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Power Rankings: Alien Movies

If we ever come in contact with life out in space, we have plenty of films that have explored every possibility of how that plays out, so we'll be ready. To prepare yourself for some of the best-case and worst-case scenarios, we put together our Power Rankings of the Best Alien Movies.


Title: Galaxy Quest

Release Date: December 25, 1999


Plot: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.


Title: Signs

Release Date: August 2, 2002


Plot: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.


Title: The Thing

Release Date: June 25, 1982


Plot: A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.


Title: District 9

Release Date: August 14, 2009


Plot: Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.


Title: Independence Day

Release Date: July 3, 1996


Plot: 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.


Title: Men in Black

Release Date: July 2, 1997


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


Title: Predator

Release Date: June 12, 1987


Plot: A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.


Title: Aliens

Release Date: July 18, 1986


Plot: Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?


Title: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Release Date: June 11, 1982


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


Title: Alien

Release Date: June 22, 1979


Plot: After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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