Watchworthy
7.0k voters

The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made

Updated October 12, 2020 75.3k votes 7.0k voters 193.6k views57 items

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. You'll quickly see that this is much more than just a top ten scary alien movies list.

What scary films will you find on this list of the top horror movies about aliens and creepy alien abductions? 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 with 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 alien flicks a vote up and check back for new alien movies.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Alien
    4,439
    687

    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Amazon buy button

    More Alien 

    50 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About AlienThe Best 1950s Alien Movies

  • 2
    Aliens
    3,871
    611

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Amazon buy button
  • 3
    The Thing
    4,660
    760

    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Amazon buy button

    More The Thing 

    #54 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#57 of 364 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • 4
    Predator
    3,052
    879

    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    Amazon buy button

    More Predator 

    Somehow, Making Predator Was WAY More Insane Than The Actual MovieKiller Details In ‘Predator’ That Fans Have Hunted Down

  • 5
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    1,611
    1,039

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Amazon buy button

    More Invasion of the Body Snatchers 

    #29 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#6 of 20 20 Shocking Horror Movie Endings That Took You by Surprise

  • 6
    Slither
    1,380
    960

    Slither

    Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Amazon buy button

    More Slither 

    #32 of 105 The Best Movies About Disease Outbreaks#33 of 143 The Best Zombie Movies Of All Time

  • 7
    Pitch Black
    1,922
    1,358

    Pitch Black

    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    Amazon buy button
  • 8
    The Faculty
    1,857
    1,351

    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Amazon buy button
  • 9
    Prometheus
    1,865
    1,369

    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Amazon buy button
  • 10
    The Thing
    1,815
    1,334

    The Thing

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

    Amazon buy button

    More The Thing 

    #28 of 37 The Best Snowy Thriller Movies, Ranked#19 of 33 Horror Movie Reboots No One Ever Asked For

  • 11
    Life
    1,291
    950

    Life

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

    Amazon buy button
  • 12
    Species
    1,285
    953

    Species

    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley

    Released1995

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Amazon buy button
  • 13
    Cloverfield
    1,444
    1,085

    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Amazon buy button

    More Cloverfield 

    Small Details From The 'Cloverfield' Franchise That Fans Noticed#1392 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • 14
    Dreamcatcher
    1,291
    966

    Dreamcatcher

    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2003

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Amazon buy button

    More Dreamcatcher 

    #19 of 47 The Best Horror Movies About Virus Outbreaks#20 of 20 Horror Movies That Originally Had Much Darker Endings

  • 15
    Alien: Covenant
    1,137
    907

    Alien: Covenant

    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

    Released2017

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Amazon buy button

    More 

    #46 of 97 The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked#187 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

  • 16
    Alien 3
    1,168
    978

    Alien 3

    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Amazon buy button
  • 17
    The Fourth Kind
    500
    412

    The Fourth Kind

    Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas

    Released2009

    Directed byOlatunde Osunsanmi

    Amazon buy button

    More The Fourth Kind 

    #16 of 85 The Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies#151 of 151 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

  • 18
    Brightburn
    782
    687

    Brightburn

    Elizabeth Banks, David Denman

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Yarovesky

    Amazon buy button

    More Brightburn 

    #76 of 88 The Goriest Movies Ever Made#1 of 29 The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked

  • 19
    Fire in the Sky
    698
    632

    Fire in the Sky

    James Garner, Robert Patrick

    Released1993

    Directed byRon Lieberman

    Amazon buy button

    More Fire in the Sky 

    #102 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#96 of 313 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

  • 20
    Critters
    831
    770

    Critters

    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace

    Released1986

    Directed byStephen Herek

    Amazon buy button
  • 21
    Predators
    1,042
    978

    Predators

    Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2010

    Directed byNimród Antal

    Amazon buy button

    More Predators 

    #59 of 102 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series#301 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys

  • 22
    War of the Worlds
    1,076
    1,025

    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Amazon buy button
  • 23
    Alien vs. Predator
    881
    854

    Alien vs. Predator

    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Amazon buy button

    More Alien vs. Predator 

    #41 of 186 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made#48 of 64 The Most Rewatchable Horror Movies

  • 24
    Dark Skies
    514
    621

    Dark Skies

    Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons

    Released2013

    Directed byScott Stewart

    Amazon buy button

    More Dark Skies 

    #24 of 75 The Best Blumhouse Productions Movies#446 of 502 The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time

  • 25
    They Live
    10
    1

    They Live

    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Amazon buy button

    More They Live 

    #20 of 26 The Best F-Bombs In Movie History#173 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked