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E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decid…e to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory fish out of water video melodrama cult film 
Themes:
missing child space travel loneliness dance drunkenness death friendship 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
school nurse car bicycle chase school bus outer space baseball bicycle forest school 
Characters:
alien friendship little girl little boy single mother alien nurse girl brother sister relationship brother brother relationship children doctor mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
extraterrestrial alien healing gift childhood innocence pizza delivery ghost costume coors beer alien visitation friendly alien alien contact school principal interspecies friendship voice impersonation oldies music search team famous entrance β€¦cardiopulmonary resuscitation pez dispenser alto voice bass voice contemporary setting symphonic music score star wars reference shot in sequence scally cap eeg fawn leitmotif roll hooded sweatshirt baritone tool shed first contact lifting a male into the air bicyclist electrocardiogram seti storm drain r&b dolly zoom fake illness bowler hat child driving a car male tears curly hair a cappella transmitter balaclava multiple cameos burger dissection mockery hazmat suit imitation ketchup defibrillator defibrillation surgical gown encounter empathy auto theft headband penis joke child swearing young boy sitting famous line spacesuit noise raccoon orchestral music score carrot famous score rainbow quarantine moustache rhyme in title roadblock stethoscope trick or treating invention stranded hiding in a closet stuffed animal medical mask cartoon on tv needle expedition levitation yelling extraterrestrial government agent refrigerator healing heart absent father child protagonist headphones miracle resurrection construction site child's point of view playground innocence full moon classical music frog blockbuster spacecraft lifting someone into the air loss of friend beard toy nipples visible through clothing electronic music score flying game period in title eyeglasses pizza ufo flower scream rabbit race against time product placement doll mission suburb costume latex gloves spaceship acronym in title radio disguise california flashlight gay slur halloween scientist rock music running sunglasses beer chase character name in title dog  (See All)

Starman (1984)
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Starman (1984)

Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it.

Subgenre:
christ allegory fish out of water cult film 
Themes:
death 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
outer space forest 
Characters:
alien 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
healing gift alien contact first contact seti roadblock miracle resurrection spacecraft electronic music score ufo race against time product placement scientist running chase 

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Cocoon (1985)
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Cocoon (1985)

A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they'd left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they'd rented in a small Florida town. T…heir mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons. (Read More)

Themes:
space travel death 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
little boy alien nurse doctor mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
extraterrestrial alien alien contact symphonic music score defibrillator defibrillation orchestral music score famous score levitation blockbuster spacecraft mission spaceship flashlight 

Paul (2011)
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Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret militar…y base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water 
Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Mood:
car chase 
Characters:
alien 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
healing gift alien contact roadblock government agent healing resurrection spacecraft eyeglasses pizza ufo race against time product placement costume spaceship disguise β€¦flashlight gay slur sunglasses beer chase character name in title dog  (See All)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learn…ing something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
death friendship 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
single mother alien mother son relationship 
Story:
alien contact first contact famous score quarantine extraterrestrial healing resurrection spacecraft ufo flashlight scientist chase 

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Home Alone (1990)
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Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the fam…ily was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
loneliness friendship 
Characters:
little boy brother sister relationship brother brother relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
pizza delivery child swearing famous score cartoon on tv yelling child protagonist child's point of view blockbuster lifting someone into the air toy flying pizza scream product placement suburb β€¦costume disguise running  (See All)

Critters (1986)
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Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
space travel drunkenness death 
Locations:
outer space bicycle 
Characters:
little boy alien brother sister relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
extraterrestrial alien alien contact child swearing extraterrestrial spacecraft electronic music score ufo race against time mission spaceship radio flashlight 

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. Only a few of the young people in the town realize the da…nger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
outer space bicycle forest 
Characters:
alien 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
pizza delivery alien contact levitation extraterrestrial spacecraft pizza ufo spaceship flashlight beer dog 

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The Iron Giant (1999) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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The Iron Giant (1999)

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect h…im by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water cult film 
Themes:
friendship death 
Locations:
outer space bicycle forest school 
Characters:
single mother alien mother son relationship 
Story:
alien contact raccoon government agent resurrection child's point of view flying chase character name in title 

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
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Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Danny and Walter are two brothers who barely get along even while driving their parents to distraction as their older sister tries to ignore them. Despite their squabbling, the brothers manage cooperate enough to play an old mechanical board game named Zathura. However, after their first move, they …find that the game has apparently flung them, their sister and their entire house into outer space. Furthermore, the brothers surmise the only way to return home is to finish the game. However with almost every move, new dangers arise as the siblings find themselves learning to cooperate in ways they never expected as they realize what they mean to each other. (Read More)

Themes:
space travel 
Locations:
outer space baseball bicycle 
Characters:
little boy alien brother sister relationship brother brother relationship family relationships 
Story:
child swearing stranded cartoon on tv headphones toy game mission spaceship running 

