Top 80 Best Alien Movies To Watch [2023 Updated]

Bijesh NageshBijesh-Updated Jan 20, 2023

Top 80 Best Alien Movies Of All Time!


Aliens and Sci-Fi have always been a match made in 'entertainment heaven'. We are merely celebrating that magnificent matrimony each time we cover a topic like this.


Extraterrestrial life in general has invariably fascinated people, especially scientists and fiction lovers. While perspectives and opinions may vary, our top 55 list is single-mindedly focused on sharing the wonderful, creepy, unforgettable, thrilling, and action-packed impact that alien movies have left in the world of cinema.


We are only covering movies here, not shows/series – those deserve a list all to themselves. In this list, we'll be covering individual titles as well as franchises.


We've tried our best to stick to one title that represents all under any given collection, but some movies just need their own entries sometimes.


Hope this list inspires you to relive some old favorites, and perhaps discover a few new ones.



1. Alien (1979)


Alien (1979)


Entity Detail
Title Alien
Release Year 1979
Watch time 117 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Domestic Box office $78.90M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 89
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Derek Vanlint
Costume By Michael Seymour


We had to start with the obvious 'star' of the alien sub-genre. This movie has become a cult classic for a reason.


It stars Sigourney Weaver as the iconic Ellen Ripley as she, and fellow crew members, experience dark and deadly goings-on aboard their space vessel, the USCSS Nostromo.


Detecting a signal from the nearby moon Acheron, they fly over to investigate only to be awoken from cryo-sleep to an alien threat.


Apparently, the signal emanating from LV-426 was more a warning than an SOS. An unwanted eight-passenger has come aboard the Nostromo, and it is intent on leaving no survivors.


The alien in question was brilliantly performed (in costume, with practical effects and some action sequences) by Bolaji Badejo.



2. Aliens (1986)


Aliens (1986)


Entity Detail
Title Aliens
Release Year 1986
Watch time 137 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
Domestic Box office $85.16M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 84
Writers James Cameron
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Terry Ackland-Snow


It has been 57 years since Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) had a close encounter of the fatal kind with a predatory alien species.


Her experience comes back to haunt her when a squad of Marines find her knowledge useful against facing up to a similar alien threat in a space colony that people have established on the moon LV-426.


What they assumed would be a deserted place is now rife with aliens. The marines are determined to fight their way out, but they need Ripley to guide them regarding this unknown species' weaknesses.


Ellen, on the other hand, is tasked with protecting a young girl who happens to be the sole survivor of the space colony assault.




3. Prometheus (2012)


Prometheus (2012)


Entity Detail
Title Prometheus
Release Year 2012
Watch time 124 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Domestic Box office $126.48M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 64
Writers Jon Spaihts
Music By Marc Streitenfeld
Cinematography By Dariusz Wolski
Costume By Arthur Max


Acclaimed archaeologist Doctor Elizabeth Shaw (played by Noomi Rapace) follows faint clues that lead her, her partner Charlie Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green), and seventeen other crew members on an ambitious expedition into outer space.


The scientific venture sees them traveling in a revolutionary space-exploration vessel called the USCSS Prometheus. They arrive at their destination: the rocky exomoon LV-223.


The year is 2093, and they are investigating the possible existence of superior extra-terrestrial entities known simply as the Engineers.


Inside a mysterious structure on this exomoon rests a terrifying discovery with underground tunnels holding still more secrets and enigmas.


The very outcome of their space mission depends on what they find therein. The answers to all of the human existence also lie in wait, along with dangers and threats the team never quite anticipated.




4. Alien: Covenant (2017)


Alien: Covenant (2017)


Entity Detail
Title Alien: Covenant
Release Year 2017
Watch time 122 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride
Domestic Box office $74.26M
IMDb Rating 6.4
Metascore 65
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By Jed Kurzel
Cinematography By Dariusz Wolski
Costume By Chris Seagers


The year is 2104 and it has been nearly eleven years since the disaster that unfolded on the distant moon LV-223 where the crew of the Prometheus embarked on a mission that ended on deadly terms.


Now the deep-space colonization vessel USCSS Covenant carries a new crew, but not to the same exo-moon. They are instead off to Origae-6 with over two thousand colonists resting in cryogenic hibernation.


Upon arrival, the crew aims to create a new world for themselves. A rogue transmission, however, compels them to investigate a habitable planet nearby, which strongly resembles Earth.


The unsuspecting crewmembers end up encountering bio-entities that are not only beyond their comprehension but also their wits. What began as a colonization mission becomes a peaceful exploratory jaunt, which in turn ends in a deadly rescue operation.


The new planet they went to investigate proves to be beyond their abilities to survive.




5. Alien: Resurrection (1997)


Alien: Resurrection (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Alien: Resurrection
Release Year 1997
Watch time 109 min
Directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman
Domestic Box office $47.75M
IMDb Rating 6.2
Metascore 63
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By John Frizzell
Cinematography By Darius Khondji
Costume By John M. Dwyer


200 years before the timeline in this movie, Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) vanquished the alien threat and paid dearly for it.


Her sacrifice took down an insatiable company intent on using the alien queen as some sort of bioweapon. Many an incorrigible experiment later, she is resurrected on the USM Auriga with the help of blood samples from Fiorina 161.


Apparently, DNA from the alien queen resides in Ellen's body. This very alien DNA soon proves to lend Ellen remarkable strength and reflexes.


The government of the time hires a troupe of smugglers for a dark task, but when they hijack a transport vessel and bring it over to the Auriga, aliens that the smugglers have been carrying break loose.


Things take a turn for the worse when the Auriga finds itself on an auto-return route to Earth. Both the smugglers and Ellen have to team up to stop not only the Auriga from arriving on Earth but also the escaped aliens.


The alien queen's secret soon comes to light, and it spells doom for the Blue Planet.




6. Alien 3 (1992)


Alien 3 (1992)


Entity Detail
Title Alien 3
Release Year 1992
Watch time 114 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann
Domestic Box office $55.47M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 59
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography By Alex Thomson
Costume By Norman Reynolds Michael White


After managing to survive the inhospitable exomoon of Acheron (in the 1986 franchise installment), Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) finds herself crash-landing on the maximum-security prison-planet, Fiorina "Fury" 161.


She arrives weaponless and helpless. The penal labor colony houses tough criminals, all of them men. The correctional facility is quite extensive.


There's enough room for an escaped Xenomorph alien to find shelter in the institution's labyrinthine ventilation duct system. Before long, the creature starts to pick off vulnerable inmates and generates mass hysteria in the prison complex.


After a while, only a handful of survivors are left. They find what primitive weapons they can get their hands on and hope to outlive the alien.


By this time, Ellen is quite the veteran when it comes to fighting Xenomorphs. She takes it upon herself to end the creature before it ends another life.




7. Alien vs Predator (2004)


Alien vs Predator (2004)


Entity Detail
Title Alien vs. Predator
Release Year 2004
Watch time 101 min
Directors Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner
Domestic Box office $80.28M
IMDb Rating 5.6
Metascore 29
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By Harald Kloser
Cinematography By David Johnson
Costume By Peter Walpole


A private satellite picks up an unidentified heat source in Antarctica, sparking off an investigation that reveals a buried pyramid.


The best archaeologists are sent as part of the first search team along with engineers to learn more about this mysterious find.


Once there, the team gradually discovers that this hidden location is home to a hitherto unknown alien species. The aliens are not in the mood to learn, though.


They begin hunting down the team members. Around this time, a squad of young Predators (another species of alien) arrives at the same location to hunt the aliens as a coming-of-age ritual and collect their skulls as trophies.


Caught between two extra-terrestrial threats that should never have been discovered to begin with, the human team strives to survive their unique ordeal in the frozen wilds of Antarctica.




8. Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)


Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)


Entity Detail
Title Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Release Year 2007
Watch time 94 min
Directors Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Cast Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps, John Ortiz
Domestic Box office $41.80M
IMDb Rating 4.6
Metascore 29
Writers Shane Salerno
Music By Brian Tyler
Cinematography By Daniel Pearl
Costume By Shane Vieau


The Xenomorphs have proven to be an extraordinarily aggressive alien species. Following the bloodshed in Antarctica (2004 installment), a broken Predator spaceship crash-lands in the thick forests of Gunnison, Colorado.


From the wreckage escape not only 'face hugger' Stage 1 Xenomorphs but also a Pred-alien hybrid whose viciousness is second to none.


Any human who crosses their path is painfully killed. Earth once again becomes an extra-terrestrial battlefield for species supremacy, with humans stuck in the middle.


Sheriff Eddie Morales (played by John Ortiz) and others have to fight the off-world threat to protect their city and, hopefully, the rest of humankind.




9. Predator (1987)


Predator (1987)


Entity Detail
Title Predator
Release Year 1987
Watch time 107 min
Directors John McTiernan
Cast Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo
Domestic Box office $59.74M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 45
Writers Jim Thomas
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Donald McAlpine
Costume By Enrique Estévez


Dutch (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his commando squad are tasked with a major rescue from guerilla-occupied Central America.


The mission turns sour when they eventually realize that something is hunting them in the jungle and it is not the guerilla fighters.


This thing can turn invisible using advanced tech and is taking trophies off its victims' bodies. The intelligent alien entity (physically performed by Kevin Peter Hall) soon comes face to face with the last surviving member of the commando squad, namely Dutch, whom it finds especially challenging to take down.


Dutch has learned to adapt and use the alien predator's own strengths against it.




10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


Entity Detail
Title Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Release Year 1978
Watch time 115 min
Directors Philip Kaufman
Cast Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright
Domestic Box office $24.95M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 75
Writers W.D. Richter
Music By Denny Zeitlin
Cinematography By Michael Chapman
Costume By Charles Rosen


A remake of a cult classic in the horror genre, this movie captures the essence of paranoid infiltration themes through an alien invasion.


The setting is a small city in San Francisco where a man named Matthew Bennell (played by Donald Sutherland) gradually observes that his friends are making strange complaints about their own close relatives who apparently seem to be 'acting funny'.


After a while, the very people who pointed fingers end up pretending like everything is fine. Matthew does not buy any of it, in fact, he sees something dark at play with every known person who offers him a lame excuse that all is well.


Over time, the body snatchers increase in number to the point that they can't hide what is truly happening.


Matthew personally witnesses an attempted "replacement", which makes him a firm believer that something extra-terrestrial has come to SF.


He wishes to gather what friends are still themselves so they can escape the city. But trust is in short supply as more and more humans find their bodies host to something out of this world.




11. The Suicide Squad (2021)


The Suicide Squad (2021)


Entity Detail
Title The Suicide Squad
Release Year 2021
Watch time 132 min
Directors James Gunn
Cast Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 72
Writers James Gunn
Music By John Murphy
Cinematography By Henry Braham
Costume By Beth Mickle


Drawn by the allure of reduced prison sentences, a new batch of 'Suicide Squad' inmates are tasked with investigating and stopping an alien threat to Earth.


