By EW Staff
Updated November 22, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
E.T.: Bruce McBroom

Why ”E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is a top tearjerker

In many ways, the extraterrestrial in ”E.T.” was just like all the other aliens who had appeared on screen before him. He was curious-looking, superintelligent, and possessed wacky magical powers. But in him, we also saw ourselves. After all, he was doing what all growing boys are supposed to do — scarfing down candy, swiping beer from the fridge, and being chased by the Man during kick-ass bike rides. It was this relatable human element that made it so unbearable when Steven Spielberg actually had the nerve to go and KILL HIM!!!

KLEENEX MOMENT Sure, the little guy comes back from the dead and finds his way home, but still, watching him flatline is one serious ouuuuuuuuuuch.