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E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Family, Sci-fi

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 decide 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)

Themes:loneliness,  dance,  drunkenness,  friendship
Mood:melodrama
Locations:bicycle,  forest,  school
Characters:alien,  nurse,  girl,  children,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:extraterrestrial alien,  young boy,  healing gift,  school nurse,  childhood innocence,  stranded,  car bicycle chase,  pizza delivery,  ghost costume,  coors beer,  alien friendship,  alien visitation,  friendly alien,  alien contact,  school principal,  school bus,  little girl,  interspecies friendship,  voice impersonation,  search team,  oldies music,  famous entrance,  alto voice,  cardiopulmonary resuscitation,  pez dispenser,  bass voice,  contemporary setting,  symphonic music score,  star wars reference,  shot in sequence,  scally cap,  eeg,  leitmotif,  hooded sweatshirt,  roll,  fawn,  tool shed,  baritone,  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,  defibrillation,  defibrillator,  surgical gown,  encounter,  empathy,  auto theft,  headband,  penis joke,  child swearing,  sitting,  famous line,  spacesuit,  noise,  raccoon,  orchestral music score,  carrot,  christ allegory,  famous score,  rainbow,  quarantine,  moustache,  rhyme in title,  roadblock,  stethoscope,  trick or treating,  invention,  stuffed animal,  hiding in a closet,  medical mask,  cartoon on tv,  needle,  expedition,  levitation,  yelling,  extraterrestrial,  missing child,  car chase,  government agent,  refrigerator,  healing,  heart,  absent father,  space travel,  child protagonist,  headphones,  miracle,  resurrection,  construction site,  child's point of view,  playground,  innocence,  full moon,  fish out of water,  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,  video,  pizza,  ufo,  flower,  scream,  race against time,  rabbit,  product placement,  doll,  mission,  suburb,  costume,  latex gloves,  spaceship,  acronym in title,  radio,  outer space,  baseball,  little boy,  disguise,  california,  single mother,  flashlight,  gay slur,  halloween,  scientist,  rock music,  running,  sunglasses,  beer,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  chase,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  dog,  death

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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.

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

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Starman (1984)
Romance, Sci-fi

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.

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

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

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 military 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)

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

Cocoon (1985) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Sci-fi

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. Their 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)

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

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Drama, Sci-fi

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 learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. This is why The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

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

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

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)

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

Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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

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

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)

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

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 US 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)

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

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi

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 danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends. This is why Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

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

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War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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)

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

Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 rogue 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)

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

The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

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 him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (Read More)

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

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Pixels (2015)
Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

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)

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

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Drama, Sci-fi

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 intersect if Roy and Jillian can discover where they've seen that mound before, and if they can overcome what they believe to be the lies perpetrated by those in authority in covering up what is going on. This is why Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

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

Aliens (1986) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 the 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)

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

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Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

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.

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

Flight Of The Navigator (1986)
Adventure, Family, Sci-fi

Flight Of The Navigator (1986)

A 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn't aged. It is no coincidence that at the time he "comes back", a flying saucer is found, entangled in power lines.

Locations:bicycle
Characters:alien,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:flying,  missing child,  lifting someone into the air,  spacecraft,  ufo,  product placement,  spaceship,  outer space,  brother brother relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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, piloted 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)

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

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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 States 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. This is why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

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

Coneheads (1993)
Comedy, Sci-fi

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 being 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)

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

All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)
Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

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, he 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)

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

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The Thing (1982)
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi

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)

Characters:alien,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:coors beer,  cardiopulmonary resuscitation,  imitation,  defibrillation,  famous score,  quarantine,  expedition,  refrigerator,  spacecraft,  beard,  electronic music score,  radio,  outer space,  disguise,  flashlight,  scientist,  sunglasses,  cult film,  chase,  dog,  death

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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

Flatliners (1990)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 intensify, and they begin to be physically beaten by their visions as they try and go deeper into the death experience to find a cure. This is why Flatliners (1990) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

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

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Home Alone (1990)
Comedy, Family

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 family 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)

Themes:loneliness,  friendship
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,  costume,  little boy,  disguise,  running,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

The Pacifier (2005)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller

The Pacifier (2005)

After a Navy SEAL fails to rescue a scientist who developed a top secret device, he is assigned to guard the man's children while searching for information on where the device may be hidden inside the house. Along the way, he must cope with rebellious teens, child care, an overbearing school official, and foreign spies also looking for it. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:bicycle,  school
Characters:children
Story:scientist,  school principal,  little girl,  car chase,  lifting someone into the air,  mission,  beer,  brother sister relationship,  chase,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Toy Story (1995) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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 not 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)

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

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Battleship (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Characters:alien
Story:game,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  space travel,  spacecraft,  race against time,  product placement,  spaceship,  outer space,  baseball,  flashlight,  scientist,  sunglasses,  brother brother relationship,  chase

*batteries Not Included (1987)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

*batteries Not Included (1987)

A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. This is why *batteries Not Included (1987) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:alien
Period:1980s
Story:alien friendship,  alien contact,  orchestral music score,  extraterrestrial,  flying,  scream,  product placement,  outer space,  dog

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:alien,  doctor
Story:stranded,  mission,  famous line,  famous score,  space travel,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  race against time,  spaceship,  outer space,  disguise,  rock music,  chase,  death

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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:dance
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Period:1980s
Story:interspecies friendship,  mockery,  penis joke,  spacesuit,  raccoon,  levitation,  space travel,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  beard,  flying,  race against time,  spaceship,  outer space,  flashlight,  sunglasses,  beer,  chase,  death

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

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 engaging 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)

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

Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

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 unexpected way. (Read More)

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

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Green Lantern (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Green Lantern (2011)

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. This is why Green Lantern (2011) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  school bus,  levitation,  government agent,  space travel,  spacecraft,  flying,  ufo,  costume,  spaceship,  outer space,  disguise,  flashlight,  scientist,  brother brother relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death

Gwoemul (2006) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi

Gwoemul (2006)

The film revolves around Park Hee-bong, a man in his late 60s. He runs a small snack bar on the banks of the Han River and lives with his two sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter. The Parks seem to lead a quite ordinary and peaceful life, but maybe they are a bit poorer than the average Seoulite. Hee-bong's elder son Gang-du is an immature and incompetent man in his 40s, whose wife left home long ago. Nam-il is the youngest son, an unemployed grumbler, and daughter Nam-joo is an archery medalist and member of the national team. One day, an unidentified monster suddenly appears from the depths of the Han River and spreads panic and death, and Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is carried off by the monster and disappears. All of the family members are in a great agony because they lost someone very dear to them. But when they find out she is still alive, they resolve to save her. (Read More)

Characters:nurse,  children,  doctor
Story:little girl,  hazmat suit,  quarantine,  headphones,  latex gloves,  little boy,  disguise,  flashlight,  beer,  brother sister relationship,  cult film,  chase,  family relationships,  death

Prometheus (2012)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

This film is set in 2093 and takes place in the same universe as the 'Alien' movies. A group of explorers, including some archaeologists, are on an "undisclosed" mission. They arrive at a moon trillions of miles away from Earth. The team spot what they believe to be signs of civilization. They go to investigate and find more than just signs, they find conclusive evidence. But some of them have an ulterior motive for being there, including the Weyland Corporation. They believe that this is where the human race actually came from. Things soon turn from excitement to survival once inside their discovery. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:alien contact,  spacesuit,  stranded,  expedition,  space travel,  race against time,  mission,  spaceship,  outer space,  flashlight,  scientist,  cult film,  chase,  dog

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Peter Pan (1953)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

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

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Adventure, Sci-fi

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 signals 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)

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

The Witches (1990) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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

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

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise--after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been there years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise... is he up to the task of saving Earth? (Read More)

Characters:alien,  doctor
Story:spacecraft,  leitmotif,  spacesuit,  orchestral music score,  famous score,  space travel,  blockbuster,  mission,  outer space,  family relationships

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  friendship
Locations:bicycle,  forest,  school
Characters:girl,  nurse,  children,  doctor
Story:little girl,  lifting someone into the air,  loss of friend,  game,  scream,  little boy,  brother brother relationship,  family relationships,  death

Interstellar (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

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)

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

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Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Characters:doctor
Story:hazmat suit,  government agent,  space travel,  spacecraft,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  spaceship,  outer space,  disguise,  flashlight,  halloween,  scientist,  cult film,  chase,  dog,  death

Jumanji (1995)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them. This is why Jumanji (1995) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:children
Story:game,  roll,  auto theft,  hiding in a closet,  missing child,  refrigerator,  construction site,  fish out of water,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  brother sister relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Frankenweenie (2012)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle
Characters:girl
Story:little girl,  full moon,  frog,  game,  scream,  doll,  suburb,  baseball,  little boy,  flashlight,  running,  dog,  mother son relationship,  death

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Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Horror, Sci-fi

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

In California, an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieves the loss of his wife (Vampira) and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay (Tor Johnson) that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solobonite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens. (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:flying,  california,  extraterrestrial,  heart,  space travel,  spacecraft,  ufo,  outer space,  flashlight,  cult film

Dreamcatcher (2003) is one of the best movies like E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  hazmat suit,  defibrillator,  raccoon,  quarantine,  extraterrestrial,  missing child,  resurrection,  spacecraft,  lifting someone into the air,  rabbit,  spaceship,  beer,  chase,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog

Signs (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

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. After 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)

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

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