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


    Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Dark City is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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    Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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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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    Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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

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    The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    Cowboys & Aliens is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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


    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 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


    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Lost in Space Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Starman is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Starman 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


    The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Alien: Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Battle: Los Angeles Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy

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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Pandorum Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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    Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Mission to Mars 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

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    Coneheads Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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    Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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    Dune is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Dune Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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    V is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Knowing is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Star Trek V: The Final Frontie... is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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


    2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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    Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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    Solaris is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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    Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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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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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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