Amanda Waller's (played by Viola Davis) command is not easy to follow, but the threat of death keeps the team going.


The squad includes Colonel Rick Flag (played by Joel Kinnaman), Peacemaker (played by John Cena), King Shark (voiced by Sylvester Stallone), Polka-Dot Man (played by David Dastmalchian), Ratcatcher 2 (played by Daniela Melchior), Bloodsport (played by Idris Elba), and Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie).


Together, this rag-team team of mutants and freaks head into the deadly South American island-nation of Corto Maltese to track down the Thinker (played by Peter Capaldi) who is busy being quite the evil scientist.


For years, the Thinker has been in charge of the dark and dangerous 'Project Starfish'. The Starfish in question is an ancient alien entity whose 'sleep' was disturbed and is now bent on catastrophic world-ending destruction.


The creature's inadvertent escape leads to a potential human extinction event.




12. The Hidden (1987)


The Hidden (1987)


Entity Detail
Title The Hidden
Release Year 1987
Watch time 97 min
Directors Jack Sholder
Cast Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder
Domestic Box office $9.75M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 69
Writers Jim Kouf
Music By Michael Convertino
Cinematography By Jacques Haitkin
Costume By C.J. Strawn Mick Strawn


An alien entity proves capable of adeptly possessing human bodies. Once it starts, it doesn't stop, even going on a violent crime spree that brings Los Angeles to a halt.


Its spectrum of murders and robberies are too much for local police to handle, let alone understand. An FBI agent is called in to pursue the perpetrator.


He teams up with a local officer to bring a stop to the rash violence. As the two of them gradually corner the possessed person, they realize that LA is facing something much worse than a human deviant.


The alien body-snatching parasite has a dark agenda in store, one that the FBI agent has no choice but to destroy before it is too late.



13. Under The Skin (2013)


Under The Skin (2013)


An alien taking over a human body to prey on other humans may seem like a cliché, but this film made it seem quite interesting.


The hapless woman whom the alien takes over was played by Scarlett Johansson. She seduces various male victims, isolates them, and ferries them into an otherworldly dimension where the alien controlling her goes about devouring them.


Spending too much time inside the mind and form of a person soon transforms the alien in strange ways, lending it an existential crisis that leads to some rather terrifying and tragic consequences.



14. E.T. (1982)


E.T. (1982)


After being abandoned by his own kind, a harmless little extra-terrestrial entity finds itself being stranded on Earth. The unknown surroundings make the alien grow fearful until he finds a lonely 10-year-old named Elliott (played by Henry Thomas).


The two strike an instant connection and become fast friends. Elliott calls his new off-world friend 'E. T.' (voiced by Pat Welsh) and tries to help him find a way to get back to his true home.


However, government agents like Keys (played by Peter Coyote) are out prowling for the little alien. They finally track him down and hope to reclaim him.


They are after the baby alien because they know it has special powers like levitation, telekinesis, healing, and more that they wish to study and exploit.


But Elliott along with his siblings and friends – Gertie (played by Drew Barrymore), Michael (played by Robert MacNaughton), Greg (played by K. C. Martel), Tyler (played by C. Thomas Howell), and others – join hands to help get ET back home where he belongs.



15. Pacific Rim (2013)


Pacific Rim (2013)


Entity Detail
Title Pacific Rim
Release Year 2013
Watch time 131 min
Directors Guillermo del Toro
Cast Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day
Domestic Box office $101.80M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 65
Writers Travis Beacham
Music By Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography By Guillermo Navarro
Costume By Andrew Neskoromny Carol Spier


When humongous entities called Kaiju rise up from the sea after millennia spent dormant, a war soon blows out of proportion, forcing the human race to embrace advanced technology as the only way to survive such primal assaults.


Though the Kaiju are technically not extra-terrestrial, they are still alien in every way to humanity. Special mega-robot weapons called Jaegers are engineered.


They are each controlled by a pair of human pilots whose minds are locked in a sort of neural bridge.


But the relentless Kaiju are proving more than a challenge, they are gradually ushering humans into a defenceless corner.


Two unlikely heroes – washed-up ex-pilot Raleigh Becket (played by Charlie Hunnam) and inexperienced trainee Mako Mori (played by Rinko Kikuchi) – are found optimum for a particular rare neural bridge.


They soon become the only pair capable of piloting a legendary Jaeger from the past that alone can effectively counter the rising Kaiju menace.



16. Independence Day (1996)


Independence Day (1996)


Entity Detail
Title Independence Day
Release Year 1996
Watch time 145 min
Directors Roland Emmerich
Cast Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell
Domestic Box office $306.17M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 59
Writers Dean Devlin
Music By David Arnold
Cinematography By Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Costume By Oliver Scholl Patrick Tatopoulos


One fateful July 2nd, multiple satellite stations experience massive system interference from an unknown source. Both the military and sundry scientists understand it to be caused by meteors, but they soon learn that the problem issues from the Moon where a large alien spacecraft is coordinating a systematic takeover of Earth.


It starts by positioning various alien vessels over major cities like Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Houston, and Moscow.


World governments and sundry citizens alike are misaligned about what to do with this 'quiet' alien threat, which come July 4th begins a radical assault-based invasion.


A scientist named David Levinson (played by Jeff Goldblum) predicted this, but few harkened to his warning. He even managed to report this point to the President of the United States Thomas J. Whitmore (played by Bill Pullman). Despite having relatively inferior technology, the human race slowly but surely unites against the powerful alien threat.


They strategize a way to have ace jet pilot Captain Steven Hiller (played by Will Smith) to ferry a virus to the alien mothership.


Downloading that virus into the off-worlders' spacecraft computer becomes the last hope of ceasing their supreme communication network, which is the primary reason the aliens are winning the takeover at speed.



17. Annihilation (2018)


Annihilation (2018)


Entity Detail
Title Annihilation
Release Year 2018
Watch time 115 min
Directors Alex Garland
Cast Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong
Domestic Box office $32.73M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 79
Writers Alex Garland
Music By Geoff Barrow
Cinematography By Rob Hardy
Costume By Mark Digby


Twelve months have come and gone since Kane's (played by Oscar Isaac) last military excursion. He is still MIA, presumed dead.


His wife, renowned academic biology professor Lena (played by Natalie Portman), still strives to find him. Her mission demands that she study an unprecedented phenomenon in Florida's swamplands.


Along with an all-woman team, Lena makes progress studying the ever-expanding iridescent membrane that seems to be gradually swallowing the area.


No facts come her way, though. She soon encounters frightful biological transmutations with direct evolutionary connections to the colourful kaleidoscope membrane.


Before long, she discovers links that could be the cause of Kane's disappearance. She learns of serious alien involvement in the ongoing mystery.



18. Galaxy Quest (1999)


Galaxy Quest (1999)


Entity Detail
Title Galaxy Quest
Release Year 1999
Watch time 102 min
Directors Dean Parisot
Cast Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub
Domestic Box office $71.58M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 70
Writers David Howard
Music By David Newman
Cinematography By Jerzy Zielinski
Costume By Linda DeScenna


One of the most enduring Sci-Fi Comedy movies ever made, this one captures the inter-galactic adventures of a crew travelling aboard the spaceship NSEA Protector.


The movie sees artists Jason Nesmith (played by Tim llen), Gwen DeMarco (played by Sigourney Weaver), Alexander Dane (played by Alan Rickman), Tommy Webber (played by Daryl Mitchell), Fred Kwan (played by Tony Shalhoub), and Guy Fleegman (played by Sam Rockwell) making routine appearances at electronic store openings and sci-fi conventions eighteen years after their TV show was canceled.


Suffice to say the cast despairs at good times gone past, and they are often at each other's throats.


Then along comes an alien race called the Thermians who have seen and mistaken the TV series to be authentic.


The race has apparently modelled their entire extra-terrestrial culture around the show and its characters. The Thermians soon whisk the original cast off-world to help them save their race from genocidal alien warlord General Sarris (played by Robin Sachs).



19. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)


Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)


Entity Detail
Title Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Release Year 1977
Watch time 138 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
Domestic Box office $132.09M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 90
Writers Steven Spielberg
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Vilmos Zsigmond
Costume By Joe Alves


When Roy Neary (played by Richard Dreyfuss) becomes one of multiple people to experience a close encounter of the first kind, he believes what he saw about UFOs in the night sky was real and that extra-terrestrial life exists.


Before long, a mountain image haunts his thoughts and he gradually becomes obsessed with figuring out what it means.


He ends up stressing his marriage to breaking point. Around this time, government agents all over the world are experiencing close encounters of the second kind, which is the discovery of actual physical evidence of alien life.


These agents come across military vehicles that went missing decades ago only to abruptly reappear in inexplicable places. Roy finds a way to team up with the agents and follow the clues that will lead them to a close encounter of the third kind, namely direct alien contact.



20. The Thing from Another World (1951)


The Thing from Another World (1951)


Entity Detail
Title The Thing from Another World
Release Year 1951
Watch time 87 min
Directors Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks
Cast Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore ---
Writers Charles Lederer
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Russell Harlan
Costume By Darrell Silvera


The year is 1949. Pilot Captain Patrick "Pat" Hendry (played by Kenneth Tobey) is summoned by Brigadier General Fogarty (played by David McMahon) to leave his Officers Club in Anchorage, Alaska, and fly over to an isolated outpost where he wants him to investigate a strange object that has crash-landed on Earth from Outer Space.


Patrick makes his way to the spot along with his crew. Upon arrival, he meets with Dr. Arthur Carrington (played by Robert Cornthwaite) and other scientists.


A while into the investigation, both teams confirm they have an alien spaceship on their hands. It is still buried in the ice, though, prompting Patrick to use thermite bombs to free it.


But the attempt ends up destroying the vessel, leaving only one frozen life-form behind. The teams ferry the alien entity to their research station.


When the creature finally thaws, it attacks the team's dogs, losing one of its limbs in the process. Dr. Carrington studies the creature and realizes it is more vegetable than an animal. Patrick, however, believes the alien to be an invader and therefore highly dangerous.


He aims to end the creature once and for all. The chief scientist, however, has discovery on the top of his list and goes out of his way to safeguard the entity, even putting its life above that of others on the team.



21. Slither (2006)


Slither (2006)


Entity Detail
Title Slither
Release Year 2006
Watch time 95 min
Directors James Gunn
Cast Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Don Thompson
Domestic Box office $7.77M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 69
Writers James Gunn
Music By Tyler Bates
Cinematography By Gregory Middleton
Costume By Andrew Neskoromny


A meteorite from Outer Space crash-lands in the woods adjoining the sleepy little town of Wheelsy in South Carolina.


A frightful parasitic alien resides within the scorched rock. Before long, it breaks free of its meteorite prison and begins a quiet alien invasion, starting with the people residing nearby.