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will …aliens take over? (Read More)

Themes:
space travel friendship death 
Locations:
school bus outer space 
Characters:
little girl little boy alien doctor mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
alien contact child driving a car spacesuit blockbuster spacecraft beard flying ufo race against time mission spaceship radio flashlight scientist chase β€¦dog  (See All)

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The Thing (1982)
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The Thing (1982)

A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian… base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
death 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien doctor 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
coors beer cardiopulmonary resuscitation imitation defibrillation famous score quarantine refrigerator spacecraft beard electronic music score radio disguise flashlight scientist sunglasses β€¦chase dog  (See All)

Independence Day (1996) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Independence Day (1996)

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, pilot…ed by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
space travel drunkenness death 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
alien contact seti extraterrestrial blockbuster spacecraft loss of friend flying ufo race against time product placement mission spaceship gay slur scientist dog 

Aliens (1986)
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Aliens (1986)

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on th…e moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the decimated space colony. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory cult film 
Themes:
space travel friendship 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien girl 
Story:
childhood innocence alien contact dissection encounter famous line spacesuit orchestral music score extraterrestrial child's point of view blockbuster spacecraft doll spaceship 

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation, one of the lead scientists, a Frenchman named Claude Lacombe, …incorporates the Kodaly method of music education as a means of communication in their work. The response, in turn, at first baffles the researchers, until American cartographer David Laughlin deciphers the meaning of the response. In the second, electric company lineman and family man Roy Neary and single mother Jillian Guiler are among some individuals in Muncie, Indiana who experience some paranormal activity before some flashes of bright lights in the sky, which they believe to be a UFO. Roy becomes obsessed with what he saw, unlike some others, especially in some form of authority, who refuse to acknowledge their belief that it was a UFO in not wanting to appear crazy. That obsession both for Roy and Jillian is ratcheted up a notch when they begin to have a vision of a mound with vertical striations on its side as a key to what is going on. While the obsession negatively affects Roy's life as he knows it in its entirety, Jillian knows she has to find the answer as to its meaning, especially as it relates to her only child, three year old Barry Guiler, who may be more attuned to what is happening than the adult figures around him. These two stories have the potential to interse… (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
outer space forest 
Characters:
single mother alien mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
alien contact first contact seti multiple cameos famous score quarantine cartoon on tv blockbuster spacecraft lifting someone into the air ufo spaceship chase 

Power Rangers (2017)
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Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Themes:
death friendship 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
outer space bicycle forest school 
Characters:
single mother alien brother sister relationship brother brother relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
penis joke levitation extraterrestrial resurrection construction site spacecraft electronic music score race against time product placement mission costume spaceship flashlight beer chase 

Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
space travel death 
Locations:
school bus outer space school 
Characters:
alien mother son relationship 
Story:
alien contact young boy spacesuit hiding in a closet yelling construction site blockbuster spacecraft flying ufo race against time product placement costume spaceship scientist β€¦chase dog  (See All)

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Interstellar (2014)
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Interstellar (2014)

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the …right environment to sustain human life. (Read More)

Themes:
space travel death 
Locations:
school bus outer space baseball 
Characters:
brother sister relationship doctor family relationships 
Story:
school principal spacesuit orchestral music score expedition spacecraft electronic music score race against time mission spaceship scientist chase 

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New Yo…rk too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
missing child friendship 
Characters:
little boy brother sister relationship brother brother relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lifting a male into the air encounter cartoon on tv child protagonist playground blockbuster lifting someone into the air toy flying pizza scream product placement chase 

Superman (1978)
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Superman (1978)

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the vil…lainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
space travel 
Locations:
school bus outer space 
Characters:
alien 
Story:
alien contact famous score innocence blockbuster spacecraft flying product placement mission spaceship disguise california scientist character name in title 

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The Witches (1990) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Themes:
missing child 
Locations:
bicycle school 
Characters:
little girl little boy girl children doctor mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
young boy yelling lifting someone into the air eyeglasses scream mission radio disguise running 

Home Alone 3 (1997)
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Home Alone 3 (1997)

Four high-tech industrial spies, Beaupre, Alice, Jernigan and Unger, steal a top-secret microchip, and, to fool customs, hide it in a remote-control toy car. Through a baggage mix-up at the airport, grumpy old Mrs.Hess gets the toy and gives it to her neighbor, 8-year-old Alex. Spies want to get the… toy back before their clients get angry and decide to burglarize every house at Alex's street to find the chip. But Alex is prepared for their visit... (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
school bus bicycle 
Characters:
little boy brother sister relationship brother brother relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lifting a male into the air sitting child protagonist child's point of view lifting someone into the air toy suburb disguise chase dog 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signa…ls the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
space travel 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien doctor 
Story:
alien contact famous line spacesuit orchestral music score famous score quarantine blockbuster spacecraft ufo product placement mission spaceship scientist 

