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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, alien abductions, 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.

Whether the movies are funny, scary, or totally crazy, there are plenty of parallels to be found between them. 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? Vote up the good alien movies you'd watch over and over, and down-vote the ones that aren't worth your 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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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban

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    James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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

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    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Smart

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    ranked low on reranks Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Martin Landau

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Sam Jaffe

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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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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Jennifer Morrison, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder

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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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    Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, John Candy

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    ranked low on reranks Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Dan Castellaneta

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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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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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Gary Busey, Danny Glover, Bill Paxton

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    Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

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    added by wiabux Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Seth Rogen

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    Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman

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    Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones, Dana Wynter

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

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    Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

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    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Colin Salmon

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    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr., Scott Kraft

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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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