Movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
 7.8
 361K
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sentimental, feel good, emotional, exciting, light, touching, humorous, captivating, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: benign alien, alien, ufo, first contact, nasa, friendship, adventure, healing power, flying saucer, levitation, suburbs, halloween, family, youth, young heroes, stranded, hiding place, secret hideout, homesickness, children, alien contact, childhood, scientist, family relations, quarantine ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles

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Most similar movies to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, feel good, light and semi serious films with plots about family, adventure, alien, space and aliens, outer space, natural disaster and catastrophe mostly in Sci-Fi, Family and Comedy genres. Some movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Flight of the Navigator (1986), Super 8 (2011), My Favorite Martian (1963), *batteries not included (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Style: funny, exciting, intense, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, shrinking, youth, laser, parents and children, experiment gone awry, inventor, genetically altered, family relations, childhood, escapades, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This 1986 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When he awakens from being accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, he finds that eight years have passed. His family is ...
Style: feel good, exciting, stylized, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: time travel, adventure, ufo, space travel, benign alien, flying saucer, nasa, outer space, young heroes, alien, artificial intelligence, getting home ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, 70s, year 1978 ...
Place: florida, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 333K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no ...
Style: suspenseful, sentimental, exciting, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: childhood, alien, young heroes, friendship, adventure, small town, youth, monster, danger, chaos, secret, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, 1960s, year 1958 ...
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Favorite Martian (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: My Favorite Martian is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963, to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes. The show starred Ray Walston as Uncle Martin and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara. John L. Greene created the central ...
Style: sitcom, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: mars, fish out of water, friendship, imaginary, family, anti heroes, misfit partners, race against time, journalism, space travel, rescue, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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*batteries not included (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In a soon to be demolished block of apartments, the residents resist the criminal methods used to force them to leave so a greedy tycoon can build his new skyscraper. When tiny mechanical aliens land for a recharge, they decide to stay and help out.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: kids, date night
Plot: ufo, benign alien, apartment building, friendship, eviction, elderly couple, alien life-form, family, alien encounter, save the day, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, epic, sentimental, light ...
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, alien contact, alien abduction, spacecraft, a vision, technology, contact, flying saucer, space and aliens, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mongolia, mexico, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 41K
Starman (1984)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Style: touching, stylized, offbeat, serious, road movie ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, fish out of water, on the run, rescue, widow, benign alien, romance, adventure, supernatural romance, disorder, alien encounter, landing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., arizona, las vegas, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that gives it special powers, including the ability to communicate with humans, has eluded the authorities and seeks the help of a scientist in order to ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: alien, telekinesis, ufo, cat, benign alien, family, adventure, friends, silly humor, fish out of water, friendship, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.6
 19K
Explorers (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The visionary dreams of three curious and adventuresome young boys become an exciting reality in Explorers, the action-fantasy from director Joe Dante, who combines keen humor, warmth and fantasy with unexpected twists. In their makeshift ...
Style: feel good, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, cult film ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: space travel, alien, friendship, bullying, spacecraft, dream, laboratory, adventure, family, misfit, fish out of water, getting home ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 13K
SpaceCamp (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Andie Bergstrom, an astronaut eagerly awaiting her first trip to space, runs a summer camp for teenagers with her NASA-employed husband, Zach. One night during an engine test, Andie and four teenage campers are accidentally shot into space. ...
Style: semi serious, intense, inspirational, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night, family outing, pre-teens ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, space program, astronaut, trapped in space, adventure, space shuttle, survival, rescue, race against time, outer space, space opera ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 30K
ALF (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.
Style: sitcom, humorous, feel good, not serious, light ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: benign alien, family, alien, fish out of water, family relations, cat, parents and children, suburbs, comedy of errors, friendship, culture clash, mistaken identity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 55K
Short Circuit (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he's human and escapes the lab. Hot on his trail is his designer, Newton, who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky ...
Style: feel good, light, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: androids and robots, military, artificial intelligence, robot, lightning, a.i., experiment gone awry, fish out of water, computer cracker, happy ending, adventure, lone hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.0
 38K
Meet Dave (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A crew of miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form. While trying to save their planet, the aliens encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an Earth woman.
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, idiotic, feel good ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: spacecraft, alien, adventure, fish out of water, friendship, captain, benign alien, disorder, alien encounter, escapades, mission gone awry, crew ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 18K
Earth to Echo (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and ...
Style: exciting, sentimental, stylized, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: ufo, alien, friendship, adventure, buddies, investigation, benign alien, family, young heroes, suburbs, escapades, life turned upside down ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 3.4
 11K
Mac and Me (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Mysterious Alien Creature (MAC) escaping from nefarious NASA agents, is befriended by a young boy in a wheelchair. Together, they try to find MAC's family from whom he has been separated.
