Best Alien Movies

Alien movies come in all shapes and sizes -- from heartwarming and family-friendly (like E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial) to action-packed and scary (like Alien). No matter how you like your movie extra-terrestrials, you're sure to find something you like on our list of best alien movies. For more outer space adventures, be sure to check out our Sci-Fi Movies and Space Movies lists.

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Lilo and Stitch

age 5+

Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

age 5+

Delightful family-friendly sequel has positive themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Forbidden Planet

age 6+

Classic '50s sci-fi flick is campy fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1956)
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Home

age 6+

Animated alien comedy is sweet, cute, if not super original.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Terra Willy

age 6+

Animated alien adventure has learning, empathy, teamwork.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

age 7+

Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Monsters vs. Aliens

age 7+

Homage to '50s alien flicks too intense for youngest kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

age 8+

Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1977)
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Galaxy Quest

age 10+

Sci-fi comedy has violence, language, sexual references.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1999)
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Sonic the Hedgehog

age 8+

Carrey lights up video game movie; peril, some drinking.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

age 8+

Game-based sequel levels up the positive messages; peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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The Day the Earth Stood Still

age 9+

Sci-fi, pro-peace classic with some threats and violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1951)
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The Flight of the Navigator

age 10+

'80s time-travel adventure has some cursing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Maika: The Girl from Another Galaxy

age 10+

Sweet film about friendship, grief has comic violence.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
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Arrival

age 11+

Great, deeply thoughtful, compassionate sci-fi tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Ender's Game

age 12+

Thought-provoking sci-fi adventure with military violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Men in Black

age 12+

Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1997)
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Spaceballs

age 12+

Goofy '80s parody has cursing, violence, innuendo.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1987)
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Thor: Ragnarok

age 12+

Funniest Thor movie has tons of style, plenty of violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Avatar

age 13+

Action-heavy epic has dazzling effects, familiar story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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