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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    Alien vs. Predator is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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    Star Trek: First Contact is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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


    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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    Cowboys & Aliens is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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    The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 62 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) 63 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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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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


    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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    Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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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, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy

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    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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    Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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


    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    2010 is listed (or ranked) 91 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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    Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made


    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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


    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

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    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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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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