What are the best movies with aliens in them? We’ve watched them all, from Avatar to Star Wars to The Thing to Mars Attacks. Here’s our pick of the best.
Movies with aliens. You guys asked me what my favorites are. So I thought I would create this list to show you my absolute best movies with aliens. Let’s get right to it.
If you want a movie with aliens, you really can’t go wrong with, er, Aliens
Later on in this list I’m going to be pulling out movies you have never heard of. But for now let’s just start with the absolute classics.
Alien, Aliens, and Alien Resurrection are some of the best alien movie of all time, aren’t they? I mean, you’ve got Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) running around with a grenade launcher blowing up aliens like it’s still 1980. It doesn’t get much better than that.
As an author I have to say I’ve been truly inspired by the alien films. I’m about to start writing a new sci-fi novel and screenplay about aliens and this flick is the absolute first one I’m watching.
Aliens creates an amazing sense of isolation. You remember the first time you watch Alien and you felt chills down your spine? That’s because James Cameron created a movie that makes you feel like you’re all alone in a terrifying world.
I’d love to know what your personal favorite alien scenes are. The chest-burster scene? The “Get away from her you bitch” scene? When Dallas goes in the air ducts on the Nostromo? When Newt gets taken? I could go on. There are so many absolutely mind blowing moments in Alien films.
Alien movies are also some of the movies most worth re-watching. So if you haven’t seen them in a while, go ahead. And don’t worry about screaming. In space… yeah, you know the quote.
And while we’re talking about Alien. Prometheus is also worth a mention. Not as good as the originals, is it? But Prometheus is still a unique and entertaining flick.
Hell, why not watch the whole Alien collection? The Alien Anthology dvd is ace. Why not grab a copy?
Men In Black
Another of the best movies with Aliens is Men In Black. The series started off brilliantly but gradually went down hill. So if you start with Men In Black 1 and watch through to Men In Black 3 you’ll progressively go from great to “Meh”.
Honestly, Men In Black 3 was a fun film. It just lacked the originality of the original movie
In case you have been living under a rock. Men In Black is a Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones film in which they play a couple of agents who are like the FBI for alien investigations. This set-up provides tons of great gags.
Did you know that Men In Black are actually real?
So I didn’t actually know this until I wrote this article (derp). But apparently Men In Black are real. I’m guessing this is a famous thing in the US and that being British I just didn’t know about it. Either that or I’m just a total muppet (which is a possibility).
According to Wiki, “In popular culture and UFO conspiracy theories, men in black (MIB) are supposed men dressed in black suits who claim to be government agents who harass or threaten UFO witnesses to keep them quiet about what they have seen.” So I guess that explains Men In Black’s memory eraser tool.
True or false, Men In Black is one of the best movies with aliens ever, and definitely the best comedy alien movie.
You can grab the entire Men In Black trilogy off Amazon for $9.99. Amazing bargain. Men in Black (1997) / Men in Black 3 / Men in Black II – Set [Blu-ray]
Ahhhh, District 9. I remember when this came out. It was hailed as the future of alien movies.
Turns out that was a stretch because District 9 didn’t really change the alien-movie landscape. But it was nevertheless one hell of a flick and a very unique movie.
Released in 2009, District 9 is a sci-fi thriller by Neill Blomkamp and Peter Jackson. It stars Sharlto Copley (who hasn’t done a good movie since) and Jason Cope (who was in Dredd).
District 9 is set in an alternate 1982 (my birth year for those keeping count). An alien spaceship appears over Johannesburg and a bunch of malnourished extraterrestrials are found. They need help. But it turns out the whole world is xenophobic (who knew?) so the government confines them to District 9. Year later, one of those aliens tries to escape.
District 9 picked up Oscar nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. And it picks up my nod for being one of the most original alien movies ever.
If you have never watched District 9 and you like movies with aliens, watch it. Trust me, you’re going to love it. After you see it come let me know what you thought (or if you’ve already seen it, leave a comment below).
Grab a copy here: District 9 [Blu-ray]
There’s no way I could write this list without including the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar.
Avatar is not only the highest growing alien movie, it is also one of the best. As a guy who writes spiritual fantasy novels, I am rather partial to any movie that discusses spirituality. And Avatar does precisely that.
Jake Sully is wheelchair bound following an incident for the military. He is then assigned to visited Pandora using a fake alien body called an avatar. He then meets Neytiri, one of the best characters of all time, and finds a new home with the Navi, the alien race. So while Avatar is a movie with aliens, it’s a movie about very human themes, themes like finding your place in the world and discovering your true family.
In my humble opinion, Avatar is the most inspiring movie about aliens. And I cannot wait for Avatar 2 to come out. But will it be as good as the original? What do you think? Leave a comment.
Being the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar has seen numerous DVD releases. The best Avatar DVD however, has go to be the Avatar Extended Collectors Edition. Pricey at nearly $90, but worth it.
