Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Spielberg's Role: Director, Writer
US Release Date: 1977
Close Encounters was an amazing
movie which got Spielberg his first Academy Award
nomination for best director. Spielberg wrote the
screenplay based on the film Firelight made by
Spielberg as a teenager in 1963.
reported missing in 1945 suddenly appear in the Mojave
desert. A commercial flight is buzzed by a 'bright'
object that the pilot 'wouldn't know how to describe'.
Roy Neary, while working one night, has a Close Encounter...
The US Government determine where the visitors plan to
land and create an elaborate cover-up to keep people away.
However, a group of people, including Neary, share a
vision which draws them to the place and a meeting with
new, and old, friends."
-The Internet Movie Database-
In June of 1998, Close
Encounters of the Third Kind was chosen as one of
the 100 best American films in the 100 year history of
cinema by the American Film Institute. Steven Spielberg
had more movies honored than any other director, with 5.
The other 4 movies were Raiders of the Lost Ark,
Jaws, E.T., and Schindlers List.
Close Enouncters was ranked 64th.