91% of people can't name these Steven Spielberg movies from a screenshot. Can you?

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J. Scott Wilson

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Steven Spielberg is a writer, director and producer of some of the most iconic movies of all time. With movies that span multiple genres, he has had a direct impact on millions of people, the film world and movie production. How many of these Steven Spielberg movies can you name?

Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Like many movies of the '80s, "E.T." was reissued several times on VHS and DVD. During one of the restorations, Spielberg caved to pressure from some parent groups and allowed the guns being carried by FBI agents to be digitally transformed into radios, to make them less frightening. He later regretted that decision.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This searing depiction of life in the Jewish community when the Nazi pogroms began and the death camps opened is a hard one to watch, but it should be required viewing. Liam Neeson is outstanding as Oskar Schindler, and the entire cast live their roles.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

There may never have been a bigger lock for the Oscar for best actor than Daniel Day-Lewis in this title role. In his usual fashion, he became his character, even speaking as Lincoln off-camera.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

I was a kid in 1975 when I saw this movie. The next summer, we went on a beach vacation. I remember building a lot of sand castles while keeping an eye out for dorsal fins.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

To call this movie a classic is to understate the case. Michael J. Fox gets sent back in time, courtesy of mad scientist Christopher Lloyd's time-traveling DeLorean, and ends up having to make sure his parents hook up or he will have never been.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This most recent in the Indy series featured Shia LeBoeuf as the son of Indy and longtime flame Marion Ravenwood. Cate Blanchett hammed it up as a Russian spy.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This film is a technological marvel, using 3-D motion capture to bring an animated adventure to an almost-creepy-at-times life. It's based on a series of beloved cartoons by Belgian cartoonist Herge.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Everyone has a favorite scene in this movie, be it the T. rex fighting the velociraptors or Samuel L. Jackson trying to break into the park system. My personal pick is the T. rex eating the lawyer while he's sitting on the toilet after abandoning the kids.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Could there be a more perfect casting than Robin Williams as The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter Pan? Watching him play off Dustin Hoffman's title character makes you miss him all the more.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

The first half-hour of this movie, which depicts in detail the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach, is incredibly harrowing. The hunt for Matt Damon's title character almost seems like a break after that.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

As a result of this movie, I still can't eat mashed potatoes without trying to sculpt them into Devils Tower first. "Star Wars" was all the rage at the time, but this brought the idea of aliens "out there" right down to earth with special effects that, for the time, were eyeball-meltingly amazing.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This moving film provides a look at the horrors of war, using the title character's career on both sides of the fight as a vehicle. Joey the horse begins on the British side of the brutality that was World War I, and ends up on the German side and among the civilians devastated by the conflict.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Haley Joel Osment, the creepy kid from "The Sixth Sense," played David, the title character. David was an android programmed with the ability to love, which causes trouble when his host couple's son returns home after being cured of an illness.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

If you've ever wondered what the world was like around the time the Berlin Wall went up, this film is a chilling slice of life. There was some consternation when Mark Rylance beat out Sylvester Stallone ("Creed") for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

If you're thinking of renting or buying this one for a kids' movie night, you might want to think twice. If there are any mischief-makers in the audience, they might pick up some handy tips from Spike and company.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Remember the famous fight scene where an attacker pulls out swords and Indy, after first considering his whip, pulls out his pistol and just shoots the guy? The story goes that Harrison Ford was supposed to have a long fight scene, but he was suffering from dysentery and decided on the spot to cut the scene short. True or not, it created one of the most memorable scenes in action movie history.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Every director who does science fiction is required by law to adapt at least one Philip K. Dick story, and this was Spielberg's. Tom Cruise stars as a cop who's fingered for a murder he hasn't yet committed, but will. (Just wait. The headache will pass.)

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

When you think of a Spielberg film, you don't usually think of violence being a major part of it. However, this one got widespread criticism for its level of violence, and even the Man himself has said in later years he wished he'd toned it down a bit.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

After the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the Israeli secret service, Mossad, went after those believed responsible. This movie tells the story of the globe-spanning, relentless, remorseless pursuit of the terrorists and their leaders.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This J.J. Abrams creation was an homage to Spielberg's earlier kid-centered flicks. Spielberg came aboard as executive producer and provided Abrams a chance to work with one of his idols.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Just as in Cast Away, Tom Hanks pretty much carries this movie by himself. This time, however, he's playing a man denied entry into the United States who also can't return to his home country because of a military coup. The relation to current events is unmistakable.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Just like with "Gremlins," be careful what sort of kids you show this to. Seriously, though, failure to let your kids see this movie at some point may be considered bad parenting in some jurisdictions.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

We'd seen humans interact with cartoon characters since the early days of Disney, but never with the seamless perfection on display here. When hapless Roger Rabbit grabs Bob Hoskins' gumshoe, begging him to prove his innocence, it's hard to tell Bob's not being accosted by flesh and blood.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This Spielberg adaptation of a beloved Roald Dahl story was a flop at the box office, but it's a charming movie. What kid doesn't imagine having a friendly giant to turn to in times of trouble?

