A nostalgic nation has voted the 1980s the best decade for films with ET the Extra-Terrestrial taking the top spot as the best-loved childhood movie.
According to a survey, Steven Spielberg, who directed and co-produced the 1982 classic, is also the UK’s favourite director.
The poll was commissioned to mark the launch of Samsung Smart TV’s S Recommendation technology.
In school playgrounds across Britain, children imitated the catchphrase ‘ET phone home.’
Unlike many successful films exploited by Hollywood, Spielberg never made a sequel to ET.
While a follow-up script was written – in which ET’s friend Elliot is kidnapped by evil aliens – Spielberg decided against a sequel feeling it would ‘rob the original of its virginity’.
One of ET’s biggest fans was the late pop singer Michael Jackson, who cited it as his favourite movie.
The OnePoll survey asked 1,500 people about their favourite films.