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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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20. 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984)

At the time this follow-up to Raiders of the Lost Ark was released, many felt that Spielberg had finally gone too far – that his fondness for cartoonish violence and gore had finally slid into outright sadism. The movie was even pivotal in prompting the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, because it seemed weird to be giving PG ratings to movies in which people had their hearts ripped out onscreen. Its atmospheric locale and creepy storyline feel even more evocative of the vintage serials that inspired this series than the original Raiders; at the same time, what seemed innocuous back then now seems racially insensitive or misogynistic. (The depictions of Jonathan Ke Quan's Short Round and Kate Capshaw's lounge singer both seem unfortunate now, to say the least.) Hey, at least it doesn't have aliens – yes, we're looking at you, Crystal Skull.

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