ET's bike flight 'cinema's most magical moment'

The bicycle flight at the end of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has been named the most magical movie moment of all time.

Millions of filmgoers have been captivated by the scene in which the little alien and his friend Elliott pedal into the night ky.

The image of the pair, silhouetted against the backdrop of a silver moon, has become one of the most iconic in cinema history.

Now the scene from Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic has topped a poll of magical movie moments in Empire magazine.

“This bike ride encapsulates the kind of magic that only movies can deliver,” Empire said.

Second in the list is the scene from Big in which Tom Hanks, playing a child trapped in a man’s body, gives a rendition of Chopsticks by dancing on a giant piano.

Other moments to make the top 10 include Gene Kelly dancing in Singin’ In The Rain and Winona Ryder falling for Johnny Depp’s Edward Scissorhands as he creates a beautiful sculpture from a block of ice.

Also there is the moment in Lady And The Tramp where the lovebirds accidentally kiss while sharing a bowl of spaghetti.

Woody Allen’s romantic stroll through New York with Diane Keaton in Manhattan, to the tune of Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me, is also included.

The full top 50 is published in the January edition of Empire magazine, out now.

Top 10:

1 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (E.T. and Elliott pedal into the night)

2 Big (Tom Hanks dances on the piano with his toy company boss)

3 The Natural (Robert Redford’s baseball hero hits a home run)

4 It’s A Wonderful Life (James Stewart runs home to his family)

5 The Red Shoes (Moira Shearer dances in the famous ballet shoes)

6 Lady And The Tramp (the spaghetti-eating first date)

7 Singin’ In The Rain (Gene Kelly’s rain-soaked dance sequence)

8 La Belle Et La Bete (Josette Day floats through the castle in Jean Cocteau classic)

9 Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp fashions a sculpture from a block of ice)

10 Manhattan (Woody Allen and Diane Jeaton stroll through the streets of New York)

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