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Signs (2002)
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Signs (2002)

Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill lives in a farmhouse. Crop circles begin to appear in their corn fields which Graham dismisses as mischief by miscreants. Aft…er hearing strange noises and watching news coverage on crop circles appearing all over the world, the family grows suspicious of alien activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape. (Read More)

Locations:
baseball 
Characters:
little girl little boy alien brother sister relationship brother brother relationship 
Story:
alien contact cartoon on tv extraterrestrial miracle blockbuster ufo radio flashlight dog 

Toy Story 2 (1999) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Toy Story 2 (1999)

While Andy is away at summer camp Woody has been toynapped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector and proprietor of "Al's Toy Barn"! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm springs into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They …must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they'll never see him again! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
little boy single mother 
Story:
blockbuster toy flying doll mission suburb chase dog 

War Of The Worlds (2005)
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War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle …for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drunkenness death 
Locations:
outer space baseball bicycle 
Characters:
little girl alien girl brother sister relationship brother brother relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
alien contact auto theft cartoon on tv extraterrestrial blockbuster ufo spaceship flashlight 

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Alien: Covenant (2017)
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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a ro…gue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:
space travel death 
Locations:
outer space forest 
Characters:
alien doctor 
Story:
spacesuit quarantine expedition extraterrestrial spacecraft loss of friend beard race against time mission latex gloves spaceship radio flashlight scientist chase 

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
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The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The U…S military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
death 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
little boy alien 
Story:
alien contact first contact defibrillation extraterrestrial healing resurrection spacecraft ufo product placement scientist chase 

Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-…military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory cult film 
Themes:
space travel friendship death 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
single mother alien family relationships 
Story:
alien contact spacesuit hiding in a closet levitation spacecraft flying race against time product placement mission spaceship disguise chase character name in title 

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Toy Story (1995)
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Toy Story (1995)

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does n…ot know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Characters:
little girl little boy single mother family relationships 
Story:
yelling blockbuster lifting someone into the air toy flying pizza product placement doll mission suburb dog 

Arrival (2016)
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Arrival (2016)

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping… to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. (Read More)

Themes:
death 
Characters:
little girl single mother alien girl doctor 
Story:
alien contact first contact hazmat suit extraterrestrial absent father spacecraft ufo race against time spaceship flashlight scientist 

Peter Pan (1953)
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Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:
friendship 
Characters:
little girl little boy girl brother sister relationship brother brother relationship children mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
raccoon child protagonist blockbuster lifting someone into the air flying rabbit character name in title dog 

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Matilda (1996) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Matilda (1996)

Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed …up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
school 
Characters:
little girl single mother girl brother sister relationship family relationships 
Story:
school principal carrot child protagonist child's point of view lifting someone into the air flying doll character name in title 

All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)
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All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)

When a casino owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the warning that doing that damns him to Hell. Once back, h…e teams with his old partner, Itchy to prep his retaliation. He also stumbles on to an orphan girl who can talk to the animals, thus allowing him to get the inside info on the races to ensure his wins to finance his plans. However, all the while, he is still haunted by nightmares on what's waiting for him on the other side unless he can prove that he is worthy of Heaven again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drunkenness death friendship 
Characters:
little girl girl 
Story:
scally cap ketchup moustache yelling frog lifting someone into the air beard eyeglasses pizza mission radio disguise beer dog 

Flatliners (1990)
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Flatliners (1990)

Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived. They begin having flashes of walking nightmares from their childhood, reflecting sins they committed or had committed against them. The experiences continue to int…ensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
death 
Locations:
forest school 
Characters:
little girl little boy nurse girl children doctor 
Story:
dissection defibrillator defibrillation heart resurrection playground electronic music score race against time flashlight halloween chase dog 

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Pixels (2015)
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Pixels (2015)

Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down …the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. Who will win, us or the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
video 
Themes:
drunkenness friendship 
Locations:
school bus bicycle 
Characters:
single mother alien mother son relationship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
alien contact hiding in a closet spacecraft ufo race against time product placement mission spaceship scientist sunglasses beer chase 

Ender's Game (2013) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Ender's Game (2013)

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Fifty years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savi…or of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family. (Read More)

Themes:
space travel friendship death 
Locations:
outer space baseball school 
Characters:
alien brother sister relationship brother brother relationship children mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
spacesuit child protagonist child's point of view spacecraft game spaceship character name in title 

Men In Black II (2002)
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Men In Black II (2002)

