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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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Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis Dreamcatcher is a 2003 science fiction horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. It was directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and co-written by Kasdan and screenwriter William ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
wiabux added Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Star Trek: First Contact Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more

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Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr. Enemy Mine is a 1985 science fiction drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. It starred Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. as a human ...more

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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 Alien 3 is a 1992 American science-fiction horror film and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. The film is the third installment of the Alien film series. The film takes place ...more

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Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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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 K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film directed by Iain Softley and starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfre Woodard. The screenplay, written by Gene Brewer ...more

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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 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek III: The ...more

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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 The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more

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The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
ChrisTanakis added Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman, co-produced by Legendary Pictures and Syncopy Films, and distributed by Warner Bros. It is the first installment ...more

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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 Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by ...more

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Cowboys & Aliens Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig Cowboys & Aliens is a 2011 American science fiction Western film directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film is based on the 2006 graphic ...more

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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dbo878 added Oblivion Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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Alien: Resurrection Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman Alien: Resurrection is a 1997 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Joss Whedon. It is the fourth installment in the Alien film series, and ...more

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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 Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more

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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. Marvel's The Avengers, or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt ...more

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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 Battle: Los Angeles is a 2011 American military science fiction war film directed by Jonathan Liebesman. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Chris Bertolini, based in part ...more

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson (22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin ...more

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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 Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that tells the story of an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold ...more

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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 The War of the Worlds is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The ...more

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Pandorum is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
e61121169 added Pandorum Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus, Ben Foster Pandorum is a German-British 2009 post-apocalyptic science fiction film, with elements of locked room mystery, horror, and survival adventure. The film was directed by Christian Alvart and ...more

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V is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Arrival Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver The Arrival is a 1996 science fiction film directed by David Twohy and starring Charlie Sheen, and co-starring Lindsay Crouse, Ron Silver, Teri Polo, and Richard Schiff. Sheen stars as radio ...more

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
WOOD BREAKER added Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more

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Lost in Space Heather Graham, Gary Oldman, Lacey Chabert Lost in Space is a 1998 American science fiction adventure film directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Matt LeBlanc, Gary Oldman and William Hurt. The film was shot in London and Shepperton, ...more

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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 The Thing is a 2011 science fiction horror film directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. and written by Eric Heisserer based on the novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell. It is a prequel to ...more

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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 Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the first film based on Star Trek, the first Star Trek film to star the original cast ...more

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Predators is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody Predators is a 2010 American science fiction action film directed by Nimród Antal and starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, ...more

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dbo878 added Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese ...more

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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 Star Trek Generations is a 1994 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. Generations is the seventh feature film based on Star Trek, and is the first film in the series to ...more

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock William Shatner, Christopher Lloyd, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is a 1984 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is ...more

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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 John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction fantasy film directed by Andrew Stanton and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on A Princess of Mars, the first book in the Barsoom ...more

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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 Frank Herbert's Dune is a three-part miniseries written and directed by John Harrison and based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune. The series was produced by New Amsterdam Entertainment, Blixa ...more

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered... is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country William Shatner, Kim Cattrall, Leonard Nimoy Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a 1991 American science fiction film. It is the sixth feature film based on Star Trek, is a sequel to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and was the last ...more

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Mission to Mars is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Mission to Mars Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Gary Sinise Mission to Mars is a 2000 science fiction film directed by Brian De Palma from an original screenplay written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas, and Graham Yost. In 2020, a manned Mars exploration ...more

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The Blob is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
The Blob Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough The Blob is a 1988 monster horror film written by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, and directed by Russell. It stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark and ...more

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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 In 1959, as part of the dedication ceremony for a new elementary school, a group of students is asked to draw pictures to be stored in a time capsule. But one mysterious girl fills her sheet of ...more

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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 H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds is one of three film adaptations released in 2005 of H. G. Wells' classic novel of the same name, about a Martian invasion of Earth. This version, noted for its ...more

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Dbo878 added Sphere Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more

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Coneheads Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner Coneheads is a 1993 American science fiction comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketches about the Coneheads. The film was directed by Steve Barron and produced by Lorne Michaels. It ...more

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
Lilo & Stitch Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Alien Movies Ever Made
e61121169 added Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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Forbidden Planet Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren ...more

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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 Alien Nation is a 1988 American science fiction action film directed by Graham Baker. The ensemble cast features James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. The film depicts the assimilation ...more

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Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more

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2010 Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Candice Bergen 2010 is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by Peter Hyams. It is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel ...more