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 suspenseful, suspense, serious, tense, intense and surprise ending films and TV shows about / with first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, alien, mentor, storytelling, destiny, chase, transformation and aliens 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), Sphere (1998), The X Files (1998), The Faculty (1998), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), Cocoon (1985), Virus (1999), Dreamcatcher (2003), Paul (2011), The Thing (2011).
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The X Files (1998)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA
121 min.
 7.0
Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
USA, UK
104 min.
 7.0
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At First Light (2018)
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Canada
90 min.
 5.4
Venom (2018)
Action, Sci-Fi
USA, China
112 min.
 6.9

List of first contact movies

 7.9
 478K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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, futuristic, suspense, enigmatic, philosophical ...
Plot: alien, spacecraft, first contact, destiny, loss, alien invasion, language barrier, flash forward, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: montana, china, venezuela, pakistan, sudan ...
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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, breathtaking, enigmatic, epic ...
Plot: alien, ufo, contact, first contact, obsessive quest, benign alien, life turned upside down, desert, conspiracy, spacecraft, obsession, alien abduction ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, ohio, mongolia, india ...
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 6.1
 91K
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: suspenseful, scary, psychological, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranoia, adventure, psychologist, danger, survival, ocean or sea, supernatural, imagination, first contact, book, psychology, alien ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
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 7.0
 93K
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, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ufo, evil alien, fbi, chase, mystery, government agency, investigation, obsession, alien, special agents, conspiracy, virus ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, prehistoric times, prehistory ...
Place: antarctica, texas, europe, usa, london ...
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 6.5
 100K
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: teenage life, teachers and students, alien invasion, small town, high school, evil alien, high school life, youth, alien encounter, danger, transformation, space and aliens ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio
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AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Genre: Action, 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: bleak, exciting, twists and turns, scary, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: deadly creature, save the world, alien, pyramid, expedition, adventure, evil alien, monster, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission, gory, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: antarctica, nebraska, nepal, mexico, egypt
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 6.7
 51K
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
Plot: space and aliens, benign alien, alien, retirement home, elderly, golden years, cocoon, senior citizen, swimming pool, chase, fountain of youth, 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, survival, ship, rescue, adventure, ocean or sea, save the world, heroic mission, deadly creature, robot, aliens, first contact ...
Time: 90s
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 5.5
 83K
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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: supernatural, friends, alien invasion, evil alien, in the woods, danger, childhood, plague, mind control, alien, transformation, virus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa, massachusetts
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 7.0
 214K
Paul (2011)
Genre: 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, talky, funny, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien encounter, friends, chase, ufo, alien, escapades, space and aliens, geek, road trip, friendship, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1980, year 1947, 1940s
Place: nevada, usa, wyoming, san diego california, arizona
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 6.2
 107K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, chase, survival, mission gone awry, gory, isolation, alien encounter, alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1982
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, pregnancy, mission, astronaut, woman in danger, danger, outer space, twins, nasa, suburbs, wife husband relationship, alien ...
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: sentimental, atmospheric, romantic, gothic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: vampire, werewolf, dangerous attraction, supernatural, supernatural romance, romance, young lovers, impossible love, vampire human love, love and romance, small town, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, usa, brazil
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 5.0
 180K
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, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, on the run, supernatural, family in danger, plague, danger, forces of nature, suicide, chaos and mayhem, deadly virus, hysteria ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, west virginia, new jersey ...
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 5.0
 35K
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, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 5.4
 927
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, sweet, futuristic, romantic
Audience: teens
Plot: transformation, teenage girl, relationships, first contact, adventure, teenagers, teenage love, supernatural, bullying, strong female character, fish out of water, female protagonist ...
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 6.9
 175K
Venom (2018)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, China
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 ...
Plot: superhero, alien, super villain, violence, mutation, laboratory, experiment gone awry, car chase, first contact, anti hero, salvation, crimes ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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 6.7
 47K
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, orphan, children, invisibility, escape, family life, fire breathing dragon, storytelling, friendship, climbing a tree, family, forest ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.6
 147K
The Abyss (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious ...
Style: exciting, psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: underwater, ocean, alien encounter, sea disaster, ocean or sea, space and aliens, submarine, heroic mission, ufo, first contact, sea, scuba diving ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
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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, fall in love, teenage love, first sex, adventure, stranded, friendship, coming of age, isolation, masturbation, sexual identity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, victorian, victorian era, 1900s ...
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: imaginary, human versus alien, alien planet, survival, trapped, monster, mission, space travel, alien contact, first contact, catastrophe, team ...
Time: future
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 6.4
 18K
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: suspenseful, dark, suspense, realistic, enigmatic
Plot: ghost, journalist, anthology, car accident, violence, satan, teenage boy, prejudice, storytelling, twists & turns, flashback, character study ...
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 5.4
 517
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, talking computer, space mission, laptop, chess, monitor, moon, astronaut, cliff, nasa, space travel ...
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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: teens, date night
Plot: youth, politics, adoption, love and romance, rock, rebellion, counterculture, subculture, state affairs, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, communism, dance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
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Earth: Final Conflict (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Earth: Final Conflict is a Canadian science fiction television series based on story ideas created by Gene Roddenberry, and produced under the guidance of his widow, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. It was not produced, filmed or broadcast until after his ...
Style: suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, alien encounter, space wars, first contact, alien invasion, alien contact, adventure, space and aliens, evil alien, danger, heroes, creator ...
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, evil alien, space opera, time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, contact, space wars, inventor, obsession, good versus evil ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: montana
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 7.4
 228K
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: psychological, twists and turns, talky, captivating, serious ...
Plot: alien encounter, scientist, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries, benign alien, nasa, wormhole, science, space travel, contact, alien contact, fanatic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
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 6.6
 169K
Life (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The six-member crew of the International Space Station is tasked with studying a sample from Mars that may be the first proof of extra-terrestrial life, which proves more intelligent than ever expected.
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, tragic ending, tense ...
Plot: astronaut, mars, space travel, alien life-form, alien, monster, brutality, unhappy ending, danger, death, survival horror, tentacle ...
Time: near future, future
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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: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, stylized, futuristic ...
Plot: evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, ufo, environmentalism, alien, end of the world, messenger, interrogation, spacecraft, disintegration, alien contact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, virginia, mcdonald's restaurant, australia, new jersey ...
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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, ufo, friendship, adventure, halloween, family, hiding place, stranded, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california
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