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Spielberg gets to work with Tom Hanks again, this time with Leonardo DiCaprio in the mix. DiCaprio plays real-life crook Frank Abagnale, whose well-chronicled criminal career is brought to an end by Hanks' character.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Most of the action in this movie takes place on Isla Sorna, where a team has been sent to capture some dinosaurs to bring back to the U.S. My favorite part, however, happens when a T. rex gets loose in San Diego and does a great Godzilla impersonation before being recaptured.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

The cast alone of this movie should make you want to give it a watch. How often do you get star power like Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou (in an early role), Matthew McConaughey and Morgan Freeman all in the same flick? Well, it helps when Spielberg's the one making the invites.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

The time travel flies hot and heavy in this second "BTTF" film, with Doc and Marty first traveling to the future to save Marty's kids, then back to 1955 to stop villain Biff from altering history. It was filmed back-to-back with the third movie, and in fact segues directly into that film.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

A Russian mouse family emigrates to the U.S., but Fievel, the son, gets separated from his family. They left Russia because of rumors that there were no cats in America. My dog wishes they had been right.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

If you've ever owned a house, you'll want to watch this movie. It reminded me strongly of Dave Barry's book, "Homes and Other Black Holes." Tom Hanks and Shelley Long are '80s comedy gold.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Tom Cruise played the lead in this remake of the sci-fi classic. It was greeted with dubious critical reaction, but turned out to be a gripping thrill ride of a movie.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

It would be interesting to see how this movie would have done during the "Harry Potter" Era, when smart kids ruled. When it came out in the late '80s, it was a box office bomb that barely made back its cost.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This holds the distinction of being the only movie to ever give me nightmares, and I'm sure I'm not alone. Whether you're afraid of clowns, ghosts, cemeteries, swimming pools or things that go bump in the night, Spielberg dipped deeply into your id. And don't even get me started about monsters under the bed!

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This film, a wrenching story of a black woman who undergoes every sort of persecution and misfortune imaginable in early 20th-century Georgia, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. In a stunning turn, it didn't win a single award. Especially stinging was the loss of Whoopi Goldberg, nominated for best actress for her portrayal of Celie, the heroine.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This animated dinosaur tale deals with some pretty heavy themes: the death of a parent, racial strife and bullying, in a way that's digestible for even the youngest kids. It's evolved into something of a media goliath, with many sequels.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Sean Connery was a welcome addition to the cast of this installment, playing Indy's father. The interplay between the two of them is hilarious, if the plot itself is a bit meandering.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

If you've ever had a road-rage incident, this movie will make your skin crawl. Dennis Weaver plays a traveling salesman who is pursued by a mysterious old tanker truck until he tricks the driver into going over a cliff.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This TV movie stars Darren McGavin as the father of a family who moves into a possessed house. McGavin had experience with such things, having starred in Chris Carter's favorite series, "Kolchak: The Night Stalker."

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

While the movie itself is a middling true-crime tale, it is notable for two things. It's one of Goldie Hawn's earliest starring roles and it marks the first collaboration of Spielberg and John Williams, whose movie music has filled soundtracks for more than a generation.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Think of this as "Animal House" for the WWII generation. There's plane theft, uniform misappropriation and all manner of foolishness. Oh, and don't forget the Japanese sub crew trying to capture Hollywood!

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This is not a movie you'll find in many people's personal collections of favorites. It's such a searing experience, it's difficult to watch a second time ... but you should.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This comic sci-fi movie is a re-imagining of the 1966 classic, "Fantastic Voyage," in which a crew and their ship are miniaturized, this time to be injected into a rabbit. Thieves attack, the syringe holding the ship is swiped and the ship ends up inside Martin Short. Hilarity ensues.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

One of Spielberg's recurring themes ("War of the Worlds" not included) is benevolent alien species. The small Fix-It robots in this one manage to rescue a combination cafe and apartment building from greedy developers, repairing the residents' lives in the process.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This is a great movie, with four talented directors each taking one story and running with it. It was unfortunately overshadowed by the tragic deaths of Vic Morrow and two young actors in a helicopter crash during the filming.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

This is one of the few three-hankie films in Spielberg's canon, a sentimental love story that also features Audrey Hepburn in her last film role. Spielberg works again with "Jaws" star Richard Dreyfuss, who plays a risk-taking firefighting pilot whose daring ways lead to his untimely death.

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Which Steven Spielberg movie is shown in this screenshot?

Christian Bale, proving he had intense acting chops even as a young man, plays a privileged British boy living in China who is separated from his parents and caught up in turmoil when the Japanese invade China during World War II. John Malkovich and Miranda Richardson costar, and if you look carefully you can see a young Ben Stiller in the cast as well.

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