Okay, E.T. isn’t strictly a Christmas movie, but you would have to have a heart of stone to fail to appreciate its heart-warming awesomeness at a time when we all want to get home and celebrate with our families.

In case you're from E.T.’s home planet, and have never come across E.T. the movie, it's a Steven Spielberg family classic. A child called Elliott summons the courage to help a friendly alien to escape Earth and return to his home world. Notably, Drew Barrymore makes one of her first appearances. Once you've wiped away your tears, you'll feel that all is well in the world. As indeed it will be.

We've rounded up the ways to watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial online, on TV or on any mobile device. (You might also want to check out 'How to watch every Christmas movie online'.)

Watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on Netflix (UK)

If you're in the UK, you're in luck. Netflix has E.T. and it's available for subscribers to watch for free until 31 December. (Don't have Netflix? Sign up here.)

Sadly, it's not available on Netflix in the US. But we can point you towards the best VPNs for streaming.

Rent E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial on DVD or Blu-ray for free

There's more good news for UK users. You don't have to buy a physical copy if you want to enjoy the film, since E.T. is also listed by rental subscription service Cinema Paradiso. Sign up here for a free 30-day trial.

Cinema Paradiso has over 100,000 films and TV series. The company posts the disc to your door and you can keep it for as long as you need to. After the trial it's £9.99 per month.

Rent E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in digital format for cheap

There are loads of options if you want to rent a digital copy of E.T for a small fee online:

Buy E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in digital format

If you want to own the film forever in digital format, you can buy the film from the same services at these prices:

Happy Christmas viewing!