Steven Spielberg

Steven Allan Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946. The movie guru became a household name in 1977 for directing Jaws. He is well known for his talent and love for sci-fi and historical movies. Although his career spans several decades we will focus on his accomplishments as director of his own films during the 1980s

Enter the eighties

It was at the start of the decade that Spielberg really became famous for bringing us films like the iconic E.T. and the Indiana Jones trilogy. his love for history and science fiction drove him to become one of the best directors around. Regarded as the best by many.

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

For this production, Spielberg teamed up with the successful George Lucas, known for his success with the Star Wars films. Harrison Ford was picked over Tom Selleck to play the role of Dr. Jones, and the fact that he played Han Solo in Star Wars made the decision easier.

Spielberg and Ford during filming

The film received several Oscar nominations and set the trend for future action-adventure films.

E.T. The extraterrestrial 1982

In 1982 Spielberg set about to create another sci-fi film. E.T. was a huge success, in fact, his most successful movie to date. It remains the highest-grossing film of all time. The movie’s plot revolves around an alien creature left behind by his crew and gets discovered by a boy. the two forms a strange bond as the alien attempts to make contact with his homeworld.

Spielberg and his creation E.T.

E.T. received nine academy nominations and ended up winning four, among the best movie and best director.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984

The second installment of the Indiana Jones saga. It was with this project that he met his future wife Kate Capshaw. Once again he partners with Lucas and Ford. The movie has some very dark and disturbing scenes. Together with showing children working in the mines, Spielberg had some resistance from the rating board, especially after his production of Gremlins got a PG-13 rating.

A scene from the film

The Temple of Doom eventually got a parental guidance rating and went on to become a blockbuster in 1984. it received 2 Academy nominations and won Best Effects.

The Color Purple 1985

After Temple of Doom, Spielberg release “The Color Purple” Based on the novel by Alice Walker, of the same name.

The film stars Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. It was nominated for 11 Academy awards.

Empire of the Sun 1987

In 1987 Spielberg went to Shanghai, China to film Empire of the Sun. Starring John Malkovich, and a young Christian Bale

The movie was well-received by critics but ironically did not do well at the box office. It was nominated for 6 Academy Awards

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989

In 1989 Spielberg returned to the Indiana Jones world for the third installment of the series. This time he added the seasoned Sean Connery to his usual team of Lucas and ford. It became the top-grossing film of 1989, beating Tim Burton’s Batman.

Always 1989

Other movies Steven Spielberg produced during the 1980s were Twilight Zone: The Movie, Amazing Stories, and Gremlins.