Extra-Terrestrial Buddies

by Sureds | created - 09 Apr 2016 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Movies and shows with friendly alien creatures. Spielberg's E.T. obviously inspired a lot of these.

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

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

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: 343,844 | Gross: $435.11M

2. El E.T.E. y el Oto (1983)

70 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

An ugly guy in spandex (supposedly an alien) befriends Spain's youngest psychopath.

Director: Manuel Esteba | Stars: Francisco Calatrava, Manuel Calatrava, Curro García, Óscar García

Votes: 111

3. The Brother from Space (1988)

90 min | Sci-Fi

After the crash of their spaceship the only surviving alien seeks refuge from the government. He finds the help of a blind music teacher with psychic powers, and a sympathetic priest.

Director: Mario Gariazzo | Stars: Martin Balsam, Agostina Belli, Silvia Tortosa, William Berger

Votes: 52

4. Nukie (1987)

PG | 95 min | Family, Sci-Fi

An alien called Nukie searches for his brother Miko, who has been captured by the U.S. government.

Directors: Sias Odendaal, Michael Pakleppa | Stars: Glynis Johns, Steve Railsback, Ronald France, Siphiwe Mlangeni

Votes: 1,060

5. Badi (1983)


Pretty much a Turkish remake of E.T, but instead of Badi being cute and funny, he is scary people of all ages

Director: Zafer Par | Stars: Cengiz Sayhan, Tolga Sönmez, Orhan Çagman, Tuncer Sevi

Votes: 300

6. Mac and Me (1988)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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: 10,785 | Gross: $6.42M

7. Little Boy Blue: Tiny Terrestrial (1991)

98 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Filipino-produced E.T. spoof, with a boy who befriends a giant blue creature from outer space he dubs T.T. (or, Tiny Terrestrial).

Director: Eddie Reyes | Stars: Atong Redillas, Jenjen Otico, Jay-Are Reyes, Luz Fernandez

Votes: 18

8. Extra Terrestrial Visitors (1983)

80 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young boy in the woods discovers a lovable alien...or is it?

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Ian Sera, Nina Ferrer, Susana Bequer, Sara Palmer

Votes: 4,130

9. My Uncle the Alien (1996)

PG | 91 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The President's daughter uses her extraterrestrial influence to spare the fate of a children's shelter in Los Angeles.

Director: Henri Charr | Stars: Hailey Foster, Josh Paddock, Sherwin Ace Ross, Beau Richard Hairston

Votes: 189

10. Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)

Not Rated | 171 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A developmentally disabled young man tries to continue the work his father did in communicating with extra-terrestrials from outer space, which leads to something miraculous and wonderful.

Director: Rakesh Roshan | Stars: Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Rakesh Roshan

Votes: 19,372 | Gross: $0.68M

11. Homoti (1987)

81 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A homosexual alien is lost in the 1970s Turkey.

Director: Müjdat Gezen | Stars: Müjdat Gezen, Perran Kutman, Bahar Öztan, Altan Erbulak

Votes: 193

12. Kokey (1997)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

On their way home, Bong and Anna discover Kokey, an extraterrestrial whose space ship explodes upon landing on earth. Without the knowledge of their parents, the children keep Kokey at home... See full summary »

Director: Romy Suzara | Stars: Carlo Aquino, Ani Pearl Alonzo, Mahal, Ricky Davao

Votes: 18

13. Kokey (2007–2010)

Comedy, Fantasy

An alien named Kokey from the planet Yekok had crash-landed on Earth in his ship. He befriends Bong and Anna, two children who help Kokey. Meanwhile, Kokey's enemy, Korokoy, followed him to Earth in order to find a crystal Kokey has.

