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. We’ll be breaking them down two at a time starting with today’s video.
On this episode, we’re focusing on 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 1985’s The Color Purple. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz with a story by credit for George Lucas. The film stars Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, and Dan Aykroyd. It’s another Indiana Jones adventure, but this time Indiana is asked by a desperate Indian village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. The Color Purple is written by Menno Meyjes and is based on the novel by Alice Walker. The film stars Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery and Adolph Caesar. It focuses on a black Southern woman struggling to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
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.
In future videos, you’ll see our installments for #10-1 on our list and the next honorable mentions video tomorrow.
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.
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