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List Rules Vote up your favorite alien films that were released in the 1980s.

These best 1980s Alien movies are absolutely out of this world. With so many classic alien movies from the 80s to choose from, which will you vote for? Whether you're looking for 80s alien movies with epic battles or something more mysterious or charming, you'll find something you're looking for below.

A parody of George Lucas' Star WarsSpaceballs is certainly one of the most memorable (and funniest) alien movies of the 1980s. Mel Brooks had done it again with Rick Moranis and John Candy, creating one of his most epic 1980s alien films. Recite funny lines like "Lightspeed is too slow. We'll have to go right to ludicrous speed" as you quickly vote on this movie as your pick for 1980s alien movie. 

You can't vote on this list without mentioning the critically acclaimed, classic Steven Spielberg alien movie of the 80s, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. This movie skyrocketed Drew Barrymore to major child stardom, and is not only one of the greatest 1980s alien films, but one of the best movies of all time.

With so many to choose from, which amazing 80s alien movies will you rank to the top? Help shape this list by casting your votes!


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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more

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The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Spaceballs Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more

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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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The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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Critters Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh Critters is a 1986 cult comedy horror science fiction film starring Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush and Scott Grimes. It was the directorial debut of Stephen Herek who ...more

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They Live Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more

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Batteries Not Included Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán, Hume Cronyn Batteries Not Included is a 1987 family-comic science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from ...more

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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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Killer Klowns from Outer Space Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more

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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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Cocoon Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more

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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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Lifeforce Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May, Peter Firth Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, based on Colin Wilson's 1976 novel, The Space Vampires. Featuring Steve ...more

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Mac and Me Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey Mac and Me is a 1988 American science fiction adventure film co-written and directed by Stewart Raffill about a "Mysterious Alien Creature" that escapes from nefarious NASA agents and ...more

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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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Earth Girls Are Easy Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum Earth Girls Are Easy is a 1988 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Julien Temple and stars Geena Davis, Julie Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Damon Wayans, and Jim Carrey. The plot is based ...more

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timweber added Repo Man Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez, Harry Dean Stanton Repo Man is a 1984 American science fiction crime comedy film directed by Alex Cox. It was produced by Jonathan Wacks and Peter McCarthy, with executive producer Michael Nesmith, and stars Harry ...more

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction film. It was directed and produced by W. D. Richter, and ...more

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The Hidden Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Lin Shaye Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Hidden is an American science fiction action film produced and released in 1987 by New Line Cinema. The film was written by Bob Hunt and directed by Jack Sholder. The cast featured Kyle ...more

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Creature Klaus Kinski, Wendy Schaal, Diane Salinger Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Creature - Die dunkle Macht der Finsternis ist ein Horrorfilm aus dem Jahr 1985. Regie führte William Malone.

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My Stepmother Is an Alien Alyson Hannigan, Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd My Stepmother is an Alien is a 1988 American comedy science fiction film produced by the Weintraub Entertainment Group for release through Columbia Pictures, directed by Richard Benjamin and ...more

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Inseminoid Victoria Tennant, Stephanie Beacham, Judy Geeson Inseminoid is a British science-fiction horror film released in 1981. Director Norman J. Warren's eighth film, the plot of Inseminoid concerns a group of future scientists excavating the ruins ...more

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Without Warning Jack Palance, Martin Landau, David Caruso Without Warning, which is also known as It Came... Without Warning and Alien Shock, is a 1980 science fiction horror film starring Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Tarah Nutter, and Kevin Peter ...more

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The Deadly Spawn James Brewster Thompson, Ethel Michelson, John Schmerling The Deadly Spawn is a 1983 science fiction horror film directed by Douglas McKeown and starring Charles George Hildebrandt. In some territories, the film's title was changed to Return of the ...more

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Communion Christopher Walken, Andreas Katsulas, Frances Sternhagen Communion is a 1989 drama/thriller film based on the book of the same name by Whitley Strieber. Starring Christopher Walken and Frances Sternhagen, it tells a story of a family that experiences ...more

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Invaders from Mars Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Louise Fletcher Invaders from Mars is a 1986 science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from ...more

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Galaxy of Terror Robert Englund, Erin Moran, Sid Haig Galaxy of Terror is a 1981 science fiction/horror film produced by Roger Corman and directed by Bruce D. Clark. It stars Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston and Taaffe O'Connell. Produced by ...more

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Strange Invaders Wallace Shawn, Louise Fletcher, Nancy Allen Strange Invaders is a 1983 science-fiction film directed by Michael Laughlin. It was made as a tribute to the sci-fi films of the 1950s, notably The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It stars Paul ...more

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Explorers Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more

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The Brother from Another Planet David Strathairn, Joe Morton, John Sayles The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by John Sayles. It stars Joe Morton as "The Brother", an alien and escaped slave who, while ...more

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Xtro Anna Wing, Maryam d'Abo, Robert Fyfe Xtro is a 1983 British science fiction, horror, cult movie directed by Harry Bromley Davenport and co-produced by Bob Shaye. The film was made and completed in February 1982.

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The Creature Wasn't Nice Leslie Nielsen, Cindy Williams, Patrick Macnee The Creature Wasn't Nice is a 1981 U.S. motion picture written and directed by Bruce Kimmel. The movie is a comedy farce satirizing extraterrestrial horror movies such as Alien. It stars Leslie ...more

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Alien Terror Luigi Diberti, Michele Soavi, Belinda Mayne Alien Terror, also known as Alien 2 and Strangers, is a 1980 science fiction film, written and directed by Ciro Ippolito before the trademark Alien was registered. It was released following the ...more