Alien / Predator Timeline

Although never intended to share the same movie universe, these two franchises are now linked thanks to two cross-over films.

This list put the films of the 'Alien' and 'Predator' franchises in chronological order, including the semi-prequel to 'Alien' - 'Prometheus'.

This list shows how the individual movies reference each other and establish a shared universe... (There are therefore potential SPOILERS!)

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1.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ 1987. A Predator Vs a team of commandos in a Central American jungle... ” - koomy
 
2.
Predator 2 (1990)
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Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan. (108 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ A few years later, a Predator tackles a cop in L.A.

An Alien skull is seen in the trophy case on the Predator ship. ” - koomy
 
3.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
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During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win. (101 mins.)
“ In 2004, an archaeological expedition discovers the link between the Aliens and Predators.

The expedition is led by Charles Bishop Weyland, a co-founder of the Weyland Yutani Corporation (this is "the company" referred to in the later Alien movies).

The androids Bishop and Bishop II from 'Aliens' and 'Alien 3' are modelled on this human 'ancestor'. ” - koomy
 
4.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Warring alien and predator races descend on a rural US town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival. (94 mins.)
“ Continues right after 'AVP' left off...

Mrs. Yutani is one of the co-founders of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

At the cemetery sequence, the man with a gun stands in front of a tombstone with the name "HAWKINS" on it. Hawkins was one of the soldiers in 'Predator'. ” - koomy
 
5.
The Predator (2018)
A sequel to the 1987 sci-fi film, "Predator."
Director: Shane Black
“ Shane Black has indicated that this will be a sequel set in present day 2018, following the events of Predator and Predator 2, but set prior to the events of the 2010 film Predators ” - koomy
 
6.
Predators (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race. (107 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Takes place after 2018.

When the group enters the Predators camp there's a brief view of an Alien skull on the ground. ” - koomy
 
7.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team find a structure on a distant moon, but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Set in approximately 2092, 30 years before the events seen in 'Alien'.

Features Peter Weyland who founded the Weyland Corporation, a predecessor to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

The three-triangle logo of the Weyland corporation can also be seen as part of David's fingerprint. ” - koomy
 
8.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
The crew of a colony ship discover an uncharted paradise, with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Follows on from events in Prometheus. ” - koomy
 
9.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Approximately set in 2122, 30 years after 'Prometheus'. ” - koomy
 
10.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ 57 years after the events seen in 'Alien', in approximately 2179.

The android Bishop is modelled on this human 'ancestor' Charles Bishop Weyland from 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator'

In the Special Edition of this film The Weyland-Yutani name is clearly written on several pieces of equipment and walls in the colony during a pre-alien outbreak scene. ” - koomy
 
11.
Alien³ (1992)
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After her last encounter, Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor. (114 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ This film is believed to be set just days or weeks after the events in Aliens, in 2179.

The android Bishop II is modelled on this human 'ancestor' Charles Bishop Weyland from 'AVP: Alien vs. Predator'.

Fury-161 is referred to as one of "Weyland-Yutani's backwater prison planets" and the company name written in Japanese can be briefly seen on the black box and on a poster in the office. ” - koomy
 
12.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
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Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
“ 200 years after the events seen in 'Alien 3' in approximately 2379. ” - koomy
 
13.
“ A rumoured film that would take place after 'Aliens' and ignore the events of 'Alien 3' and 'Alien: Resurrection'. ” - koomy