Stars: Jojit Lorenzo, Nova Villa, Mike Lloren, Kyle Balili

Votes: 13

14. ALF (1986–1990)

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

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

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

Votes: 29,245

15. Project: ALF (1996 TV Movie)

95 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Family

Captured by the Alien Task Force, ALF was rescued by two officers who found out that the project shall be canceled - and also ALF.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Miguel Ferrer, William O'Leary, Jensen Daggett, Scott Michael Campbell

Votes: 2,234

17. Meatballs Part II (1984)

PG | 87 min | Comedy

Second in the series of Meatball movies. A group of kids attempt to save a summer camp that's a financial failure.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn | Stars: Richard Mulligan, Hamilton Camp, John Mengatti, Kim Richards

Votes: 2,120 | Gross: $5.41M

18. Get a Life (1990–1992)
Episode: SPEWEY and Me (1992)

Comedy, Fantasy

When an alien creature crashes in Gus' front yard, Chris tries to keep it from the Government, but this alien is nothing like E.T. or ALF as its only superpower is the ability to spew and spray body fluids all over the place.

Director: David Mirkin | Stars: Chris Elliott, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robin Riker, Elinor Donahue

Votes: 67

19. Howard the Duck (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

28 Metascore

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

Director: Willard Huyck | Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale

Votes: 40,480 | Gross: $16.30M

20. Paul (2011)

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

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: 223,614 | Gross: $37.41M

21. Munchie (1992)

PG | 80 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The ever hungry and funny Munchie is back in this sequel to "Munchies".

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Loni Anderson, Andrew Stevens, Jamie McEnnan, Arte Johnson

Votes: 550

22. Munchie Strikes Back (1994)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The magical Munchie is back, and if he gets in any more trouble it's off to the dullest constellation in the galaxy. Staying out of trouble has never been easy for Munchie, but this time he... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Andrew Stevens, Trenton Knight, Howard Hesseman

Votes: 237

23. Can of Worms (1999 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A teen is visited by aliens after he broadcasts a message into space.

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Michael Shulman, Erika Christensen, Adam Wylie, Andrew Ducote

Votes: 703

24. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

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

64 Metascore

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: 41,142 | Gross: $18.56M

25. Explorers (1985)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

58 Metascore

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: 18,281 | Gross: $9.87M

27. Galax Man-Doll (1984)

72 min | Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

The story of Galax, a robotic 'man-doll', artificially created out of wood and computer circuitry, Appearing to come to life, it becomes a rival for the affections of Marie, a young student and an issue for university authorities.

Director: Ion Popescu-Gopo | Stars: Mariana Cabanov, George Constantin, Radu Buznea, Mircea Daneliuc

Votes: 26

28. Visitors from the Arkana Galaxy (1981)

82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A science fiction writer is gifted with the ability to materialize his thoughts and inadvertently brings a group of aliens to Earth.

Director: Dusan Vukotic | Stars: Zarko Potocnjak, Lucie Zulová, Ksenia Prohaska, Jasminka Alic

Votes: 299

29. The Aurora Encounter (1986)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A tiny alien lands in the small town of Aurora, Texas in the wild west. He flies around in his spaceship and checks out everything. While the kids are fascinated, their parents are rather ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McCullough Sr. | Stars: Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Carol Bagdasarian, Dottie West

Votes: 243

30. The Day Time Ended (1979)

PG | 79 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: Jim Davis, Christopher Mitchum, Dorothy Malone, Marcy Lafferty

Votes: 1,261

31. Star Crystal (1986)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Crew members aboard a space ship encounter an alien life form intent on killing them.

Director: Lance Lindsay | Stars: C. Juston Campbell, Faye Bolt, John W. Smith, Taylor Kingsley

Votes: 829

32. TerrorVision (1986)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Chad Allen

Votes: 5,844 | Gross: $0.32M

33. Purple People Eater (1988)

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

A kid plays the old novelty song "Purple People Eater" and the creature actually appears. The two then proceed to help an elderly couple who are being evicted by their greedy landlord.

