[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/spielberg_4933.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Before most of you were born, his name had to be attached to the project.]]

->''"I dream for a living."''

Every so often someone emerges in a field and manages to not only revolutionize it, but do so several times. '''Steven Allan Spielberg''' (December 18, 1946-) is one of those people, with a career that has gone uninterrupted since the mid-70's and is one of the most influential powers in Hollywood.

Playing with his video camera as a kid, he enrolled in a community college with a small film program and used those connections to get work directing TV episodes (including ''Series/{{Columbo}}'') until he got his big break, a low-budget, cult hit TV film ''Film/{{Duel}}''. ''Duel'' was an expertly made, taut thriller that was such a hit on tv that he was allowed to shoot more scenes to give it a cinema release in Europe. It got him a lot of attention, enough to be brought on as the director for the film that would launch him into the stratosphere, ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', the [[UrExample first]] summer blockbuster (Setting the record for highest grossing movie just before ''StarWars'' came out, pushing the record up even further. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time to this day).

With basically a blank check, he followed this with benign AlienInvasion ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', the 30's serial throwback ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (the first of the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films; he directed all the sequels as well) and the family favourite ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', which became the highest grossing film of all time in its day (his ''second'' time achieving that milestone).

In 1985, he branched into directing drama, with his ultra-serious ''TheColorPurple'', which was nominated for several Oscars; it would not be his last excursion into this genre.

He is also known for being a collaborator with other very popular films including ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' and ''Film/TheGoonies'' (a team effort with Creator/RichardDonner and Creator/ChrisColumbus). Even today he is found working in a lot of the megablockbusters like ''Film/{{Transformers}}''.

Steven is a long time friend of Creator/GeorgeLucas, ever since they met at a film festival when both were in college (Spielberg said he was insanely jealous of Lucas' student film that eventually became ''Film/THX1138''). While their only official collaborations are ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', they frequently spend time together and discuss each others projects. Spielberg was also a frequent collaborator with Creator/StanWinston, the puppeteer and makeup virtuoso who brought the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' (his ''third'' time making the most successful movie of all time) and the robots of ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' marvelously to life.

In 1994, he was a co-founder of the studio Creator/DreamWorks SKG. Dreamworks and Speilberg (as producer) would later go on to make the first ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' video game, widely regarded as the [=PS1=]'s ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye]]''. He still runs [[VanityPlate Amblin Entertainment]]. Now works on a live-action ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' adaption, a work he has said he is fond of.

Spielberg went on to make ''Film/{{Hook}}'' in 1991, and ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' in 1993 became another one of the most popular films in history, revolutionizing the use of CG animation in film. ''Film/SchindlersList'' in the same year won the Best Picture Oscar and is treasured all over the world to this day, ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' won a handful more and the controversial ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' saw him taking over the directoral reins from his good friend Creator/StanleyKubrick, who died in mid-production. ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' saw him reteaming with Creator/TomHanks from ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', and became another acclaimed hit.

Spielberg has also done television work, as well. He directed part of the pilot of ''Creator/RodSerling's Series/NightGallery'' as well as a few TV movies in addition to ''Duel'', and has produced television shows such as ''Series/AmazingStories'', ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', and ''UnitedStatesOfTara''.

He's also delved into animation. He collaborated with Creator/DonBluth in the 1980's to produce box office successes like ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', also starting his own animation studio, Creator/{{Amblimation}}, which would go on to produce the somewhat less successful ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''. He is also known as the executive producer for (and mistakenly believed to have created, thanks to InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt) WarnerBros Silver Age cartoons ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', and some lesser known works, such as ''{{Histeria}}!''[[note]]an educational sketch show parodying historical figures and events -- and pushing the limits of what can and can't be done on kids' TV, just like ''Animaniacs''[[/note]], ''{{Toonsylvania}}'' (one of his first animated projects when he created DreamWorks Studios), and the much-reviled ''Pinky and the Brain'' spinoff ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''.

