First contact movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant first contact movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, suspenseful, serious, intense, atmospheric and captivating films and TV shows about / with first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, destiny, mentor, storytelling, alien, natural disaster, aliens and chase plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as first contact: Arrival (2016), Dreamcatcher (2003), Sphere (1998), The X Files (1998), Paul (2011), The Happening (2008), Venom (2018), Pete's Dragon (2016), The Faculty (1998), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004).

List of first contact movies

 7.9
 501K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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.
Style: intellectual, enigmatic, futuristic, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, loss, destiny, flash forward, language barrier, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship, existentialism ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: montana, china, russia, pakistan, sudan ...
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 5.5
 84K
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence. Challenged to stop an alien ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien invasion, supernatural, friends, evil alien, first contact, plague, in the woods, mind control, danger, alien, transformation, virus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa, massachusetts
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic, epic, clever ...
Plot: alien, ufo, first contact, contact, alien abduction, obsessive quest, life turned upside down, desert, conspiracy, spacecraft, obsession, government conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, indiana, india, ohio, mongolia ...
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 6.1
 93K
Sphere (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranoia, first contact, adventure, psychologist, danger, survival, ocean or sea, supernatural, imagination, book, psychology, alien ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
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 7.0
 95K
The X Files (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: evil alien, ufo, fbi, first contact, mystery, government agency, investigation, obsession, alien, special agents, conspiracy, virus ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, prehistory, prehistoric times, 1990s ...
Place: antarctica, texas, europe, usa, london ...
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 7.0
 218K
Paul (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: For the past 60 years, a space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he’s outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, funny, talky, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien encounter, friends, first contact, chase, ufo, geek, alien, road trip, escapades, parody, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1980, 1940s, year 1947
Place: nevada, usa, arizona, wyoming, san diego california
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 5.0
 185K
The Happening (2008)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States, teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee from contaminated cities into the countryside in a fight to discover the truth. Is it ...
Style: mind bending, suspenseful, bleak, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: apocalypse, plague, survival, supernatural, on the run, family in danger, danger, suicide, chaos and mayhem, first contact, mystery, virus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, france, manhattan new york city ...
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 6.8
 246K
Venom (2018)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: superhero, laboratory, experiment gone awry, violence, super villain, car chase, first contact, mutation, alien, destruction, anti hero, salvation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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 6.7
 49K
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than ...
Style: emotional, compassionate, touching, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dragon, first contact, orphan, children, invisibility, escape, fire breathing dragon, family life, storytelling, friendship, climbing a tree, family ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.5
 102K
The Faculty (1998)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien invasion, teenage life, teachers and students, small town, high school, evil alien, high school life, youth, danger, transformation, parasite, space and aliens ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: ohio
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AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Czech Republic, Canada, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, scary, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: deadly creature, alien, save the world, pyramid, expedition, adventure, monster, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission, gory, danger, evil alien ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: antarctica, nepal, mexico, nebraska, egypt
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 6.7
 52K
Cocoon (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: date night, kids
Plot: space and aliens, fountain of youth, benign alien, alien, retirement home, elderly, golden years, cocoon, senior citizen, swimming pool, chase, cancer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa
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 4.9
 24K
Virus (1999)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Japan, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virus, ship, survival, rescue, adventure, ocean or sea, save the world, heroic mission, deadly creature, robot, aliens, first contact ...
Time: 90s
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 6.2
 111K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, deadly creature, evil alien, alien invasion, danger, gory, chase, survival, alien encounter, alien, blizzard, mission gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1982, 80s
Place: antarctica
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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When astronaut Spencer Armacost returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian, more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer's personality seems ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, pregnancy, mission, astronaut, woman in danger, danger, outer space, nasa, suburbs, wife husband relationship, alien, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The new found married bliss of Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally ...
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, romantic, gothic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: vampire, werewolf, dangerous attraction, supernatural, supernatural romance, romance, vampire human love, young lovers, small town, impossible love, relationships, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, usa, brazil
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 7.4
 233K
Contact (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, captivating, talky, psychological ...
