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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5. 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982)

It's the ultimate boy-meets alien tale and one of the director's most beloved films, and it's easy to see why: Despite plenty of unforgettable set pieces, iconic images (that moonlight bike ride!), the instantly recognizable John Williams score and a host of wonderful child-actor performances, what really makes the movie resonate decades after achieving pop-cultural immortality is its honest depiction of bonding through mutual loneliness. Stranded on Earth, this scared, long-necked creature and this fragile young lad find each other and literally (no, literally) mind-meld. So many of us fell in love with it as kids; the fact that it still holds up beautifully is a testament to Spielberg's investment in grounding the fantastic and turning mundane suburbia into a place of endless wonder. And if you say that you still don't cry when you watch that climactic goodbye embrace, you're a liar.

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