Best Alien Movies of All Time

Aliens have been the subject of many movies over the years. The idea of another civilization out in space is tantalizing. We humans love to entertain the notion of these aliens coming to visit us on our big blue marble. Sometimes the creatures in these alien movies are here to help up. Other time, alien movies show us the worst that can happen when hostile inhabitants from another world land on our unsuspecting planet.

This curated list of the best alien movies of all time is bingeworthy. Print it out and cross off each movie as you finish it. And don’t forget to let us know which of these alien movies is your favorite!

Alien (1979)

Starring: Sigourney Weaver

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. – IMDB

Contact (1997)

Starring: Jodi Foster

After years of searching, Dr. Ellie Arroway finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. – IMDB

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Starring: David Bowie

A humanoid alien comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to in order to to build a return spacecraft, falling in love with an Earthling girl in the process. –IMDB

The Fifth Element (1997)

Starring Bruce Willis

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. – IMDB

Independence Day (1996)

Starring: Bill Pullman

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. – IMDB

War of the Worlds (2005)

Starring Tom Cruise

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. – IMDB

Oblivion (2013)

Starring: Tom Cruise

A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. – IMDB

The Thing (1982)

Starring: Kurt Russell

A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who’s human and who’s not before it’s too late. – IMDB

Avatar (2009)

Starring: Sam Worthington

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. – IMDB

Signs (2002)

Starring: Mel Gibson

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields, which suggests something more frightening to come. – IMDB

Super 8 (2011)

Starring: Joel Courtney

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. – IMDB

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Starring: Donald Sutherland

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. – IMDB

Stargate (1994)

Starring: Kurt Russell

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. – IMDB

The Abyss (1989)

Starring: Ed Harris

A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. – IMDB

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Starring: Tim Allen

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. – IMDB

The Forgotten (2004)

Starring: Julianne Moore

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work. – IMDB

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss

After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. – IMDB

District 9 (2009)

Starring: Sharito Copley

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. – IMDB

Evolution (2001)

Starring: David Duchovny

A fire fighter, two college professors, and a sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since it arrived on Earth inside a meteor. – IMDB

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Starring: Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). – IMDB

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