Schindler's List (1993)
This masterpiece, based on the true horrors of the Holocaust, is quite possibly Steven Spielberg's finest achievement. The plot concerns a greedy Czech-born businessman, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who is determined to make his fortune in Nazi Germany by exploiting cheap Jewish labor. Despite his fervent affiliation with the Third Reich, Schindler turns his factory into a refuge for Jews -- working in a factory guaranteed longer life to those slated for extermination in the barbaric concentration camps. Although Schindler ended up penniless, he single-handedly saved about 1,100 Jews from certain death. Schindler's List won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, and the film grossed more than $321 million worldwide.