Schindler’s List (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg
Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler and Ben Kingsley as Itzhak Stern

Stern: There will be generations because of what you did.

10 Responses to “Schindler’s List (1993): Happy 65th Birthday, Steven Spielberg”

  1. Spielberg’s finest hour. Still a masterpiece and the best film of the 1990s.

  2. It could well be Spielberg’s finest hour Matthew. (EMPIRE OF THE SUN, E.T., and A.I. contend for that title). And I agree that it’s a masterpiece. As to where it ranks among 90’s cinema, here is my own regard in a Top 50 of this decade, where it comes in at #9. For me Koltai’s FATELESS ranks with it as a Holocaust drama, but few others do.

    1.Gattaca (Niccol; USA)
    2 Three Colours: Blue (Kieslowski; France)
    3 La Belle Noiseuse (Rivette; France)
    4. The Sweet Hereafter (Egoyan; Canada)
    5. Three Colours:Red (Kieslowski; France)
    6 A Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami; Iran)
    7 Satantango (Tarr; Hungary)
    8. The Remains of the Day (Ivory; UK;USA)
    9. Schindler’s List (Spielberg; USA)
    10. Goodfellas (Scorsese; USA)
    11. Beauty and the Beast (Wise, Trusdale; USA).
    12. Rosetta (Dardennes; France)
    13. The Long Day Closes (Davies; UK)
    14. Beautiful Thing (MacDonald; UK)
    15. Wild Reeds (Techine; France
    15 Safe (Haynes; USA)
    16 Tilai (Ouedraogo; Burkina Faso)
    17 Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Chereau; France)
    18 Prospero’s Books (Greenaway; UK)
    19 La Ceremonie (Chabrol; France)
    20 Fried Green Tomatoes (Avnet; USA)
    21 Die Zweite Heimat (Reitz; Germany)
    22 Raise the Red Lantern (Yimou, China)
    23 The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski; France)
    24 The Thin Red Line (Malick; USA)
    25 Magnolia (Anderson; USA)
    26 Everyone Says I Love You (Allen; USA)
    27 All About My Mother (Almodovar; Spain)
    28 The Celebration (Vinterberg; Denmark)
    29 L.A. Confidential (Hanson; USA)
    30 Beau Travail (Denis; France)
    31 The Wind Will Carry Us (Kiarostami; Iran)
    32 Man in the Moon (Mulligan; USA)
    33 Fargo (Coens; USA)
    34 Close-Up (Kiarostami; Iran)
    35 JFK (Stone; USA)
    36 The Madness of King George (Hytner; UK)
    37 A Self-Made Hero (Audiard; France)
    38 The Ice Storm (Lee; USA)
    39 Howards End (Ivory; UK)
    40 The Piano (Campion; New Zealand)
    41 La Promesse (Dardenne Brothers; France)
    42 Breaking the Waves (Von Trier; Denmark)
    43 Hamlet (Branagh; UK)
    44 Happy Together (Kar-Wei; Hong Kong)
    45 Jeanne la Pucelle: Parts I & II (Rivette; France)
    46 Election (Payne; USA)
    47 The Butcher Boy (Jordan; Ireland; UK)
    48 King of the Hill (Soderberg; USA)
    49 The White Balloon (Panahi; Iran)
    50 High Art (Cholodenko; USA)

    I fully understand others may not be in the mood to play this game, but here on Sunday morning I had the urge. I beg your indulgence on my part.

  3. I’ve never been a big fan of EMPIRE OF THE SUN, but it;s been ages since I’ve seen it. There are a lot of films from the 90s I need to catch up on, but my top 15 would be:

    1. Schindler’s List
    2. The Silence of the Lambs
    3. Three Colors: Blue
    4. Pulp Fiction
    5. Three Colors: Red
    6. The Thin Red Line
    7. American Beauty
    8. Jurassic Park
    9. Titanic
    10. Kundun
    11. Wild at Heart
    12. Magnolia
    13. Braveheart
    14. All About My Mother
    15. Natural Born Killers

  4. Thanks for playing along Matthew. Great listing!

    EMPIRE OF THE SUN is a personal choice, but yes, I know a number of people who weren’t big fans, though most like it well enough.

    I do like SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, even if I didn’t have it there, and have always respected PULP FICTION.

  5. What can i say about this movie!! I watched it 7 days in a row in cinemas in 1994, have read everything that has been written about it etc. As a musician i pay attention to film scores. That year, i fell in love with Michael Nyman’s score for the Piano (as a pianist it was close to my heart)…until i listened to the whole score of SL. A masterpiece of themes, light touches, heavy sentiments. A perfect companion to a perfect movie.

  6. I also agree it’s a masterpiece for Spielberg

    In No Particular Order

    Eyes Wide Shut
    La Belle Noiseuse
    Goodfellas/Age of Innocence/Casino/Kundun
    Gattaca
    Miller’s Crossing/Barton Fink
    JFK
    Raise the Red Lantern
    Smoke
    Naked/Secrets & Lies
    Bound/The Matrix
    Dead Man
    The Thin Red Line
    Ronin
    Crash
    Heat
    Baraka
    Schindler’s List
    Three Kings
    Husbands and Wives/Shadows & Fog/Sweet and Lowdown/Bullets Over Broadway
    Happy Together
    Breaking the Waves
    The Eel
    Dark City
    Malcolm X/Clockers

  7. 1. The liquidation of the ghetto is the greatest 16 minutes in Spielberg film history
    2. Best Picture 1993 Scindler’s List. Best Picture 2011 (possibly) The Artist. Progress??

  8. I don’t generally cry at movies, but Schindler gets me every time, including just this last week.

    I’m totally not prepared to do a best of the 90s myself, but I love these lists. Keep them coming!

    Minas, you’re being sarcastic with #2, right? Of course you are!

  9. Ha Ha!! Yes I am!

  10. I liked The Artist and all, but it’s not even the best movie I’ve seen in December, let alone the best of all of 2011.

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