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. 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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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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  4. 54
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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore

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  5. 55
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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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  6. 56
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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Pete Postlethwaite

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  7. 57
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    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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  8. 58
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    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    Gene Barry, Les Tremayne, Ann Robinson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland

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    added by wiabux Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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  13. 63
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    ranked low on reranks Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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  15. 65
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    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Richard777 Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Howard Hesseman

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

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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  22. 72
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    added by e61121169 Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    added by ChrisTanakis Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    added by wiabux Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, David Schwimmer

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    Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Amy Poehler

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    added by e61121169 Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Barbara Bosson

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    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Plummer

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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

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    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Aykroyd

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf

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    added by Dbo878 Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    added by Dbo878 Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore

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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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  46. 96
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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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  47. 97
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    Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley

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    James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin

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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

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