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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

The Best Alien Invasion Movies What's Your Phobia?

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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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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Alien 3 Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

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Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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

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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Last Starfighter Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
ChrisTanakis added Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dbo878 added Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Transformers Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
nick-slade added The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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

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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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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 72 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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V is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
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Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
e61121169 added Pandorum Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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Lost in Space Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Arrival Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
WOOD BREAKER added Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Thing Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dbo878 added Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek: The Motion Picture William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 81 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) 82 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek Generations Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 83 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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John Carter is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
wiabux added John Carter Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
e61121169 added Dune Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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Predators is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Mission to Mars Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 89 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) 90 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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Coneheads Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 92 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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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
looksharp added Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
e61121169 added Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dbo878 added Sphere Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Alien Nation James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin

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Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen