Top 20 Best Movies About Extraterrestrials Made Prior to 2020 These movie aliens are simply out of this world

Aliens (extraterrestrials from outer space) invading can be a scary proposition. With the variety of lifeforms on Earth alone, it would be a mathematical anomaly if we were somehow the only intelligent life. We don’t know what those aliens are going to look like or if they’ll like us, but we do have some ideas, thanks to Hollywood.

Check out the 20 best movies about aliens released before 2020.

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


Alien befriends kids and tries to get back home.

19. Men in Black Franchise (1997-Present)

Men in Black International

Secret government agency protects planet from aliens.

18. Absolutely Anything (2015)

Simon Pegg Kate Beckinsale Absolutely Anything

Aliens give man superpowers to see if he’s good or evil.

17. Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

Aliens attack Hollywood, because honestly that’s probably what they assume is humanity’s capital city.

16. The Abyss (1989)

Aliens are in the ocean, and they’re not friendly.

15. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

Jim Carrey, Jeff Goldblum, and Damon Wayans dress up like Sesame Street characters to have sex with earth women.

14. Chicken Little (2005)

A boy notices the sky is falling, but nobody believes him. Then aliens invade.

13. Cocoon (1985)

Elderly people in a retirement home find a fountain of youth that’s being used to store aliens from the sunken city of Atlantis.

12. Home (2015)

A hive-minded alien race called the Boov take over Earth, and a little girl (Rihanna) teams with a fugitive alien (Jim Parsons) to stop them.

11. Ender’s Game (2013)

Ender's Game

A boy is recruited into a war with an insectoid alien species.

10. Avatar Series (2009-Present)

Avatar 3D

Humans invade an alien planet and enslave the residents to harvest the planet’s resources.

9. Paul (2011)


Wisecracking alien Paul (Seth Rogen) joins two British sci-fi nerds to escape Area 51.

8. Coneheads (1993)

Beldar Conehead

SNL’s skit about aliens (Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtain, Michelle Burke) living illegally in the U.S. is still relevant 30 years later.

7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Hitchhiker guide to the galaxy

A man’s friend (Mos Def) is actually an alien who takes him on an intergalactic voyage using a travel guide to help. They meet another human (Zooey Deschanel) and find the meaning of life.

6. Predator Series (1987-Present)


An alien race of hunters come after humans.

5. Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest

Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, and Tony Shalhoub are a cast in a space film that an alien race thinks is real.

4. Alien Franchise (1979-Present)


Animalistic aliens attack space marines.

3. Arrival (2016)

Heptapods Arrival

A linguist is hired to communicate with aliens who landed on Earth before tensions rise and Earth is destroyed.

2. District 9 (2009)


The effects of South African apartheid are explored using aliens in internment camps as a metaphor.

1. Transformers Franchise (1986-Present)

Transformers Movie

An intelligent race of giant alien robots uses our planet as their warzone, and humans must find a way to survive.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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