Steven Spielberg ranks as one of the most iconic and respected directors in the history of American cinema. His films have been among the biggest box office hits of all time. Spielberg is a legend in his field. It’s not difficult to spot his work for those of us familiar with his directing style. It’s no wonder that he’s achieved such success. Here are the ten highest-grossing films directed by Steven Spielberg, and the amounts they drew in.
10. “Raiders of The Lost Ark” Gross: $390,133,212
Harrison Ford became a legend after appearing in the 1981 release of “Raiders of The Lost Ark.” It was one in a series that would follow. The Bingeful confirms that the joint efforts of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were a winning combination that kicked off one of the most popular franchises in the world during the early 1980s with several more films to come. The film combined high-action adventure, thrills, and an occasional note of humor. It had all the ingredients of a Box Office success. It’s the tenth highest-grossing film of Spielberg’s directing career so far.
9. “Jaws” Gross: $471,203,004
Perhaps the most iconic line in this blockbuster film was Roy Schieder’s comment to co-star Robert Shaw, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” as they pursued a man-eating shark with a grudge. Other notable actors in this outstanding film were Richard Dreyfuss and Lorraine Gary. “Jaws” was the first film in the franchise that churned out a trilogy of highly anticipated films. It made its debut in 1975 and remained the highest-grossing Spielberg film until 1997 when “Star Wars” took its place. “Jaws” made us all grip our seats and hold our breaths. It’s a horror film that takes suspense to the ultimate limits.
8. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” Gross: $474,310,887
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” hit theaters in 1989, eight years after the first installment of the franchise secured a solid fan base. It placed higher in Box Office ratings and brought in more revenue than the first film in the series. Anticipation ran high for the second movie and fans knew if it was anything like the first it would be nothing short of thrilling. Spielberg didn’t disappoint fans. It was even bigger and better than the original. Denholm Elliot, Alison Doody, Sean Connery, and John Rhys-Davies joined Harrison Ford in the adventures that continued in the search for the holy grail.
7. “Saving Private Ryan” Gross: $482, 349, 603
Steven Spielberg directed a cast of unforgettable superstars with Tom Hanks taking the lead. He co-starred with Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, and Matt Damon in what would become one of the 1990s most iconic films of all time. Captain John H. Miller and his team searched for the last remaining son of a mother who lost three of her four sons in the war. Miller and his squad risked their lives, many of them losing their lives to find the remaining son to return him home to his mother. it was a captivating story that tugged at the heartstrings of viewers. Young Ryan, played by Matt Damon had no desire to leave his platoon that desperately needed all the help they could get. It’s a story of trying to do the right things and sacrifice.
6. “Ready Player One” Gross: $582,890,172
“Ready Player One” came out in 2018 as one of Spielberg’s most recent directorial efforts, according to Screen Rant. It’s yet one more in his long run of successful films that met the budget and more than tripled the amount spent on production. It’s a nostalgic film that became an international success with earnings taking it over the top to arrive as Spielberg’s sixth highest-grossing film of all time.
5. “War of The Worlds” Gross: $591,745,532
“War of The Worlds” made its debut in 2005. The film delivered a solid performance by Tom Cruise and child star Dakota Fanning. It is one of the highest-grossing sci-fi films of the decade. Spielberg performed at his usual high level, capturing the best essences of the situations that arose, delivering on thrills and suspense. The action scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. Cruise makes his role as a plain guy with a few serious character flaws believable, but his bravery shines through as any dad trying to protect his kids and keep them from harm. It may not have been the best film of the year but it drew enough viewers to make it Spielberg’s fifth highest-grossing film worldwide.
4. “The Lost World: Jurassic Park Gross: $618,638,999
“The Lost World: Jurassic Park” didn’t experience earnings as high as its predecessor but it drew a large enough crowd to nail the fourth position. It’s hard to beat the original film, but it did well enough. It was a Box Office hit upon its release in 1997, grossing well-over half a billion in gross earnings worldwide. Although the dinosaurs looked more realistic, the storyline didn’t pack the same punch as in the previous installment of the franchise.
3. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” Gross: $786,636,033
It’s no surprise that the 2008 installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise came in as the leader of the pack for the films. The hype built into a frenzy. It wouldn’t have mattered if viewers loved the film or hated it, all IJ fans were compelled to go. Hollywood Reporter explains that it came nearly twenty years after the first two blockbusters. Reviews weren’t great at its premiere at Cannes, however, it brought in a gross of more than three-quarters of a billion dollars. It completed the Indiana Jones story and filled in the gaps, explaining the absence of Sean Connery, and the love story that resulted in the son that Jones had not yet met.
2. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” Gross: $792,910,554
The 1982 film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” was one of the biggest Box Office hits of all time. Steven Spielberg directed the film that was taken from his creative imagination. ET was a friend he created in his mind to help him cope with the breakup of his parents. Every viewer rooted for the little alien to pull through and make it back to the rendezvous with his spaceship. Elliott was a champion and the young Drew Barrymore was the cutest child actor ever.
1. “Jurassic Park” Gross: $1,029,153,882
The number one highest-grossing Steven Spielberg film of all time is “Jurassic Park.” It grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide. The 1993 film was based on a novel written by Michael Crichton. It was one of the biggest successes of Spielberg’s career.