Icons of the Century

Ocean swimming would never be the same after stunned movie-goers watched the shark attack in “Jaws” in the summer of 1975, and neither would the movie business. The film’s $260 million U.S. gross ushered in the blockbuster era, and announced the presence of Steven Spielberg, the wunderkind who became a household word and the most popular filmmaker of his era.

Blending sentiment and wonder with master visual storytelling in movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “E.T.,” Spielberg set a new standard for mass movie success; then blew the roof off in a single year with the supremo visual-effects smash “Jurassic Park” and the intellectual seriousness and maturity of Oscar-winner “Schindler’s List.”

Having banded with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg to found a studio, DreamWorks, in 1994, he continues to be an enormously influential and popular director and producer.

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