30. 'The Terminal' (2004)
Tom Hanks is awkwardly charming as an East European visitor forced to live in the limbo of JFK airport's international terminal after his country experiences a coup and his visa is rendered invalid. Stanley Tucci is his typically Spielberg-esque nemesis, a bureaucrat more interested in keeping his airport functioning smoothly than anything else. The film's tonal mishmash of pathos and farce is too much, and yet again, we have an example of Spielberg's helplessness when trying to do an outright comedy. Plus he also attempts an old-fashioned romance, courtesy of Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones' flight attendant – and it turns out he's not too good at that either.