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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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Close Encounters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers

Released: 1977

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, ...more

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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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Aliens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Thing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter

Released: 1982

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
but chickens double d added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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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Fire in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
James Garner, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ron Lieberman

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Contact is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

Released: 1997

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Blythe Danner

Released: 1998

Directed by: Rob Bowman

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Prometheus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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 Day the Earth Stood ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
but chickens double d added Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

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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H. G. Wells' War of the ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Gene Barry, Ann Robinson

Released: 1953

Directed by: Byron Haskin

This film is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The film is a ...more

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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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The Arrival is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Knut Arild Evensen added Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

Released: 1996

Directed by: David Twohy

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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Invasion of the Body Sna... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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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Cocoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1985

Directed by: Ron Howard

Cocoon is a 1985 science fiction film directed by Ron Howard about a group of elderly people rejuvenated by aliens. The movie stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack ...more

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The Thing from Another W... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
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Released: 1951

Directed by: Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby

The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by ...more

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About UFOs
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

Released: 1986

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

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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