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Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrit, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto
While returning from a deep-space mission, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo is awakened by a supposed SOS call from a system they are passing through. Descending to the planet's surface, they discover a strange derelict spaceship - the apparent source of the transmission - and one of the crew descends into the hold. What he finds are thousands of strange alien eggs. While examining one of the eggs, it hatches and the parasite inside attacks him.
After returning to the Nostromo the crew takes off again to head for Earth. The alien parasite subsequently dies and all seems well again. But what no one knows is that another alien is quietly forming within its host - and when it emerges, the crew finds itself in serious trouble.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma, Mark O'Brien and Abigail Pniowsky
Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner, Colin Salmon, Tommy Flanagan, Joseph Rye and Agathe De La Boulaye
When scientists discover something in the Arctic that appears to be a buried Pyramid, they send a research team out to investigate. Little do they know that they are about to step into a hunting ground where Aliens are grown as sport for the Predator race.
Capricorn One (1977)
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Brenda Vaccaro, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, David Huddleston, David Doyle, Lee Bryant, Denise Nicholas, Robert Walden, James Sikking, Alan Fudge, James Karen and Lou Frizzell
Classic conspiracy tale about the first manned mission to Mars. All appears to be going well until the astronauts are pulled off the ship just before launch by shadowy government types and whisked off to a film studio in the desert. It transpires that the space vehicle has a major defect which NASA just daren't admit. At the studio, over a course of months, the astronauts are forced to act out the journey and the landing to trick the world into believing they have made the trip.
Meanwhile, a journalist is getting suspicious and every clue he uncovers seems to result in an attempt on his life. The astronauts are just about to splashdown when a further twist to the tale occurs, leaving them with no choice but to try and escape.
Directors: Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter
Starring: Anna-Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiller, Yangzom Brauen and Maria Boettner
It is the year 2267. After the earth has become uninhabitable due to an ecological collapse, the remaining people live on overcrowded space stations in Earth's orbit. Young doctor Laura Portmann is one of them. She hopes for a better future alongside her sister on the distant planet Rhea but, to get there, she needs money. She signs up with Kuiper Enterprises for a job on the decrepit cargo ship Kassandra heading for an eight-year flight to unmanned Station #42 and back.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Warren J. Kemmerling and Roberts Blossom
Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is subsequently haunted by a mountainlike image in his head and becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, putting severe strain on his marriage.
Meanwhile, government agents around the world have a close encounter of the second kind, discovering physical evidence of otherworldly visitors in the form of military vehicles that went missing decades ago suddenly appearing in the middle of nowhere. Roy and the agents both follow the clues they have been given to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind: contact.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Based on the novel by Carl Sagan
Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerrit, John Hurt, David Morse, James Woods, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, Jake Busey, Jena Malone, Timothy McNeil, Geoffrey Blake, William Fichtner and Sami Chester
Dr. Eleanor Arroway has spent her life searching for truth in the study of radio astronomy. Palmer Joss has spent his searching for truth through faith in God. When Ellie discovers a stunning message from an extraterrestrial intelligence, they and everyone on Earth will be forced to challenge their own assumptions. In the inevitable first contact, will humankind be able to find a compromise between science and belief?
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine, Walton Goggins, Abigail Spencer, Chris Browning, Emmett Taggart, Adam Beach, Buck Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Cooper Taylor, Clancy Brown and Ana de la Reguera
A stranger stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world.
Director: Gordon Flemyng
Starring: Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Philip Madoc, Roberta Tovey, Jill Curzon and Andrew Keir
The Daleks' fiendish plot in 2150 against Earth and its people is foiled when Dr. Who and friends arrive from the 20th century and figure it out.
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
Director: Gordon Flemyng
Starring: Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey
An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye and C. Thomas Howell
A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Bobby Fite, James Cromwell, Brooke Bundy, Robert Picardo and Mary Kay Place
Ben Crandall, an alien-obsessed kid, dreams one night of a circuit board. Drawing out the circuit, he and his friends Wolfgang and Darren set it up, and discover they have been given the basis for a starship. Setting off in the ThunderRoad, as they name their ship, they find the aliens Ben hopes they would find... but are they what they seem?
The Forgotten (2004)
Director: James Ruben
Starring: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinese, Alfre Woodard, Anthony Edwards, Linus Roahe and Jessica Hecht
A grieving mother, Telly Paretta, is struggling to cope with the loss of her 9-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist and her husband tell her that she has created eight years of memories of a son she never had. But when she meets the father of one of her son's friends who is having the same experience, Telly embarks on a mission to prove her son's existence and her sanity.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren and Basher Savage
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow and Matt Damon
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
The Invasion (2007)
Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel and James McTeigue
Based on the novel 'The Body Snatchers' by Jack Finney
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jememy Northam, Jeffrey Wright, Veronica Cartwright, Josef Sommer, Celia Weston, Roger Rees and Jackson Bond
Something terrifying has come to Earth, something that attacks us while we sleep and turns us into soulless replicants. The clock is ticking as Washington, DC psychiatrist Carol Benell and her colleague Ben Driscoll embark on a heart-stopping journey into a nightmarish world where the only way to survive is to stay awake. No one can be trusted. No one is safe.
