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'E.T.' named favorite childhood movie in British survey

Aug. 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM ET

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"E.T.," the lovable space alien who comes to Earth, stole our hearts in 1982.

"E.T.," phone home. Or at least phone Britain. Moviegoers there named the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie the favorite film of their childhood in a survey conducted by Samsung.

The sci-fi film was nominated for nine Oscars and won four, though it lost best picture to "Gandhi." It beat out "Star Wars" as the highest-grossing picture of all time and held that record until "Jurassic Park" claimed the crown in 1993.

Second place in the survey went to "Bambi," followed by "The Goonies," "The Lion King," and "Toy Story." 

The decade in which "E.T." was released, the 1980s, was also chosen as the U.K.'s favorite film decade, and the film's director, Spielberg, was chosen as favorite director.

But when asked to vote for the film that they would most like to watch over and over, Brits chose 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption." The prison-escape classic was followed by any "Harry Potter" film, any film in the "Star Wars" series, "The Lion King," and any of "The Godfather" movies.

And as far as favorite lines in cinema, the Brits frankly give a damn about "Gone With the Wind." Clark Gable's famed dismissal of Scarlett O'Hara with "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," was named top line. It was followed by "Dirty Harry's" "Go ahead, make my day." Also making the top five line list were "Nobody puts baby in a corner" from "Dirty Dancing," "I'll be back" from "The Terminator," and "Life is like a box of chocolates," from "Forrest Gump."

What's your favorite childhood movie?

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