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The Best Movies About UFOs

Updated September 14, 2020 5.7k votes 621 voters 45.6k views60 items

List RulesVote 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. The be sure to check back for the latest and great new UFO movies as they are the released.

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    Alien
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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Thing
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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Aliens
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Predator
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    War of the Worlds
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Abyss
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    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1989

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Fifth Element
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    Prometheus
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    Prometheus

    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds
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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds

    Gene Barry, Ann Robinson

    Released1953

    Directed byByron Haskin

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    Fire in the Sky
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    Fire in the Sky

    James Garner, Robert Patrick

    Released1993

    Directed byRon Lieberman

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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    Men in Black
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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    Cocoon
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    Cocoon

    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard

    Released1985

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Contact
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    Contact

    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1986

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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    Galaxy Quest
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    Starman
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    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The X-Files
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    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny

    Released1998

    Directed byRob Bowman

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    Batteries Not Included
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    Batteries Not Included

    Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán

    Released1987

    Directed byMatthew Robbins

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    The Thing from Another World
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    The Thing from Another World

    James Arness, Paul Frees

    Released1951

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Christian Nyby

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    2001: A Space Odyssey
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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