Famous names: Steven Spielberg, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

Crunchy goodness: 2


Stunt casting: Drew Barrymore, granddaughter of golden-era Hollywood star Lionel Barrymore, makes her first appearance on screen as the 3-year-old kid who forces E.T. to wear lipstick and a wig.

Most painfully dated moment: The idea that the evil government can actually be stopped.

Bang for your buck: Originally brought to life via Jim Henson-style puppetry, E.T. underwent an expensive makeover for the 20th anniversary edition. Spielberg recut the flick for lots of cash to add a CGI E.T., who looks wan, wiggly and awful.


Official 20th Anniversary E.T. site