4. 'Catch Me If You Can' (2002)
Meet legendary conman Frank Abegnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) and the FBI agent (Tom Hanks) who eventually brought him to justice. Yes, it's another tale of innocence lost and families broken, starring two of the world's biggest actors — but it's incredibly sophisticated stylistically and despite being a hit, remains a vastly underrated, highly subversive gem within the director's body of work. Frank's duplicities read like a journey through American culture and prosperity at the mid-century mark – from his posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer, respectively, to his James Bondian posturing – and the filmmaker mimics these styles with verve and vigor. And just when things start to feel a little too champagne-bubbly for its own good, he offsets it with the gritty, handheld poetry of the Tom Hanks scenes. It's a fascinating dialogue between two characters, two modes of living, and two Spielbergs – the pop specialist and the serious artist.