E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Spielberg's Role: Director, Producer
US Release Date: 1982
E.t. has become
a trade mark movie for Spielberg in the past 15 years.
This says allot for the movie. E.T. was the highest
grossing movie of all time, beating the Star Wars record
set in 1978. The record wouldn't be broken again until
his own Jurassic Park. Still it is said to be one of
Spielberg's favorite projects along with Schindler's
This was Spielberg's first major
movie aimed at children. The story brings together the
Extra Terrestrial and a young boy to protect each other
from others who don't understand. The movie shows the
possibility of alien explorers as those who aren't
interested in intelligent life as much as plants and
nature. They seem to have the child like innocence that
we find in any animal in our world besides ourselves.
E.T. became a household name and
a part of all of our lives, and at the same time became
the symbol that Spielberg used to represent himself in
many more entertainment ventures. When it came time to
form his own production company, Spielberg chose the
Elliot and ET flying across the moon as the corporate
symbol for Amblin Entertainment.
In June of 1998, E.T. was
chosen as one of the 100 best American films in the 100
year history of cinema by the American Film Institute.
Steven Spielberg had more movies honored than any other
director, with 5. The other 4 movies were Raiders of
the Lost Ark, Jaws, Close Encounters of
the Third Kind, and Schindlers List. E.T.
was ranked 25th.