ET The Extra-Terrestrial voted greatest children's film of all time

Steven Spielberg praised for creating 'the perfect family film' as child-friendly alien pushes Wizard of Oz into second place

Steven Spielberg's ET The Extra-Terrestrial has been voted the greatest family film of all time in a poll for the Radio Times.

The story of a visitor from outer space who befriends a young human boy came out top in the survey of 2,500 people. Spielberg's film took $756m (£474m) at the global box office in 1982 and won four Oscars the following year.

Film critic and former host of the BBC's Film programme Barry Norman said: "ET is the perfect family film – a magical tale for children, a triumph of special effects, a chastening lesson to bigots everywhere and, as the director Steven Spielberg describes it, a simple and pure love story.

"Spielberg's gift for creating tension, exploding it with a laugh and then letting it build again is superbly displayed."

The poll saw ET push The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 fantasy starring Judy Garland, into second place, with Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Toy Story (1995) rounding out the top five.

The full list of films is published in the latest issue of the Radio Times.


Ben Child

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