50 Best Movies on Netflix: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg joins our ranking of the 50 Best Movies on Netflix! 

In our most recent update of our ranking of the 50 Best Movies on Netflix, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has joined our ranking!

E.T. premiered in 1982 at the Cannes Film Festival. The screenplay for the film was written by Melissa Mathison and William Kotzwinkle. The story for the film was created by Steven Spielberg, who also directed E.T.  The film starred Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, and Robert MacNaughton.

In the film, a young boy, Elliot (Henry Thomas), a “nerd” for lack of a better word, and his two siblings, Gerte (Drew Barrymore) and Michael Robert MacNaughton), meet an alien, known as E.T. The siblings must help E.T. get back to his planet without their parents finding out about the alien and keep E.T. from falling into the hands of the government.

E.T. was a huge success when it was released back in 1982. In fact, the film was actually the highest-grossing film of all time, besting Star Wars: A New Hope at the time. Jurassic Park broke E.T.’s grossing record 11 years later.

At the 1983 Academy Awards, E.T. was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The film won four Oscars, but it was definitely snubbed for Best Picture and Best Director. Spielberg deserved to win those awards over Gandhi and Richard Attenborough, who directed Gandhi. 

Over the years, E.T. has become a huge part of American pop culture. It’s references all the time in movies, TV, and other pop culture. On top of that, the movie is quoted every day!

If E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is not the movie for you on Netflix, check out the rest of our ranking of the 50 Best Movies on Netflix for more great picks, including Pulp Fiction, Mean Girls, Saturday Night Fever, The Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting, and more!