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List Rules 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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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges Aaron Paul

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden Laurie Holden

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Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell Alfre Woodard

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Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr.

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Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland Melissa George

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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance Paul McGann

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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford Daniel Craig

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum Leonard Nimoy

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam Ron Perlman

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The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher Famke Janssen

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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens Veronica Cartwright

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy George Takei

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf Odette Annable

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe Kevin Costner

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Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver Ron Perlman

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor Samuel L. Jackson

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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston Catherine Mary Stewart

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Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Battle: Los Angeles Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan Shaffer Smith

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Starman is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Starman Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter Karen Allen

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman Olga Kurylenko

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Lost in Space Heather Graham, Gary Oldman Lacey Chabert

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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Arrival Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo Ron Silver

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V is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman Channing Tatum

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd Leonard Nimoy

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall Leonard Nimoy

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy George Takei

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Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Pandorum Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus Ben Foster

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Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner Malcolm McDowell

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith Julie McCullough

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dune Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová Giancarlo Giannini

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen Joel Edgerton

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Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Mission to Mars Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle Gary Sinise

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow Robert Downey Jr.

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford Shia LaBeouf

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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne Liam Hemsworth

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John Carter is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston Mark Strong

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Coneheads Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres William Shatner

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Alien Nation James Caan, Terence Stamp Mandy Patinkin

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H. G. Wells' The War of the Wo... is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease Darlene Sellers

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis Walter Pidgeon

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontie... is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy George Takei

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk Jüri Järvet

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2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow Candice Bergen

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler Renée Zellweger

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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Sphere Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson Dustin Hoffman

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey Matt Damon

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry Meat Loaf

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Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Terence Stamp

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley Ewan McGregor