E.T has been named the most loved sci-fi film of all time, it emerged today.
The 1982 family-favourite, which sees a young boy trying to help an extra-terrestrial return ‘home,’ beat other sci-fi hits such as Alien and Men in Black to the top spot.
Other films to rank highly on the list were Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Independence Day and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Also in the top ten is another of the Star Wars franchise – A New Hope, along with James Cameron’s Avatar and Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Ed Harris.
Land Rover commissioned the research to celebrate the launch of their ‘Galactic Discovery’ competitionto mark 45 years since the first moon landing.
Landrover, in association with Virgin Galactic, will give four friends the truly once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a trip to space and fulfil the dreams inspired by these films.
Bruce Willis’ 90s sci-fi classic, Armageddon, was the tenth best loved sci-fi film, according to the poll of 2,000 film fans.
Gabi Whitfield, Global PR Director Land Rover, said: ”The British love of sci-fi is well known and the list of films shows a wide range of stories exploring the possibilities of the genre, from family-friendly favourites to other-worldly adventures.
”The excitement of space travel is something that’s long delighted the average movie-goer on the big screen and as a species we naturally want to seek out the unknown and reach new heights.
”While it was once truly science fiction fantasy, the first giant leaps are now being taken to make space travel a reality and with our life-changing competition this can be more than just a daydream for four lucky friends.”
The study also revealed people were most likely to turn to sci-fi for its escapism and the fun of imagining new worlds.
Four in ten said they were convinced living on another planet will be a reality for humans one day – with the average person believing we are just 70 years away from having colonies on other planets.
Over half of respondents said they would love to go to space if given the chance, and with consumer space travel about to become a reality there is a very real opportunity for people to do so in this era.
The top 40 list featured other box office hits including the 2008 Disney flick Wall-E and James Bond classic, Moonraker.
The 2013’s blockbuster Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, was also ranked within the top 20, along with Blade Runner and Fifth Element, which stars Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich.
The second instalment of the more recent Star Trek films – Into Darkness – with a cast featuring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, appeared in the top 40, as did the prequel to Alien – Prometheus.
2013 was evidently a great year for sci-fi, with Tom Cruises’ Oblivion and Matt Damon’s Elysium both ranking in the list and receiving great reviews from audiences both in the UK and US.
Other films to feature were Moon, Mission to Mars and A Grand Day Out, along with Event Horizon, Solaris and Serenity.
The 1984 hit Dune, written and directed by David Lynch, also made an appearance.
* The Land Rover ‘Galactic Discovery’ competition prize is worth over $1million – featuring a ride to space and zero-gravity experience in Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
Full details can be found at http://www.landrover.com/gotospace
TOP 40 BEST-LOVED SCI-FI FILMS
3. Men in Black
4. Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
5. Independence Day
6. Star Wars Return of the Jedi
7. Star Wars A New Hope
9. Apollo 13
11. Planet of the Apes
13. Total Recall
15. Blade Runner
16. James Bond: Moonraker
17. Star Wars Episode One :The Phantom Menace
19. Fifth Element
20. Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
21. Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones
22. Star Trek into Darkness
23. District 9
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey
25. Starship Troopers
26. Mars Attacks
28. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
29. Guardians of the Galaxy
30. Pitch Black
31. A Grand Day Out
34. Event Horizon
39. Mission to Mars