The true story of heroism and survival in the face of Nazi terror topped a list including tearjerkers such as Love Story, Terms of Endearment and Titanic.
The 1993 film, starring Liam Neeson as German businessman Oskar Schindler, won seven Oscars – including Best Director for Spielberg.
More than 20 per cent of moviegoers who took part in a poll to name cinema’s weepiest production singled it out.
The 1957 Disney film Old Yeller was second. It tells of the bond between a boy and his pet Labrador, which dies from rabies to prompt mass audience tears.
Terms of Endearment, with Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine, came third with 14 per cent of the vote.
#4 – Brokeback Mountain
#5 – Life is Beautiful