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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.

The Best Alien Movies Ever Made Films
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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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    Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton

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    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Simon Baker

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

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    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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    Viola Davis, Christa Miller, Andre Braugher

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