John Carter (2012)
Director: Andrew Stanton
Based on the novel 'John Carter of Mars' by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Defoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds and Dominic West
Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.
Director: by John Sturges
Starring: Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen,
James Franciscus, Gene Hackman, Lee Grant, Mariette Hartley and Nancy Kovack
Three American astronauts are stranded in space when their retros won't fire. Can they be rescued before their oxygen runs out?
The Martian (2015)
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover and Sebastian Stan
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Mission to Mars (2000)
Director: Brian DePalma
Starring: Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen, Jerry O'Connell, Peter Outerbridge, Kavan Smith and Jill Teed
When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.
Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey (voice), Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong and Matt Berry
Sam Bell is an employee contracted by the company Lunar to mine on the Moon the natural gas helium-3, which could reverse Earth's energy crisis. Sam is stationed at the lunar base Sarang with only a robot named Gerty but two weeks before completing his three-year assignment, he begins feeling out of place. An extraction goes wrong and Sam suspects Lunar of trying to replace him as he realises someone else is on the Moon.
Moon 44 (1990)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Michael Paré, Malcolm McDowall, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin, Brian Thompson, Stephen Geoffreys, Leon Rippy, Roscoe Lee Browne and Jochen Nickel
By the year 2038 all of Earth's natural resources have been depleted. Multi-national corporations have taken control of the galaxy and rival companies battle each other for access to mining planets. A major battle is for Moon 44, a fuel mining operation in the Outer Zone. It is the only installation still controlled by the Galactic Mining corporation.
Moons 46, 47 and 51 have recently been overtaken by the Pyrite Defense Company's battle robots. Galactic Mining had its own defence system, helicopters capable of operating in the violent atmospheres of the moons, but it was cancelled as too many pilots died while in training.
The company sends new navigators to Moon 44 to assist the pilots. However, there is still a shortage of pilots, so the company is forced to use prisoners. Galactic Mining regards its fleet of mining shuttles as even more important, so if the base is attacked, the shuttles are ordered to leave the crews behind.
Galactic Mining hires Felix Stone, an undercover agent, to investigate the disappearance of two shuttles that went missing under mysterious circumstances.
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Based on the graphic novel by Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoe Bell and Abigail Lowe
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James Sikking, Kika Markham, Clarke Peters, Steven Berkoff and John Ratzenberger
In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan-Marshall-Green, Sean Harris and Rafe Spall
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corner of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Director: Byron Haskin
Starring: Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West and The Woolly Monkey
Commander Kit Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are orbiting Mars in an exploratory surveyor. A malfunction forces them to eject with only Draper and a monkey named Mona surviving. Draper must learn to survive in this hostile environment fighting thirst, hunger and even hostile aliens if he expects to see home again.
Silent Running (1972)
Director: Douglas Trumbull
Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin and Jesse Vint
The Earth has become defoliated. An ecological preserve has been lofted into space containing the last specimens of green plants and wildlife. Four astronauts man the space freighter Valley Forge. One of them, a botanist named Freeman Lowell, works in the geodesic domes containing a forest lush with plants, trees, and a variety of animals.
In his spare time, he tries to convince his three ecologically apathetic companions about the beauty of nature and his dream that future generations on Earth will be able to enjoy the smell of flowers and the taste of natural food.
When the space control station on Earth orders the men to terminate the project by destroying the domes with bombs, Lowell revolts. He kills his three co-workers, pirates the space freighter and sets the ship catapulting off-course toward the rings of Saturn.
Now Lowell's only source of companionship are three maintenance drones, pint-sized robots. He names them Huey, Dewey and Louie and programs them to follow him around and respond directly to his voice. They play poker with him and help care for the forest. But the anthropomorphized robots cannot alleviate Lowell's loneliness or feelings of guilt. As the ship moves away from the sun, the plants begin to die.
Directors: Colin Strause and Greg Strause
Starring: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson and Brittany Daniel
Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Troy Garity, Rose Byrne, Benedict Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris Evans and Cliff Curtis
The Sun is being destroyed from inside out by a type of highly stable form of matter that renders nuclear fusion impossible, by turning common matter on its own kind. The only hope is to send a team of astronauts to detonate a massive, highly energetic bomb, able to destroy this strange matter and restore Sun's natural state.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty and Ed Bishop
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Director: Byron Haskin
Based on the novel by H.G. Wells
Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Lewis Martin, Houseley Stevenson Jr. and Paul Frees
Arriving in green-glowing spaceships shaped like metallic stingrays, Martians blast their atomizing death beams through most of the major cities in the world. What can save the Earth? The answer is simpler than mankind might ever have guessed.
A list of my favorite films featuring outer space and/or aliens.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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