1993. USA. Dir: Steven Spielberg. With Laura Dern. 127 min. 35mm print
From the director who brought you Jaws (aka “Never Go in the Water Again”) and Indiana Jones (aka “Archeologists are Awesome”) comes the flick that made the world fall head-over-heels for dinosaurs and dinosaur-related merchandise. With nail-biting thrills and special effects that are still better than most current releases, this is how you do a blockbuster right.
1981. USA. Dir: Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. 115 min.
Archeology professor slash snake-hating adventurer Indiana Jones must locate a priceless Judeo-Christian artifact before the Nazis beat him to it. The timeless badass must brave booby traps, power-hungry Germans, and an irate ex-lover in this action-adventure joyride.
1975. USA. Dir: Steven Spielberg. With Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw. 124 min.
Nothing says dread on the open sea like “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The movie that gave birth to the blockbuster and Spielberg’s career as an A-list director surprises at every turn, eliciting laughter and screams while steadily building the suspense of a monster lurking just beneath the surface.