#18. The Sugarland Express

Year released: 1974

Stacker score: 73

IMDb rating: 6.8

Metascore: 65

Tomatometer: 91%

This 1974 crime drama was not only Spielberg’s directorial debut feature film, but marked the first time the filmmaker collaborated with composer John Williams on the soundtrack—a partnership that would continue for all but four of Spielberg’s films. The story follows a married couple (Goldie Hawn and William Atherton) on the run from the law in Sugarland, Texas. “The Sugarland Express” received a whopping 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and the award for Best Screenplay at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival.