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The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made 

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Updated May 11, 2020 63.2k votes 6.9k voters 191.7k views 45 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.

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 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 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

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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

Released: 1982

Directed by: 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

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Invasion of the Body Sna... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

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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Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David

Released: 2000

Directed by: David Twohy

Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous man Richard B. ...more

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The Faculty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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) 9 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott

Released: 1989

Directed by: James Cameron

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) 10 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba

Released: 2012

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

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Slither is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Rob Zombie

Released: 2006

Directed by: James Gunn

Slither is a 2006 American science fiction-comedy horror film written and directed by James Gunn in his directorial debut. A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Life is a 2017 science fiction horror thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Ryan ...more
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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

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Species is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

Released: 1995

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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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Alien: Covenant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Alien: Covenant Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

Released: 2017

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Fincher

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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Predators is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody

Released: 2010

Directed by: Nimród Antal

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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Jason Cadogan added Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn

Released: 2019

Directed by: David Yarovesky

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Critters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh

Released: 1986

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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Horror Movies Ever Made
Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban

Released: 2013

Directed by: David Twohy

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