Must See: E.T. The Extraterrestrial

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Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: E.T. — The Extraterrestrial
Date: 1982

Vitals: E.T. is the quintessential "nice alien" movie made by Steven Spielberg, master of the open-mouthed wonder school of filmmaking. Good alien crash lands on earth, nice boy adopts him, mean government conspires to kill nice alien, and nice boy convinces mean government to not be dicks for once and let the alien go. Plus, a soundtrack by Neil Diamond!


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

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