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, cult film, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: nasa, alien encounter, friendship, family relations, single parent, extraterrestrial, adventure, family, benign alien, imaginary, disorder, space and aliens ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After their father is called into work, two young boys, Walter and Danny, are left in the care of their teenage sister, Lisa, and told they must stay inside. Walter and Danny, who anticipate a boring day, are shocked when they begin playing Zathura, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: space travel, adventure, getting home, outer space, astronaut, board game, when the parents are away, reconciliation, family, disorder, escapades, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A taxi driver gets more than he bargained for when he picks up two teen runaways. Not only does the pair possess supernatural powers, but they're also trying desperately to escape people who have made them their targets.
Style: semi serious, exciting, atmospheric, entertaining, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: alien, adventure, benign alien, teleportation, ufo, young heroes, spacecraft, taxi driver, supernatural ability, laser, escapades, bounty hunter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 21K
The Last Mimzy (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys, and soon their parents and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world – and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them ...
Style: touching, serious, inspirational, clever, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: time travel, psychic, young heroes, toys, teleportation, adventure, children, supernatural ability, heroic mission, family, danger, imaginary ...
Time: future
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 5.5
 2K
Project: ALF (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six years ago, the space alien, ALF, was on his way back to his new home...When the Alien Task Force finally caught him. Now, the story continues to where the series ended. ALF is now protected by the Alien Task Force, but the leader wants to ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: benign alien, rescue, misfit, puppet, adventure, space and aliens, escapades, family, chases and races, on the run, chase, alien encounter ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 116K
Casper (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the ...
Style: feel good, sweet, touching, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, ghost, supernatural, halloween, afterlife, mischievous children, haunted house, friends, family, life after death, danger, ghost child ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: new england, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 56K
Cocoon (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: elderly, space and aliens, benign alien, cocoon, retirement home, golden years, first contact, alien, senior citizen, swimming pool, fountain of youth, cancer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 14K
CJ7 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ti, a really poor construction worker that struggles to keep his son, Dicky, in private school, mistakes an orb he finds in a junkjard for a toy which proves to be much, much more once the young boy starts to play with it.
Style: feel good, humorous, captivating, light, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: ufo, school, benign alien, little boy, toys, martial arts, family relations, alien, family, extraterrestrial, pets, parents and children ...
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Muppets from Space (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Gonzo's breakfast cereal tells him that he's the descendant of aliens from another planet, his attempts at extraterrestrial communication get him kidnapped by a secret government agency, prompting the Muppets to spring into action. ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, exciting, light ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: adventure, ufo, friendship, mad scientist, puppet, puppets, family, heroic mission, rescue, benign alien, heroes, goofy hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Stepsister from Planet Weird (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A teenager's life is disrupted when her mother falls in love with an alien.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, light
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: alien, family, teenage life, parents and children, fish out of water, misfit, high school life, youth, family relations, life turned upside down, remarry, benign alien ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 12K
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Daryl is a normal 10-year-old boy in many ways. However, unbeknown to his foster parents and friends, Daryl is actually a government-created robot with superhuman reflexes and mental abilities. Even his name has a hidden meaning -- it's ...
Style: serious, touching
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: family relations, chase, baseball, forest, childhood, robot, computer, gate, a.i., memory loss, family, young heroes ...
Place: south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Christmas Martian (1971)
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 65 min.
Story: A martian comes to a small town in Quebec and becomes friends with the town children. He gives them candy to get the children into his spacecraft. This alarms the parents but he wins them over and they have a great big Christmas party.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, canadian science fiction
Audience: preschoolers, family outing
Plot: youth, friends, family relations, spacecraft, friendship, alien encounter, small town life, adventure, benign alien, small town, imaginary, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy gets a plastic Indian and a cupboard for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life and befriends him.
Style: touching, light, clever, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: toy comes to life, toys, friendship, adventure, family, escapades, supernatural ability, parents and children, danger, parallel world, coming of age, family relations ...
Time: 18th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.0
 785
Can of Worms (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teen is visited by aliens after he broadcasts a message into space.
Style: offbeat, feel good, semi serious, humorous, exciting
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: misfit, spacecraft, satellite, cooking and food, pets, benign alien, adventure, heroes, imaginary, unlikely partners, young heroes, getting home ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Ewok Adventure (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The Towani family civilian shuttlecraft crashes on the forest moon of Endor. The four Towani's are separated. Jermitt and Catarine, the mother and father are captured by the giant Gorax, and Mace and Cindel, the son and daughter, are missing ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, pre-teens
Plot: rescue, friendship, battles, space wars, magic, spacecraft, good versus evil, bravery, save the world, adventure, family, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.4
 2K
Star Kid (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Shy seventh-grader Spencer Griffith's life changes when the meteor falls into local junkyard and he finds a Cybersuit - the wise and strong robot from another galaxy. Spencer puts Cybersuit on and becomes a different kind of guy
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, entertaining, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, space and aliens, androids and robots, adventure, family, escapades, good versus evil, fantasy world, robot, brutality, imaginary, heroes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%