It doesn’t feel like much of a stretch to say that Steven Spielberg may be Hollywood’s most famous living director. Over the last 45 years, he has crafted Oscar-winning dramas, blockbuster action movies, and beloved children’s classics. He has had a huge impact on the art of cinema, and influenced generations of moviegoers (and moviemakers) with films like Jaws (1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Part of the reason for Spielberg’s enduring influence may be that, in addition to telling great stories, he creates imagery that lingers in the audience's minds long after the movie ends. Years after we forget the exact order of events in each Indiana Jones movie or who played who in E.T., we remember the moment that Indy carefully switched out the Golden Idol for a bag of sand and when Elliott, in silhouette, biked past an impossibly bright full moon.
To celebrate Spielberg’s uncanny ability to craft memorable images, filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney has created a supercut of the most iconic shots in all 30 of the director’s feature films. “Before I knew what a director was, I knew who Steven Spielberg was,” writes Swinney. “Many filmmakers have that one signature shot that will forever solidify them in film history—Spielberg has dozens.” Check out “Spielberg in 30 Shots” above.
Banner Image Credit: Jacob T. Swinney, Vimeo