Famous Names: Steven Spielberg (Director); Richard Dreyfuss, Terri Garr, Francois Truffaut (Cast).

Crunchy Goodness: 5

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Bang for Your Buck: The special effects may not be modern-CGI, but Spielberg's team still deliver astonishing visuals — especially in the eye-popping, mind-blowing final sequence.

Stunt Casting: Director Francis Truffaut plays ... an international UFO expert?

Elevator Pitch: "It's an alien-invasion movie ... but made by hippies and potheads!"

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