Kay and Jay reunite to provide our best, last and only line of defense against a sinister seductress who levels the toughest challenge yet to the MIBs untarnished mission statement: protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. It's been four years since the alien-seeking agents averted an int…ergalactic disaster of epic proportions. And now it's a race against the clock as Jay must convince Kay-who not only has absolutely no memory of his time spent with the Men In Black, but is also the only living person left with the expertise to save the galaxy-to reunite with the MIB before the earth submits to ultimate destruction. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien 
Story:
alien contact extraterrestrial blockbuster spacecraft flying ufo race against time product placement mission spaceship disguise sunglasses dog 

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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the gro…unds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
forest school 
Characters:
little girl girl mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lifting a male into the air orchestral music score levitation frog blockbuster lifting someone into the air game eyeglasses mission halloween character name in title dog 

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Toget…her, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship death 
Locations:
school bus forest school 
Characters:
little girl little boy girl brother sister relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
child's point of view lifting someone into the air loss of friend product placement doll running dog 

Enemy Mine (1985) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexp…ected way. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
space travel friendship death 
Locations:
outer space forest 
Characters:
alien brother brother relationship 
Story:
orchestral music score stranded extraterrestrial spacecraft loss of friend beard electronic music score mission spaceship chase 

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United S…tates and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Subgenre:
christ allegory 
Themes:
space travel death 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien mother son relationship 
Story:
friendly alien seti stuffed animal government agent resurrection blockbuster spacecraft nipples visible through clothing product placement spaceship disguise flashlight scientist chase dog 

Coneheads (1993)
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Coneheads (1993)

An alien couple known as Beldar and Prymatt with cone-shaped heads from the planet called Remulak is mistakingly ditched on earth, during a scouting mission for planet conquest. While here, they dodge the INS, have a child and discover that life on Earth is quite good. But unfortunately they are bei…ng chased by the government who knows something is not quite right with the Conehead family. After they are rescued and taken back to their planet, Belder vows to return to earth and conquer it! (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water cult film 
Locations:
outer space school 
Characters:
alien family relationships 
Story:
alien contact stranded medical mask mission latex gloves spaceship 

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

In the 24th century, the crew of the Enterprise-E has been ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid interference with their battle against the insidious Borg. Witnessing the loss of the battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ignores orders and takes command of the fleet engagin…g the Borg. But the Borg plan to travel back into the 21st century through a vortex with the intention to stop Earth's first contact with an alien race (the Vulcans). Following the Borg sphere, Picard and his crew realize that they have taken over the Enterprise in order to carry out their mission. Their only chance to do away with the Borg and their seductive queen is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous faster-than-light travel to the stars. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
drunkenness 
Locations:
outer space forest 
Characters:
alien doctor 
Story:
alien contact first contact spacesuit spacecraft race against time mission spaceship disguise scientist rock music dog 

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Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. …When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
loneliness 
Locations:
bicycle forest 
Characters:
little girl little boy girl 
Story:
rainbow stuffed animal needle child protagonist lifting someone into the air eyeglasses pizza doll flashlight character name in title dog 

Hook (1991)
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Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Pet…er Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
baseball 
Characters:
little girl little boy girl brother sister relationship children mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
yelling child's point of view blockbuster lifting someone into the air costume character name in title dog 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against… a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:
space travel dance friendship death 
Locations:
outer space forest 
Characters:
alien 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
interspecies friendship mockery penis joke spacesuit raccoon levitation construction site full moon blockbuster spacecraft beard flying race against time product placement spaceship β€¦flashlight sunglasses beer chase  (See All)

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The Invasion (2007)
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The Invasion (2007)

While returning to Earth, the space shuttle explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in gen…eral. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. (Read More)

Themes:
missing child death 
Mood:
car chase 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
little boy single mother alien doctor mother son relationship 
Story:
hazmat suit quarantine extraterrestrial absent father costume halloween running chase 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Over 10 years have passed since the first cyborg called The Terminator tried to kill Sarah Connor and her unborn son, John Connor. John Connor, the future leader of the human resistance, is now a healthy young boy. However another Terminator is sent back through time called the T-1000, which is more… advanced and more powerful than its predecessor. The Mission: to kill John Connor when he's still a child. However, Sarah and John do not have to face this threat of a Terminator alone. Another Terminator is also sent back through time. The mission: to protect John and Sarah Connor at all costs. The battle for tomorrow has begun... (Read More)

Subgenre:
fish out of water cult film 
Themes:
friendship death 
Mood:
car chase 
Characters:
mother son relationship 
Story:
voice impersonation famous entrance child driving a car multiple cameos young boy famous line needle playground blockbuster lifting someone into the air beard product placement mission california flashlight β€¦scientist running sunglasses chase character name in title dog  (See All)

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beauti…ful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
space travel 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
alien brother sister relationship family relationships 
Story:
symphonic music score leitmotif lifting a male into the air famous line orchestral music score famous score extraterrestrial blockbuster lifting someone into the air spacecraft beard mission spaceship disguise chase 

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