Elliott and E.T.’s flight to the forest has been called the most magical moment in cinema. The concept for E.T. was based on an imaginary alien friend Spielberg created after his parents’ divorce in 1960. Spielberg said that E.T. was “a friend who could be the brother I never had and a father that I didn’t feel I had anymore.” Released in 1982, E.T. immediately became the highest-grossing film of all time—a record it held for 11 years. E.T.’s impact on pop-culture remains nearly four decades after its release from lines like “E.T. Phone Home” to the sight of Reeses Pieces pieces reminding you of the movie. Interestingly, the Hersey Company only got the chance of appearing in the movie after Mars turned it down—believing the creature would frighten children.