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Five Steven Spielberg films to whet your appetite for Super 8

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With film trailers online for upcoming projects like The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse, it seems 2011 is turning into a busy year for Steven Spielberg.

In addition to these massive projects, the director also has producer credits on Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Real Steel, Cowboys & Aliens and Super 8 – which opens across the UK this weekend. But can any of these live up to his past classics?

With film news hitting the web every day about what he’s up to, I decided it was about time to take a look back at five of my favourite Steven Spielberg films to celebrate what’s rapidly turning into a massive year for him.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A definite childhood favourite with millions, E.T. was the touching story of one boy’s relationship with an alien from outer space who becomes stranded in a small suburban town. The magical scene where E.T. and Elliot take flight using nothing but a BMX and some alien know-how is as iconic as anything ever committed to film and is now the logo for Spielberg’s own production company, Amblin.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Not everybody’s favourite entry in the Indiana Jones series, but for me the third adventure in this franchise added something incredible – the one and only Sean Connery as Indy’s stubborn father Henry. Some might say this should have been the “last crusade” after seeing 2008’s disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but this one will live on in the hearts of many for years to come.

Jurassic Park (1993)

One of the most ambitious special effects projects ever brought to the silver screen, Jurassic Park was nothing short of epic when it arrived in the early nineties. It went on to spawn a couple of lesser sequels, but in terms of what it did to push the envelope for the industry, it was huge.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Part of a long-term project with 2001: A Space Odyssey director Stanley Kubrick, A.I. Artificial Intelligence is perhaps a little undervalued by some critics. While the ending has been criticised by many, the film is as a whole an incredibly emotional affair. The story of a robot child’s wish to become human is every bit the modern take on Pinocchio and is backed up by some incredible effects work.

Minority Report (2002)

While Spielberg would go on to direct Tom Cruise in War of the Worlds just three years later, this first meeting would arguably prove the more memorable. Bringing these two titans of cinema together for a mega-budget sci-fi thriller could have been too much to take, but great futuristic ideas and skilled direction make it an absolute must-see for film fans.

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