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Thomas). They’re both dam­aged be­ings (E.T.’S aban­don­ment mir­rors El­liott’s pain over his par­ents’ di­vorce) who learn to cope with their re­spec­tive sit­u­a­tions even as they look help­lessly to the skies and, in the most iconic im­age, y grace­fully past the moon. E.T. is one of Steven Spiel­berg’s most per­sonal works, yet was still a bor­der-de­fy­ing block­buster. The high­est grosser of all time un­til Juras­sic Park sup­planted it.

Ghost­busters (1984)

“Don’t cross the streams!” is sound ad­vice if you’re op­er­at­ing a plasma gun. Iron­i­cally, that’s ex­actly what Ivan Reit­man did with this block­buster, mix­ing SNL’S snark­i­ness, hor­rorlight spook­i­ness and the break­neck pac­ing of an ac­tion ick. (Hav­ing Bill Mur­ray, an in­stantly iconic logo and Ray Parker Jr.’s in­fec­tiously catchy theme song didn’t hurt ei­ther.) This mon­ster hit broke the bank by de­mon­strat­ing that mash­ing up pop­u­lar gen­res equalled a some­thing-for-ev­ery­body box of ce bo­nanza. Ev­ery big-bud­get sci- -ac­tion com­edy that’s goosed mul­ti­plex au­di­ences owes this movie a mother-pus-bucket of a debt.

Star Wars (1977)

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