10 list yesterday with our #10 film Minority Report which you can watch here. Now it’s time to continue our countdown of the top 10 with our #9 film.
On this episode, we’re focusing on 2002’s Catch Me If You Can. The film is written by Jeff Nathanson and based on the book of the same name by Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding. Catch Me If You Can stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, and Martin Sheen. The film tells the story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor. He did all this and more while also avoiding a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent doggedly pursuing him.
Various Collider staff members, personalities, and experts will weigh in with their thoughts on those honorable mentions and each of our Top 10 selections, share their initial reaction to seeing the movie for the first time, if they think that film belongs at its assigned place on the list, and if it still holds up for them to this day.
Panelists in Collider’s Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies series includes Kristian Harloff, Steve Weintraub, Haleigh Foutch, Mark Ellis, Perri Nemiroff, Thadd Williams, Dennis Tzeng, Mark Reilly, John Rocha, Jon Schnepp, and many, many more.
For more Collider Video content, check out our YouTube channel. To catch up on our previous Top 10 Spielberg videos, peruse the links below:
- Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies – Honorable Mentions: ‘Temple of Doom’ and ‘The Color Purple’
- Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies – Honorable Mentions: ‘Hook’ and ‘Munich’
- Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies: #10 ‘Minority Report’