HitFix ranks the legend's greatest films to date
14. 'Munich' (2005)
At times, Spielberg has been accused of over-simplifying the lines between good and evil, but "Munich" is fascinatingly dedicated only to shades of gray. Opening with the 1972 massacre at the Munich Olympics, the film instantly looks with sympathy on the squad of assassins tasked with avenging the murder of those 11 Israel athletes. In short order, though, the assassins and also the members of the audience are forced to deal with complex issues of moral equivalency and proportionate response. Vengeance and the satisfaction that come from revenge, even seemingly the most justifiable revenge, are put to the test. "Munich" is anchored by the best dramatic performance of Eric Bana's career ("Chopper" is something different) and the '70s-thriller style drew top-notch work from regular Spielberg collaborators like DP Janusz Kami?ski and editor Michael Kahn. It's a prickly movie and may not always leave you feeling good about your instincts, but at times it's masterful.
- Daniel Fienberg