Ah, The Thing, the absolute best horror movie with aliens. And incidentally, it was released the year I was born. 1982.
The Thing is a movie from horror genius Jon Carpenter and stars man-God Kurt Russell, whose best role will always be Big Trouble In Little China.
The alien in The Thing is a parasitic lifeform that assimilates other organisms and imitated them. This allows for all sorts of horrifying and brilliant moments, most notably the chest defibrillation scene, which even with its dated special effects still makes me feel queasy quicker than today’s horror flicks.
The Thing is precisely the sort of original horror movie that you don’t get a lot of these days. That’s partly because it evolved from a series of stories. It started as a 1951 film The Thing From Another World. That movie then inspired a book called Who Goes There? And that booked then inspired The Thing. So over the years, the story gradually evolved to become as good as it is in The Thing.
If you love classic sci-fi horror movies with aliens, pick up a copy of The Thing [Collector’s Edition] [Blu-ray]
Was Independence Day a good movie? Actually, that’s a very good question.
When Independence Day first came out people were disappointed with it. The story had more cheese than your than your local dairy farm. Sure, the special effects were sublime (the exploding White house scene was stunning as was the Empire State Building scene). And the one-liners were hilarious (“in the words of my generation, up yours!”). But the entire story was pants.
Gradually over the years, people forgave the plot. In fact, they started to love the cheesiness. And so Independence Day went from being bad to average. And as time has passed It’s become more and more nostalgic. Now, people love it because it reminds them of the 90s.
And honestly, I totally love the ending where Russell Casse’s “Hello boys, I’m back” scene.
Independence Day is the cheesiest movie about aliens. But it is also one of the most fun. And then they said, “Hello boys, I’m back” with the sequel. But. It bombed.
If you want to grab the DVD, it’s here:
I debated whether to put Stat Wars on this list. I mean yes, it is a movie with aliens, but it’s not a movie about aliens. And it also doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the movies here, being a fantasy rather than a sci-fi.
But because the mere thought of Star Wars makes me feel like I’m a kid again and makes me want to grab a lightsaber and start swinging like I’m Babe Ruth, I just had to put it on here.
Obviously you already know absolutely everything there is to now about Star Wars, right? Except, you might not know about the Hero’s Journey myth in The Force Awakens, and this character analysis of Rey will probably open your eyes.
So because you already know everything about Star Wars, let me tell you how much I love Star Wars. I love Star Wars so much that it made me become a fantasy author. And because I was so into the Jedi, I thereby got into Zen (which is the religion Jedi is based on). That made me start meditating. And I now teach meditation. So yeah, I love Star Wars a lot. If you’d like to listen to an overly-imaginative nerd ramble on passionately about the virtues of Star Wars, like us on Facebook.
Star Wars has so many DVDs that it’s ridiculous. Which is the best? Dunno. The newest one, however, is The Complete Saga. Here’s the link to the DVD:
I loved Mars Attacks. Mostly because it has Tom Jones in it and my mum loves him. Anytime I get to see a flick with my mum it’s a total blast. But I digress.
Mars Attacks is a 1996 comedy by Tim Burton. Apparently, the movie is based on a cult trading card game by the same name. Who knew? The movie stars Jack Nicholson (genius), Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie Smith, and Sylvia Sidney.
Mars Attacks is one of the funniest movies with aliens. If you’ve seen it, you’ll remember the hilarious way the female alien walks, the way the aliens heads ecplode when they listen to Grandma’s music, and the brilliant moment when the Martian leader shakes hands with the president. Hilarious.
What you might not know is that the special effects in Mars Attacks! were made by Industrial Light & Magic, the company that also did the visual for the Star Wars films. No wonder it looks so darned good.
So, for my mum, and because it’s excellent, Mars Attacks! makes our list of the best movies with aliens.
As per usual, if you’d like to grab a copy of the DVD you can find it here: Mars Attacks! It’s only $2.99, which is a dollar less than it is on Youtube (you know, the streaming site that now wants you to pay to watch stuff even though it only became popular by illegally infringing on copyrights).
E.T. (phone home?)
I’d like to say thank you to E.T. for reminding me to phone home while writing this list.
What can you say about E.T. that hasn’t already been said? Nothing. We already know that E.T. is one of the best family movies of all time. We already know that it became the worst game of all time. And we already know that he’s like, the cutest alien ever. So what else is there to say?
Well, I could tell you that when I was a 6 year old watching E.T. for the first time it scared the hell out of me. I mean there’s this little creepy alien dude that looks like an old man with wrinkles all over his head. And he’s broken into your home and is living there unbeknownst to you. It’s pretty scary. But then, I was scared of Harry And The Hendersons the first time I saw that too. So maybe it’s just me.
Either way, if you enjoy movies with aliens that are clearly old and wrinkly men, you’ll love E.T. And if for some weird reason you have never actually watched E.T. then you need to grab it right away.
Here the link to E.T. on Amazon: E.T.,The Extra-Terrestrial