Steven Spielberg: E.T. to Ready Player One - Five magical sci-fi moments

To mark the release of Ready Player One in the BT TV Store, we look back at Spielberg’s most groundbreaking and jaw-dropping films.

Last updated: 5 August 2018 - 9.21am

Steven Spielberg returned to the sci-fi magic that transformed cinema in the 1970s and 1980s with the action adventure Ready Player One.

Available to buy and own in the BT Player, the film is based on the novel of Ernest Cline. A dazzling virtual reality story with a fantastic young cast, led by Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, it's a nostalgia-fuelled must-watch.

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We’ve taken a look back at Spielberg’s most magical movie moments.

5. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

That music, the dinosaurs, the terrifying final moments where the Park falls apart – it may be 25 years old, but Jurassic Park remains a goosebump-inducing and magical movie experience.

Spielberg holds the incredible dino-story together with his deft touch for making the biggest and best popcorn entertainment.

4. Jaws


Helping define the modern blockbuster, Jaws remains the benchmark for any filmmakers trying to achieve chills and thrills on the big screen.

A magical movie that has spawned dozens of imitators down the years, nothing has ever quite come close to the snappy, boat-munching spectacle.

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The first film in the Spielberg/Lucas franchise that would go on to become one of the most enduring series of all time.

A directorial triumph, Spielberg is the ultimate master of balancing action, a sense of fun, drama and high-octane thrills. Those talents are never more evident than with this barnstorming 80s classic.

2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Spielberg’s first alien-filled blockbuster, was a game-changer in modern sci-fi. Choosing human interactions over explosions, it was a passion project for the director who also wrote the script for the film.

Alongside Star Wars and Superman, Close Encounters revitalised science fiction in cinemas and in 2007, it was credited as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress.

1. E.T The Extra-Terrestrial


Quintessential Spielberg. If you’re trying the name magical movie moments, E.T must come somewhere near the top on everyone’s list.

Exploring childhood through an animatronic alien, who befriends Henry Thomas’ Elliott, ET is a heart-warming, tender and emotional rollercoaster that might have caused more tears than any other film in history.

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