Director Steven Spielberg has opened up about his emotional reconciliation with his estranged father.

The Oscar winner's parents, Leah and Arnold Spielberg, divorced when he was 19 and Steven blamed the break-up of his family on his busy electrical engineer father.

The filmmaker held onto the grudge for years and poured his emotions into his movies, which explains why many of his pictures, like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Hook, feature an absentee father.

During an interview with U.S. news show 60 Minutes, which aired in America on Sunday (21Oct12), he said, "I missed my dad a lot growing up... My dad was really a workaholic."

The Jaws star later learned the real reason for the couple's split - his mum fell in love with another man - but still Steven refused to forgive his dad.

He continued, "Even after I knew the truth, I blamed my dad... My mother was like an older sister to me, I kind of put her up on a pedestal. And my dad was much more terrestrial, much more grounded, much more salt of the earth. And for some reason, it was easier for me to blame him.

But, after 15 years of estrangement, the director took advice from his wife Kate Capshaw and finally patched things up with his dad - and Spielberg admits he's glad he did.

He added, "My dad and I had an amazing reconciliation, which is going on almost 18 years, where we have really, really been in each other's lives."