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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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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    Cowboys & Aliens is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Star Wars Episode II: Attack o... is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Alien: Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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    Coneheads is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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    Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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    2010 is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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    Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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    Superman II is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Star Trek Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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