scifi The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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List Rules 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 Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 61 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 Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Battle: Los Angeles Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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Starman is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Starman Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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Lost in Space Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Arrival Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 75 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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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Star Trek Generations is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 79 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) 80 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Pandorum Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 81 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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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dune Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Mission to Mars Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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John Carter is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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H. G. Wells' The War of the Wo... is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease, Darlene Sellers

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 89 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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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Alien Nation James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin

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2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen

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Coneheads Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Sphere Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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Predators is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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Star Trek Nemesis Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontie... is listed (or ranked) 98 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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Monsters vs. Aliens Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger