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The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: Movies must feature extra-terrestrials

The best alien movies, ranked by fans of space and sci-fi genres. Alien movies can take several forms. What are the best alien movies? Many films about extraterrestrials or visitors from other planets turn them into traditional horror villains. These "alien war" movies tend to follow a simple pattern: 1) UFOs arrive on Earth, 2) a misunderstanding or outright evil intent sparks a war between aliens and humanity, 3) with massively destructive and terrifying results. Consider the similarities of the recent Battle: LA, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and even Tim Burton's genre parody, Mars Attacks. However, there are also films in which aliens are not an interstellar threat but a boon to humanity, or at least well-intentioned explorers. E.T. is the classic example of the "friendly alien" genre – and the xenomorphs in the Alien franchise stay in outer space, so that's good for humans, too. E.T. is also one of the best alien kids movies ever made.

What are the best alien films of all time? Often in these films, the aliens are tragically misunderstood, and it's the primal nature of human beings that spark conflict. Finally, there are numerous films about aliens which attempt to "realistically" depict what might happen if humans and extraterrestrials interacted. These include Close Encounters of the Third Kind (another Spielberg film!), District 9, and even abduction films purportedly based on "true stories," such as Fire in the Sky. While this list does not include all alien movies ever made, it is a list of the best alien films. What do you think are the greatest alien movies of all time?
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    the people's #1 Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    most listed Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

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    ranked low on reranks Sharlto Copley, John Sumner, Jed Brophy

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Martin Landau

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Sam Jaffe

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    ranked low on reranks Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn

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    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    ranked low on reranks Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, John Candy

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

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    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Dan Castellaneta

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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    Michelle Williams, Forest Whitaker, Ben Kingsley

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman

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    ranked low on reranks Gary Busey, Danny Glover, Bill Paxton

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    Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones, Dana Wynter

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    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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    ranked low on reranks Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Colin Salmon

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    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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