Director: Linda Shayne | Stars: Ned Beatty, Linda Talcott, Bobby Porter, Shelley Winters

Votes: 860

34. The Last Mimzy (2007)

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

59 Metascore

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

Director: Robert Shaye | Stars: Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson, Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neil

Votes: 20,231 | Gross: $21.47M

35. Aliens in the Family (1996– )

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Doug Brody (John Bedford Lloyd), is kidnapped by an alien mom named Cookie (Margaret Trigg). They marry and hilariously try to blend their blended family into everyday life. The aliens were puppets designed by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

Stars: John Bedford Lloyd, Margaret Trigg, Paige Tiffany, Chris Marquette

Votes: 91

36. Ling zhi yi xing (1988)

96 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A boy meets a friendly forest creature named Yia Yia who appears to be related to the Ginseng King.

Directors: Chi-Yung Chang, Hua-Chi Mou | Stars: Bin Bin, Ya Ya, Ying Hung Chiu, Wei-Fei Chu

37. STAR [Space Traveling Alien Reject] (2017)

93 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Greg Vincent is a struggling, alcoholic writer who has suffered a terrible loss in his life and is looking for inspiration for his next story. During this difficult time, he encounters a ... See full summary »

Director: Adam R. Steigert | Stars: Chris Barbis, Aryn Fitzgerald, Lori Cholewka, Nicola Fiore

Votes: 30

38. Aliens in the Attic (2009)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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: 19,703 | Gross: $25.20M

39. The Kids from 62-F (2016)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A group of kids find classified information from NASA and an object from another Planet and work to get it back to its rightful owners.

Director: Imani Shakur | Stars: Eden McCoy, Will Spencer, Gigi Cesarè, Cooper Mothersbaugh

Votes: 44

40. Juvenile (2000)

100 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

11-year-old Yusuke and his classmates camp in the woods and see a strange light. They discover a small metallic object like a robot which talks, calls himself Tetra and knows Yusuke's name.... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Shingo Katori, Miki Sakai, Anne Suzuki, Yûya Endô

Votes: 122

43. Fofão, a Nave sem Rumo (1988)

80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Fofão is summoned to defend the ship orbiting the Fofolândia the clutches of a villain who wants a sign placed in your nose, so he was born, to govern all galaxies. So Fofão has help Aliemac, fofolo, and children Bruno and Patricia.

Director: Adriano Stuart | Stars: Orival Pessini, Jessica Canoletti, Danilo Faro, Ivo Lopes

Votes: 32

44. Xaver (1986)

90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

An alien lands in rural Bavaria, but everyone thinks he's just another tourist. A naive country boy, who doesn't realize he's an alien, meets up with him, calls him "Alois" and takes him to the city with him.

Director: Werner Possardt | Stars: Carlos Pavlidis, Rupert J. Seidel, Gabi Fischer, Marinus Brand

Votes: 282

45. Kadoyng (1972)

60 min | Fantasy, Family, Sci-Fi

An alien spaceship lands on earth, and its inhabitants decide to help a poor family.

Director: Ian Shand | Stars: Teresa Codling, Adrian Hall, David Williams, Stephen Bone

Votes: 40

46. Pet Shop (1994)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A couple of alien slavers disguised as cowboys arrive to Earth and open up an E.T. pet shop in a small desert town where FBI hides witnesses against the mob to kidnap human children and sell them off at alien slave auctions.

Director: Hope Perello | Stars: Terry Kiser, Leigh Ann Orsi, Spencer Vrooman, Joanne Baron

Votes: 340

47. F.R.E.D.I. (2018)

90 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

A teenager makes the discovery of a lifetime in the forest behind his Arkansas home, a friendly robot named F.R.E.D.I. (voiced by Candace Cameron Bure). Join James (Lucius Hoyos), Danny (... See full summary »

Director: Sean Olson | Stars: Kelly Hu, Angus Macfadyen, Candace Cameron Bure, Lucius Hoyos

Votes: 679

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