Alien Movies

Collection of alien movies as reviewed at alienmoviereviews.com, ordering is by overall enjoyment by a fellow fan of alien movies.
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1.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ The number one question I always get when I tell people I write this blog is, ‘What’s your favorite alien movie?’ No question, it’s got to be District 9. The only movie that grabbed my attention and so beautifully told a great story in the first 10 minutes was Pixar’s ‘Up’. From there the story never lets go and is a constant adventure through a set of circumstances that everyone can identify with. How they incorporate the aliens, and their obvious symbolic nature with Africa’s immigration issues, deserves the award alone. The acting, special effects and direction allow this to really set the standard unlike any movie since Alien. My favorite hands down. ” - alienmovies
 
2.
Contact (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Simply one of my top three favorite movies ever made. You can love this movie on so many levels, and being an alien movie fan is certainly one of them, but this is one of the few movies I’ve reviewed that anyone can enjoy. Old, young, conservative, liberal, male, female, I just can’t see a demographic that wouldn’t like this movie. There are so many great aspects, from the acting, the writing, and the way the film addresses so many topics in such a great way. Overall I honestly recommend watching this and keeping an open mind; the film is a journey to end of the universe. ” - alienmovies
 
3.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Let me first state that I am not usually an old movie fan. In fact, anything pre-1995 usually seems so outdated and lacking modern storytelling we take for granted. This movie is not one of those. I had seen parts of 2001 over a decade ago but after watching Interstellar I was blown away by one of Kubrick's best work. The story is well done, soundtrack of course iconic, and the integration of how extraterrestrials brought the human race along is so engaging and thought provoking I wanted to watch it again. Can't recommend enough, no matter how old it gets. ” - alienmovies
 
4.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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 lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Considering this movie was made in 1979, and I didn’t see it until 2011, there are some pretty big draw backs. “Old movies” are laden with long silent patches, strange audio that makes it hard to understand the dialog and generally over the top “baaad doop ooop” sound effects. Compare the audio work in Alien vs “Cowboys and Aliens" for example.

Despite how old this movie was, I did generally enjoy it. There were two or three parts that it dragged on a bit, and some of the plot lines, especially around the first kills, were incredibly obvious. Screaming out “O man, this guy is so dead. Turn around!!!” can be fun though. Alien was also generally scary, and I usually hate scary movies, but this was a more suspenseful entertaining scary. Good thing I had my wife to hold on to! (yes I am aware I’m a big baby and it’s her that should be holding on to me) With long drawn out scenes, walking in to dark alleys and lots of steam coming out of seemingly nowhere, you’re on the edge of the seat just waiting for something to happen.

The other problem I had with the movie was the stupid damn cat. I’m not a huge cat person in general, and maybe I would have been more attached to the pet if it was a dog, but no offense fluffy, if its my life on the line you’re getting left.

Overall, the movie is a worth a watch, again considering how old it is, and I recommend it. It’s the first alien contact movie that happens in space and was very creative for 1979. Now time to watch to Aliens… ” - alienmovies
 
5.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world. (115 mins.)
“ The thing that’s so amazing about E.T. is the depth of character development Spielberg was able to build with such limited technology. It’s almost as if some sci-fi movies have to be re-made every 20-35 years because watching the special effects scenes become so dated, so quickly, and are a distraction to the story.

Sure, there are a few choppy/pixelated shots, but the beauty of E.T. is the friendship that develops with a child who feels picked on and an outcast, something everyone can relate to. The story requires no technology and instead a good storyline and a great performance, which Henry Thomas (Elllliiiiiooooottt) did a superb job delivering.

After not watching E.T. for over 20 years, I was amazed how well the story held up over time, thinking it was merely a kid’s story and I highly recommend another viewing if you haven’t seen it in awhile. Truly inspiring and heartfelt. ” - alienmovies
 
6.
The New World (2005)
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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Our usual readers are probably wondering, wait, wtf? That’s not an alien movie!

I recently came across the Imaginary Worlds podcast, and specifically the First Contact episode, and it completely changed my view of aliens and our storytelling about them. Highly recommend you give that a listen first.

The overall gist is that the foundation of the modern day alien movie comes from the cowboy and indian stories that have been told for hundreds of years. The difference is that today we are all the native american and the “white european explorer” is the alien from another world. And guess what? It doesn’t end well for the natives.

I re-watched a bunch of westerns and cowboy/indian films (and totally changed my view on the film Cowboys and Aliens), but the film that most stuck out in my head was ‘The New World’. First off, the cinematography and directing is great, no surprise being Terrence Malick film. More than that though, the connection the two characters develop despite a lack of language or cultural assumptions was inspirational. One of my favorite alien movies I’ve seen in a long time and continued the challenge that the Imaginary Worlds podcasts put forth to me about what an Alien movie is and what they can mean. ” - alienmovies
 
7.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ I saw this movie a week ago and needed time, no, I needed a lot of time, to digest what the *beep* happened. Prometheus is unlike any other alien movie I’ve reviewed and deserves kudos for being original, beautifully shot and well-acted. What it does not get high marks for is leaving the audience without any sense of a message or meaning. I haven’t left a movie this frustrated with questions since I saw Inception for the first time. I’m already planning on watching it again next week.

I’ve scoured the internet and found dozens of posts, theories and even an entire fan-site. If you just want some answers, this post is amazing. It’s very long, so I’ll give you my short version. SPOILER ALERT, although I wish I had known this before going into the movie and I hate spoilers. Brace yourself, *beep* about to get cray:

Prometheus is a story about our ancestors, or engineers as they are known in the movie, who gave life to earth by sacrificing one of their own. Sacrificing yourself so others can live in the single most important idea to this ancient civilization. Sacrificing other’s ability to live for your own gain is bad. That’s why when they sent one of their own kind to check up on us humans, Jesus Christ (yes really), we killed him and that pissed them off so the engineers wanted to eradicate us. Problem is, their tool to spread life, a primordial black goo, changes when those around it are descructive, so it turned on them and destroyed them. Then we show up 2000 years later and drama unfolds. That should be enough for you to actually enjoy this beautiful movie, and the cinematography really is exceptional, without being bogged down with the story’s meaning that goes sideways in dozens of ways.

Side note: In preparation for the movie’s release, the team behind the movie created a video for their vision of a TED talk in 2023, presented by one of the movies characters in his youth, and was actually shown at this year’s TED. Worth a watch. ” - alienmovies
 
8.
Cloverfield (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ The movie opens from the view point of one of main characters filming interviews of attendees at his friend’s going-away party, purposely erratic, low angles and kind of crappy quality. That said, it worked well for the intro as you get a good sense of the story and build a connection, but I wish they had ditched the jumpy handheld direction later in the movie. The dark, running away from monsters scenes got a little bit much for me, and when the crazy *beep* happens later, I would have preferred high end, Michael Bay production levels. Speaking of which, why hasn’t Bay ever done an alien movie (and don’t you dare say Transformers).

Overall, the movie was very entertaining. If you like alien movies, and was able to watch ‘The Blair With Project’, you’re going to love this movie. If all that running and shaking made you a bit queasy, there’s still a lot to see here. Very watchable and a well written story. Lots for alien movie fans to like here and I’m surprised 3 years later there still isn’t a sequel, although it sounds like they are working on it. ” - alienmovies
 
9.
Ender's Game (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. (114 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ The original book by Orson Scott Card had an incredible impact on me growing up and is still the only book I've ready more than twice. I would even say had a hand in me creating this blog in the first place. The story is captivating and relatable. The challenge to making this a movie was not just the need for creative visuals for things that have never been done before, but also the choices of what to cut from a 400+ page book. Where the Hunger Games movie fell, trying to jam the entire book into a two hour movie, Ender's Game did well to focus on specific parts of the story. I was disappointed to lose the beginning ~100 or so pages, but I understand why they did it. The movie was also visually beautiful and creative, and cap it off with the sublime acting of Asa Butterfield. Can't say the same for Harrison Ford though, as well as Moises Arias' portrayal of Bonzo was pretty bad too. Overall I enjoyed the movie and full well knowing I am very biased, fully recommend this one. Now go read the book! ” - alienmovies
 
10.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. (113 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ I get that not everyone is as big of an alien movie fan as yours truly, but I finally watched this movie and had no idea it was even an alien movie! Why is that? Probably because it is based on a book called “All You Need is Kill”, the movie was originally called “Edge of Tomorrow” and then marketed, and then eventually renamed again, as “Live Die Repeat”. The billboards focused on it starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, but the creativity and surprisingly good story were totally lost in the marketing. Compare this to the ad campaign around Battle: LA and they both seem like enteratining shoot ‘em ups, with one being about an alien invasion and one with futuristic Tom Cruise battling Emily Blunt on a beach. So frustrating, I would have loved to see this opening weekend! I was pleasantly surprised how well done not just the special effects were, but the acting and storyline too. Definitely recommend, very entertaining. ” - alienmovies
 
11.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Independence Day is an all-american classic about freedom, love, the strength of the human spirit…and aliens of course. The movie takes considerably longer to get started than most modern day alien movies, which seem to jump into first contact right away. It’s done very well though, building plot lines and characters in an entertaining way. One of my favorite lines in the whole movie is when Will Smith partner stares at him, and asks “you scared?” He answers, “nope, you?” and then gives him a big hug. Not sure why, but it’s always stuck with me. There’s also a scene with a dog jumping off a car with the most hilarious fire background that makes me lol every time I watch this movie.

The horribly forced comic lines and worldwide symbolic structures being decimated get old pretty quick. Also, I’m all for cheesy lines, but how did Jeff Goldblum get away with having the line “must go faster” in two consecutive movies?

The ending made me blush in embarrassment more than warming my heart, but the movie was entertaining enough, doing a good job tying up enough loose ends so that you weren’t wondering what the hell happened. ID4 is definitely worth a second look if you passed the first time around and mandatory if you like aliens at all. ” - alienmovies
 
12.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ 2011 was a fantastic year for alien movie fans with several high profile movies coming out including Battle: LA in March and then two alien movies in the middle of the height of the summer movie season within six weeks of each other, one being in 1800s Wild West and the other in 1979 Ohio.

Since this was produced by Spielberg and directed by JJ Abrams, I had fairly big expectations for Super 8. You knew it was going to be a wild ride and it sure delivers. A slow beginning explodes into a whirlwind adventure following a set of kids throughout their small rural town. A decent story, although a bit cheesy at times, was well thought out and includes some classic coming-of-age moments.

The biggest thing about this movie was the fact that you could easily watch this was your 12 or 13 year old nephew (it is PG-13). It’s graphic and loud, but not overly violent and never inappropriate. It’s not one of the best alien movies I’ve ever seen, but it is surely #DecentContact. ” - alienmovies
 
13.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen. (137 mins.)
“ Although being an older movie from the 70s, I still had high expectations for Close Encounters of the 3rd kind has it’s considered such a classic in the genre. I could appreciate that there were some original themes and ideas that have been copied over the last 3 decades, but I left the movie feeling just MEH.

So many open questions for me after the movie…so the aliens chose this guy and made him crazy to the point where he left his family and destroyed his life, losing his job and everything he had? Why not pick someone without a family to leave behind?

This movie is prime for a remake in the next 10 years, with a larger focus on the science and algorithms around the iconic sounds and visual displays that everyone remembers about this movie. Instead the original spends too much time developing the characters, having them hike around some random mountain and generally being *beep* crazy. Could have spent more of the time as Contact did with how and why they are communicating in this way. Loved the addition of visual dynamics to the initial contact and could give a new director the ability to do something truly amazing with today’s special effects.

