The Best Alien Movies Ever Made Films
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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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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    ranked low on reranks Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    often listed & added by e61121169 Donatas Banionis, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore

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    ranked low on reranks Gene Barry, Les Tremayne, Ann Robinson

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland

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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Howard Hesseman

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  10. 60
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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    added by e61121169 Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  17. 67
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    Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Amy Poehler

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry

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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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  20. 70
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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Barbara Bosson

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Helen Mirren, Candice Bergen, John Lithgow

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    added by ChrisTanakis Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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    added by wiabux Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    added by e61121169 Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Alexa Davalos

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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    added by e61121169 Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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    Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin

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    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore

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    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Aykroyd

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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban

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    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Daveigh Chase

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    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

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    Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

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    Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer

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    Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Donald Faison

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    Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley

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    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton

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    Billy Zane, M. Emmet Walsh, Dee Wallace

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    ranked low on reranks Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks David Bowie, Rip Torn, Jim Lovell

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kyle MacLachlan, Lin Shaye, Michael Nouri

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