6. 'Minority Report' (2002)
The director's contribution to le cinema du Philip K. Dick imagines Tom Cruise as a futuristic cop who specializes in investigating "pre-crimes" – knowing when someone is going to commit murder, and then arresting them before they do it. (Let's give it up for technology...and bald-headed psychics who hang out in pools!) When he himself is accused of one such predicted felony, however, our hero goes on the run, and the film transforms from a mere genre piece to a poignant portrait of a society that has lost its moorings. At heart, like so many of Spielberg's works, this is a tale of fathers and sons – both on an individual level and on a social level.And though the film had been in production prior to 9/11, the filmmaker's ability to channel the zeitgeist's paranoia and burgeoning surveillance culture is downright uncanny.