This original original is watchable, not great by any means, but entertaining enough. ” - alienmovies
 
14.
War of the Worlds (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
“ I am biased because this was shot in my wife's hometown, and everyone still talks about how nice everyone was, including Tom Cruise. This is a pretty decent remake from the 1953 original, which many argue was even better. The story follows a very standard intro, aliens invade, and then lots great action. Dakota Fanning was really great and the suspenseful moments worth a watch, even for those that aren't that into alien movies. ” - alienmovies
 
15.
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
“ There is so much awesomeness to this film, but I can't quite give it a #NoNeedToBelieve rating, as it is an action film at its core. An amazing action film, but doesn't have much more to offer. Decent contact, worth watching, especially if you're into alien movies, this should be on your list for sure. ” - alienmovies
 
16.
Pacific Rim (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (131 mins.)
“ Amazingly the only alien summer movie of 2013, Pacific Rim was pretty decent. Visual and well done artistically, there was very little to the rest of the movie. In fact, it reminded me of Up, which features one of the best openings ever. If I owned the rights I would already be working on the Prequel, because the first 5 minutes are fantastic.

The rest of the movie is fun entertainment but don’t expect any uniqueness to the alien movie paradigm. Why they are here and how we fought back follows pretty old plot lines, but take yourself to your dealer and enjoy the show.

EDIT: It’s been a few weeks, I have seen the movie again, and I have to say this is one of the best movie of the summer. As I mentioned before, some of the acting isn’t Oscar winning, but we’ve become so reliant on sequels and reboots that it is refreshing to see a new story story. I really hope to see a prequel. ” - alienmovies
 
17.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
“ You have to hand it to Sony for making the movie Battle: LA. With a fairly large budget (estimated at $100MM) they have already grossed over $200MM and it hasn’t even been released on blue-ray yet. Between a great marketing campaign involving the cool re-entry circles seen above that have become almost iconic, and big names like Aaron Eckhart (so hot right now) and Michelle Rodriguez, who is now the default Hollywood actress for a women in a military role, the studio did it’s job creating a product that sells.

The movie starts off well and maintains a high energy throughout the first hour. It’s truly entertaining and for an alien invasion movie, it does all the right things. Signs of something approaching the world, general disbelief that anything could go wrong, and then complete domination. I’ve dragged my wife into a lot of these movies and she would like to see aliens that don’t move around like us. The whole two legs, two arms thing is a bit old no?

The military story lines are all too predictable: one guy on his last day before retirement, one guy about to get married and one guy with a baby on the way. Sigh. If I have to fault the movie it’s the last 30 minutes. Really wanes a bit and doesn’t quite have that feel good ending that Independence Day had. Remember that first time you had a GIANT banana split? You’re about 8 years old and you order the jumbo version because why not? You bite into it and think it’s incredible. Best dessert you’ve ever had. Then you get half way through, you’ve eaten a pint of ice cream, a cup of whipped cream and a whole banana…and you’re only half way there. By the time you’re done you think the whole thing was good of course, but you don’t exactly want another one.

Overall, this movie entertains to the max, especially the first hour. Have a few cocktails, sit back and enjoy a great action packed alien movie. As I always say, Explosions and Aliens. What else do you need? ” - alienmovies
 
18.
Extraterrestrial (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Everyone knows what to do if one morning the sky would be absolutely full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. However, what would happen if the invasion started while you are in the flat of the girl of your dreams, the one you have just met? (95 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
“ Extraterrestrial is a spanish independent film that I genuinely enjoyed. Decent contact for a unique plot and not trying to over complicate things.

As I am getting older I am finding the thing I really enjoy about alien movies is less about the graphics, explosions and creepy sound effects, and more about the connection that we all share when there is a common enemy. This movie twists that inside out and shows us that anyone could an enemy or your lover. ” - alienmovies
 
19.
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ I watched this when I was pretty young and it is part of why I am so excited about alien movies. Without this movie I doubt I would be writing this blog. Also reminds a bit of Ender's Game, one of my favorite books of all time.

