#21. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)


– Director: Steven Spielberg

– Stacker score: 91.7

– Metascore: 90

– IMDb user rating: 7.6

– Runtime: 138 minutes

What began in the early 1970s as a political UFO thriller called “Project Blue Book” eventually became this family-friendly classic from Steven Spielberg. In the film, an ordinary man and his family play a central role in the first encounter between mankind and alienkind. Like so many early Spielberg works, this one permeates with a sense of wonder. Furthermore, it distinguishes itself from the common “alien invasion” trope by way of an optimistic outlook.

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