The Best Alien Movies Ever Made Films

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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    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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  6. 56
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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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  7. 57
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    Star Trek: First Contact


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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  8. 58
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    Cowboys & Aliens


    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  14. 64
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    Dreamcatcher

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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  18. 68
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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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  19. 69
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    Alien: Resurrection


    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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  20. 70
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    The Faculty


    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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  22. 72
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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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  23. 73
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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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  24. 74
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    Lost in Space


    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Forbidden Planet


    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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  37. 87
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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    2010


    Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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  40. 90
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    Coneheads


    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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  41. 91
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    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Simon Baker

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    Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton

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  44. 94
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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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  45. 95
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    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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  46. 96
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    Star Trek Nemesis


    Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

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