The movie is creative, uses some of the best technology at the time, and has a few twists that are unique to the genre. The acting wasn't exactly academy level, but it's a movie that is fun to watch and enjoyable for years to come. ” - alienmovies
 
20.
Oblivion (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (124 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ It’s frustrating to have a movie with so much going for it, fall so hard on its face. The movie has a great soundtrack, beautiful cinematography and creative special effects. Similar to Pacific Rim, Oblivion starts with an engaging and quick introduction that grabs your attention, but the good writing ends there. Sad because there are so many things that are unique and well thought out including the technology and the world in general, but the story so quickly falls apart your mind is questioning the writing from 30 minutes in and you can’t enjoy the show. Then there’s the ending which makes you wish you didn’t even try to watch the movie in the first place. Watch it for the graphics and artistic creativity and little else. ” - alienmovies
 
21.
The World's End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival. (109 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Finally an Alien Comedy movie worth watching! The genre has had some rough ones. Simon Pegg’s first go at this was Paul, which I hated, and don’t get me started on The Watch, which was simply awful.

The World’s End was entertaining and quite hilarious at times. Also includes a great quote from the Primal Scream song ‘Loaded’, included below. Some of the alien moments were a bit strange but with a little dose of suspension of disbeief and heart for your childhood friends you’ll enjoy this as much as I did.

The truncated Fonda quote sampled at the beginning of the song:

Just what is it that you want to do?

We wanna be free
We wanna be free to do what we wanna do
And we wanna get loaded
And we wanna have a good time
That’s what we’re gonna do ” - alienmovies
 
22.
Battleship (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. (131 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ I haven’t loved a movie this much since Battle LA. I dragged a few friends with me who weren’t huge alien movie fans and they were pleasantly surprised how entertaining it was, more than Cowboys and Aliens at least. The effects were latest standards, especially the sounds, and the technology the aliens used was pretty creative. The plot line was easy to follow without too many holes and I thought the main character did a good job after a rocky start. Rihanna was pretty bad though, check out all of her lines and you’ll see why.

Let’s remember, they took a board game and turned it into a full on movie. For that, and the great way they incorporated it, they get extra credit. They don’t address all the things that make a great alien movie like why they came to earth, or a greater symbolic message, but I enjoyed it. ” - alienmovies
 
23.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Apparently watching a movie in 3D on January 1st at 11:00am is not a good idea. Horribly hungover and getting the spins while watching through 3D glasses was not an enjoyable experience. I also did not appreciate the blatant rip off of so many great movies including Princess of Mononoke and even Pocahontas. Everyone loved this movie but I simply did not. Yes the art direction was award winning, but cheesy lines and predictable story ruined it for me. ” - alienmovies
 
24.
After Earth (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. (100 mins.)
“ It's too bad this movie wasn't more successful. Will Smith's son Jaden had a big opportunity here, but it left me wanting more. A lot more. Similar to another Alien movie in 2013, Oblivion, the art direction was pretty good. They created a version of Earth that was entertaining and scenic. The problem was the difficult transition from an entertaining introduction to an actual story and Jaden is not ready for this level of a central role. I'm sure he'll get there with Will mentoring him, but this was way too early for him. ” - alienmovies
 
25.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ What’s to say about an alien movie that blends Cowboys and Aliens, and I don’t just mean the title. What do you expect? Shoot em ups, old corale style? Check. Surprising amazing sounds effects? Check. But what about the simple amazing ability of Hollywood’s top people to recruit amazing talent like Daniel Craig and (out of retirement) Harrison Ford? Check.


I’m not going to lie. When I saw the first ad for Cowboy & Aliens during the Super Bowl I jumped out of my seat with excitement. Obviously I’m a huge fan of any movie related to aliens, but throw in cowboys and a ridiculous cast, *beep* YES.


