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The Best Alien Movies Ever Made

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The best alien movies, ranked by fans of space & sci-fi genres. Alien movies can take several forms. What are the best alien movies? Many films about extraterrestrials or visitors from other planets turn them into traditional horror villains. These "alien war" movies tend to follow a simple pattern: 1) UFOs arrive at Earth, 2) a misunderstanding or outright evil intent sparks a war between aliens and humanity, 3) with massively destructive and terrifying results. 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. ET 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?

List Criteria: Movies must feature extra-terrestrials

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    Alien

    1979 More
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    1986 More
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    Predator

    1987 More
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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    1977 More
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    1982 More
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    Independence Day

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    District 9

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    Men in Black

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    1983 More
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977 More
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    1997 More
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    1997 More
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    Stargate

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    Total Recall

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    Avatar

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    Pitch Black

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    The Abyss

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    Signs

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    War of the Worlds

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    1951 More
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    WALL-E

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    Mars Attacks!

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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    Galaxy Quest

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    1951 More
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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    Predator 2

    1990 More
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    Cloverfield

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    Star Trek Into Darkness

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    1988 More
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    Cocoon

    1985 More
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    Transformers

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    War of the Worlds (1953)

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