E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Cast: Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore
An extraterrestrial lands on Earth and wanders into a 10-year-old's backyard. There, wide-eyed and childlike, he surveys the surreal landscape of forests, suburban sprawl, Halloween parades, television, and scientific labs.
What Parents Like: Few movies capture the innocence of childhood so well. A sense of wonder permeates E.T.'s point of view.
What Kids Like: Elliott and the neighborhood kids band together to save their otherworldly visitor and help him get home. Barrymore is adorable as Gertie, Elliot's spunky kid sister.