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, weird, suspenseful, allegory, futuristic and surprise ending films and TV shows about / with first contact, dialogue, outer space, catastrophe, alien, alien invasion, extraterrestrial, storytelling, death and destiny plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as first contact: Arrival (2016), The Abyss (1989), Contact (1997), War of the Worlds (2005), The X Files (1998), Sphere (1998), Paul (2011), Cosmos (2019), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), Signs (2002).

List of first contact movies

 7.9
 679K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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, philosophical, psychological, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, alien contact, linguist, scientist, ufo, alien race, alien creature, spacecraft, extraterrestrial, science, time ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, russia, venezuela, massachusetts ...
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 138 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: breathtaking, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: alien, ufo, first contact, alien abduction, alien contact, space and aliens, spacecraft, outer space, technology, benign alien, flying saucer, obsession ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, mongolia, india, wyoming, ohio ...
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 7.5
 177K
The Abyss (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 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, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: ocean, ufo, sea, submarine, first contact, alien, disaster, survival, alien encounter, space and aliens, heroic mission, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
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 7.5
 273K
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: cerebral, inspirational, philosophical, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: alien encounter, alien contact, science, outer space, space travel, space and aliens, first contact, scientist, nasa, benign alien, astronomer, religion ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: new mexico, puerto rico, florida, hokkaido, washington d.c. ...
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War of the Worlds (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, futuristic, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: apocalypse, alien invasion, end of the world, alien, space and aliens, survival, evil alien, invasion, disaster, first contact, destruction, extraterrestrial ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, south america, australia ...
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 7.0
 106K
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, scary, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ufo, alien, conspiracy, first contact, evil alien, fbi, conspiracy theory, virus, paranoia, mystery, obsession, chase ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: antarctica, washington d.c., london, usa, europe ...
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 6.1
 106K
Sphere (1998)
Genre: Action, 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, mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ocean, first contact, psychology, paranoia, space and aliens, survival, alien, psychologist, time travel, submarine, evil alien, imagination ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 80s
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 6.9
 251K
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: funny, entertaining, humorous, parody, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, benign alien, first contact, alien encounter, chase, road trip, ufo, special agents, geek, space and aliens, space travel, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary, 1940s, year 2009 ...
Place: nevada, san diego california, austin texas, usa, england ...
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 5.9
 5K
Cosmos (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three astronomers accidentally intercept what they believe to be a signal from a distant alien civilization, but the truth is even more incredible than any of them could have imagined.
Style: breathtaking, inspirational, enigmatic, clever, philosophical ...
Plot: first contact, astronomy, ufo, alien civilization, science, race against time, space exploration, space and aliens, scientific discovery, outer space, adventure, escapades ...
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Genre: Adventure, 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: futuristic, atmospheric, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: ufo, end of the world, alien contact, alien, evil alien, first contact, alien encounter, giant robots, environmentalism, alien invasion, robot, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, egypt, antarctica, washington d.c., new jersey ...
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 6.8
 360K
Signs (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Style: twist ending, scary, enigmatic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: alien invasion, ufo, alien, alien encounter, first contact, single father, survival, loss of faith, mystery, destiny, outer space, faith ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, north america, brazil ...
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Adventure, 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, sad, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: alien, friendship, benign alien, childhood, extraterrestrial, halloween, children, alien contact, empathy, stranded, bicycle, boy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, sesame street, los angeles
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Independence Day (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated ...
Style: suspense, exciting, futuristic, tense, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: alien invasion, space and aliens, invasion, evil alien, ufo, alien, save the world, end of the world, alien encounter, first contact, outer space, extraterrestrial ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, washington d.c., usa, big ben london, los angeles ...
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 6.7
 63K
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, humorous, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, date night, kids
Plot: alien, space and aliens, elderly, cocoon, fountain of youth, benign alien, first contact, golden years, senior citizen, aging, life & death, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
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 7.0
 604K
Prometheus (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Style: futuristic, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: outer space, survival, space travel, space and aliens, alien, androids, spacecraft, mysterious planet, alien encounter, distant planet, expedition, hi-tech ...
Time: future, 21st century
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 6.5
 123K
The Faculty (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
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: scary, suspenseful, suspense, slasher, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien invasion, alien, space and aliens, parasite, youth, high school, teenager, evil alien, teenage life, first contact, high school life, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ohio
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 6.6
 228K
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: scary, suspense, apocalyptic, tragic ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: outer space, space station, monster, alien, mars, astronaut, space travel, alien life-form, survival horror, evil alien, survival, first contact ...
Time: future, near future
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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: epic, cerebral, exciting, futuristic, saga ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, space travel, time travel, first contact, star trek, outer space, robot, alien, evil alien, sent to the past, apocalypse, nuclear missile ...
Time: future, 24th century, 21st century
Place: montana
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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, scary, twists and turns, breathtaking, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: alien, monster, deadly creature, save the world, predator, adventure, evil alien, pyramid, first contact, survival, apocalypse, technology ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s, contemporary
Place: antarctica, egypt, nebraska, nepal, mexico
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 5.5
 93K
Dreamcatcher (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 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, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien invasion, alien, supernatural, friends, first contact, evil alien, virus, supernatural ability, mind control, plague, transformation, alien encounter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: maine, colorado, usa, boston, massachusetts
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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, surprise ending, suspense, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: outer space, astronaut, woman in danger, alien, pregnancy, space travel, nasa, first contact, mission, paranoia, secrets, space and aliens ...
Time: 90s
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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western
Country: USA, India
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, alien invasion, alien, ufo, extraterrestrial, monster, space and aliens, cowboy, catastrophe, spacecraft, invasion, escape ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: arizona, usa
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 6.4
 278K
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – which has its sole inhabitant the ...
Style: bad ending, enigmatic, suspense, twist ending, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, outer space, space travel, alien life-form, monster, human versus alien, robot, androids, scientist, extraterrestrial, alien technology, alien parasite ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 6.2
 132K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
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, suspense, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, deadly creature, evil alien, alien invasion, alien encounter, chase, survival, space and aliens, survival horror, transformation, expedition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1982
Place: antarctica
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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, twist ending, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: apocalypse, alien invasion, post apocalypse, kidnapping, alien, bunker, underground bunker, bomb shelter, paranoia, survivalist, survival, ufo ...
Time: 2010s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans
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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Major Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. He awakens back at the beginning of the same ...
Style: mind bending, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time loop, time travel, alien invasion, alien, changing the past or future, evil alien, invasion, soldier, military, repeated event, time paradox, space and aliens ...
Time: future, near future
Place: france, paris france, united kingdom, europe, england ...
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 4.5
 90K
Skyline (2010)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, people are drawn outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Now the band of survivors must fight ...
Style: futuristic, suspense, light, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, ufo, alien invasion, alien, apocalypse, vestiges of humanity, space and aliens, fantasy world, survival, alien encounter, giant monster, group of friends ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new york, big ben london ...
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The Time Machine (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.
Style: futuristic, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, post apocalypse, dystopic future, steampunk, obsessive quest, changing the past or future, utopia, apocalypse, adventure, loss of loved one, scientist ...
Time: future, distant future, near future, 2030s, 1890s ...
Place: new york, egypt, usa
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 5.0
 28K
Virus (1999)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, scary, bleak, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, adventure, virus, cyborgs, survival, natural disaster, ship, robot, rescue, ocean, alien invasion, first contact ...
Time: 90s
Place: pacific ocean
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 6.7
 58K
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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: fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, sweet, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: dragon, boy, orphan, children, disney, feral child, invisibility, friendship, escape, family life, fire breathing dragon, family ...
Time: contemporary, future, 80s
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