Famous names: John Carpenter, Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen
Crunchy goodness: 3
Sight you'll never unsee: Jeff Bridges' naked ass. Really, that's a super long shot of his ass, using only the flimsy excuse that aliens don't understand nudity.
Stunt casting: It was something of a stunt to put horror maven John Carpenter at the helm of what is essentially a quiet love story with a couple of aliens and a chase scene. The man who created Snake Plisskin and Michael Meyers manages to get it right, though, giving us an alien who is both recognizably lovable and impenetrably strange.
Copycat: In Contact, the aliens take the form of Jodie Foster's dead father in order to gain her trust and help her "understand" them.