You’ve seen them in the sky and heard their strange noises late at night. But you haven’t yet had an excellent chance to get up close and personal with the denizens of other planets. Well, here’s your chance! We’ve rounded up the top-rated alien movies to watch on Netflix so you can finally have that life-changing encounter that’s long overdue.
Directed by Ridley Scott
First released in 1979
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt.
Based on the novel by Dan O’Bannon (who also starred in it)
This movie is a classic space horror film that mixes elements of sci-fi thrills and scares. The crew of the commercial ship Nostromo picks up what they think is an alien distress signal from their flight computer’s database when they come across an abandoned spacecraft. They decide to land on its surface to investigate further, but the creature picked up turns out to be deadly alien life that can replicate itself through means of a living host body and spread across other planets rapidly.
Year: 1987, directed by John McTiernan. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, and Kevin Peter Hall.
In this movie, a team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle are hunted by an advanced alien with deadly technology.
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a sci-fi classic exploring what would happen if aliens took over Earth. The movie follows Miles Bennell, a doctor who discovers that alien duplicates replace people in his small town. No one believes him except for Nancy, his wife, as he tries to warn others.
When it comes to alien movies, this one is a must-watch as it blends suspense and horror with political commentary on McCarthyism.
4. Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. It tells the story of astronaut George Taylor. He wakes up from hibernation on a spaceship to find himself in an ape-dominated future Earth where talking apes are the dominant species.
The film was based on Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel La Planète des singes, published in English as Monkey Planet and Monkey World. Arthur P. Jacobs produced it for Arthur P. Jacobs Productions with 20th Century Fox as a distributor.
Producer Mort Abrahams originally purchased the rights to Boulle’s novel, but he never secured funding for production; after his death, Saul David acquired them and hired Rod Serling to write a screenplay based on it. David’s initial idea was to shoot the picture after completing The War Lord (1965), which starred William Holden and Sophia Loren; this changed when Heston agreed to star in both films.
The original score was composed by Maurice Jarre and featured three well-known tunes: “Au Claire de la Lune” (popularly known as “Brahms’ Lullaby”) as heard in several scenes; “Eric Satie’s Gymnopédies #1”; and one of his Gnossiennes entitled “Gnossienne No 1”. Film Score Monthly records issued a soundtrack album featuring these pieces plus additional cues from Jarre in 1997 (FSM 100).
“Signs” is about a family who tries to survive an alien invasion. The mother (Melissa Joan Hart) takes care of her children while the father (Joaquin Phoenix) searches for answers as a priest. Their family is threatened by the unknown force that continues to terrorize them and their town.
The movie has many themes that make it appealing, such as faith and perseverance in times of crisis and how we can use our skills to help others in need even if we don’t know exactly how things will turn out in the end.
6. The Fly (1986)
The Fly is a classic sci-fi horror film directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jeff Goldblum as an eccentric scientist who slowly turns into a fly hybrid. When Brundle first gets his hands on the Telepod and begins to experiment with it, he’s determined to make something that will change humanity for the better; however, in his haste to find success, he fails to realize how dangerous his experiments are becoming until it’s too late.
This film is based on George Langelaan’s short story of the same name—which won him an Edgar Award in 1959—and was later turned into several sequels: Return of the Fly (1959), Curse of the Fly (1965), and Son of the Fly (1989).
7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1977: Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi film won him his first Academy Award for Best Picture and remained one of the most famous alien movies.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, and François Truffaut as himself (the director of Close Encounters).
Inspired by a real-life event in which aliens abducted a family.
8. War of the Worlds (1953)
Gene Barry stars as an American scientist who must escape from his home and trek across the country to survive in this classic alien invasion film. He meets up with other survivors and helps them fight for survival against dangerous aliens (who are bent on world domination). The movie was directed by Byron Haskin, who also directed “The War of the Worlds” (2005), starring Tom Cruise.
Hollywood released this classic sci-fi adventure in 1953, based on H. G Wells’ 1898 novel about a Martian invasion of Earth. The film starred Gene Barry as an American scientist who must escape from his home and trek across the country to survive. He meets up with other survivors and helps them fight for survival against dangerous aliens (who are bent on world domination).
9. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison. It features special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, and Robert MacNaughton. It tells the story of Elliott (Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial nicknamed “E.T.” (the titular character), who is stranded on Earth after his mother’s boyfriend abandons him during a camping trip in 1957 California. Elliott and his siblings help E.T., who has been injured due to contact with Earth’s atmosphere, find his way home while attempting to keep him hidden from their mother’s boyfriend, Michael Keys (Coyote).
10. District 9
District 9 is a science fiction film in Johannesburg, South Africa. The plot is about an alien race forced to live in slum-like conditions after their spaceship crashes on Earth. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009 and won three other Oscars: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
If you are looking for some tremendous alien movies to watch, then these ten films should be at the top of your list. They have been handpicked because of their popularity or historical relevance and are guaranteed to provide an entertaining evening for anyone who enjoys watching movies about aliens.
For example, “Alien” is one of the most well-known sci-fi films ever made and has spawned several sequels which have helped shape how future generations view humanity’s encounters with extraterrestrial lifeforms, while “District Nine” is a modern take on the trope that has become so popular in recent years: living among us right now may be visitors from other planets who look just like regular people on Earth!