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The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made

Updated October 12, 2020 72.5k votes 7.0k voters 194.5k 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.

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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers5
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    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

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    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen

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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson

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    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley

    Released1995

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  • Dreamcatcher13
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    Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant

    Released2003

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  • Cloverfield14
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    Released2008

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  • Alien: Covenant15
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    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance

    Released1992

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  • Fire in the Sky19
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    James Garner, Robert Patrick

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    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace

    Released1986

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

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    Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen

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  • They Live24
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    Roddy Piper, Keith David

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