So, onto the movie. Let’s be clear about one thing. When you set your expectations to the above criteria, this movie dominates. I don’t just mean it’s entertaining. It makes you so giddy to the point where you’re clapping your hands in sarcastic exuberance. More than anything this a movie that should entertain and not ask questions. There are no political or human desire motivations and with a movie with this title there shouldn’t be.


How the hell Jon Favreau convinced this cast to do this movie is beyond me, but he did put together a thoroughly entertaining movie that you can watch on a Friday night after a grueling week of work, or a Saturday afternoon hungover as hell as I’ll probably be tomorrow.


Overall, I did enjoy it and I hope you do too…giving the title and all. ” - alienmovies
 
26.
Skyline (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. (97 mins.)
“ Skyline was the first alien movie i’ve seen in years that was so horrible that i enjoyed it. The acticting was sub-par (that guy from Dexter got a movie role?!) and the directing wasn’t great either but take it for what it is: two high end special graphics engineers convinced a studio to give them $10,000,000 to create an effects based movie. The fact that the main character you’re relating to the most is killed in the first 30 minutes says something.

Overall, yes it was horrible, and yes it was a bad script with unexperienced actors and unknown directors, but for someone who loves alien movies, i enjoyed it! The ending was so off from the rest of the movie that i must assume this sequel is actually going to happen. ” - alienmovies
 
27.
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Borg go back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
“ I’m not a huge trekkie by any means, but I did enjoy this movie. The dialog around why contact matters, how this can affect the world and the event itself is very well done. Not a fan of the bumbling borg people, but don’t let this distract you from the uplifting message that we can be a better civilization if things like food, shelter and clean water are provided to all. Meaning becomes an internal bettering of oneself, not the pursuit of money and possessions. Although idealistic and unpractical, it’s certainly a nice idea. ” - alienmovies
 
28.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack. (104 mins.)
“ I was able to see @10CloverfieldLn on opening night, but it took me a week to really process the film. First off, let me set expectations that it is hard to even call this an Alien Movie, and I thought for awhile about not even writing a post. I decided there is a enough symbolism about human nature in the ending, especially outlined in this SPOILERS FILLED review by TheVerge.

A few notes before you decide to watch this though: It is dark, scary and disturbing. I don’t mean in the horror alien genre way the original Alien made so famous. I mean in the troubling, mental, Hitchcock way when you saw The Birds for the first time. It is a fast paced, well written, efficient movie that definitely keeps your interest, but don’t expect feeling happy after it. Still think worth watching though. ” - alienmovies
 
29.
Attack the Block (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Cornish
“ Being a huge arsenal fan, I have a soft spot for any media from Britain. Techno music, crappy TV and the fun movies about a group of British kids. So, that being said I went into this low-budget movie with decent expectations.

The alien aspect was a bit off for me with very little offered in terms of why they were there and where they came from. I would almost call this more of a monsters movie, than an alien movie.

The other thing that really irked me was the acting. Any time you have a group of untested youth actors, you’ll have some impressive performances and others show their inexperience. On multiple occasions i wanted to fast forward the scene as I couldn’t stand the awkwardness.

Besides that though the movie is pretty decent. The story progresses well and I was happy to sit through a few bad moments for some good entertainment. Have a few cocktails and enjoy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets picked up a few years from now by the major studios and given an american re-work, with more of a horror focus. ” - alienmovies
 
30.
Pixels (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. (106 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Let’s be honest, I’ve written extensively about the strangely growing sub-genre of alien comedies. Paul was awful, The Worlds End was ok, and please don’t ever watch The Watch. Adam Sandler can walk into any studio, ask for $100mm, and combine alien movie with the recent cult status of the novel “Ready Player One”. Done. I have a good friend who’s a screenwriter in LA and we seriously wondered if we could write a better story. Why not include actual science and maybe details from Voyager 1? Anyway, it’s a fine movie for a Friday night, not worth much more. ” - alienmovies
 
31.
Alien Nation (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilization. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine. (91 mins.)
Director: Graham Baker
“ I’m not one for old movies, which I define as anything before 1995, and a sci-movie from the 80s that’s watchable is incredibly hard to come by. So, that said, I went into this movie with extremely low expectations.