The town's local businessman Grant (played by Michael Rooker) is first to fall prey to the alien worm. Gradually, Grant is transformed from the inside out (starting with his brain, which the worm targeted first) into an unnerving monstrosity.


His wife Starla (played by Elizabeth Banks) was already suspicious of something having gone wrong with her husband. The aliens are out to get everyone in town.


Grant's transformation seems to be far from over. The local sheriff Bill Pardy (played by Nathan Fillion) suddenly has to face up against more threats than he ever thought possible.



22. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


Edge of Tomorrow (2014)


Entity Detail
Title Edge of Tomorrow
Release Year 2014
Watch time 113 min
Directors Doug Liman
Cast Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Domestic Box office $100.21M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 71
Writers Christopher McQuarrie
Music By Christophe Beck
Cinematography By Dion Beebe
Costume By Oliver Scholl


Earth has been assaulted by a ruthless race of aliens, and they soon prove to be unbeatable. No military in the world has what it takes to kill these off-world beasts.


Major William Cage (played by Tom Cruise) has never spent a minute in any real combat situation. However, he finds himself being unceremoniously appended to a suicide mission that sees him killed in a matter of minutes.


Later, William learns that he has been brought back to life thanks to advanced time-loop technology that the military has been using to send soldiers back in time to fight the aliens until they learn of a potential weakness through sheer trial and error.


William thus keeps perishing time and again, in some of the most brutal ways, all the while learning to engage the enemy on more skilful terms.


He fights alongside Special Forces military hero Rita Vrataski (played by Blunt) who proved instrumental in figuring out some of the aliens' shortcomings.


One battle after the next, William and Rita gain ground towards discovering a decisive loophole that will help the human race defeat the extra-terrestrial invaders once and for all.



23. Evolution (2001)


Evolution (2001)


Entity Detail
Title Evolution
Release Year 2001
Watch time 101 min
Directors Ivan Reitman
Cast David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott
Domestic Box office $38.35M
IMDb Rating 6.1
Metascore 40
Writers Don Jakoby
Music By John Powell
Cinematography By Michael Chapman
Costume By Lauri Gaffin


In present day Arizona, USA, Wayne (played by Seann William Scott) is practicing for his upcoming firefighter exam. He's alone in the desert when he witnesses a meteorite impact.


The following day, biology teacher Dr. Ira Kane (played by David Duchovny) and geology teacher Harry Block (played by Orlando Jones) – both with a tenure at Glen Canyon Community College – manage to find and claim the meteorite from its arrival spot at the bottom of a cave.


Before long, Ira observes numerous single-cell life forms exiting the stone and evolving at such a frightfully rapid rate that it can only spell danger for the human species.


Ira's dreams of earning a Nobel Prize go down the drain when he finds himself, and the town, experiencing a full-fledged alien invasion.


Caught in the chaos is another scientist, Allison (played by Julianne Moore). The extra-terrestrials are adapting too swiftly for comfort, and they are clearly intent on taking over more than just Arizona.


The military is called in, and it all boils down to Darwin's theory of evolution – survival of the fittest.



24. Event Horizon (1997)


Event Horizon (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Event Horizon
Release Year 1997
Watch time 96 min
Directors Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson
Domestic Box office $26.67M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 35
Writers Philip Eisner
Music By Michael Kamen Orbital
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Joseph Bennett


The year is 2047, and the space-faring vessel named Event Horizon has made a comeback after having disappeared for seven years.


It was once part of experiments dealing with 'faster than light' travel. A rescue team is sent to check on the returnee vessel as soon as they picked up its transmission on their instruments.


The signal contained a barely legible human voice. The longer the rescue team spends on the lost-and-found spaceship, they realize that someone or something is toying with them, and it may not be human at all.



25. Signs (2002)


Signs (2002)


Entity Detail
Title Signs
Release Year 2002
Watch time 106 min
Directors M. Night Shyamalan
Cast Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin
Domestic Box office $227.97M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 59
Writers M. Night Shyamalan
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Larry Fulton


After a car accident claimed his wife's life, Episcopal priest Graham Hess (played by Mel Gibson) loses his faith and retreats to his corn farm in an isolated stretch of Pennsylvania.


He aims to find peace there along with his two young children Bo (played by Abigail Breslin) and Morgan (played by Rory Culkin), and his own younger brother Merill (played by Joaquin Phoenix).


In under six months, strange events start to unravel in and around the farm, starting with mysterious crop circles and ending with a full-fledged alien invasion of the premises.


Paranoia blends with horror as the Hess family realize the aliens are far from peaceful, and are doubly intent on abducting them for nefarious purposes.


That the aliens won't stop with only their farm adds to the family's uncertainties about the future.



26. They Live (1988)


They Live (1988)


Entity Detail
Title They Live
Release Year 1988
Watch time 94 min
Directors John Carpenter
Cast Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower
Domestic Box office $13.01M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 55
Writers Ray Nelson
Music By John Carpenter Alan Howarth
Cinematography By Gary B. Kibbe
Costume By Marvin March


John Nada (played by Roddy Piper) is unemployed and seeking work in a large American city. He eventually earns a place in which to shelter during the night and a day job to keep him going.


One fine day, a terrible happenstance turns his life upside down. John comes across a pair of sunglasses that lets him see the true face of people around him.


While at first no great alarm bells ring, John soon spots aliens masquerading as humans. Justifiably freaked out, his investigations make him learn that the aliens are no hoax, and that they hail from the Andromeda star system.


He is even more shocked to learn just how many such aliens occupy positions of power in human society.


Keeping people ignorant while ruling over them does not bode well for John. He makes progress seeking out others who might also know of the aliens living among them, starting with the people who made the 'all seeing' sunglasses in the first place.


He understands that anyone intent on seeing the enemy is also of a mind to fight them, and John wants in.



27. Starman (1984)


Starman (1984)


Entity Detail
Title Starman
Release Year 1984
Watch time 115 min
Directors John Carpenter
Cast Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel
Domestic Box office $28.70M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 70
Writers Bruce A. Evans
Music By Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography By Donald M. Morgan
Costume By Daniel A. Lomino


The year is 1977 and the Voyager 2 space-faring vessel is heading deep into Space carrying messages of peace and well-wishes from Earth.


A small alien ship soon decides to make contact, but when it comes to Earth military planes end up shooting it down.


After crashing in Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin, the alien takes the form of an energy entity that finds shelter in the house of a young widow named Jenny Hayden (played by Karen Allen).


Using genes sourced from a hair on her husband Scott (played by Jeff Bridges), the alien takes his form and attempts to contact its mothership.


He learns that he has to be present in a crater in Arizona in two days or he'll be left behind for good.


Starman, as the creature is referenced in the movie, forces Jenny to drive him to Arizona. Jenny has since come to know that Starman is an alien being, and a peaceful one at that.


She eventually chooses to help him. But the army seems to have other plans. Ruthless NSA chief George Fox (played by Richard Jaeckel) wants to hunt Starman down.


SETI scientist Mark Shermin (played by Charles Martin Smith), on the other hand, wants to help Starman return home.


Perspectives and agendas collide in this memorable alien movie.



28. Starship Troopers (1997)


Starship Troopers (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Starship Troopers
Release Year 1997
Watch time 129 min
Directors Paul Verhoeven
Cast Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey
Domestic Box office $54.81M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 51
Writers Edward Neumeier
Music By Basil Poledouris
Cinematography By Jost Vacano
Costume By Allan Cameron


Set in the distant future, Johnny Rico (played by Casper Van Dien) is preparing to date a girl he really likes.


Carmen Ibanez (played by Denise Richards) is eager to join the military because that is the only way anyone is offered a citizenship.


By serving her country in the fight against an alien threat sourcing from Outer Space, she hopes to make a good life for herself.


Following her into the fray is Johnny who also decides to join the military. However, when an asteroid orbiting Planet Klendathu crash-lands in his home town of Buenos Aires and kills his entire family, Johnny is hell-bent on visiting vengeance on the 'space bugs' responsible.


Along with a large squadron of Starship Troopers, Johnny eventually makes landfall on the alien home planet to fight for family, love, and Earth.


The movie captured 'ahead of its time' themes and sentiments, making it a genuine cult classic.



29. Pitch Black (2000)


Pitch Black (2000)


Entity Detail
Title Pitch Black
Release Year 2000
Watch time 109 min
Directors David Twohy
Cast Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David
Domestic Box office $39.24M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 49
Writers Jim Wheat
Music By Graeme Revell
Cinematography By David Eggby
Costume By Graham 'Grace' Walker


A transport vessel working sometime in the distant future encounters a meteor shower, prompting its pilot Carolyn Fry (played by Radha Mitchell) to awaken from cryo-sleep to course-correct.


Forty passengers are on board, all in cryogenic sleep, and it falls to Carolyn to keep them safe. She is left with little choice but to release one of the modules to save the others.


The survivors include bounty hunter William J. Johns (played by Cole Hauser), man of religion Abu "Imam" al-Walid (played by Keith David), dealer Paris P. Ogilvie (played by Lewis Fitz-Gerald), Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery (played by Claudia Black), runaway teen Jack (played by Rhiana Griffith), John "Zeke" Ezekiel (played by John Moore), Suleiman (played by Les Chantery, Hassan (played by Sam Sari), Ali (played by Firass Dirani), and dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick (played by Vin Diesel). Politics and powerplays ensue once the lot of them wake up. The ship crash lands, forcing them to take sides.


But the location in which they land is a desert-planet host to three suns and alien creatures that hunt at night.


Water and supplies are in short order, and a total eclipse seems about to happen on this mysterious planet.


Riddick has skills that will keep them safe, and so fresh alliances are forged. But how long can humans survive on a strange planet where deadly aliens have evolved over hundreds of years to survive?



30. The Thing (1982)


The Thing (1982)


Entity Detail
Title The Thing
Release Year 1982
Watch time 109 min
Directors John Carpenter
Cast Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur
Domestic Box office $13.78M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 57
Writers Bill Lancaster
Music By Ennio Morricone
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By John M. Dwyer


It is early winter in 1982. An American research station in Antarctica receives a distress signal from the nearby Norwegian research station.


A dog has apparently escaped from the base, and it has to be killed for reasons unknown. The chopper on base has been destroyed, and so the US station sends immediate aid.


When the rescue team arrives, they find everyone dead. Additionally, they spot a deceased creature that looks nothing like anything they've seen on Earth.


The Norwegians had apparently attempted to burn it. The American rescue team ferry the remains of the entity back to their own base and learn that it is an alien life-form, one very much still alive.


It starts picking the team off one by one, using their panic and confusion to deadly advantage. The team soon learned that that creature can take multiple forms, including human.


Realizing that it could be any one of them only sows more confusion among the crew. Tensions escalate, and it falls to MacReady (played by Kurt Russell) to find a solution before it is too late.



31. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)


The Brother from Another Planet (1984)


Entity Detail
Title The Brother from Another Planet
Release Year 1984
Watch time 108 min
Directors John Sayles
Cast Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez
Domestic Box office $3.70M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 70
Writers John Sayles
Music By Martin Brody Mason Daring
Cinematography By Ernest R. Dickerson
Costume By Nora Chavooshian


A bold story for the 80s, it features an African-American in a lead role playing an escaped slave. The Brother (played by Joe Morton) is actually an alien slave who escapes to Earth and attempts to hide among humans.


After he crash-lands on Ellis Island, he shape-shifts to look like an ordinary young black man. Before long, he starts making friends in Harlem, particularly a bar-owner and his regular patrons.


Brother has a secret alien power: he can fix any mechanical device simply by touching it. He soon finds a way to capitalize on that ability, while still keeping it hidden from everyone.


Being mute adds to his advantages as an 'alien in hiding'. He can also perform exceptional healing simply through touch.


His life seems set until a pair of extra-terrestrial bounty hunters discover his whereabouts and attempt to reclaim him.



32. Contact (1997)


Contact (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Contact
Release Year 1997
Watch time 150 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Domestic Box office $100.92M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 62
Writers James V. Hart
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Ed Verreaux


Dr. Ellie Arroway (played by Jodie Foster) is a brilliant scientist given to skepticism, particularly in matters related to the search for extra-terrestrial life.


David Drumlin (played by Tom Skerritt) shuts down her project in Puerto Rico, prompting Ellie to seek private funding.


Before long, she lands a rich sponsor – an anonymous millionaire – and resumes her research in New Mexico.


It will be four years before Ellie's entire worldview and belief system crash around her. She is contacted by alien entities purportedly hailing from the Vega star system.


The coded message is beyond a doubt non-human and highly intelligent in design. The secret millionaire funder S. R. Hadden (played by Sir John Hurt) takes it upon himself to convince a sceptical Ellie to decipher the message with other teams.


He introduces Ellie to a mysterious new machine. She soon realizes that the device can transport her to the Vega star system.


Her beliefs break down bit by bit as Ellie finds herself attempting to convince a coterie of high-ranking people – military, politicians, scientists, and religious leaders – that she is the one who has to make contact with the Vega aliens.



33. Venom (2018)


Venom (2018)


Entity Detail
Title Venom
Release Year 2018
Watch time 112 min
Directors Ruben Fleischer
Cast Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze
Domestic Box office $213.52M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 35
Writers Jeff Pinkner
Music By Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography By Matthew Libatique
Costume By Oliver Scholl


A popular reporter, Eddie Brock (played by Tom Hardy) performed enough investigative journalism to earn him a reputation inside and outside the business.


He decides to infiltrate the Life Foundation in an attempt to verify certain allegations made against the establishment. His entire career spirals following a failed exposé.


A few months later, a leading scientist within the Foundation summons Eddie over to report on the company's experimentations on an alien life-form known simply as the 'Symbiote'.


Later dubbing itself Venom, this creature sees in Eddie a suitable host and promptly assimilates itself with him. It protects him from various harms, with or without Eddie's permission.


Before long, Venom becomes a type of invasive 'has a mind of its own' entity that forces Eddie to do certain things, and threatens him if he refuses.


The head of Life Foundation Carlton Drake (played by Riz Ahmed) learns of Eddie's conundrum. He aims to extract Venom and reclaim it again for his company's own nefarious purposes.


Eddie soon realizes that he has to work with Venom and take Carlton down or risk a deadly weaponization of the Symbiote.



34. District 9 (2009)


District 9 (2009)


Entity Detail
Title District 9
Release Year 2009
Watch time 112 min
Directors Neill Blomkamp
Cast Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
Domestic Box office $115.65M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 81
Writers Neill Blomkamp
Music By Clinton Shorter
Cinematography By Trent Opaloch
Costume By Guy Potgieter


The year is 1982. A gigantic space vessel arrives on Earth carrying what looks like a peaceful race of aliens called 'The Prawns', owing to their appearance.


Twenty-eight years after their appearance in Johannesburg, South Africa, humans no longer seem inclined to bid them welcome. The Prawns are relocated to an alien refugee zone called District 9, which soon degrades into a militarized ghetto where the aliens are forcefully confined and exploited.


The Prawns live in squalor and have no one to turn to for help. When the year 2010 rolls along, munitions corporation Multi-National United signs a contract to forcibly evict the entire Prawn population.


Wikus van der Merwe (played by Sharlto Copley) is the operating officer in charge of this nightmarish prospect. Before long, Wikus finds himself being exposed to a bizarre alien chemical.


He needs the help of his two new friends – both of whom are Prawn aliens – to survive the ordeal.



35. Life (2017)


Life (2017)


Entity Detail
Title Life
Release Year 2017
Watch time 104 min
Directors Daniel Espinosa
Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada
Domestic Box office $30.23M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 54
Writers Rhett Reese
Music By Jon Ekstrand
Cinematography By Seamus McGarvey
Costume By Nigel Phelps


Set in the near future, a team of international scientist-astronauts – including Miranda North (played by Rebecca Ferguson), David Jordan (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), Rory Adams (played by Ryan Reynolds), Sho Murakami (played by Hiroyuki Sanada), and others – are off to explore Mars via the International Space Station (ISS).


A sleeping alien cell ends up coming aboard their space vessel through a Martian soil sample they bring back with them.


The cell starts to grow bigger every day, alarming the crew as to its purpose. An experiment results in an assault by the creature, which then escapes the sealed lab through an internal air vent.


The scientists are justifiably horrified and they are left with little choice but to survive the creature, which now seems intent on killing them.


They also have to kill the creature before their craft makes a landing. But the alien is more intent on surviving them than they thought possible.



36. Attack the Block (2011)


Attack the Block (2011)


A South London gang of teenagers rob a nurse who was heading home after dark. It was Guy Fawkes Day, and she was returning from a late shift.


The teens take her ring and purse and make a run for it. At that same time, a projectile lands from the sky and pierces a vehicle.


Fireworks are going off all over town, so nobody is any the wiser. The destroyed car encourages the gang leader to go hunting for more easy loot.


He ends up encountering a bizarre ape-like creature, which scratches him only to end up angering the teen who starts to chase it with the intention of ending its life.


He succeeds in that endeavor after which his gang helps him ferry the alien's corpse back to their apartment block.


Along the way, they are beset by huge black creatures with glowing blue fangs. These entities found the gang because by this time they were covered in alien pheromones from the creature they killed.


The teen gang knows a deadly threat when they see it, and thus begin to run for their lives.


Before long, they are left defending their entire residential block from a provoked alien attack led by blind off-world wolf-ape entities.


They learn of their pheromone contamination whilst hiding in a UV-lit room that is covertly growing marijuana plants. Moses (played by John Boyega), the gang leader, is the one most intensely coated.


He starts to devise a plan to attract the aliens to their location and kill the entire squad for good.



37. Super 8 (2011)


Super 8 (2011)


Entity Detail
Title Super 8
Release Year 2011
Watch time 112 min
Directors J.J. Abrams
Cast Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney
Domestic Box office $127.00M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 72
Writers J.J. Abrams
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Larry Fong
Costume By Martin Whist


The year is 1979. Six buddies are busy making an amateur zombie film using an 8mm camera. Joe Lamb (played by Joel Courtney) handles make-up.


He finds a lingering attraction to Alice Dainard (played by Elle Fanning), the group's newest member. The team is off to a local railway depot to film a scene when they spot one of their teachers Dr. Woodward (played by Glynn Turman) intentionally vroom his car onto one of the tracks and driving straight into an oncoming train.


Mysteries abound, more so when the kids realize that the train Woodward just derailed contains an alien entity, which is now on the loose.



38. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)


The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)


Entity Detail
Title The Day the Earth Stood Still
Release Year 1951
Watch time 92 min
Directors Robert Wise
Cast Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore ---
Writers Edmund H. North
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Leo Tover
Costume By Claude E. Carpenter


A gleaming UFO zoomed into Earth's upper atmosphere at mind-boggling speeds. Landing in Cold-War-Washington (D. C.), the alien spacecraft finds itself surrounded by human military forces.


Intergalactic ambassador Klaatu (played by Michael Rennie) comes in peace, and soon convinces the humans of the same. However, it doesn't help matters that Klaatu is accompanied by a silent but deadly robot Gort (played by Lock Martin) whose power could be vast and dangerous.


As a sophisticated humanoid, Klaatu earns the humans' hospitality. But he comes bearing ill news. Klaatu demands that the people assemble a group of the world's best minds to come hear his important warning, which comes with an ultimatum.


Klaatu fulfils the role of a messenger of doom. Now, will humans continue to see him as a peaceful emissary or a direct threat to Earth?



39. Paul (2011)


Paul (2011)


Entity Detail
Title Paul
Release Year 2011
Watch time 104 min
Directors Greg Mottola
Cast Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Mia Stallard
Domestic Box office $37.41M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 57
Writers Simon Pegg
Music By David Arnold
Cinematography By Lawrence Sher
Costume By Jefferson Sage


When Sci-Fi geeks Graeme Willy (played by Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (played by Nick Frost) embark on a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland, they never expected to actually encounter an alien.


The extra-terrestrial takes them on quite the road trip, one that completely changes their lives. They learn that the chameleon-alien is named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), and that he's been spending time in a top-secret military base these past sixty years.


Only much later did Paul even realize he was imprisoned, after which he sought ways to escape. When he finally made good his escape, he stowed away in a rented RV, which just so happened to contain Earthlings Graeme and Clive.


They end up accidentally kidnapping a young woman – Tara (played by Mia Stallard) – along the way whose father is now on their tail, not to forget an entire horde of federal agents.


Hatching weird escape plans becomes their go-to as Clive, Graeme, and Paul find ways to survive their strange ordeal.


They might just stop being outcasts and become intergalactic heroes in the process.



40. Men In Black (1997)


Men In Black (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Men in Black
Release Year 1997
Watch time 98 min
Directors Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio
Domestic Box office $250.69M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 71
Writers Lowell Cunningham
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Donald Peterman
Costume By Bo Welch


Based on the popular comic books, this movie exposes the core functioning of a secret government agency that has been maintaining and controlling any and all alien activity on Earth, all the while keeping them hidden from normal society.


Called the 'Men In Black', the agency has successfully been fulfilling its aim as an extra-terrestrial surveillance corporation for decades.


One of their best agents nicknamed 'K' (played by Tommy Lee Jones) is on the hunt for a new recruit.


He eventually settles for James Edwards (played by Will Smith) who has thus far served adequately in the NYPD.


One fateful day, a flying saucer crash-lands on Earth, releasing a 'Bug race' alien intent on nothing good. He 'takes over' a farmer's body – Edgar (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) – and begins seeking a supreme energy source known simply as "The Galaxy", which he learns is currently in New York.


Agents J and K team up to halt this entity before it claims the energy source and takes it back to its native planet, which could spell the start of an unstoppable alien invasion involving advanced and rather voracious Bug entities.



41. War of The Worlds (2005)


War of The Worlds (2005)


Entity Detail
Title War of the Worlds
Release Year 2005
Watch time 116 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto
Domestic Box office $234.28M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 73
Writers Josh Friedman
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Rick Carter


Hard working but disillusioned New Jersey dockworker Ray Ferrier (played by Tom Cruise) is at a point in his life when he has failed as both a father and a husband.


His troubled teenage son Robbie (played by Justin Chatwin) and daughter Rachel (played by Dakota Fanning) are both estranged from him and living with their mother.


His ex-wife Mary Ann (played by Miranda Otto) only brings them over for the weekend. His miserable life is turned upside down when Ray notices mysterious electromagnetic pulses accompanied by violent lightning flashes sowing chaos and confusion in New Jersey.


A highly advanced race of aliens boldly reveals its no-nonsense takeover plan and begins a global invasion. An unprepared Earth is rendered defenseless.


Ray, meanwhile, attempts to reunite with his kids and keep them safe before going to find their mother. Legions of ruthless intergalactic invaders stand in their way, and the future looks bleak in every sense of the word.



42. Flight of The Navigator (1986)


Flight of The Navigator (1986)


Entity Detail
Title Flight of the Navigator
Release Year 1986
Watch time 90 min
Directors Randal Kleiser
Cast Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright
Domestic Box office $18.56M
IMDb Rating 6.9
Metascore 64
Writers Mark H. Baker
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By James Glennon
Costume By William J. Creber


When 12-year-old David Freeman (played by Joey Cramer) goes missing one day in 1978 only to reappear in 1986 looking much the same as when he'd left, his parents Bill and Helen (played by Cliff De Young and Veronica Cartwright, respectively) are justifiably confused about what to do.


It has been eight years, after all, since their little David suddenly dropped off the map. Around the time David returns, a UFO is found entangled in power lines.


NASA soon steps into the picture. Before long, David finds himself connecting in strange ways with the spaceship NASA has in its secret hangar.


He proves himself a surprising navigator of alien technology, and that's only the start of what David can do.



43. A Quiet Place (2018)


A Quiet Place (2018)


Entity Detail
Title A Quiet Place
Release Year 2018
Watch time 90 min
Directors John Krasinski
Cast Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
Domestic Box office $188.02M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 82
Writers Bryan Woods
Music By Marco Beltrami
Cinematography By Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Costume By Jeffrey Beecroft


Invincible camouflage-capable predators have taken Earth, which stands devastated. The Abbotts – Evelyn (played by Emily Blunt), Lee (played by John Krasinski), Regan (played by Millicent Simmonds), Marcus (played by Noah Jupe), and Beau (played by Cade Woodward) – are one of the few humans struggling to survive purely by staying hidden from the alien creatures.


A new era of stark silence reigns, because the aliens are drawn to even the softest sounds indicative of human presence.


A year has gone by since the creatures were first sighted. The Abbotts seem to be the sole survivors in a region near New York.


A muted dystopia warrants the learning of new survival rules, and the family has managed to keep going through the silent madness.


However, Evelyn is pregnant and about to give birth any day. An otherwise joyous event prompts fear and anxiety because she has to ensure an utterly silent birth.


Things go downhill, forcing the family to make a run toward a distant almost mythical place that is rumored to host other survivors, and purportedly boasts ideal defences against the unknown aliens.



44. The Abyss (1989)


The Abyss (1989)


Entity Detail
Title The Abyss
Release Year 1989
Watch time 140 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester
Domestic Box office $54.46M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 62
Writers James Cameron
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Mikael Salomon
Costume By Leslie Dilley


It is the height of the Cold War and an American nuclear ballistic submarine named USS Montana experiences mysterious circumstances that cause it to sink.


The US Navy rushes to see if its deadly cargo is intact and if any survivors are still down there.


The main objective is to recover the nuclear missiles on board before the Russians succeed in doing so. A diver team, with help from a submersible, head on down to the wreck.


They manage to use an off-shore drilling platform to reach the crash site as soon as possible. Freak weather conditions hold sway, damaging the platform and severing communication with the surface world.


Tensions rise among the divers and a deployed SEAL team as both squads realize that they are not quite alone in the dark and mysterious sub-surface world.



45. The Vast of Night (2019)


The Vast of Night (2019)


Entity Detail
Title The Vast of Night
Release Year 2019
Watch time 91 min
Directors Andrew Patterson
Cast Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 84
Writers Andrew Patterson
Music By Erick Alexander Jared Bulmer
Cinematography By M.I. Littin-Menz
Costume By Adam Dietrich


Sometime during the 1950s in New Mexico, a radio DJ and switchboard operator both discover a bizarre audio frequency, which prompts them to investigate further.


What they learn is so shocking that they can't help but be dragged deep into the madness of it all.


Aliens are apparently attempting to make contact. Whether or not they come in peace, however, is still up for debate.



46. Gandahar (1987)


Gandahar (1987)


A utopian world filled with peace and beauty, Gandahar did not originally start that way. Extensive genetic experiments and mutations led to its creation.


The peace that Gandahar enjoys is broken when a dark and evil force invades the land. Using petrification rays, it turns several Gandahar denizens into stone.


The Council of Women hold an emergency meet and decide to dispatch son of Queen Ambisextra (voiced by Glenn Close) on a mission that will end the enemy.


Sylvain (played by Pierre-Marie Escourrou) teams up with the lovely adventure-seeking Airelle (played by Catherine Chevallier). Together they learn that the enemy is none other than a failed mutation from Gandahar's own bygone scientific experimentations.


The giant brain-entity calls itself Metamorphis (voiced by Christopher Plummer), and it has been busy creating an invincible army of metal men to help it annihilate Gandahar.


Sylvain soon realizes that the only hope he has to defeat Metamorphis can exclusively be found a thousand years in the future.



47. From Beyond (1986)


From Beyond (1986)


Entity Detail
Title From Beyond
Release Year 1986
Watch time 85 min
Directors Stuart Gordon
Cast Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree
Domestic Box office $1.26M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 60
Writers H.P. Lovecraft
Music By Richard Band
Cinematography By Mac Ahlberg
Costume By Giovanni Natalucci


Dr. Edward Pretorius (played by Ted Sorel) and his physician assistant Crawford Tillinghast (played by Jeffrey Combs) have together created a machine they call the 'Resonator'.


It apparently stimulates the sixth sense through the brain's pineal gland. Once when Crawford activated the device he saw flying alien creatures.


He was prompted to call Edward to help him bring the machine under control, but the doctor refuses to turn it off.


The neighbour, meanwhile, calls the police who arrive only to see Crawford attempting to escape after having beheaded Edward.


They successfully nab Crawford and have him interred in an asylum under the supervision of the rather sadistic Dr. Bloch (played by Carolyn Purdy-Gordon).


When renowned psychiatrist Dr. Katherine McMichaels (played by Barbara Crampton) requests custody of Crawford, she finds numerous obstacles in her way.


The investigating detective Bubba Brownlee (played by Ken Foree) agrees to keep an eye on Crawford while he is under Katherine's custody.


Katherine wishes to understand the Resonator device, and the only way to do that is to turn it on with help from one of its co-creators.


She ends up unwittingly summoning a mutated Dr. Edward who does not hesitate to assault them. Strange alien life-forms also manifest, adding to Katherine and Bubba's woes.



48. Extinction (2018)


Extinction (2018)


Entity Detail
Title Extinction
Release Year 2018
Watch time 95 min
Directors Ben Young
Cast Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Amelia Crouch, Erica Tremblay
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 40
Writers Spenser Cohen
Music By The Newton Brothers
Cinematography By Pedro Luque
Costume By Jelena Milinovic


Dark dreams of despair and loss instigated by terrorist attacks plague family man Peter (played by Michael Peña). Before long, he realizes that his nightmares are rather prophetic.


A full-fledged alien invasion occurs on Earth. His wife Alice (played by Lizzy Caplan) and he desperately scramble to get their children to safety.


During the melee, Peter learns that he is in possession of a mysterious power that can help him turn the tide in the fight against the alien invaders.



49. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)


Star Trek: First Contact (1996)


Entity Detail
Title Star Trek: First Contact
Release Year 1996
Watch time 111 min
Directors Jonathan Frakes
Cast Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton
Domestic Box office $92.00M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 71
Writers Gene Roddenberry
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Matthew F. Leonetti
Costume By Herman F. Zimmerman


It is the 24th century. The Federation has tasked the crew aboard the U. S. S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone.


The aim includes for them to avoid any battle-related interference as the Federation goes up against the cruel Borg race.


When the situation turns grim, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) orders his crew to join in the melee to help the Federation forces.


The Borg, meanwhile, is planning to 'jump' back in time to the 21st century. They are intent on halting humans from making 'first contact' with aliens, namely the Vulcans.


Picard and crew follow the Borg through the portal. They go to ensure that the Borg alien-queen is stopped and that Zefram Cochrane (played by James Cromwell) succeeds in making his 'faster than light' travel to the distant stars. "Star Trek" is a veritable franchise worth exploring, starting with the original 1966 TV series.



50. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Entity Detail
Title Guardians of the Galaxy
Release Year 2014
Watch time 121 min
Directors James Gunn
Cast Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
Domestic Box office $333.18M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 76
Writers James Gunn
Music By Tyler Bates
Cinematography By Ben Davis
Costume By Charles Wood


A 'close encounter of the fourth kind' took place on Earth. That was three decades ago. Today, intergalactic outlaw Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt), is hunting a precious artefact called The Orb.


He is determined to sell it on the black market and strike a sizeable profit. Peter has made quite the name for himself as a notorious scavenger.


He finds himself forming uneasy alliances with Thanos' adopted daughter Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana), former criminal Drax the Destroyer (played by Dave Bautista), a genetically enhanced creature called Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and a plant-tree creature called Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).


He is tasked with putting a stop to the radical Kree warlord Ronan the Accuser's (played by Lee Pace) dark plans.


Thwarting his dire campaign for the galaxy won't come easy, especially with so many alien races involved and Peter having to rely on fellow misfits to try and achieve the seemingly impossible.



51. Proximity (2020)


Proximity (2020)


Entity Detail
Title Proximity
Release Year 2020
Watch time 119 min
Directors Eric Demeusy
Cast Ryan Masson, Highdee Kuan, Christian Prentice, Shaw Jones
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 4.7
Metascore 38
Writers Eric Demeusy
Music By Jermaine Stegall
Cinematography By Jason Mitcheltree
Costume By Jamie Jacqueline McGuire


Isaac Cypress (played by Ryan Masson) is a mathematician/scientist working for NASA's JPL lab. His counselor encourages him to maintain a self-journaling video project.


Around this time, a UFO makes itself known, taking Isaac by complete surprise. He is pulled into the sky and returned three days later.


His footage is still intact, so he uploads it online. Few believe his story, though, setting Isaac on a path to find hard evidence to back up his claims.


He encounters others online who've had similar experiences. This is how Sara (played by Highdee Kuan) enters his life – she claims a similar abduction involving a three-day memory loss.


Both Sara and Isaac have sore spots on their right arms. A man soon approaches Isaac and wishes to use his blog to provide Isacc's story with some much-needed credibility.


However, the supportive stranger is in truth a black-ops agent, Graves (played by Shaw Jones), who is determined to learn more about the aliens on behalf of his government.


They seek an Alaskan man who also claims abduction. Several ups and downs later, Isaac is interred and then escapes a holding facility in Costa Rica.


Sara and he then fled British Columbia, unsure about their future.



52. Save the Green Planet! (2003)


Save the Green Planet! (2003)


Believing they are dangerous aliens from the reptilian race, traumatized young man Lee Byeong-gu (played by Shin Ha-kyun) starts abducting Korean leaders.


He understands that the reptilian aliens are in the middle of launching a silent takeover of Earth. Law enforcement agents are befuddled about what to do with him.


They hire a disgraced private detective to look into the matter. Lee meanwhile is busy building a basement command chamber, which doubles as all sorts of things.


He is desperate to force the truth from his abductees, who include businesspeople and politicians. Lee's devoted girlfriend helps him however she can.


Quietly, she doubts whether his sad upbringing had anything to do with Lee's current mindset.



53. Icarus XB 1 (1963)


Icarus XB 1 (1963)


The year is 2163. A long journey awaits Starship Ikaria XB 1 as it journeys across the universe to search for life on sundry planets in the Alpha Centauri system.


The spaceship also carries colonists to establish a society in any life-sustaining planets they may find. They run into serious trouble when they happen upon an abandoned alien craft along their way.


Malfunctioning onboard computers add to the crew's woes. Tension rises among passengers and crew as one thing after another goes wrong.



54. Cloverfield (2008)


Cloverfield (2008)


Entity Detail
Title Cloverfield
Release Year 2008
Watch time 85 min
Directors Matt Reeves
Cast Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller
Domestic Box office $80.05M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 64
Writers Drew Goddard
Music By Michael Bonvillain
Cinematography By Kevin Stitt
Costume By Doug J. Meerdink


Celebrating Rob Hawkins's (played by Michael Stahl-David) big promotion, his lover Beth McIntyre (played by Odette Annable) gathers his friends to help her throw a surprise farewell party – Rob is off to work in Japan.


A major explosion occurs, revealing the existence of a gigantic alien creature. All hell breaks loose in NYC as people lose every shred of belief in normalcy.


The reptilian giant levels Manhattan and decapitates the Statue of Liberty, to name just some of the chaos it unleashes.


Rob makes plans to gather some buddies to go rescue Beth who was waiting for him in another part of town.


They record what they can through a handheld camcorder. Nobody knows where the monster came from or what its motives are. There seems to be little hope of surviving its onslaught, though.



55. The 5th Wave (2016)


The 5th Wave (2016)


Entity Detail
Title The 5th Wave
Release Year 2016
Watch time 112 min
Directors J Blakeson
Cast Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders
Domestic Box office $34.92M
IMDb Rating 5.2
Metascore 33
Writers Susannah Grant
Music By Henry Jackman
Cinematography By Enrique Chediak
Costume By Amanda Cape


Aliens target Earth using sequential invasion waves rife with murderous chaos. They not only target entire populations, they also create natural disasters and diseases galore.


A while before all this, Cassie Sullivan (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) moved with her family to the countryside.


Her mother perishes during the alien assault, and her father Oliver (played by Ron Livingston) decides to seek shelter in a refugee camp with Cassie and her younger brother Sam (played by Zackary Arthur).


The Army appears on the scene with the aim to shift everyone to a military base. Somewhere along the way, Cassie is separated from her family.


Before long, she learns of an upcoming 5th wave in the ongoing alien invasion. It comprises aliens in human form, deceiving people with fake guises and killing whoever remains.


The military proves to be a group of such aliens. Cassie flees after watching the brutal execution of her father.


She is desperate to find Sam. Several teens and kids are being trained to counter the alien assault. It soon becomes unclear who really is the enemy.



56. Treasure Planet (2002)


Treasure Planet (2002)


Entity Detail
Title Treasure Planet
Release Year 2002
Watch time 95 min
Directors Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short, Roscoe Lee Browne
Domestic Box office $38.18M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 60
Writers Robert Louis Stevenson
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Rasoul Azadani
Costume By Frank Nissen Steven Olds


The only full-fledged animated feature film on this list, this movie absolutely deserves to be here because of how memorably it blends action, adventure, extra-terrestrial, futurism, and human emotion in one compact package.


Essentially a futuristic twist of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island", this film tracks the adventures of restless teen Jim Hawkins (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who ends up journeying across the universe as a cabin boy aboard a singularly majestic space galleon.


The ship's charismatic cyborg chef John Silver (voiced by Brian Murray) is not the good guy he pretends to be but redeems himself over time. Add galactic black hole near-survivals and alien dangers galore, and this story is more than a cartoon, it's an experience.


Scheming pirates, mutinies, treasure hunts (the legendary loot of Captain Nathaniel Flint (voiced by Peter Cullen)), multi-species alien life-forms and off-world hybrids, and music that will stay with you for all time have made this film an absolute 'alien-themed' must-watch.



57. Star Trek (2009)


Star Trek (2009)


Entity Detail
Title Star Trek
Release Year 2009
Watch time 127 min
Directors J.J. Abrams
Cast Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy
Domestic Box office $257.73M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 82
Writers Roberto Orci
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Scott Chambliss


On James T. Kirk's (played by Chris Pine) birthday, his father dies during the last stand against a Romulan mining vessel.


His ship is heavily damaged on its trip to find Ambassador Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) who has become a Vulcan by this time – his half-human heritage was part of the reason behind his new life choices.


It will be twenty-five years before James grows into a trouble-making adult. He is soon challenged by Christopher Pike (played by Bruce Greenwood) to join Starfleet and be the man he was always meant to be.


Academy instructors like Commander Spock (played by Zachary Quinto) are ever at odds with James's attitude. Before long, the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise is tasked with responding to an emergency on Vulcan.


Talented cadets like Uhura (played by Zoe Saldana), Sulu (played by John Cho), Chekov (played by Anton Yelchin), and James Kirk (with some cunning medical manipulation by Leonard McCoy) are set to crew the space mission.


They are off to the final frontier, namely Space, where they will learn more than they ever thought possible. "Star Trek" is a veritable franchise worth exploring, starting with the original 1966 TV series.



58. Skylines (2020)


Skylines (2020)


Entity Detail
Title Skylines
Release Year 2020
Watch time 113 min
Directors Liam O'Donnell
Cast Lindsey Morgan, Jonathan Howard, Daniel Bernhardt, Rhona Mitra
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 4.7
Metascore 46
Writers Matthew E. Chausse
Music By Ram Khatabakhsh
Cinematography By Alain Duplantier
Costume By Asta Urbonaite


A virus threatens Earth with the dire prospect of transforming its secretly dwelling friendly alien hybrids into deadly unstoppable threats.


The human race is not prepared to counter such strategic aggression. Captain Rose Corley (played by Lindsey Morgan) is tasked with leading a team of elite mercenaries on an end-all mission aimed at reaching the alien world and finding a way to save the human race.



59. Dark City (1998)


Dark City (1998)


When John Murdoch (played by Rufus Sewell) wakes up alone in an unfamiliar hotel, he gradually starts to realize that he has lost his memory and is now a fugitive from the police.


Apparently, he is wanted for a slew of strange and brutal murders. Attempting to piece together his past, he ends up stumbling into a ruthless underworld managed by a squad of elite entities called The Strangers.


These individuals possess the ability to force sleep upon anyone. They enforce irreversible control over the city and its denizens.


Murdoch has little choice but to go up against these mysterious entities. It is the only way he can take back control of his life.


The Strangers, however, are more intent on taking over Murdoch's mind and ensuring his utter compliance, if not worse.



60. The Fifth Element (1997)


The Fifth Element (1997)


Entity Detail
Title The Fifth Element
Release Year 1997
Watch time 126 min
Directors Luc Besson
Cast Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm
Domestic Box office $63.54M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 52
Writers Luc Besson
Music By Éric Serra
Cinematography By Thierry Arbogast
Costume By Dan Weil


Former Special Forces Commando Korben Dallas (played by Bruce Willis) is now an NYC cab driver. It is the mid-23rd century, and much has changed in the world.


People and aliens attempt to co-exist, and with all the chaos that entails the going is tough. Korben one day finds himself entangled in a war that's been going on for eons.


It begins when a 'pure being' named Leelo (played by Milla Jovovich) escapes her potential captors and encounters his cab.


She is considered to be the perfect weapon, one that can save all of humanity from dark forces. One thing leads to another and Korben decides to help Leelo, starting with getting her to Vito Cornelius (played by Ian Holm).


She is the mysterious 'fifth element', one whom scheming industrialist Zorg (played by Gary Oldman) wants to claim and use.


He has already begun hunting the other four elements. Leelo seems to be the key to Earth's salvation.



61. The Mist (2007)


The Mist (2007)


Entity Detail
Title The Mist
Release Year 2007
Watch time 126 min
Directors Frank Darabont
Cast Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher
Domestic Box office $25.59M
IMDb Rating 7.1
Metascore 58
Writers Frank Darabont
Music By Mark Isham
Cinematography By Rohn Schmidt
Costume By Gregory S. Melton


A military experiment known simply as 'Project Arrowhead' has gone awry and cracked open an inter-dimensional rift. Bizarre alien creatures are now loose in the town of Maine.


Local Hollywood artist David Drayton (played by Thomas Jane) and his son Billy (played by Nathan Gamble) are joined by their neighbour for a supply run into town.


During this time, everyone is alerted to a military presence as convoys and emergency vehicles roll through. The town's siren rings out as well.


A thick mist soon engulfs the town and proves itself supernatural in origin. David and the others are now barricaded inside the supermarket.


Days go by and there is no hope in sight. Terrified shoppers create their own brand of selfish chaos.


Deadly creatures make themselves known, apparently sourcing from the mist. This movie was based on one of Stephen King's novels, and is every bit as twist-ridden and frightening as fans have come to expect.



62. Arrival (2016)


Arrival (2016)


Entity Detail
Title Arrival
Release Year 2016
Watch time 116 min
Directors Denis Villeneuve
Cast Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg
Domestic Box office $100.55M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 81
Writers Eric Heisserer
Music By Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography By Bradford Young
Costume By Patrice Vermette


Twelve distinct locations have become ground-zero for multiple alien landings. Linguistics professor Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) is tasked with working alongside the US Army in learning what the aliens want.


