There's never a bad time to be a Steven Spielberg fan. Even on the rare occasion that his movies struggle at the box office, as his last effects-driven family film The BFG did, there's still a sense that he'll bounce back. He always does! Over four decades, the 71-year-old filmmaker has defined American studio filmmaking, while racking up billions of box-office dollars and two Best Director Oscars along the way. (He'll likely score a few more Academy Award nominations with his star-studded newspaper drama The Post.)
But how do his big-budget crowd-pleasers stack up against his award-winners? Has he lost some of his luster as he's gotten older, or has he aged with grace? Does he still make you want to phone home? To find out, we ranked all of Spielberg's theatrically released feature films (sorry, early Spielberg TV movie Duel and his contribution to the anthology Twilight Zone: The Movie). So, cue up those John Williams strings, grab your inner child, and keep some tissues on standby as we work our way through Spielberg's 30 films. Or as Samuel L. Jackson would say, hold on to your butts.