Collider’s Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies: #8 ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

     March 28, 2018



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.

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On this episode, we’re focusing on 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film was written by Spielberg and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, and François Truffaut. The film centers on a man who, after an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

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 HarloffSteve Weintraub, Haleigh FoutchMark EllisPerri NemiroffThadd WilliamsDennis Tzeng, Mark Reilly, John RochaJon 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:

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