What are some good alien, UFO movies?
Other then Alien and Signs
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well that depends on whether you want the old movies or the new ones. Obviously, "Alien" is great, but here's a good list.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) . A grand tour of ufology, with pre-X-Files government conspirators, UFO lunatics and early abduction themes. Richard Dreyfuss is fine as an average guy whose UFO experience turns his life upside down. The railway crossing scene is a classic, plus the cameo by noted ufologist Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
The Abyss (1989) . Unidentified underwater objects (UUOs) turn out to be curious aliens. The stunning effects and cinematography make this film an outstanding first-contact story.
Uforia (1980) . Sadly underrated story of a checkout clerk who thinks she’s been chosen by aliens to carry their message of peace to the masses. She attracts quite a following, and there’s lots of resemblance to Elmer Gantry. But then it seems the government is taking her seriously for some reason...
The UFO Incident (TV) (1975) . A teleplay of The Interrupted Journey. Wonderful low-key and believable performances by Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones as Betty and Barney Hill. A thoughtful portrayal of the “grandaddy” of all UFO abductions.
Earth Versus the Flying Saucers (1956) . One of the best saucer movies of the 50s. Excellent special effects for its time, including the frequently-seen stock footage of plastic model saucers flying over Washington, D.C.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) . A classic even beyond ufology, when Klaatu’s saucer hovers over Washington, it creates absolute chaos, despite good intentions. A story of hope dashed by our inherent xenophobia.
Hangar 18 (1980) . Probably the true forerunner of the X-Files. When a saucer collides with a NASA vehicle, it’s all quickly hushed up because it’s election time. Can the heroic astronauts find the saucer in time? Aliens = good. Government = bad.
Communion (1989) . Very strange film which is more a character study of Whitley Streiber, with Christopher Walken going over the top to portray absolute dissociation and paranoia when aliens seem to be haunting his entire life.
Fire in the Sky (1993) . Yes, I know I panned this movie when it first came out. (But Tracy Torme and I have made up since then.) The last half hour of the film is just plain silly, but leading up to it, showing how UFO investigations unfold, is admittedly well-presented and thoughtful.
The Brother From Another Planet (1984) . The UFO is seen only at the beginning, but the story of an alien dealing with the reality of Earth as a fish out of water again underlines our xenophobia. This low-budget film gets my vote as a touching, yet powerful statement about our society.
E.T. (1981) . Yes, many people consider it a classic. The trouble is he was a little too cute. The scenes of the bumbling government containment reps are funny, but phoning home with a TI Speak and Spell is pushing it.
Invasion: UFO (1972) . A TV movie compilation of the best of the UFO TV series as the mysterious SHADO monitors alien activity around the Earth and protects us from the advancing menace. Gerry Anderson at his best.
Foes (1977) . A ufologist’s dream come true: A UFO investigator single-handedly saving the world from the aliens.
Glitterball (1977) . A surprisingly well-done kids’ movie about an alien and its tiny spherical spaceship that must be protected from narrowminded grownups. Wait a minute, that sounds like another movie about kids and an alien...
Sphere (1998) . A much larger sphere found at the bottom of the ocean, which is where this panned movie should be sunk permanently. What on Earth was Dustin Hoffman doing in this?
Stardust Memories (1980) . When Woody Allen meets aliens, they of course advise him to tell funnier jokes and make better movies. Another highlight: a frighteningly accurate depiction of a UFO conference with wide-eyed believers.
Spaced Invaders (1990) . Silly movie in which aliens hear a rebroadcast of War of the Worlds and decide to help the Martians invade us on Hallowe’en. Cute.
Flight of the Navigator (1986) . A young boy disappears and reappears several years later flying an alien spaceship that thinks he is its pilot. Pee Wee Herman is sentient?
The Mothman Prophecies (2002) .* Okay, so there’s no flying saucer, but this is still so much a part of the UFO milieu it’s hard not to consider this movie as a marker for ufology. Dramatic buildup of menacing MIBs and the associated paranoia. (Never mind if it really happened.)
Space is the Place (1974) . What Liquid Sky tried to do with acid rock is done better in this movie, since avant-grade jazz is more likely to be preferred by aliens. Sun Ra and his band from outer space land in Oakland and face persecution for being too interesting.
*batteries not included (1987) . Miniature aliens help Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy battle evil businessmen. Yes, even robotic aliens can have babies.
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- 1 decade ago
Independence day, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Aliens, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Fifth Element, H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, Predator, Signs, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, which is my personal favorite from this list.
- 1 decade ago
From 1977, Close Encounter of The Third Kind. A classic.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
The Thing From Another World (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still 91951)
War of the Worlds (1953)
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
This Island Earth
The 27th Day
X the Unknown
Quatermass and the Pit (US: Five Million Years to Earth)
- El CLv 41 decade ago
E.T? You need a good scare or just anything involve alien, ufo? Caz if you just want UFO, there's tons, like independent day.
- catbertncLv 51 decade ago
The Day The Earth Stood Still - The original is a classic. The new one is garbage.
Plan 9 From Outer Space - so terrible it's funny.
- 1 decade ago
War of the worlds,
Close encounters of the 3rd kind (Spielberg film)
The Thing (the 80's version, REALLY good)
- Alex MLv 51 decade ago
An old miniseries called 'V' was really good. I think that 'V: The Final Battle' is available on video. Independence Day was good until the last 30 minutes or so. Also, "Guyver' is pretty good.
- Greg MacquarieLv 61 decade ago
Cocoon Part 1 (1986) and part 2 (1988)
Steven Speilberg film.