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The Best Movies About UFOs  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies about UFOs and alien contact.

Nothing is more fascinating and horrific than the thought of life on another planet coming down and invading the earth in a shiny spaceship. Every kid obsesses about the thought of aliens and whether they’re friendly, flat out want to kill us, or even worse, intend to transport us back to their mother ship. It’s no wonder so many films have been made about UFOs and aliens. What are the best movies about UFOs? Vote up the best films and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list all tell a UFO story of some kind. Many are very dramatic, action packed and make us really think about how threatening an alien invasion could be. Others take a humorous approach, making us feel a little disgusted and glad that we’ll never have to find out what an alien invasion might be like!
 
This list features the best movies about UFOs including, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Independence Day, Contact, The War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and The Abyss. Vote up the best UFO film below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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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Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker
Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more
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William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek III: The ...more
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
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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Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The screenplay is based on the 1940 classic science fiction short story ...more
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The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures of Richard B. Riddick as he attempts to elude capture after the events depicted in the 2000 film ...more
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but chickens double d added 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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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
but chickens double d added Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán, Hume Cronyn
Batteries Not Included is a 1987 family-comic science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from ...more
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but chickens double d added Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David
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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Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions it is a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like ...more
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Lan1 added Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter, Karen Allen
Starman is a 1984 American romantic science fiction film, directed by John Carpenter, that tells the story of an alien who has come to Earth in response to the invitation found on the gold ...more
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The Gracefield Incident is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Kimberly Laferriere, Alex C. Nachi, Juliette Gosselin
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Lan1 added David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 1976 British science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg. The film is based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, about an extraterrestrial on ...more
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Phoenix Forgotten is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Chelsea Lopez, Florence Hartigan, Justin Matthews
Phoenix Forgotten is a 2017 American found footage science-fiction supernatural psychological horror film directed by Justin Barber. 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of ...more
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Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a 1956 American science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer and Sam Katzman, directed by Fred F. Sears, and starring Hugh Marlowe ...more
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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
but chickens double d added Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith
Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more
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Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh
Critters is a 1986 cult comedy horror science fiction film starring Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush and Scott Grimes. It was the directorial debut of Stephen Herek who ...more
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The Host is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
AzyzSafta added Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Browning
The Host is a 2013 science fiction thriller film written by Stephenie Meyer and Andrew Niccol and directed by Andrew Niccol.
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Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more
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but chickens double d added Vin Diesel, Keith David, Dwight Schultz
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a 2004 made-for-DVD animated science fiction film. It was directed by the Korean-American animator Peter Chung, and features Vin Diesel reprising his role ...more
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punksnotdead added Anne Carlisle, Jack Adalist, Bob Brady
Liquid Sky is an independent American science fiction film. It debuted at the Montreal Film festival in August 1982 and was well received at several film festivals thereafter. It was produced ...more