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1. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 516,513 | Gross: $100.55M

2. 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: 337,482 | Gross: $435.11M

3. Life (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.6
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54 Metascore

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada

Votes: 183,160 | Gross: $30.23M

4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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90 Metascore

Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

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

Votes: 167,539 | Gross: $132.09M

5. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.5
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40 Metascore

A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith

Votes: 155,777 | Gross: $79.37M

6. Contact (1997)

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

7.4
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62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), 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: 235,884 | Gross: $100.92M

7. 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: 39,205 | Gross: $28.70M

8. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Borg travel 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.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton

Votes: 110,363 | Gross: $92.00M

9. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.8
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 72,247

10. V (1983)

Unrated | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.

Stars: Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Faye Grant, Peter Nelson

Votes: 12,085

11. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 22,946

12. The Beyond (2017)

TV-14 | 103 min | Sci-Fi

4.8
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Set in 2019, The Beyond chronicles the groundbreaking mission which sent astronauts - modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered worm hole known as the Void. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Hasraf Dulull | Stars: Jane Perry, Nigel Barber, Noeleen Comiskey, Ezra Khan

Votes: 4,672

13. Threshold (2005–2006)

60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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A team of experts are assembled after the U.S. Navy discovers an extra-terrestrial object briefly appeared near a ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Stars: Carla Gugino, Brian Van Holt, Brent Spiner, Rob Benedict

Votes: 5,004

14. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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53 Metascore

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 16,901 | Gross: $16.63M

15. The Martian Chronicles (1980)

360 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.

Stars: Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bernie Casey, Christopher Connelly

Votes: 1,904

16. Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

5.4
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Aliens land in the town of "Speelburgh" searching for the source of rock & roll. They find trouble with Dee Dee, Frankie and the pack.

Director: James Fargo | Stars: Pia Zadora, Craig Sheffer, Tom Nolan, Ruth Gordon

Votes: 478

17. Magellan (2017)

103 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.

Director: Rob York | Stars: Brandon Ray Olive, K. Danor Gerald, Whitney Palmer, Matthew Mercer

Votes: 554

18. Faster Than Light (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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A lone astronaut testing the first faster-than-light spacecraft travels farther than he imagined possible.

Director: Adam Stern | Stars: Ty Olsson, Karin Konoval, Aliyah O'Brien, John Torrance

Votes: 487

19. Tornado Warning (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.2
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Extraterrestrials appear as destructive "electrical tornadoes" on Earth.

Director: Jeff Burr | Stars: Stacey Asaro, Marcus Lyle Brown, Claire Conti, Jeff Fahey

Votes: 908

20. Bruce (2016)

Comedy

8.4
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Bruce is a black comedy series set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.

Stars: Richard Davies, Dave Lawson, Angus Sampson, Francis McMahon

Votes: 21

21. Black Knight Decoded (2015 Video)

10 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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After receiving a signal from a outer space, a father struggles to unite the world and make first contact.

Director: Jabbar Raisani | Stars: David Oyelowo, Freida Pinto, Layla Crawford, Sebastian Roché

Votes: 20

22. Cosmos (2019)

128 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi | Completed

Three astronomers accidentally intercept what they believe to be a signal from a distant alien civilisation, but the truth is even more incredible than any of them could have imagined.

Directors: Elliot Weaver, Zander Weaver | Stars: Joshua Ford, Ben Vardy, Marc Baylis, Tom England

23. Project Kronos (2013)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

6.3
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Project Kronos is a documentary film following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds, the scientists find themselves questioning whether the space agency's ... See full summary »

Director: Hasraf Dulull | Stars: Noeleen Comiskey, Georgina Blackledge, Colin Emerson, Wes Nike

Votes: 132

24. Rama (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.7
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In this game based on Arthur C. Clarke's books Rendezvous with Rama and Rama II, the player is part of a science team that must investigate the giant mysterious cylindrical spaceship dubbed Rama that has entered the Solar system.

Director: J. Mark Hood | Stars: Arthur C. Clarke, Amy Hunter, Tiffany Helm, Stephan Weyte

Votes: 57

25. The Daedalus Encounter (1995 Video Game)

Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Two space war veterans turned scavengers and their cybernetic buddy stumble upon an organic alien vessel heading straight for a star, and must now explore the ship to find a way to change its course before it's too late.

Director: Scott Ewers | Stars: Tia Carrere, Christian Bocher

Votes: 52

26. PSI Factor (1980)

91 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.0
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Aliens from another dimension cross space and time to come to Earth. A scientist tries to discover what their motives are.

Director: Bryan Trizers | Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gretchen Corbett, Tom Martin, Tom Troupe

Votes: 54

27. No Way Back (1953)

87 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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In 1945, Mischa, a Red Army officer, discovers a frightened German girl, Anna, huddled in a Berlin cellar. He gives her a safe escort home and wins her gratitude. Seven years later, Mischa ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Vicas | Stars: Ivan Desny, Ruth Niehaus, René Deltgen, Karl John

Votes: 28

28. Masters of the Pacific Coast: The Tribes of the American Northwest (2016– )

59 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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Archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper travels along the 1,400 mile coastline of Northwest America to explore how local tribes understanding of their environment allowed them to develop a resilient culture.

Star: Jago Cooper

Votes: 8

29. First Contact (I) (2019)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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After receiving the Voyager satellite with its message inviting people to visit Earth, an alien race sends an ambassador to Earth. When she arrives, she finds something she never expected.

