- Enforced Method Acting: He's renowned for finding creative ways to coax performances out of child actors, most famously in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
- Production Posse:
- Often works with producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy
- John Williams has composed the scores to all but three of his movies; The Color Purple was scored by Quincy Jones, Bridge of Spies which was scored by Thomas Newman, and Ready Player One which was scored by Alan Silvestri.
- Editor Michael Kahn, Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, and Production Designer Rick Carter have worked on nearly all of Spielberg's movies since the 90s.
- Spielberg has worked with writer David Koepp five times, and Tony Kushner three times.
- Tom Hanks has worked with Spielberg four times, Harrison Ford will have worked with him five times (six if you could his Deleted Role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), and Mark Rylance is set to work with him four times.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: Since Schindler's List most of the films he has directed have been serious (often historical) dramas, rather than action-adventure blockbusters and he has been criticized for this.
- Of course, Spielberg would point out that most of his early films were on the serious side: Duel was a dark bleak thriller with a relentless humourless tone and a not especially likable hero, The Sugarland Express was a bleak New Hollywood take about a working-class Outlaw Couple with a sad ending, while Close Encounters of the Third Kind was far more critical of nuclear family values than E.T.. From the very beginning, he had always been a film-maker who could shift between genres and not be tied to doing "one" kind of film.
- Likewise in The '80s, he made The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun and in The Noughties, he made genre films like A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, War of the Worlds with only Munich qualifying as a "serious film". Incidentally, two of the films he made with Tom Hanks, (Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal) are comedies.
- What Could Have Been:
- George Lucas wanted him to direct Return of the Jedi, but the Director's Guild of America wouldn't allow it because Lucas was no longer a member of the Guild.
- He always wanted to direct a James Bond movie, but Albert R. Broccoli rejected him twice. The first time, early in his career, Broccoli turned him down because he was young, inexperienced, and unknown. He approached Broccoli again after directing Jaws, but Broccoli wouldn't hire him because he was afraid he'd demand too much money.
- Being a big fan of Mortal Kombat, he was originally going to have a cameo in the film adaptation of the games, where he'd be directing one of Johnny Cage's movies, but scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out at the last minute.
- He was going to have a small cameo in Casper that was actually filmed, but later cut for pacing.
- Interstellar was written for him to direct. Many have noted that a certain plot twist near the end would fit far better into a Spielberg film than a Christopher Nolan one.
- He has always expressed an intention to direct a musical. He once noted that 1941 was planned as one but changed during its chaotic production. Later he was attached to a project about opera divas but that was shelved. The closest he came was the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. His dream may come true, however. As evidenced here, he is very eager to do an adaptation of West Side Story.
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