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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
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more
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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood
District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart
Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his ...more
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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba
Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan ...more
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Arrival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Arrival Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more
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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum
War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more
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Predators is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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Enemy Mine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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Extraterrestrial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Michael Ironside, Freddie Stroma, Emily Perkins
Extraterrestrial is a 2014 sci-fi horror film that was directed by Colin Minihan, based on a script by both Vicious Brothers. It stars Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, and Melanie Papalia as a ...more
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Dreamcatcher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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Attack the Block is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Nick Frost, John Boyega, Luke Treadaway
Attack the Block is a 2011 British science fiction comedy film. The film was written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway. Attack the ...more
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Species is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge
Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg ...more
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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban
Riddick is a 2013 British-American science fiction thriller film, the third installment in the The Chronicles of Riddick film series. Produced by and starring Vin Diesel as the title character, ...more
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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
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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HONEYMOON is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
aalexwood63 added HONEYMOON Stars: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber
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The Invasion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Malin Åkerman
The Invasion is a 2007 science fiction thriller film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, with additional scenes written by The Wachowskis and directed by ...more
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Skyline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Eric Balfour
Skyline is a 2010 alien invasion science fiction thriller film produced and directed by Brothers Strause, directors of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The film was released on November 12, 2010. ...more
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Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Forest Whitaker, Gabrielle Anwar, R. Lee Ermey
Body Snatchers is a 1993 American science fiction horror film loosely based on the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. The film was directed by Abel Ferrara, starring Gabrielle Anwar, ...more