- John Williams' score. Flying Theme, anyone?
- The famous "across the moon" scene. E.T. levitates Elliott's bike into the air just when it's about to run off a cliff, saving Elliott's life in the process.
- Elliot getting better after E.T. goes critical. The first thing he does is yell for the doctors to stop, thinking that they are killing E.T. He even rips the sensors and I.V. needle out of him. If not for the doctor's wheeling him out, he looked like he was ready to jump off the stretcher and start whaling on them.Elliot: You're killing him! You're killing him! He came to me!
- When E.T.'s heart lights up again and he is revived.
- "Does this mean they're coming?" "Yes."
- Elliott pulling out the pins of the access tunnel, detaching it and ensuring the government agents inside can't get to E.T.
- Got to give minor props to the agent trying to catch the pins. Even if it was fruitless, he at least caught one before the tunnel fell.
- The bike chase sequence. The boys splitting up and pulling off some spectacular stunts to throw off the agents chasing them.
- Elliot and the boys staring down those agents with huge intimidating shotguns at the end. Sure, it's beyond unlikely that those agents would actually dare to fire on minors just for evading arrest, but chances are that with all the movies and TV shows they've already watched at their age, Elliot and his pals don't know that. Even so, they keep peddling toward the blockade with nobody but Elliot even remotely aware of E.T.'s capabilities, which means the other boys must all have some real cojones on them.
- E.T. saving Elliott and his friends by making all their bikes fly at the end of the film!
- The goodbye scene. One of the most emotionally powerful endings to any movie, ever.
- "I'll... be...right...here."
- This film was the highest-grossing film of all time until Jurassic Park, a record it held for 11 years.
Awesome / E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial