Top 10 Steven Spielberg Movies as ‘The BFG’ Premieres

From 'Jurassic Park' to 'E.T.,' see which movies top this list.

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Steven Spielberg is one of the most celebrated filmmakers today. From the Indiana Jones movies to the iconic “E.T.” — and other billion dollar movie franchises — Spielberg has shaped the film industry and inspired viewers for decades.

‘The BFG’ Movie and Box Office Predictions

Spielberg’s newest movie release is “The BFG,” or “The Big Friendly Giant,” adapted from the children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film will be released July 1 and is a classical fantasy that tells the tale of a young girl and a kind giant. “The BFG” cast includes Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, Penelope Wilton as The Queen and Rebecca Hall as Mary.

Although seeing largely positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a film review source, BoxOffice Pro predicted “The BFG” will earn $31 million its opening weekend and $85 million cumulatively. Before “The BFG” release, here’s a look at Steven Spielberg’s net worth, 10 of his best films and how much they’ve earned at the box office.

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Steven Spielberg Net Worth: $3.5 Billion

Spielberg’s net worth is $3.5 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The director has earned numerous accolades for his work in film, including 10 Oscar nominations and two wins. He’s also received nine Golden Globes nominations and three wins. Spielberg movies have made nearly $9.2 billion total in the worldwide box office.

10. ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (2008)

Shadowed by the wildly well-known “Temple of Doom,” Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is an enjoyable film in its own right. Harrison Ford’s reprisal of his iconic role is worth the ticket price alone, and though plot elements are a bit thinner than Spielberg’s 1981 masterpiece, there’s plenty to take away from the movie. Pure entertainment and a film with no shortage of dazzling sequences, Crystal Skull brought in $378.93 million at the box office.

9. ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (1998)

“Saving Private Ryan” is perhaps one of the most realistic depictions of World War II-era warfare to ever hit the big screen. Spielberg takes an entirely new approach to the genre that at the time defined a direction not yet seen in film, bolstered by one of the most effective performances of Tom Hanks’ career. One of the best war films ever made, and still a thrilling experience that made $392.51 million in theaters.

8. ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989)

The first thing many people notice when watching The Last Crusade is that it takes a far more comedic angle than it’s predecessor, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The double-act foil of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford is something to behold, and the film grossed almost $30 million opening weekend and a total of $423.99 million at the box office. For those who are looking for a lighter, more “fun” approach to Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade is it.

7. ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ (1977)

Few films have taken the risk of presenting aliens as peaceful beings who have no interest in taking over the planet. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” does just that, and it was was groundbreaking at the time, bringing in $426.78 million. The theme and so many other elements of Close Encounters have become completely intertwined with modern pop culture, and those who have yet to see the film are missing out on what Roger Ebert once called “one of the great moviegoing experiences.”

6. ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ (1997)

Though it doesn’t stand up to the original “Jurassic Park” in terms of ingenuity and overall entertainment, The Lost World is a good addition. garnering $428.23 million at the box office, and featuring even more impressive feats of CGI than the first film, The Lost World is truly a visual wonder that fared quite well at the box office.

5. ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ (1984)

Certainly on the darker end of the spectrum as far as Indiana Jones films go, 1984’s The Temple of Doom continues to turn heads. Set just about a year or so before the events of Raiders, Temple is an extraordinary exercise in adventure film making, and the crew involved was at the top of their game when the film was released. Another rousing piece of entertainment in the Indiana Jones series from Spielberg, and one that earned $459.31 million at the box office.

4. ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981)

The first film in the Indiana Jones series, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” is truly a remarkable achievement that brought in $662.71 million at the box office. Introducing one of the most iconic characters of all time and combining benchmark set pieces, sly humor and pure, blistering action sequences, the film practically defined what all modern action movies want to be. While debatable, many fans consider Raiders to be the pinnacle of the series and one of the best films of Spielberg’s career.

3. ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993)

It’s hard not to remember first seeing Jurassic Park on the big screen and feeling one wrong turn away from becoming T-Rex lunch. “Jurassic Park” is a visual and conceptual masterpiece that has spawned a number of less-than-stellar sequels. Believe it or not, Spielberg was unsure as to whether or not it would even be successful. The film was a marvel of CGI wizardry; and now, over 20 years later, it stands up to modern computer graphic-heavy films as being top of its class. The film starred Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill and earned an impressive $739.65 million at the box office.

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2. ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982)

“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” which made $1.06 billion at the box office, is considered by many fans to be his best. Perfectly combining a heartwarming story of childhood with compelling sci-fi elements, the film is capable of captivating audiences of any age. Unsurprisingly, it holds up beautifully to today’s best films and has stayed a fan favorite.

1. ‘Jaws’ (1975)

“Jaws,” Spielberg’s highest grossing film, made $1.09 billion at the box office — and it’s kept people afraid to dip their toes in the water for over 40 years now. One of the most well-crafted and realistic stories of any Spielberg film, “Jaws” perfectly captures the sense of anxiety that so many have when it comes to sharks. As far as top horror movies without things that go bump in the night are concerned, “Jaws” is nearly impossible to top.

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All box office numbers are domestic totals adjusted for inflation, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.