Is there a “them” somewhere in the universe? Yes, we’re talking about aliens!
Although we don’t have the answer; we sure know that a movie with aliens is the best outlandish experience to inspire anticipation and fear.
Here, we’ve handpicked some recommended movies with aliens in them.
There have been many alien appearances in movies. Some include scary aliens, cute aliens, and aliens shrouded in mystery. But one thing is for sure, movies featuring aliens always have something to offer.
Do you like alien movies too? If yes, you’re in the right place!
We’ve picked up some recommended movies with aliens in them. In the second half, the Mood My Mood editorial team selects films that feature aliens in human form in the “Films that were actually aliens, not people” category.
Let’s enjoy a world with aliens in it!
- 16. Encounters with the Unknown (1972)
- 15. District 9 (2009)
- 14. Men in Black (1997)
- 13. Arrival (2016)
- 12. Independence Day (1996)
- 11. Super 8 (2011)
- 10. Alien (1979)
- 9. E.T. (1982)
- 8. The Quiet Place (2018)
- 7. Signs (2002)
- 6. Paul (2011)
- 5. Annihilation (2018)
- 4. How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
- 3. They Live (1988)
- 2. Under the Skin (2013)
- 1. The Hidden (1987)
16. Encounters with the Unknown (1972)
A sci-fi fantasy film directed and written by Steven Spielberg, a master of the film world. This is a masterpiece that won two Academy Awards and is said to be the gold standard of science fiction films!
Inexplicable events were beginning to happen all over the world. One day, Roy (Richard Dreyfuss), an electrical engineer, encounters a UFO and has been searching for a certain place ever since.
At the time, Dr. Lacome, a leading researcher on aliens, had started a “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” project to communicate with aliens.
Unlike conventional films that portray aliens as a threat, this is a film about friendly interchange. The curiosity and anxiety about the unknown are felt realistically, and we are drawn into the mysterious images that make us dream about the possibilities beyond the earth.
15. District 9 (2009)
It’s a science fiction film that was released in 2010. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards for its realistic, documentary-style depiction of the conflict between aliens and humans.
A broken spacecraft suddenly appears over Johannesburg, South Africa. With no way to return, the aliens are sent to live in “District 9” on the ground.
Twenty-eight years after the advent of the spacecraft, a plan is launched to relocate them to “District 10” due to the breeding of aliens and the deterioration of public safety. When Vikas (Sharlto Copley) is chosen to be in charge, he finds himself caught up in an unexpected situation.
The aliens in this film are derogatorily referred to as “prawns” because of their appearance. It has a poor appearance, resembling a crustacean or insect, and doesn’t seem to be very strong. Can human beings understand each other with different looks and cultures? I can’t take my eyes off the surprise twist!
14. Men in Black (1997)
A popular sci-fi action comedy starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The series lasted until 3, with a spinoff, Men in Black: International, coming out in 2019 with a freshened cast.
James Edwards (Will Smith) is set to become an agent of the MIB, an organization that cracks down on aliens living on Earth. Teaming up with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), he begins an investigation into the aliens who caused the incident.
Their most important mission is to keep humanity unaware of the existence of aliens. There is a wide variety of aliens from every planet who live in hiding from humanity. Could it be that there really are aliens on Earth and they’re cracking down on them? You might be thinking, “What? It’s full of satirical humor.
13. Arrival (2016)
A science fiction film about humanity trying to find out the purpose of aliens who have appeared on Earth. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won the Best Sound Editing award.
A spaceship suddenly appears. There are two aliens inside, showing what appears to be language, as if ink had been sprayed on the screen. To communicate with them, linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and other physicists begin to investigate. We listen to them through trial and error.
The aliens in this film are called “heptopods” (seven legs) because of their seven-legged appearance. The sight of their silhouettes floating in a foggy spaceship is fantastic and strangely soothing. The film is a bit difficult to understand, but you should try to read and understand the message of the film.
12. Independence Day (1996)
This sci-fi epic depicts the Earth under attack by aliens just before the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day. Roland Emmerich, the director of numerous sci-fi films such as Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Will Smith played the protagonist, a Marine Corps pilot.
July 2. Suddenly, a huge spaceship appears in the sky above and launches a relentless attack. On the 4th of July, when it seemed that there was no longer any way for mankind to do anything about it, David (Jeff Goldblum), a genius engineer who works at a cable television station, found out…
The aliens who appear in this film have a military and scientific power that far surpasses that of humanity, and they also have telepathic abilities. It’s a classic science fiction story about an Earth under attack by vicious aliens, and it’s a masterpiece of great power!
11. Super 8 (2011)
A science fiction film written and directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, etc.). Steven Spielberg was on board as a producer.
Ohio in 1979. A collision between a freight train and a car occurs in front of the children who were filming a zombie movie with a Super 8mm camera. The train was in the process of transferring research supplies from the Air Force facility “Area 51” in a top-secret manner.
The 8mm camera in the children’s hands captured the whole thing, and it showed something running away from the train. The children’s unforgettable adventure to unravel all the mysteries begins!
It’s striking that the aliens who appear in the film are in a victimized position, being held in captivity in Area 51. The film, which is peppered with homages to Spielberg’s work, has a nostalgic feel that will capture the hearts of film lovers.
10. Alien (1979)
A horror sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott, the director of blockbuster films such as Blade Runner and Gladiator. Sequels and spin-offs were produced and the series was a huge hit.
Shortly, when the space freighter Nostromo, with seven people on board, is returning to Earth, it discovers an unidentified life form on one planet. One after another, the crew is killed and cornered.
The alien in this work sticks to the face of other life forms and lays eggs in its body through its mouth. Eventually, a juvenile body will come out, eating through the body. The brutality of the film is terrifying and it excels as a horror film. It is also the work that expanded the word “alien”, which until then had a strong meaning of “alien”, to mean “alien”!
9. E.T. (1982)
A science fiction film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. It was a huge hit around the world and was the biggest-grossing movie ever when it was released.
A single alien has come to explore the Earth and is left behind. When Elliot (Henry Thomas) discovers the alien and decides to shelter it, he names the alien “E.T.” and the two gradually become friends. The two develop a friendship, but Elliot isn’t the only one who is aware of E.T.’s presence…
E.T. looks like a turtle without a shell, but it is characterized by its adorable expression and behavior. Their friendship is sure to warm your heart. This historical masterpiece is peppered with hauntingly famous scenes, such as flying on a bicycle.
8. The Quiet Place (2018)
This survival horror film is directed by John Krasinski, who is also an actor and appears in the film himself. The film stars Emily Blunt, the wife of John Krasinski, a noted actress known for her roles in such films as Borderline.
A blind monster from outer space, with acute hearing, attacks humans in response to sound. The Abbott family, who were able to converse in sign language, survived the loss of their youngest child with four members of the family. The family lives as quietly as possible without making any noise. One day, however, unimaginable horrors are slow.
Make a sound and you’re dead. It’s a heart-pumping idea horror movie that will make you hold your breath as you watch it. The sight of these terrifying aliens with their pointed teeth lined up in a row is enough to make you scream at the thought of seeing them. Be sure to witness the fate of the family.
7. Signs (2002)
A sci-fi horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the director of the “Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable” series. Mel Gibson, popularly known for his “Lethal Weapon” series, starred in the film.
After his wife’s death, Graham (Mel Gibson) quits his job as a pastor and lives with his two children and his younger brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix). One day, a mystery circle appears in the field, and one mysterious phenomenon after another begins to occur. It’s like a sign that something is about to happen…
The feeling of something creeping up on me is frightening! They are aliens who are trying to invade the Earth, but an unexpected twist awaits them in the end. Depicted from of one family rather than mankind, this is a film that makes you think about family love and faith.
6. Paul (2011)
A sci-fi comedy film directed by Greg Mottola. It was written and starred by the duo of Simon Pegg & Nick Frost.
Many people have laughed at such comedy works as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz – We are Super Police Men! Isn’t there a lot of people who had the experience of laughing at the comedy works such as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz – We Super Police Men!
British nerds Graham Willie (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are science fiction nerds who visit the U.S. to enjoy Comic-Con and go on a trip to visit UFO spots in a camper. The two of them were driving around Area 51 when they encountered a real alien!
This is a must-see for fans of science fiction films.
