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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32. 'Twilight Zone: The Movie' (1983)

Spielberg's entry into this omnibus homage to Rod Serling's seminal TV series is a redo of the show's 1962 episode "Kick the Can," featuring Scatman Crothers as a mysterious, magical man who gives the elderly residents of a retirement home the chance to be young again. The results on high on the predictably Serling-ian "ironic" scale, but this chapter's sickly sentimentality seemed to confirm everyone's worst fears about the director at the time. To be fair, he's playing it up as pastiche, so it's meant to be syrupy and overbaked. That doesn't make it any less tolerable, however, and composer Jerry Goldsmith aping John Williams' scores doesn't help much either.

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