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"E.T. phone home."

Below is the synopsis of "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" below, per IMDB.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

"E.T." was released in 1982, five years after "Close Encounters," and Spielberg might have topped himself with this gem. The film is still regarded as a pop culture phenomenon and one of the greatest blockbusters ever.

So it comes as no surprise that the film won four Oscars for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Original Score in 1983. The film was also nominated for several other Academy Awards—including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director.

The Oscars got it right with this film, because not only was "E.T." critically acclaimed, but it was also a commercial success. "E.T." is also one of the top-grossing movies of all time, making more than $792 million globally at the box office. The film is now preserved in the National Film Registry.

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"He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him."

Below is the synopsis of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," per IMDB.

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

"Close Encounters" preceded "E.T.," and let's not forget how big of a blockbuster it was back in the late '70s. The film might be a little underrated compared to "E.T.," but "E.T." wouldn't exist without "Close Encounters." Spielberg was inspired by the more serious predecessor to make the family-friendly smash. Heck, "Close Encounters" inspired many more sci-fi films and helped to create the alien sub-genre.

"Close Encounters" won only one Oscar for Best Cinematography and Frank E. Warner was given an honorary Oscar for the film's special effects (still regarded as groundbreaking), but the film was also nominated for seven other Academy Awards. Regardless of how beloved "E.T." is, "Close Encounters" is still a classic. The blockbuster made more than $306 million worldwide at the box office and is also preserved in the National Film Registry.

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