Overall, Alien Nation is simply a cop movie with aliens added in, but without much creativity added around the aliens. The fact that they aliens look almost identical to us except for the lack of hair is pretty ridiculous. The acting was pretty terrible as well, but for some reason the story kept engaged. I wanted to turn it off a few times but held on, and then, when it was over was glad that I watched it.

It’s not a great movie, but it’s certainly one of the best alien movie from the 1980s. Watchable? Yes, if you #takemetoyourdealer. ” - alienmovies
 
32.
American Warships (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
When a US plane is taken down over seas by an unknown assailant, the army is sure it was North Korea and a new war is about to break out. Even worse, the true attacker is an alien armed force and only one old battleship can stop them. (89 mins.)
Director: Thunder Levin
“ I can’t say I ever watch made for TV movies and didn’t know they made movies this bad. The quality dips pretty far in special effects and acting quality, but in some ways the story itself was even better than the $200MM budget Battleship. The story had far fewer holes and included one of the best lines of all time: “There’s no way I’m going to let you sink my battleship.” How did they not have this line in the big budget movie?!?

I’m all about expectations and for a low budget movie, it was quite enjoyable. The questions as to why they came here, their technology, and everything that makes an alien story great were addressed and worked into the story. As long as you know you won’t be seeing an Emmy performance or mind blowing special effects, it was surprisingly enjoyable. I recommend for a rainy Sunday afternoon or after a few cocktails. ” - alienmovies
 
33.
Mars Attacks! (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. (106 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Look at this cast: Directed by Tim Burton, starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, SJP, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, etc. etc.

How on earth was this move this bad? Trying to make an alien comedy film is like cooking risotto on Top Chef, you just shouldn't do it and it's a curse for a terrible end result. I still am yet to see a good alien comedy film (The Watch anyone? ughh) and this movie continues the trend. I was left wondering half way through whether there was some joke I was missing. Definitely not worth your time. ” - alienmovies
 
34.
Paul (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. (104 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ This movie is marketed as an alien comedy, an ambitious idea with the only others in the category being Coneheads and possibly Space Balls. I don’t include Mars Attacks or Men In Black, as those have so much more to offer than comedy like action, creativity and overall quality. I get it, we haven’t had a comedy about alien(s) is quite awhile and the 80s and early 90s were littered with them, but plainly put, this movie sucked. I do generally like the two British guys, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, especially Shawn of the Dead, but this was a huge flop.



The best example of why this movie was so bad is the 2nd scene when the two main characters Graeme and Clive are out in the Area 51 area at a diner. After buying a sticker titled “Alien on Board”, being the big nerdy, alien believers they are, they slap it on the back of their RV. Two minutes later they make contact with Paul, the alien, and then freak out and rip the sticker off the RV. At least 10 minutes introducing the stupid sticker and then just rip it off for some quick laugh, which caused no LOLz for me.

The acting was terrible, the action scenes stupid, including unnecessarily blowing up a house in the middle of nowhere, and the writing was even worse. Of all the alien movies I’ve watched this is definitely in the crap pile. This alien definitely came in boredom. ” - alienmovies
 
35.
The Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. (102 mins.)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
“ One genre of alien movies that has not been properly addressed is the comedy. Paul was downright awful and ‘The Watch’ wasn’t much better. I didn’t even know it was an alien movie until about 45 minutes in and once I did it quickly spun out of control. How can a movie with four funny comedians produce such a pile of goo? I wouldn’t even recommend this when nothing else is on, it’s that bad. The bar is officially set really low, too bad really, but once I do watch the first alien comedy I’m going to be pretty excited. ” - alienmovies