The Best Alien Movies Ever Made Films

The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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The best alien movies, ranked by fans of space & 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 at 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. ET 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?

List Criteria: Movies must feature extra-terrestrials

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    Alien

    1979 More
    100
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    often listed
    Aliens

    1986 More
    94
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    Predator

    1987 More
    94
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    1977 More
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982 More
    89
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

    1980 More
    89
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    Independence Day

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    89
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    District 9

    2009 More
    84
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    Men in Black

    1997 More
    84
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    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

    1983 More
    83
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    1977 More
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    The Fifth Element

    1997 More
    82
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    Starship Troopers

    1997 More
    81
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    Total Recall

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    79
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    1994 More
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    Avatar

    2009 More
    76
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    2000 More
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    1989 More
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    Contact

    1997 More
    72
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    1968 More
    71
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    1998 More
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    1951 More
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    1982 More
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    2012 More
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    1999 More
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    1951 More
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    2004 More
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    1987 More
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    1995 More
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    2011 More
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    1978 More
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    1985 More
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    1956 More
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    2005 More
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    Star Trek Into Darkness

    57
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    1990 More
    57
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    1988 More
    57
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    Cloverfield

    2008 More
    57
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    1985 More
    55
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    War of the Worlds (1953)

    54
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    2007 More
    54
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