Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
This unique UFO story tells the tale of an electrician (Richard Dreyfuss) who is drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where an alien spaceship has landed. It is not a terror-filled tale of alien conflict or hostility, and therein lies its remarkable difference from other films of this ilk. Instead, it is a compelling story of contact and communication, foreshadowing the power of E.T. a few years later. The special effects were dazzling, and the movie gleaned many Oscar nods, including a win for Best Cinematography.