Steven Spielberg's Movies, Ranked Worst to Best

From 'Raiders' to 'Ready Player One,' the King of Hollywood's work from completists-only to modern classics

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18. 'Bridge of Spies' (2015)

Spielberg leans into the even-handed somberness of this real-life story about the lawyer (played by America's Dad, Tom Hanks) who was tasked by the U.S. government with negotiating the exchange of a Soviet spy (Mark Rylance) for downed U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in the early 1960s. The performances are great – Rylance won a well-deserved Oscar for his surprisingly melancholy turn – and Spielberg has a surprising amount of fun with the atmosphere of divided, Cold War-era Berlin. But this film also feels spiritually refreshing for the director: Even in his more serious work, has often demonstrated a Manichean streak, one with clearly defined notions of good and evil. This might be the one Spielberg film where he seems determined to allow every character their humanity, and to embrace the complexity of the world.

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