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 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. 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?
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    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr., Scott Kraft

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    Julianne Moore, Sarah Silverman, Dan Aykroyd

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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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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 Gene Barry, Les Tremayne, Ann Robinson

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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore

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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Howard Hesseman

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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry

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    Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Amy Poehler

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Barbara Bosson

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    Helen Mirren, Candice Bergen, John Lithgow

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    added by e61121169 Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    ranked low on reranks Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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

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    James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin

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    added by wiabux Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    added by ChrisTanakis Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

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    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Daveigh Chase

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    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban

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    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Aykroyd

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    Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer

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    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton

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    Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley

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    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

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    ranked low on reranks Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Donald Faison

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    Billy Zane, M. Emmet Walsh, Dee Wallace

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    David Bowie, Rip Torn, Jim Lovell

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Lin Shaye, Michael Nouri

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