The other film directed by Spielberg in 1993 that wasn’t the reason for the creation of this list is Spielberg’s most important work to date. It is his masterpiece above masterpieces. Spielberg presented a true story told in its frightening, painful entirety shot in black and white with a brilliant cast—of which catapulted the protagonist and antagonist’s (Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes) career to stardom. Although its setting is World War II, Spielberg chose to leave the battlefield and look inside the life of a rich German playboy, his conscience and his factory. Billy Wilder almost removed himself from retirement to make this until he was positive that Steven Spielberg was the best director for the job. Maybe Schindler felt like he could have done more by film’s end, but there is no doubt that Spielberg did all he could into making this a lasting, honored film.
Short list: 10) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 9) Munich, 8) Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 7) The Color Purple, 6) Jaws, 5) Lincoln, 4) Jurassic Park, 3) Raiders of the Lost Ark, 2) Saving Private Ryan, 1) Schindler’s List