Graveyard Shift The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made  

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An abandoned spaceship. An isolated Antarctic lab. A city apartment building. Whether they take place in outer space or here on earth, alien horror movies are downright terrifying. The best alien horror movies feature brave humans fighting for their lives while trying to save the planet from an extraterrestrial invasion. This is a list of the scariest movies about aliens featuring everything from District 9 to The Faculty to Body Snatchers.

What films will you find on this list of the top horror movies about aliens? Ridley Scott's Alien – starring Sigourney Weaver as the tough-as-nails Ellen Ripley – gained instant cult status upon its 1979 release. Following multiple sequels, the director returned to the same universe for his 2012 film Prometheus. The latest iteration of War of the Worlds, featuring Tom Cruise, is another classic alien horror movie. John Carpenter's version of The Thing is one of the most terrifying and thrilling movie-watching experiences in the history of cinema. Other great films featured on this best alien horror movies list include The Arrival, Starship Troopers, and Invasion.

Which scary alien movie deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite frightful flicks a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
The Thing Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Predator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Arrival Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
The Abyss Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Prometheus Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

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Predators is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Predators Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Dreamcatcher Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Damian Lewis

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Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Enemy Mine Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Riddick Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban

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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
The Faculty Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

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Species is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

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Extraterrestrial is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Extraterrestrial Michael Ironside, Freddie Stroma, Emily Perkins

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The Invasion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
The Invasion Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Malin Åkerman

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Attack the Block is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Attack the Block Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway

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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
The Arrival Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

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Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Under the Skin Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan

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Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Body Snatchers Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, R. Lee Ermey

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Skyline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Skyline Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Eric Balfour

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Krull is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Krull Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane, Bernard Bresslaw

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Mysterious Skin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Mysterious Skin Michelle Trachtenberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue