From Jaws to Jurassic Park: Spielberg's Impact on Cinema

by Alex Robinson

When it comes to the greatest contributors to motion pictures, the well-renowned director Steven Spielberg always springs to mind. Known for his exceptional achievements and unmatched storytelling, Spielberg has changed the narrative of cinemas. 

With his birthday around the corner, our team at Just Geek wanted to examine his journey, from the nail-biting Jaws to the iconic Jurassic Park. Revisiting the best Steven Spielberg movies that have been cherished by both audiences and critics is nothing short of an adventure. 

Leaving an indelible mark on the industry, movies made by Steven Spielberg have proved to be highly influential and groundbreaking. In some cases, the best movies directed by Steven Spielberg have changed the industry forever. 

Are you ready to transport yourself to a world beyond your wildest dreams? Get on your geeky glasses and let’s begin!

1. The 1975’s Jaws

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The 1970s ruled Hollywood with the golden era showcasing classics such as ‘The French Connection’ and “The Godfather’. An evergreen classic to be added to this list was ‘Jaws’. Considered as Spielberg’s first modern blockbuster, Jaws offered its audience an edge-of-the-seat experience like no other. 

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Peter Benchley, Jaws quickly grew in terms of popularity and is still a perennial classic to date. Coupled with Spielberg’s mesmerising direction and the on-screen acting, Jaws offered a true nail-biting experience to viewers. The cherry on the cake was John William’s background score which kept the audience glued to their screen. 

2. The 1982’s E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)

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With little to no expectation of this movie’s performance, Spielberg brilliantly executed a tale of a lost alien who befriends a boy. Although the tale was quite personal, the movie was a box office hit. Considered one of the best Steven Spielberg movies, ET was one of the most successful movies of all time. 

It held the title of a blockbuster movie for nearly ten years. Later, this was broken by the legendary Spielberg himself with his iconic Jurassic Park. Movies made by Steven Spielberg seem never to disappoint. With ET, every shot was filled with wonder (and the occasional terror), leaving the audience awe-inspired. 

Right from the opening chase scene in the forest to the moment NASA scientists break into Elliot's house and turn a safe space into a nightmare. These scenes were hard-hitting and gripping at the same time, exceptionally executing Spielberg’s genius storytelling abilities. 

With the addition of a soaring and mystical element, John Williams crafts maybe his greatest-ever score, elevating the bike-flying escape conclusion into the single most emotionally charged scene in movie history.

3. 1993’s Jurassic Park

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Compiling computer-generated images with pioneering visual effects, Jurassic Park is a visual delight for any audience. With Spielberg’s genius, Jurassic Park was able to completely smash the CGI category with mesmerising visual effects, making it an absolute showstopper. 

Not only was this considered one of the best movies directed by Steven Spielberg, but it was a commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide and breaking Spielberg’s record too. This movie established Spielberg as a pioneer of modern cinema for his brilliant execution of life-like dinosaurs all thanks to the use of CGI. 

With this movie, the summer of 1993 was cherished by audiences and critics alike. From roaring dinosaurs to the awe-inspired scenes, this action-packed hit was a delight to viewers. 

4. 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark

In 1981, the audience was invited to the thrilling story of the iconic Indiana Jones who is on the lookout for the Ark of the Covenant. Compared to the likes of Star Wars, Raiders established a new subgenre of action-adventure films by fusing humour, adventure and action all in a power-packed movie. 

With approximately $390 million in global box office receipts and four Academy Awards, the film was a box office success. Coupled with fast-paced action scenes such as the Arab Swordsman, the truck chase and the snake pit, this movie hardly gives you any room to breathe. Packed with excitement and thrill, it showcases an unforgettable background score produced by none other than John Williams. 

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