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What Is the Spielbergiest Spielberg Movie?

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Apr 21, 2014 | 6:58pm EDT

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Catch Me If You CanDreamWorks via Everett Collection

Steven Spielberg seems to be revisiting his old stomping grounds. The legendary filmmaker is once again teaming up with Tom Hanks for another period piece about the Cold War. This time, Hanks will play an attorney who needs to go behind enemy lines to negotiate the freedom of a captured spy. If you're getting a creeping feeling of deja vu, dont worry, you're not alone. Everything about this upcoming project feels like a combination of every single Steven Spielberg cliche we can think of. We've decided to look through Spielberg's dense filmography and pick out which one of his films that is most stereotypically Spielberg.

Duel
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? No
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 1 Spielberg point

The Sugarland Express
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 1 Spielberg point

Jaws
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 2 Spielberg points

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes, if you can forget the lasting impact the childhood traumas and martial strains will have on the characters.
= 3 1/2 Spielberg points

1941
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 2 Spielberg points

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 5 Spielberg points

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 5 Spielberg points

The Color Purple
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? No
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 2 Spielberg points

Empire of the Sun
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? No
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 1 Spielberg point

Always
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 5 Spielberg points

Hook
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

Jurassic Park
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes!
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

Schindler's List
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 2 Spielberg points

The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

Amistad
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 2 Spielberg points

Saving Private Ryan
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? Yes
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 3 Spielberg points

A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Sorta
= 3 1/2 Spielberg points

Minority Report
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 3 Spielberg points

Catch Me If You Can
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 3 Spielberg points

The Terminal
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? Yes
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

War of the Worlds
Is it a period piece? No
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 2 Spielberg points

Munich
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 2 Spielberg points

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? Yes
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 5 Spielberg points

The Adventures of Tintin
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
= 4 Spielberg points

War Horse
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? Yes
Does it have a John Williams score? Yes
Does it have a happy ending? Yes
4 Spielberg points

Lincoln
Is it a period piece? Yes
Is Tom Hanks in it? No
Does it have magic or sci-fi? No
Is it whimsical? No
Does it have a John Williams score? No
Does it have a happy ending? No
= 1 Spielberg point

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