Director: James D. Stacy | Star: Caitlin Glidewell

30. Spirit in the Star - a Star Trek fan production (2018 Video)

12 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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Battlecruiser Kupok has been sent to investigate the loss of three of its sister ships, only to find an alien of unbelievable power. Is it a threat to the Empire?

Director: Randall Landers | Stars: Jack Zumwalt, Larry Fleming, Terrell Manasco, Anna Holloway

31. Star Wreck: Lost Contact (1997 Video)

43 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Rudi Airisto | Stars: Samuli Torssonen, Antti Satama, Timo Vuorensola, Rudi Airisto

Votes: 115

32. The Appearance (2017)

8 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

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When mysterious spacecraft appear , scientist James nai is tasked with interpreting the symbol of the apparent alien visitors.

Director: Thanawat Kleawkla | Stars: Theodore Hugo, Thanawat Kleawkla

33. Majestic Part 1: Alien Encounter (1995 Video Game)

Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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Earth's first luxury space liner The Majestic vanished during its maiden voyage. Find the ship and use space probes to move around it, solve puzzles and find out what happened. There was no sequel.

Director: Istvan Pely

34. Distant Echoes - part one - a Star Trek fan production (2018 Video)

11 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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Newly appointed as the commander of the Tristan, Captain Eva Privette finds herself in an unusual situation: isolated from the ship, surrounded by an energy field, and interrogated by an alien who has chosen a disturbingly familiar form.

Director: Randall Landers | Stars: Kimberly White, Haley Barnes, Leslie Lewis, Moody

35. Distant Echoes - part two - a Star Trek fan production (2018 Video)

10 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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Captain Privette is in an unusual situation: isolated from the ship, surrounded by an energy field, and interrogated by an alien which has taken the form of her long dead brother. Meanwhile, the crew is powerless to rescue her.

Director: Randall Landers | Stars: Kimberly White, Haley Barnes, Leslie Lewis, Moody

36. No Greater Love: A Star Trek Fan Production (2017 TV Short)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Science Officer Duras has been infected by the inhabitants of Aucilla Omega VI with an incurable disease as a warning to the crew of the Deimos. How can Captain Quinn hope to change the minds of a people like this?

Director: Randall Landers | Stars: Terry Self, Victoria Avalon, Jim Brucke, Renda Carr

Votes: 6

37. Beyond Planet Earth (1994 Video Game)

Documentary

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Documentary program that speculates about the future of space exploration.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Melissa Leebaert, Donna S. Pivirotto

38. Intelligent Life (2002)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

7.3
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A group of tiny aliens try to make first contact by letting a robot visit a talent show.

Director: Jeff Spoonhower

Votes: 10

39. The Monsters Are with Us: A Star Trek Fan Production (2017 TV Short)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

7.0
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After finding no inhabitants on a class M planet, Captain Walker, Lieutenant Privette and Ensign Raven return to the Tristan, only to find themselves in an unusual predicament.

Director: Christin Woods | Stars: Keith Harris, Moody, Kimberly White, Donald Ray Arnold

Votes: 5

40. The Orville (2017– )
Episode: All the World Is Birthday Cake (2019)

TV-14 | 48 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship.

Director: Robert Duncan McNeill | Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes

Votes: 1,752

41. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Arena (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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For bringing hostility into their solar system, a superior alien race brings Captain Kirk in mortal combat against the reptilian captain of an alien ship he was pursuing.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 2,528

42. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1975)
Episode: Bem (1974)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.2
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The Enterprise crew is being observed as their suitability to meet with advanced civilizations.

Directors: Bill Reed, Hal Sutherland | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 350

43. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
Episode: Captive Pursuit (1993)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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For the first time an alien comes from the other side of the wormhole. He has ship trouble and seems very reluctant to accept any help. Chief O'Brien quickly finds out he has a secret.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Terry Farrell

Votes: 1,355

44. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: Chosen Realm (2004)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Enterprise is taken over by religious zealots who want to use the ship in a war against heretics.

Director: Roxann Dawson | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 838

45. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: Cogenitor (2003)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Enterprise encounters a hyper-giant star. While there, they make first contact with the Vissians, a technologically sophisticated race with three genders. While making quick friends, and ... See full summary »

Director: LeVar Burton | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 1,031

46. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: Cold Front (2001)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Enterprise has a group of aliens watching a stellar phenomenon on board. When the ship is miraculously saved from blowing up, crewman Daniels has an important message for Archer.

Director: Robert Duncan McNeill | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 960

47. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: Dear Doctor (2002)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Phlox is asked to save the Valakians from annihilation by disease. However, he discovers something unusual about the Menk, another humanoid race on the planet.

Director: James A. Contner | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 1,048

48. Andromeda (2000–2005)
Episode: Deep Midnight's Voice (2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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The Andromeda gets caught in the middle of a battle between two Nietzschean prides, one of which is the Drago-Kazov. They manage to capture a hostile fighter from the unknown pride. He ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Harmon | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Keith Hamilton Cobb, Laura Bertram

Votes: 85

49. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Episode: Encounter at Farpoint (1987)

TV-PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.0
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On the maiden mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), an omnipotent being known as Q challenges the crew to discover the secret of a mysterious base in an advanced and civilized fashion.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby

Votes: 4,672

50. Eden (2016– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (2016)

Reality-TV

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In this first edition of the series we meet the 23 participants taking part in this survival challenge as they enter the 600-acre wilderness that will be their home for the next year.



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