Plot: scientist, alien encounter, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries, wormhole, benign alien, nasa, contact, science, space travel, first contact, alien contact ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
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 5.0
 36K
Meet Dave (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A crew of miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form. While trying to save their planet, the aliens encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an Earth woman.
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, idiotic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: fish out of water, alien, friendship, captain, benign alien, adventure, alien encounter, disorder, crew, spacecraft, escapades, mission gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Still Star-Crossed (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A period drama that picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet leaves off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate.
Style: touching, romantic, tense, emotional, exciting
Plot: hopes, fall in love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jealousy, unlikely friendships, twists & turns, culture clash, couple relations, romance, idealism, first contact, couples ...
Time: contemporary
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At First Light (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A high school senior, Alex Lainey, has an encounter with mysterious lights that appear over her small town. She soon develops dangerous, supernatural abilities and turns to her childhood friend Sean Terrel. The authorities target them and a chase ...
Style: light, futuristic, sweet, romantic
Audience: teens
Plot: transformation, supernatural, first contact, relationships, teenage girl, fish out of water, strong female character, adventure, bullying, teenage love, teenagers, alien ...
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A representative of an alien race that went through drastic evolution to survive its own climate change, Klaatu comes to Earth to assess whether humanity can prevent the environmental damage they have inflicted on their own planet. When barred from ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: evacuation, ultimatum, ufo, evil alien, environmentalism, alien, end of the world, first contact, threat, power outage, messenger, giant robot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s, future
Place: usa, mcdonald's restaurant, virginia, manhattan new york city, australia ...
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, feel good, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, date night
Plot: benign alien, alien, children, nasa, friendship, adventure, ufo, family, hiding place, stranded, young heroes, homesickness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california
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The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard ...
Style: sexual, romantic, melancholic, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: island, love and romance, teenage love, first sex, fall in love, stranded, adventure, friendship, sea disaster, teenager, isolation, masturbation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, victorian, turn of the century, victorian era ...
Place: pacific ocean, san francisco
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The Dawnseeker (2018)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Set in the year 2245 when Earth's sun threatens to wipe out all of humanity, "The Dawnseeker" follows five hired mercenaries who travel to an uncharted planet to collect a rare mineral known as stardust to replenish the dying star. ...
Style: futuristic, tense, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: alien planet, human versus alien, survival, imaginary, trapped, mission, alien contact, space travel, first contact, catastrophe, deadly, spacecraft ...
Time: future
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 6.4
 22K
Ghost Stories (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Professor Phillip Goodman devotes his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism soon gets put to the test when he receives news of three chilling and inexplicable cases -- disturbing visions in an ...
Style: enigmatic, dark, suspense, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: ghost, journalist, teenage boy, car accident, anthology, religion, dishonesty, satan, storytelling, twists & turns, flashback, adaptation ...
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Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When Martians suddenly abduct his mom, mischievous Milo rushes to the rescue and discovers why all moms are so special.
Style: touching, entertaining, sentimental, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: mars, boy, abduction, adventure, young heroes, daring rescue, parents and children, guilt, stranded, alien, evil alien, martian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
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 5.4
 540
Magellan (2017)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.
Style: suspense
Plot: artificial intelligence, first contact, startled, space travel, planet, space station, spacesuit, talking computer, space mission, marital separation, begins with narration, nasa ...
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 6.2
 8K
Una (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at an older man's workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life.
Style: psychological, cynical, thought provoking, disturbing, sad
Plot: pedophilia, confrontation, reunion, sexual awakening, sex scene, female nudity, unlikely friendships, relationships, sex, small town, love, love story ...
Time: contemporary
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 5.3
 1K
Summer '03 (2018)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A 16-year-old girl and her extended family are left reeling after her calculating grandmother unveils an array of secrets on her deathbed.
Style: light, humorous, captivating, romantic
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, youth, love, school, love and romance, love triangle, couples, summer, kiss, romance, first contact ...
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 7.2
 4K
Hipsters (2008)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels falls for Polly, a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew.
Style: stylized, captivating, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: youth, politics, love and romance, rock, adoption, rebellion, counterculture, subculture, state affairs, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, communism, dance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
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