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15. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Stanley Kubrick was initially developing this science fiction story of a robot boy who wants to be human. After Kubrick passed away, Spielberg picked up the baton and brought the tale to life for a visually stunning, neon-drenched vision of a future where humans and robots co-exist.
14. Empire of the Sun (1987)
A lavishly-mounted take on JG Ballard's World War II novel, this provided Christian Bale with his breakthrough film role and featured John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers in the supporting cast. The story centres on a young boy who has his life turned on its head by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1941.
13. Minority Report (2002)
The first of two Tom Cruise/Spielberg team-ups is based on Philip K Dick's story of a world where crimes can be prevented thanks to a 'Precrime' police unit that can see into the future. Cruise plays a cop who finds himself on the run with Samantha Morton's Pre-Cog Agatha after its predicted he'll commit a murder.
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
The second Indiana Jones adventure rewinds the timeline to take place before the events of Raiders. The opening song-and-dance number allowed Spielberg to have a crack at doing a movie musical, but from then on it goes pretty dark as Indy is on the hunt for the mythical Sankara stones.
11. The Colour Purple (1985)
Spielberg got serious for this drama based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the hard life of Celie Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg). Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey offer sturdy support. Fact fans, this is one of the few Spielberg movies that doesn't feature a John Williams score. Quincy Jones instead provides the music.
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