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, 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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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Tom Sizemore

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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen

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    Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig

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    ranked low on reranks Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert

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    Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    often listed & added by e61121169 Donatas Banionis, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

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    Gene Barry, Les Tremayne, Ann Robinson

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    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland

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    Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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    Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Helen Mirren, Candice Bergen, John Lithgow

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Howard Hesseman

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    added by ChrisTanakis Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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    added by wiabux Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    added by e61121169 Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster

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    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough

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    Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Amy Poehler

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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    added by e61121169 Julie Cox, Barbora Kodetová, Giancarlo Giannini

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    added by Richard777 Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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    added by wiabux Willem Dafoe, Bryan Cranston, David Schwimmer

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    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Barbara Bosson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry

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    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

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

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

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    Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Aykroyd

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore

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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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    James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin

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    William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Plummer

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hardy, Patrick Stewart

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    Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

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    added by Dbo878 Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Daveigh Chase

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    Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

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    added by Dbo878 Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

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    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban

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    Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano

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