10 Steven Spielberg Movies You Should Rewatch Immediately

We all know the big hits inside out, so here is our pick of the master's lesser known works

So you've seen Jaws, ET, Indiana Jones etc but have you seen these?

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Duel (1971)

Shot for US TV by Spielberg aged 25, this monster truck movie — ie, a monster movie with a lorry as the unceasing beast — was fleshed out for its cinema release.

Close Encounters of The third Kind (1977)

His aliens-are-coming epic, sci-fi with real heart, is aging like fine wine. If you're going to be a nerd about it, watch the Collector's Edition version (fat trimmed; better ending).

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The Colour Purple (1985)

The director's first "serious" movie dealt with incest, rape and the female African-American experience, and got Oprah Winfrey a deserved Oscar acting nomination.

1941 (1979)

A screwball folly about an anxious Los Angeles post-Pearl Harbor is not quite the sum of its parts, but those parts include many ambitious set pieces and a fizzing John Belushi.

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Empire of the Sun (1985)

Welsh rookie Christian Bale (what happened to him?) is terrific as a boy adrift in Japanese-occupied WWII Shanghai. Spielberg's most underrated film.

AI Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Yes, humanoids have feelings, too, but with the flashes of genius you'd expect from a Spielberg-Kubrick mash-up, the former taking over after the latter's years of toil.

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Minority Report (2002)

It says a lot for Spielberg's outstanding CV that a big-budget, commercially successful, sci-fi epic starring Tom Cruise can legitimately appear on a list like this.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

World-leading cheque fraudster Leonardo Di Caprio drags Tom Hanks's dogged FBI agent on an international paper chase. Enormous fun from start to finish.

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War of the Worlds (2005)

It says a lot for Spielberg's outstanding CV that two big-budget, commercially successful, sci-fi epics starring Tom Cruise can legitimately appear on a list like this.

Munich (2005)

Mossad assassination squad avenges the 1972 Olympics massacre. Masterful drama labelled vehemently anti-Israeli and defiantly pro-Israeli, as it ever was on this topic.