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The Best Alien Movies of the '80s 

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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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Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy
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