Aliens you just gotta love

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1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.9
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 311,805 | Gross: $435.11M

2. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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73 Metascore

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 134,364 | Gross: $145.79M

3. *batteries not included (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 25,799 | Gross: $32.95M

4. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

6.9
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In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 37,264 | Gross: $18.56M

5. The Iron Giant (1999)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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85 Metascore

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

Votes: 142,815 | Gross: $23.16M

6. The Abyss (1989)

PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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62 Metascore

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

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester

Votes: 142,626 | Gross: $54.46M

7. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 26,170

8. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.8
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A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 40,998

9. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents, and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,561

10. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 138,178 | Gross: $134.22M

11. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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46 Metascore

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 149,045 | Gross: $38.12M

12. K-PAX (2001)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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49 Metascore

PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 160,500 | Gross: $50.34M

13. Martian Child (2007)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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48 Metascore

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Director: Menno Meyjes | Stars: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Bobby Coleman, Sophie Okonedo

Votes: 18,365 | Gross: $7.49M

14. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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83 Metascore

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

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 970,228 | Gross: $760.51M

15. Thor (2011)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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57 Metascore

The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Votes: 601,084 | Gross: $181.03M

16. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bradley Gregg

Votes: 16,334 | Gross: $9.87M

17. Evolution (2001)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.1
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40 Metascore

A fire-fighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky but sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott

Votes: 107,832 | Gross: $38.35M

18. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.3
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71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 444,946 | Gross: $250.69M

19. Cocoon (1985)

PG-13 | 117 min | Sci-Fi

6.7
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65 Metascore

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 48,814 | Gross: $76.11M

20. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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90 Metascore

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 155,275 | Gross: $132.09M

21. Transformers (2007)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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61 Metascore

An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 545,894 | Gross: $319.07M

22. Cocoon: The Return (1988)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

5.3
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The old age pensioners that left at the end of the first film come back to Earth to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to stay back on Earth?

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox, Hume Cronyn

Votes: 13,129 | Gross: $18.92M

23. Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.5
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56 Metascore

A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

Directors: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Seth Rogen

Votes: 126,069 | Gross: $198.35M

24. The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason

Votes: 32,024 | Gross: $28.73M

25. Mac and Me (1988)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

3.4
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An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.

Director: Stewart Raffill | Stars: Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward, Tina Caspary, Lauren Stanley

Votes: 8,169 | Gross: $6.42M

26. Aliens in the Attic (2009)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.4
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42 Metascore

A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler

Votes: 18,221 | Gross: $25.20M

27. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Votes: 221,378 | Gross: $100.92M

28. Men in Black II (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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49 Metascore

Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 288,540 | Gross: $190.42M

29. The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

5.5
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Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children, Mace and Cindel, on a quest to find their parents.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Eric Walker, Warwick Davis, Fionnula Flanagan, Guy Boyd

Votes: 8,177

30. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

7.0
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71 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 36,289 | Gross: $28.70M

31. Chicken Little (2005)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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48 Metascore

After ruining his reputation with the town, a courageous chicken must come to the rescue of his fellow citizens when aliens start an invasion.

Director: Mark Dindal | Stars: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts

Votes: 71,589 | Gross: $135.39M

32. Cheung gong 7 hou (2008)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.5
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46 Metascore

A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Yuqi Zhang, Jiao Xu, Lei Huang

Votes: 12,469 | Gross: $0.21M

33. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.2
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A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool.

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans

Votes: 17,558 | Gross: $3.92M

34. Coneheads (1993)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Aliens with conical crania crash-land on Earth.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Robert Knott, Jonathan Penner

Votes: 44,616 | Gross: $21.27M

35. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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52 Metascore

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

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 376,892 | Gross: $63.54M

36. Good Boy! (2003)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.1
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49 Metascore

An intergalactic dog pilot from Sirius (the dog star), visits Earth to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the planet.

Director: John Hoffman | Stars: Liam Aiken, Matthew Broderick, Molly Shannon, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 3,616 | Gross: $37.57M

37. Paul (2011)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.0
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57 Metascore

Two English comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Mia Stallard

Votes: 207,810 | Gross: $37.41M

38. Planet 51 (2009)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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39 Metascore

An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him.

Directors: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Justin Long

Votes: 44,365 | Gross: $42.09M

39. Race to Witch Mountain (2009)

PG | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Family

5.7
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52 Metascore

A Las Vegas cabbie enlists the help of a UFO expert to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig

Votes: 47,488 | Gross: $67.17M

40. Green Lantern (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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39 Metascore

Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Votes: 238,581 | Gross: $116.60M