Ridley Scott's film featured one of film's most terrifying alien villains: an extraterrestrial creature that murdered the crew of a mining vessel, one-by-one until only Weaver's character, Ellen Ripley, survived.
Made for approximately ten million dollars, ET: the ExtraTerrestrial was released in 1982, re-released in 1985 and then a 20th anniversary edition was released in 2002, a director's cut with additional footage.
Nevada's Highway 375, which leads to the secret site from Warm Springs, has been dubbed "The Extraterrestrial Highway" because of the many reports of spaceship sightings in the area.
Nor were all the dangers dealt with of extraterrestrial origin; sinister government cabals and greedy unscrupulous industrialists were also given their comeuppance.
A close encounter of the second kind is not a direct sighting, but some lingering evidence that perhaps an extraterrestrial has been in the vicinity.
The Cat From Outer Space is a family comedy about a feline extraterrestrial named Jake.
The extraterrestrial bodies which happen to find a resting-place on the earth are studied under the name of meteorites (q.v.).