Happy Centenary Universal - E.T. Tops Universal Poll Of Cinema-Goers' Favourite Moment Ever (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 30/04/2012 16:46 Updated: 30/04/2012 16:50

ET's trip across the moon in the basket of Elliott's bicycle to the strings of John Williams' luminous score has been named the most memorable scene ever in a century of movie-making by Universal Studios.

The film - E.T: The Extra Terrestrial to give it its proper due - which audiences first flocked to in 1982, still captures hearts, with its friendly, anxious alien keen to "Phone Home" and his earthling friend eager to help him.

In a poll commissioned by the studio giant to celebrate its centenary, film fans rated the much-copied, paraphrased but never equaled comment by Roy Scheider in Jaws when he sees an ominous shadow in the water: "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

And in a testament to the powers of one Mr Steven Spielberg to entrance his audiences, third place went to Doc Brown's amazing powers with electricity, powering up a DeLorean with a bolt of lightning, and helping Michael J Fox travel Back To The Future.

And here the top ten unmissable Universal moments - what's YOUR favourite? Let us know below...

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  • 10.  Bridget Jones Diary

    10.  Bridget Jones Diary - Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fight scene - 4.1%. (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

  • 9.     Billy Elliot

    9.     Billy Elliot - Billy Elliot dances through the streets - 4.5%. (Photo credit: Rex)

  • 8.     To Kill A Mockingbird

    8.     To Kill A Mockingbird - Gregory Peck's character Atticus Finch delivers a powerful courtroom closing argument - 4.8%. (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

  • 7.     American Pie

    7.     American Pie - Jason Biggs experiments with apple pie - 5.3%. (Photo credit: Rex)

  • 6.     Spartacus

    6.     Spartacus - Mass 'I'm Spartacus' scene - 5.5% (Photo credit: Rex)

  • 5.     Mamma Mia The Movie!

    5.     Mamma Mia The Movie! - Meryl Streep leads the ladies through the island in singing 'Dancing Queen' - 6.4%. (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

  • 4.     Gladiator

    4.     Gladiator - Russell Crowe delivers the 'My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius' speech - 6.7%. (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

  • 3.     Back To The Future

    3.     Back To The Future - Lightning strikes the clock tower to power the DeLorean - 7.6%(Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

  • 2.     Jaws

    2.     Jaws - 'You're gonna need a bigger boat' scene - 10.9% (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)

  • 1.     E.T

    1.     E.T. - Elliott rides E.T. on his bike and takes off into the air past the moonlight - 19.5% (Photo credit: Universal Pictures)