Community Collab: Let’s Rank the Films of Steven Spielberg!

It’s a question that has caused fans of cinema to lose countless hours over debating: What is the best and worst of any given film franchise?

ScreenAge Wasteland aims to find the common ground by asking its community to participate in a collaborative ranking of every film directed by Steven Spielberg. The eligible films are Duel, The Sugarland Express, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Always, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullThe Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, The BFG, The Post, and Ready Player One.

All you have to do is order the films from best to worst. There are two ways to submit your ranking of the 31 Spielberg-directed films:

  1. Send your ranking, along with a sentence or two (no longer than a paragraph please) about the films in your top 20 (your favorite part, why it is great/terrible, etc.) to info.screenagewasteland@gmail.com; or
  2. If you don’t want to give thoughts on each film, drop your ranking down in the Disqus comments.

Please submit your ranking by Monday, May 24. Here’s an example of what a response might look like for Pixar’s A Bug’s Life:

  • Surely most people put this at the bottom of their list? For all I know A Bug’s Life is much better than I remember, but I think it was forever cursed as being “not as good as Toy Story.” I sure as hell know it is better than Antz though.

Once the deadline has past, we’ll tally up the various rankings, cherrypick the best responses for each film, and put together a massive collab ranking post sometime in November.


Are you up for the task? Comment below or email to confirm your involvement.

To see our previous community collab ranking of the theatrical X-Men movies, click here.


Thanks in advance to everyone who participates. You are the hero SAW needs.

NOTE: As long as you have seen at least 16 films you can participate. Just rank the ones you have seen. If you’ve missed a couple that’s fine. The scores will be adjusted depending on how many you rank.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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