Has said that his Oscar awards pale in comparison to the honor of being selected as a bearer of the Olympic Flag in the Salt Lake City games of 2002.
----
!!Films
[[index]]
* ''Film/{{Duel}}'' (1971 made for TV movie, later released theatrically in Europe)
* ''Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' (1974)
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' (1975)
* ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' (1977)
* ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'' (1979)
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1981)
* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' (1982)
* ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' (1983, "Kick The Can" segment)
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' (1984)
* ''Literature/TheColorPurple'' (1985)
* ''Film/EmpireOfTheSun'' (1987)
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (1989)
* ''{{Always}}'' (1989)
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'' (1991)
* ''Film/JurassicPark'' (1993)
* ''Film/SchindlersList'' (1993)
* ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' (1997)
* ''Film/{{Amistad}}'' (1997)
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' (1998)
* ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' (2001)
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' (2002)
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' (2003)
* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' (2005)
* ''Film/{{Munich}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' (2008)
* ''[[Film/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn]]'' (2011)
* ''Literature/WarHorse'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' (2012)
* ''Untitled Cold War Thriller'' (2015)
* ''Literature/TheBFG'' (2015)
* ''Robopocalypse'' (????)
* ''IndianaJones 5'' (????)
[[/index]]
----
!!Tropes associated with Spielberg's filmography
* AuthorAppeal: In most of Spielberg's films, fathers or father-figures are either [[DisappearedDad absent]] or [[ParentalIssues aloof]]. [[http://voices.yahoo.com/steven-spielbergs-daddy-issues-manifested-film-1499577.html Several]] [[http://www.hollywood.com/news/movies/42791504/how-steven-spielberg-s-daddy-issues-influenced-every-film-from-e-t-to-lincoln?page=all essays]] have analyzed this as a manifestation of Steven's childhood getting projected into his art.
* EmotionalTorque: [[http://youtu.be/kBN9jpooZoM?t=10m18s His main motivation in filmmaking]].
* FirstContact: Spielberg made four films with this theme: ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' of which only the third one shows the aliens as clear villains.
* GirlsHaveCooties: While females are sometimes present in Spielberg's films most of the time they are either absent (''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''), in minor supporting roles (''Film/SchindlersList'', ''Film/{{Lincoln}}''), a damsel in distress and/or depicted as nuisances who prevent the boys from having a great adventure (''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'', ''Film/{{Hook}}''). Even in ''Jurassic Park'' Alex the girl is more frightened than her younger brother, describing dinosaurs as ''monsters'' and only in the very end she finally does something heroic to save the day.
* GrowingUpSucks: Many of Spielberg's films thrive on innocent, na´ve and escapist adventure stories, often shown from a child's point of view. Half of the time they are boyish fantasies. This has lead many movie critics to compare him to a cinematic ''Peter Pan'' character, whose films never touch upon real adult issues. Conincidentally Spielberg even made a Peter Pan film, ''Film/{{Hook}}''! The criticism has died out a little from the moment Spielberg started making more adult films such as ''Film/TheColorPurple'', ''Film/SchindlersList'', ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', ''Film/{{Munich}}'' and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'', but even in these ''serious'' films you'll find quirky comedy moments, child protagonists or people whom Spielberg looks up to without any critical distance, like historical characters and soldiers. Creator/TerryGilliam once criticized Spielberg for always wanted to leave his audience with ''happy endings and answers to everything.''
* HeroicSacrifice: When good people die in Spielberg's films, they often sacrifice themselves to a greater cause. See Eddie Carr in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', Miller in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/GeorgeLucas.
* KarmicDeath: Villains always get what they deserve, unless they repent before the story is concluded.
* KidHero: Children are often cast as heroes in Spielberg's films or they are at least deemed very important to the progression of the story.
* MilitarySuperhero: In Spielberg's work soldiers are always cast as brave ordinary people one should look up to, especially if they are American. They won't be perfect people, but they always live up to their duty and do ''what is right''. There's also a strong theme in his more recent work of joining the army ''for the greater good''. In ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' and ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' a youngster wants to join the army, in both occasions because he wants to do his patriotic duty and help his country out. Needless to say that in both cases the boys survive. Of course they do.
* OddFriendship: Creator/StanleyKubrick and Spielberg were polar opposites as far as film styles go, however, they had a very close friendship. The two would often have extended talks on the art of filmmaking and other subjects. Because of the England-Los Angeles time difference the former would often call the latter up in the middle of the night, and the two would have conversations over the phone for ''hours''. Eventually Kubrick handpicked Spielberg to direct [[Film/AIArtificialIntelligence his final film]].
* TheOner: Unlike many other directors, Spielberg's oners are on the short end of the scale (averaging about 1-1:30), but unlike many other directors, he rarely calls attention to them. Many of them are more "invisible coverage" of a scene, essentially moving around actors, the camera and action to create "separate shots" but without breaking up the action. Some great examples includes Marcus and Indy's dialogue at Indy's home in ''RaidersOfTheLostArk'' (1:36) or the dialogue above the ferry in ''{{Jaws}}'' (1:43).
* OneOfUs: Spielberg himself has stated that he plays video games, such as ''Halo''. He's also helped produce some games, too, and had a hand in the creation of the [=GameWorks=] arcade venues.
** Also seems to be a sci-fi and alternate history fan.
** PersonalArcade: Spielberg was known in TheEighties to have had a varying set of arcade video games in his home and offices, including ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', ''VideoGame/MissileCommand'', and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''.
* ParentalIssues: In Spielberg's work a lot of troubled father-son relations can be found or adults who don't like children. These two tropes keep reappearing in almost every film he makes.
* SummerBlockbuster: He invented and popularized the genre after ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' became the best-selling film of all time in 1975. He broke his own record twice with the release of ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' (1982) and ''Film/{{Jurassic Park}}'' (1993).
* DramaticIrony / {{Suspense}}: Spielberg is often named a SpiritualSuccessor to Creator/AlfredHitchcock for his talents in creating suspense.
* SpecialEffects: Spielberg's films are known for their technical achievements in the fields of special effects, most notably in ''E.T.'' and ''Jurassic Park''. However, they always complimented the stories and the characters instead of the other way around.
* TearJerker: Despite being a special effects innovator Spielberg is known for his emotional depth in his stories and has a great sense of CharacterDevelopment. Sometimes it does border a bit too much to TastesLikeDiabetes tearjerker levels, with stories that put a strong emphasis on the well being of good parenting, heroic soldiers and PatrioticFervor.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The Performer to Creator/GeorgeLucas' (and Creator/StanleyKubrick's) Technicians.
* TomHanksSyndrome: Since ''Film/SchindlersList'' most of the films he has directed have been serious (often historical) dramas, rather than action-adventure blockbusters.
* WorldWarTwo: The 1930s and 1940s are Spielberg's main favorite time period, it seems. ''Film/NineteenFortyOne'', The Franchise/IndianaJones films, ''Film/EmpireOfTheSun'', ''Film/SchindlersList'' and ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' all takes place during this era.
----