They are apparently creating strange symbols in an attempt to communicate with humans. Louise is investigating the arrival in Montana and, before long, figures out a basic syntax for the language the aliens form on the barrier wall connecting their ship to the humans'.


Little is known about the extra-terrestrials, especially if they are peaceful or fatalistic. A race against time ensues as other nations hosting their own landings are busy seeing the aliens as threats, and planning apt retaliations.


A war with these strange and highly advanced species is, in Louise's opinion, the last thing anyone needs.



63. Man Facing Southeast (1986)


Man Facing Southeast (1986)


When a new patient appears in a psychiatric ward under rather mysterious conditions, the doctors are not perturbed. Until they hear his claims, that is.


The man says he hails from another planet, and that he is here to study humans and their behaviour.


Although gentle, the alleged alien is quite critical of the way people live their lives, particularly in regards to how badly they treat one another.


The psychiatrist assigned to this patient is not a happy man in life. He is soon dragged into the strange new patient's worldview.


His professional demand to treat the patient using institutional procedures wars with his need to believe in what the so-called man-alien has to say.



64. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


Entity Detail
Title The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Release Year 1975
Watch time 100 min
Directors Jim Sharman
Cast Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien
Domestic Box office $139.88M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 65
Writers Richard O'Brien
Music By Peter Suschitzky
Cinematography By Graeme Clifford
Costume By Terry Ackland-Snow


One rainy November outside Ohio, young couple Brad Majors (played by Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (played by Susan Sarandon) find themselves stranded on an empty stretch of road.


They are on their way to pay an ex-tutor a visit when the couple unwittingly end up encountering a strange cross-dressing individual named Dr. Frank-N-Furter (played by Tim Curry) who promptly ferries them to his den of sinful delights.


Oddities and spooks galore pervade this place where the mad scientist is gearing up to make a grand unveiling of his latest creation.


He creates the so-called 'ultimate male', a perfect sex symbol who has donned the avatar of a flaxen-haired 'Rocky Horror' (played by Peter Hinwood).


The ordinary couple are dragged deeper into Frank-N-Furter's madness and start to embrace his alien shade of seduction. None can quite tell whether Frank-N-Furter is genuinely an extra-terrestrial in human form.


He seems to be capable of an almost telepathic level of intelligence, one given to delectable thoughts and dark deeds.



65. The Avengers (2012)


The Avengers (2012)


Entity Detail
Title The Avengers
Release Year 2012
Watch time 143 min
Directors Joss Whedon
Cast Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
Domestic Box office $623.28M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 69
Writers Joss Whedon
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Seamus McGarvey
Costume By James Chinlund


An entire franchise hinges on what was established in this first film featuring Thor (the God of Thunder, played by Chris Hemsworth) and his danger-prone brother Loki (the God of Mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston).


Loki teams up with the Chitauri Army and aims to use the power of the Tesseract to travel from Asgard to Midgard to fulfill an Earth-wide invasion campaign, after which he plans to crown himself king of Midgard, aka Earth. S. H. I. E. L. D. director Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is not having any of it.


He gathers a team of superheroes who will later become known as The Avengers. Nick's team includes Tony Stark (aka Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner), and Thor of course.


They are tasked with stopping Loki and saving the world from a cross-dimensional alien invasion involving Ice Giants and more besides.


Other films in this unforgettable franchise include "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) and "Avengers: Endgame" (2019).



66. Eternals (2021)


Eternals (2021)


Going back in the MCU timeline to 5000 BC Babylon, humans are routinely assaulted by a bestial race of aliens called The Deviants.


The de facto gods and goddesses, aka the Eternals, who originally helped the early humans and taught them ways to progress their civilization, finally awaken in their off-world space vessel.


These entities are Sersi (played by  Gemma Chan), Ikaris (played by Richard Madden), Thena (played by Angelina Jolie), Ajak (played by Salma Hayek), Kingo (played by Kumail Nanjiani), Sprite (played by Lia McHugh), Phastos (played by Brian Tyree Henry), Makkari (played by Lauren Ridloff), Druig (played by Barry Keoghan), and Gilgamesh (played by Ma Dong-seok).


The one who made the Eternals, namely Arishem (voiced by  David Kaye), entrusts them with saving humanity once more.


He plans it in such a way that each Eternal resides in hiding on Earth, awaiting the moment when they will be 'allowed' to intervene in human affairs.


Before long, the Deviants up their invasion tactics, prompting the Eternals to counter them with force. The creatures are led by a deadly general named Kro (played by Bill Skarsgård).


The fate of humanity rests in the balance, despite some among the Eternals having changed for the worse over the centuries.



67. Battleship (2012)


Battleship (2012)


Entity Detail
Title Battleship
Release Year 2012
Watch time 131 min
Directors Peter Berg
Cast Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna
Domestic Box office $65.42M
IMDb Rating 5.8
Metascore 41
Writers Jon Hoeber
Music By Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography By Tobias A. Schliessler
Costume By Larry Dias


Having successfully made contact with a technologically advanced alien life-form, the people involved little except it when five alien space vessels enter Earth.


They end up interrupting the 2012 RIMPAC exercise. Having brought a veritable armada, the aliens soon prove themselves invasive, not peaceful.


A brave crew working on a guided-missile destroyer, the USS John Paul Jones, is humanity's last hope in fighting back.


Led by young commanding officer Lieutenant Alex Hopper (played by Taylor Kitsch), Commander Stone Hopper (played by Alexander Skarsgård), Sam (played by Brooklyn Decker), Admiral Shane (played by Liam Neeson), Petty Officer Cora Raikes (played by Rihanna), and others face up against the extra-terrestrial threat.


The counter-attack unravels off the Hawaiian coast where a decisive battle ensues, one that will decide the fate of humankind.



68. Transformers (2007)


Transformers (2007)


Entity Detail
Title Transformers
Release Year 2007
Watch time 144 min
Directors Michael Bay
Cast Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson
Domestic Box office $319.25M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 61
Writers Roberto Orci
Music By Steve Jablonsky
Cinematography By Mitchell Amundsen
Costume By Jeff Mann


Once he convinces his teacher to give him As, Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) finds himself able to buy his first car.


He's ecstatic about it, despite the vehicle being an old Camaro. One thing leads to another and Sam discovers that his car can transform into a sentient robot.


Calling itself Autobot Bumblebee (voiced by Mark Ryan), the robot informs Sam that it has to protect him at whatever cost.


Around this time, Sam's confusion finds answers when a US military base in Qatar is assaulted by the Autobots' arch-enemies the Decepticons.


Data is stolen and used to propel the beginning stages of an Earth-wide invasion. Both the Autobots and the Decepticons are highly advanced alien races that have been biding their time on Earth, awaiting the time when the 'world creator' Allspark power is discovered.


Sam's great great grandfather seems to have known enough about the Decepticons and their dark plans. Clues and lucky finds inspire Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela (played by Megan Fox), and Bumblebee to embark on an urgent quest to stop the Decepticons and safeguard the Allspark before Earth, humans, and the entire galaxy is threatened with annihilation.


This movie was first in a franchise spanning six films: "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" (2009), "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" (2009), "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" (2014), "Transformers: The Last Knight" (2017), and Bumblebee (2018).



69. Fantastic Planet (1973)


Fantastic Planet (1973)


Dedicated to the act of meditation, the large blue humanoids known as Draags enjoy status as Planet Ygam's dominant species.


They live in an elevated state of existence and are incredibly intellectual. However, owing to their lofty natures, they are an oppressive species known for keeping the 'lesser' human race of the Oms under rigid control.


They have even gone so far as to domesticate humans and use them as either pets or slaves. An orphaned Om named Terr (young version voiced by Eric Baugin, and older version voiced by Barry Bostwick) gives in to a rebellious streak.


Terr sows chaos after escaping Dragg captivity. Worse, he's stolen a key piece of his master's knowledge as well.


The social equilibrium on Ygam is threatened as feral Om colonies sense imminent freedom and begin revolting for it.


War soon breaks out, and a series of remorseless exterminations ensue that threaten the future of both Draags and humans alike.


Whether or not both races will learn to co-exist at all remains to be seen.



70. Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)


Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)


Entity Detail
Title Zack Snyder's Justice League
Release Year 2021
Watch time 242 min
Directors Zack Snyder
Cast Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams
Domestic Box office ---
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 54
Writers Jerry Siegel
Music By Junkie XL
Cinematography By Fabian Wagner
Costume By Patrick Tatopoulos


Superman's (played by Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice shook the world. Not desiring to let the Man of Steel's death be in vain, Bruce Wayne (aka Batman, played by Ben Affleck) joins forces with Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot) to recruit select meta-humans to help shield the world from a coming alien catastrophe.


The task proves enormously challenging, because each of Bruce's potential recruits have their own demons to face and conquer.


They will each need to let go of the past if they are ever to come together and save the future.


Eventually, Batman and Wonder Woman succeed in convincing Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa), Cyborg (played by Ray Fisher), and The Flash (played by Ezra Miller) to join the 'Justice League'.


Just in the nick of time too, because Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciarán Hinds) and DeSaad (voiced by Peter Guinness) have triggered Darkseid's (voiced by Ray Porter) grand plan to takeover this side of the galaxy.



71. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)


Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)


Entity Detail
Title Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Release Year 2017
Watch time 136 min
Directors Luc Besson
Cast Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna
Domestic Box office $41.19M
IMDb Rating 6.5
Metascore 51
Writers Pierre Christin
Music By Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography By Thierry Arbogast
Costume By Hugues Tissandier


It is the 28th century. Space Station Alpha is a veritable city that hosts aliens and humans from various star-systems who come to exchange knowledge and culture.


Humans keep the peace, thanks in large part to the efforts of individuals like Major Valerian (played by Dane DeHaan) and his partner Sergeant Laureline (played by Cara Delevingne).


One day, the Defence Minister (played by Herbie Hancock) tasks Valerian and Laureline to retrieve a last-of-its-kind converter, thus plunging them into a dangerous mission fraught with galaxy-altering consequences.


After successfully fulfilling the mission, they realize that dark deeds have been set in motion. Mysterious humanoid aliens abduct Commander Arun Filitt (played by Clive Owen) and demand the converter in exchange for the man.


Valerian and Laureline head to a fatalistic infected planet where they learn more than their fair share of dark secrets and sinister plans.



72. John Carter (2012)


John Carter (2012)


Entity Detail
Title John Carter
Release Year 2012
Watch time 132 min
Directors Andrew Stanton
Cast Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton
Domestic Box office $73.08M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 51
Writers Andrew Stanton
Music By Michael Giacchino
Cinematography By Dan Mindel
Costume By Nathan Crowley


The year is 1868. Civil War veteran John Carter (played by Taylor Kitsch) attempts a shot at a normal life, which is why he refuses to join the Army when they try to recruit him.


