E.T. was yesterday voted the best alien movie of all time.
The 1982 classic, starring a young Drew Barrymore, told the story of a friendly extra terrestrial stranded three million miles from his home planet.
The Steven Spielberg movie was a huge worldwide hit and spawned the immortal catchphrase: "E. T. phone home." It beat Will Smith's Men In Black to the title in a poll of 7675 film fans. Another film starring Smith, Independence Day, took third place.
The 1979 blockbuster Alien, starring Sigourney Weaver, was fourth, and Transformers, released in 2007, was fifth.
Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was sixth. Star Trek was seventh, War Of The Worlds was eighth, Fifth Element was ninth and Aliens was 10th.
A spokesman for phone recycling website www.PhonePiggyBank.com, who carried out the study, said: "E.T. is funny and engaging and will never be equalled in terms of originality and global appeal."