The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Steven Spielberg Films
With 'War Horse' and 'Tintin' in theaters, we rank the director's best
7. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981)
My feelings on the Indiana Jones franchise are…complex. My favorite (saying this with a straight face) is "The Temple of Doom." The perfect blend and representation of the best the franchise had to offer was probably "The Last Crusade." And "Raiders of the Lost Ark" has, in my view, lived off the fat of the land and become adored and over-praised in its time. Nevertheless, it set the bar, chiseled out a definitive place in cinema history, and that's hard to ignore. It also just seems wrong to leave it off a list like this (as I came really close to doing). So here it is.