5. Annihilation (2018)
A sci-fi suspense film from director Alex Garland, who made his directorial debut with Ex Machina. Starring Natalie Portman (Leon and Black Swan) in the lead role, the film is a live-action adaptation of author Jeff Vandamire’s best-selling novel.
Kane (Oscar Isaac) enters the interior of a mysterious realm called “Shimmer” and returns seriously injured as the only survivor. In order to find out what happened to her husband, Kane, Lena (Natalie Portman) volunteers to join the investigation team and sets foot in Shimmer herself.
What Lena sees there is truly bizarre: animals and plants have evolved due to DNA mutations. The aliens we faced at the end were both visible and unseen wonders. The unsettling and fantastic atmosphere and the visual experience within the outlandish area is like no other.
4. How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
This is a science fiction romantic comedy based on a science fiction short story by Neil Gaiman. Elle Fanning, known for her appearances in “SUPER 8” and other films, and Tony Award-winning talent Alex Sharpe starred in the film.
En (Alex Sharpe), a punk rock-obsessed high school student, meets a mysterious girl, Xan (Elle Fanning), at a party he sneaks into with his friends. Xan tells En to “teach me punk in 48 hours before I leave Earth,” and the two of them leave the party.
In fact, the party venue is a waiting area for an extraterrestrial race. They had a horrible habit and a certain fate awaited Zan as well. As time is running out, my heart is pounding with the slightly naughty Zan, who has a strange charm. The punk rock is popping and the love doesn’t stop anymore! I would recommend it to anyone who likes music and fashion.
3. They Live (1988)
A sci-fi suspense horror film directed by the genius John Carpenter, who caused a stir with “Object from a Planet X” and “Halloween”. The director’s taste shines through in this masterful science fiction film, a satire that weaves in criticism of brainwashing and domination by the upper class through the media.
The world is a disparate society full of unemployed people. Neyda (Roddy Piper) sleeps in a camp for the homeless. One day, Neyda picks up a pair of sunglasses at church. When you put those sunglasses on, something magical happens. I could see the brainwashing signals that flooded the city and the invaders manipulating humans by impersonating them.
When Neyda learns that she is being controlled by aliens, she has to fight them. Evil-looking aliens who look like skeletons. Could this malicious brainwashing already be real and…? You won’t be able to believe anyone anymore!
2. Under the Skin (2013)
This controversial film was screened at the Venice International Film Festival and caused a lot of controversy, both for and against. Scarlett Johansson played the lead role bewitchingly and definitely got high praise for her performance.
In Scotland in winter, a woman (Scarlett Johansson) in a white van calls out to a man walking alone, one after the other. Men who have become intimate with a woman are invited into her home, and when they are naked in her home, they sink into the black liquid and eventually become only skin. One day she meets a man with a facial disability.
The woman’s identity is a life form from outer space. It is a stylish and dark depiction of a man preying on a man using his good looks as a weapon. It’s a film that doesn’t say a lot, but it has a strong message about issues such as looks, gender values, and discrimination. I would recommend it to anyone who likes controversial movies.
1. The Hidden (1987)
A timeless masterpiece that won the Grand Prix at the Avoriaz International Fantastic Film Festival, this action-horror science fiction film starring Kyle MacLachlan, popular for his roles in Dune: Planet of the Sands and the popular TV drama series Twin Peaks, will never fade away.
In Los Angeles, there have been many incidents of people with no connection to crime becoming involved in heinous crimes. While LAPD Detective Tom Beck (Michael Noury) is at a standstill, FBI Agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) intervenes in the investigation. Gallagher seems to know something about it, but doesn’t want to talk about it.
The perpetrators of this series of crimes are vicious aliens who have parasitized humans. One after the other, they’re moving on to other people and manipulating them. Don’t miss the shocking revelations that will be revealed further!
These were some recommended movies with aliens in them. There are many other movies based on extraterrestrial life as well. We’ve mentioned those movies which were extremely popular during their time.
Alien movies that make us feel the existence of extraterrestrials are exciting. Some of us believe in it, some of us doubt it. Yet, all of us enjoy watching a movie based on this concept.
And maybe there are aliens out there somewhere… Why don’t you think about the possibilities as you watch the film?