On the Set of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Spielberg on Set

Behind-the-scenes photographs of the two-time Academy Award-winning director.

By just about any measure, Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors in movie history. He's responsible for four of the 25 highest-grossing films of all time, adjusted for inflation ("E.T.," "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark"); he's been nominated for seven Academy Awards for Best Director (only William Wyler, Martin Scorsese, and Billy Wilder have more nominations); and he's won the award twice (for "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan"). He was the subject of a 2017 HBO documentary, "Spielberg," and he's been a major influence on subsequent generations of directors, from J.J. Abrams to the Duffer Brothers. We can't claim to know how he does it, but we can show you some of what it looks like. Below, photos of a master at work.

WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images WE'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT Spielberg and crew float on the set of "Jaws" (1975) in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. MONKEYING AROUND Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images MONKEYING AROUND The director plays clarinet, or pretends to, on the set of "1941" (1979).

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NURSES OFFICE Universal Studios/Getty Images NURSES OFFICE Spielberg and Henry Thomas stand on the set of "E.T." (1982). SHE HAS NOTES Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images SHE HAS NOTES Drew Barrymore talks to Spielberg on the set of "E.T." TAKE FIVE Murray Close/Getty Images TAKE FIVE Spielberg relaxes with George Lucas on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989). A LITTLE TO THE LEFT Murray Close/Getty Images A LITTLE TO THE LEFT Spielberg films "Jurassic Park" (1993). SEARCHING HIGH ... Murray Close/Sygma via Getty Images SEARCHING HIGH ... With Robin Williams on the set of "Hook" (1991). ... AND LOW Paramount Pictures/Getty Images ... AND LOW With future-wife Kate Capshaw on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984). THINK BIG Murray Close/Getty Images THINK BIG Spielberg wearing a Warhol-esque T. rex tee on the set of "Jurassic Park." THINK SMALL Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images THINK SMALL Spielberg scrutinizes a model on the set of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981). KICKING BACK Murray Close/Sygma via Getty Images KICKING BACK Spielberg reads on the set of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." TALKING SHOP Murray Close/Getty Images TALKING SHOP Actor Joseph Mazzello chats with Spielberg on the set of "Jurassic Park." BLACK AND WHITE Universal Pictures/Getty Images BLACK AND WHITE Spielberg reflects on the set of "Schindler's List" (1993).



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