Accused of treason, he is locked away only to later become a fugitive on the run. An encounter with Native Americans followed by a gunfight leads John to seek refuge in a nearby cave.


A stranger inside the cave holds a mysterious medallion that, as soon as Carter touches it, teleports him to a life-sustaining region of Mars.


In this place, he finds himself able to perform incredible physical feats. He also meets entities that are clearly alien in nature.


A woman there helps him learn more about his new settings and skills. John is soon entangled in Martian unrests that could end up either defining the man or ending his life.



73. Oblivion (2013)


Oblivion (2013)


Entity Detail
Title Oblivion
Release Year 2013
Watch time 124 min
Directors Joseph Kosinski
Cast Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko
Domestic Box office $89.02M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 54
Writers Karl Gajdusek
Music By Anthony Gonzalez
Cinematography By Claudio Miranda
Costume By Darren Gilford


The year is 2077. Jack Harper (played by Tom Cruise) works with Victoria (played by Andrea Riseborough) on Tech 49, a surveillance station.


Jack is proficient at drone repair. Sometime in the past, his memory was wiped as part of a security clause – this is precisely what even allowed him to live and work on Earth.


Following six decades of war with invading aliens known as The Scavs, Earth stands dangerously depleted of resources. Even the Moon is no more, a casualty of nuclear warfare, one that destroyed the alien race as well.


It is Jack's responsibility to safeguard the power stations that tap into oceanic currents to function. These stations supply energy to Titan where reside other human survivors.


This energy also helps Jack fix drones. But Jack is prone to recalling hidden memories featuring a strange woman atop the Empire State Building, back when Earth was habitable.


Before long, Sally (played by Melissa Leo) gives Jack and Victoria a task that could drag them deep into events that are best forgotten.



74. The Invasion (2007)


The Invasion (2007)


Entity Detail
Title The Invasion
Release Year 2007
Watch time 99 min
Directors Oliver Hirschbiegel, James McTeigue
Cast Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond
Domestic Box office $15.07M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 45
Writers David Kajganich
Music By John Ottman
Cinematography By Rainer Klausmann
Costume By Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer


Psychiatric Dr. Carol Bennell (played by Nicole Kidman) spots disturbing signs in a patient who has been seeing her for four years.


The patient's husband is apparently not her husband at all. Despite prescribing antipsychotics, Carol soon learns that her patient was right to think about what she did.


Carol soon observes something unrecognizable in her ex-husband. As she expands her observation, Carol sees that more and more people in her circle are not behaving like themselves.


Aside from a cold and emotional streak, they also seem rather inhuman. Carol's ongoing romance with research scientist Ben Driscoll (played by Daniel Craig) seems to be the only thing going right in her life.


She ropes him into her findings and asks that he study a strange substance she found in her neighbour's Halloween candy.


What she assumed to be a thin slice of flesh proves to possess alien properties. The findings soon become the key to Carol establishing why more and more people are behaving odd and untoward.


She soon learns of a silent extra-terrestrial invasion, which Ben and she might be too late to resolve.



75. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


Entity Detail
Title 2001: A Space Odyssey
Release Year 1968
Watch time 149 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
Domestic Box office $56.95M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 84
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematography By Ray Lovejoy
Costume By John Hoesli


Sometime in Earth's past, an unknown cause led to evolution as we know it. It apparently involved an alien race and a strange monolith, which they planted somewhere on Earth.


Other monoliths also exist in life-sustaining hotspots all over the galaxy. Humankind assumes as much when our civilization grows advanced enough to go to the moon where we find another such monolith.


It seems to be an 'evolutionary milestone signaling device' of some sort, letting whatever alien race created and inserted it know that this or that race, in this case humans, have evolved to that point.


Computers like HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain) and people like Dr. Dave Bowman (played by Keri Dullea) are busy attempting to reach assorted monoliths in what becomes a race to prove superiority.


The winner seems set to earn the next step in evolution. But it looks like humans have to compete with computers to attain that lofty honour.



76. The Host (2013)


The Host (2013)


Entity Detail
Title The Host
Release Year 2013
Watch time 125 min
Directors Andrew Niccol
Cast Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger
Domestic Box office $26.63M
IMDb Rating 5.9
Metascore 35
Writers Andrew Niccol
Music By Antonio Pinto
Cinematography By Roberto Schaefer
Costume By Cynthia La Jeunesse


A body-snatching alien takes over Melanie Stryder (played by Saoirse Ronan). She refuses to let it assimilate her mind, which grants her some measure of freedom over her actions.


By this time, most of the human race has been 'body-snatched' by mysterious aliens. Melanie counts herself among the few 'wild' humans, who still retain mental control.


She is possessed by a spirit alien, one of the Wanderers. This creature has already been warned of certain difficulties when it comes to claiming a human host.


Before long, the Wanderer grows deeply affected by Melanie's memories and dreams. As the young woman tries to keep control of her mind, the Wanderer grows into a sympathetic alien entity that supports her on a journey that will reconnect Melanie with deep human compassion and love.



77. Doom (2005)


Doom (2005)


Entity Detail
Title Doom
Release Year 2005
Watch time 105 min
Directors Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cast Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson, Deobia Oparei
Domestic Box office $28.21M
IMDb Rating 5.2
Metascore 34
Writers Dave Callaham
Music By Clint Mansell
Cinematography By Tony Pierce-Roberts
Costume By Richard Roberts


This movie is based on the super-popular video game franchise of the same name. In this adapted screenplay, fans and sundry receive an action-packed take on a distant future when humans have successfully colonized Mars.


Scientists are busy performing dangerous experiments involving people and certain natural substances when things start to roll downhill. Before long, a group of Marines – including John Grimm (played by Karl Urban) and Sarge (played by Dwayne Johnson) – along with scientist Samantha Grimm (played by Rosamund Pike) teleport from Earth to Mars via the 'Ark'.


They are tasked with resolving the fast-unraveling situation on the Red Planet. They arrive only to discover the colony has been taken over by gruesome demon-alien humanoids that only have death and destruction on their broken and twisted minds.



78. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)


The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005)


Entity Detail
Title The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Release Year 2005
Watch time 109 min
Directors Garth Jennings
Cast Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel
Domestic Box office $51.09M
IMDb Rating 6.7
Metascore 63
Writers Douglas Adams
Music By Joby Talbot
Cinematography By Igor Jadue-Lillo
Costume By Joel Collins


Arthur Dent (played by Martin Freeman) is having quite a bad day. Adding fuel to the fire, he learns that one of his dear friends, Ford Prefect (played by Yasiin Bey), is in truth an alien.


His advanced knowledge foretells of an imminent Earth-wide disaster courtesy of the extra-terrestrial race of Vogons. In this comedy movie, the Vogons have planned to create a hyperspace motorway and Earth is in the way.


Arthur is whisked off world moments before it is destroyed. Ford continues his research on a bizarre electronic encyclopedia titled 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.


In his inter-galactic journey, Arthur encounters the two-headed former President of the galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox (played by Sam Rockwell), a clever human woman named Trillian (played by Zooey Deschanel), and a depressed android called Marvin (played by Warwick Davis).


They travel across the galaxy on board a stolen spaceship called 'Heart of Gold'. They are off to Earth II where many a truth is waiting for them.


Arthur's newfound search for the meaning of life adds to the fun and sentiment value contained in this alien adventure movie that is sure to stir madness and appreciation in equal measure.


Plenty of outstanding talents including Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Ian McNeice, Richard Griffiths, and Stephen Fry have played key roles in this singular alien-themed film.



79. Mars Attacks! (1996)


Mars Attack! (1996)


Entity Detail
Title Mars Attacks!
Release Year 1996
Watch time 106 min
Directors Tim Burton
Cast Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening
Domestic Box office $37.77M
IMDb Rating 6.3
Metascore 52
Writers Len Brown
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Peter Suschitzky
Costume By Wynn Thomas



When President of the United States James Dale (played by Jack Nicholson) and his right-hand-man Press Secretary Jerry Ross (played by Martin Short) learn of a potential Martian invasion force hovering around Earth, they start planning a hurried defence.


Meanwhile, Texan alcohol dealer Art Land (also played by Jack Nicholson) and cunning reporter Jason Stone (played by Michael J. Fox) aim to profit from the coming chaos.


On the other hand, television hostess Nathalie Lake (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), Land's spiritualist wife Barbara (played by Annette Bening), and Southern-ish family of Richie Norris (played by Lukas Haas) are simply excited about it all.


Dale's wife Marsha (played by Glenn Close) and daughter Taffy (played by Natalie Portman) are not in the least bit bothered.


Though intelligent, Richie's insane grandmother (played by Sylvia Sidney) is the only one who genuinely respects him, as opposed to his older brother Billy (played by Jack Black) who joined the Army.


Battle plans are drawn, and General Decker (played by Rod Steiger) aims to take the fight to the Martians in lieu of waiting for them to make the first move.


In this regard, he is countered by the more optimistic General Casey (played by Paul Winfield). What at first seems like a 'we come in peace' encounter turns deadly.


The Martians use their technologically advanced weaponry to wipe out humans and buildings left, right, and centre. Among others, former heavyweight champion Byron Williams (played by Jim Brown) finds his visit to Las Vegas thwarted as a full-scale Martian invasion unfolds.


The proverbial 'brown stuff' hits the fan in this uber-crazy fun-funny entertainment movie featuring aliens at their classic best, not to forget 'ahead of its time' CGI.



80. The "Star Wars" Saga


The "Star Wars" Saga


When George Lucas first created the "Star Wars" movies, he didn't quite foresee it turning into the pop-culture phenomenon and beloved franchise it is today.


One cannot speak of cross-world habitations, intergalactic warfare, and aliens of all shapes and sizes without referencing (in the least) one or more of the "Star Wars" titles.


Apart from various TV series (animated and otherwise), here are the key films in this rich and detailed 'universe' that still enjoy a place on the 'favourite lists' of thousands of fans and sundry.. "A New Hope" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), "Return Of The Jedi" (1983), "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack Of The Clones" (2002), "Revenge Of The Sith" (2005), "The Force Awakens" (2015), "The Last Jedi" (2017), and "The Rise Of Skywalker" (2019).


Not only did we save one of the best entries on this list for last, we went with a 'collection', a saga in fact, that needs no introduction let alone a description.


This writer makes the point in all seriousness, because to start describing this veritable multi-verse would be to write another article just as long as all the previous entries combined.


Just know that these movies are gold. The ever-blooming franchise has spread its roots into nearly every entertainment niche out there.


Currently streaming on Disney+ is "Obi-Wan Kenobi" with the latest episode giving fans an iconic 'rematch' between the renowned Jedi and one of the best villains to ever grace the realm of movies, Darth Vader.


If you haven't already done so, this writer highly advises that you come be part of the "Star Wars" universe in which more than a few memorable artists have lent their talents.


Thank you for reading this far. May the Force be with you.




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