Steven Spielberg's 25 greatest movies
HitFix ranks the legend's greatest films to date
24. 'The Terminal' (2004)
The set was beautiful. The screenplay? Not so much. Inspired by the true story of an Iranian who lived in Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport for almost 20 years, "The Terminal" finds Viktor Narkovski (Tom Hanks) stuck at JFK in New York after a military coup in his (fake) Eastern European homeland. Audiences and critics were split on the picture. You either loved Hanks thick accent and goofy shtick as he tries to acclimate to living in an American airport or you found it increasingly grating. While one of the director's less memorable efforts it did spotlight the talents of Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna who were both relatively unknown to moviegoers at the time.
- Gregory Ellwood