Some Spielberg titles you need to watch now (or again!)

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If the movies “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.” and “Indiana Jones” hold a special place in your heart, there is only one person that you can thank for these wonderful movies that brightened up your lives with its impeccable soundtrack and amazing storyline: Steven Spielberg.

The filmmaker dominated the movie scene in the ‘80s and his films have a long-lasting impact on pop culture. The hit movie franchise “Jaws” caused waves during the ‘70s and had the entire world fidgeting about the possibility of a great monster festering the waters.

Stories that have a tight grip of reality juxtaposed with the grandiosity of the human imagination—such as dinosaurs roaming the earth and aliens from outer space—are Spielberg’s specialty. However, a genius does not box themselves into one, they venture out into the wild and take big risks.

Spielberg’s filmography showcases a roster of stories that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. Here are some of them that you should watch right now.

“Schindler’s List” (1993)

One of the most personal films that Spielberg has made and directed, Schindler’s list portrays the horrors of the holocaust during World War II. This film is not for the faint of heart, and it is indeed heartbreaking how cruel and calloused humanity can be led towards the path of indifference and hate. Based on the stories of the “Schindler Jews,” the film narrates how Oskar Schindler, a businessman in a Nazi-occupied Poland, saved 1,100 Jews by hiring them into his factory, including women and children. The whole movie is a lesson for the world that if we forget the sins of the past, humanity is doomed to repeat them again. With Liam Neeson playing Oskar Schindler, viewers will have a glimpse of one of the few who dared to fight against hate and indifference.

“The Terminal” (2004)

You know when a film is good when it has Tom Hanks in it, and you can always expect an excellent performance from the two-time Academy Award winner. Hanks plays Victor Navorski, an Eastern European refugee who was stuck in JFK International Airport due to the war in his country. Due to his government’s collapse, his papers were invalid and did not allow him to set foot in New York City. Navorksi, with his wit and charm, tries to navigate his new life in the airport. This movie tackles the absurdity of being a nobody, stuck in the webs of bureaucracy. Hanks delivers an excellent performance in this film, and it is also another magic at play that audiences get to witness.

“Catch Me If You Can” (2002)

Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio star in this movie that is inspired by true accounts. The movie is based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who rose to fame by being one of history’s best con artists. Played by DiCaprio, the con artist struggles to find peace as he is constantly on the run from the authorities. The FBI agent assigned to capture him, Carl Hanratty, has a lot in common with the fugitive. This movie deviates from the usual cat and mouse chase but it is injected with a lot of humanity.