The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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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. If you find you want more ideas then check out the best action movies on Netflix, best movies on Netflix instant and our list of scary movies on Netflix

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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    Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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    Aliens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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    Predator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Close Encounters of the Third Kind Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

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    Return of the Jedi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Return of the Jedi Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The X-Files Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner

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    Stargate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Stargate Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

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    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    The Thing from Another World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Thing from Another World James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman

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    Signs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Signs Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Pitch Black Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Contact is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Contact Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Star Trek Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

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    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kha... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirstie Alley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Avatar Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Galaxy Quest Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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    The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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    Super 8 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Super 8 Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

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    Star Trek Into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Men in Black II Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Paul Steven Spielberg, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig

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    Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    The Chronicles of Riddick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Chronicles of Riddick Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Predator 2 Gary Busey, Bill Paxton, Danny Glover

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    Evolution is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Evolution Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Species is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah, Carolyn Jones

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    Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Cocoon Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich

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    They Live is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    They Live Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison

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    Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Alien vs. Predator Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Tommy Flanagan

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    K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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