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, allegory, twists and turns and interesting films and TV shows about / with first contact, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, destiny, storytelling, natural disaster, chase, life philosophy and alien 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), Paul (2011), Sphere (1998), The X Files (1998), The Abyss (1989), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Dreamcatcher (2003), Contact (1997), The Faculty (1998).

List of first contact movies

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, cerebral, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, time loop, loss, destiny, female protagonist, memory, science, ufo, language barrier, flash forward ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: china, montana, russia, pakistan, 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, epic, sentimental, light ...
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, alien contact, alien abduction, spacecraft, a vision, technology, contact, flying saucer, space and aliens, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mongolia, india, ohio ...
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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, funny, not serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, first contact, alien encounter, ufo, friends, chase, escapades, parody, friendship, road trip, geek ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1980, 1940s ...
Place: nevada, usa, san diego california, wyoming, arizona
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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: mind bending, scary, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: first contact, psychology, paranoia, psychologist, survival, ocean or sea, underwater, ocean, supernatural, danger, space and aliens, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, future
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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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ufo, alien, evil alien, first contact, fbi, conspiracy, mystery, government agency, investigation, paranoia, special agents, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, prehistory, 1990s, future ...
Place: antarctica, texas, london, europe, usa ...
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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, psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: underwater, submarine, ocean, sea, space and aliens, first contact, alien encounter, ufo, ocean or sea, heroic mission, sacrifice, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
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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, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, save the world, deadly creature, adventure, monster, first contact, apocalypse, predator, expedition, danger, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: antarctica, mexico, nebraska, nepal, egypt
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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, feel good, emotional, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: benign alien, alien, ufo, first contact, nasa, friendship, adventure, healing power, flying saucer, levitation, suburbs, halloween ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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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, rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, friends, alien invasion, supernatural, in the woods, evil alien, first contact, danger, foreknowledge, mind control, alien, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: maine, usa, boston, massachusetts
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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: captivating, suspenseful, emotional, intense, serious ...
Plot: benign alien, alien encounter, scientist, alien contact, space travel, science, wormhole, research, space and aliens, nasa, outer space, first contact ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, japan, puerto rico, florida
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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: scary, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien invasion, parasite, youth, alien, teenage life, teachers and students, evil alien, high school, high school life, small town, space and aliens, first contact ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ohio
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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, rough, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, virus, survival, rescue, ship, alien, save the world, first contact, time travel, deadly creature, ocean or sea, infected ...
Time: 90s
Place: pacific ocean
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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, alien, alien invasion, evil alien, deadly creature, danger, chase, blizzard, mission gone awry, gory, alien encounter, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1982, 80s
Place: antarctica
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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: emotional, compassionate, touching, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dragon, orphan, first contact, feral child, children, invisibility, family life, fire breathing dragon, escape, sawmill, forest, deforestation ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
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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, time travel, cyborgs, outer space, first contact, sent to the past, space opera, space wars, scientist, invasion, warp speed, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: montana
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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, stylized, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, ufo, alien contact, evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, threat, messenger, first contact, chaos and mayhem, environmentalism, worldwide chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, virginia, new jersey, australia ...
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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: touching, sentimental, feel good, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: elderly, space and aliens, benign alien, cocoon, retirement home, golden years, alien, senior citizen, swimming pool, fountain of youth, first contact, cancer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
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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, suspenseful, tragic ending, tense ...
Plot: space station, mars, space travel, survival horror, astronaut, tentacle, research, alien life-form, alien, monster, brutality, twists & turns ...
Time: near future, future
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Venom (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: super powers, anti hero, supernatural power, superhero, alien, experiment gone awry, alien monster, tough guy, super villain, laboratory, mutation, experiment ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Combining his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor with original music, Bo Burnham offers up his unique twist on life in this stand-up special about life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans.
Style: witty, talky, touching, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: stand up special, existentialism, bittersweet, obsession, artists and showbiz, life philosophy, honest, life & death, art, artistic, first contact, creativity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 154 min.
Story: 1492: Conquest of Paradise depicts Christopher Columbus’ discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventurer, adventure, military, against the odds, state affairs, danger, rebelliousness, native americans, royal family, obsessive quest, father son relationship, tribe ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, 1500s, year 1941, renaissance
Place: spain, europe, haiti, bahamas, west indies ...
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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young boy who tries to set his dad up on a date after the death of his mother. He calls into a radio station to talk about his dad’s loneliness which soon leads the dad into meeting a Journalist Annie who flies to Seattle to write a story about ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, family outing, girls' night
Plot: single parent, loneliness, radio, looking for love, starting over, friendship, romance, family relations, loner, love and romance, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: seattle, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, baltimore, new york ...
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The Happening (2008)
Genre: Drama, 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, gloomy ...
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, survival, plague, family in danger, danger, suicide, hysteria, paranoia, forces of nature, catastrophe, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, france, manhattan new york city ...
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The Borrowers (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The four-inch-tall Clock family secretly share a house with the normal-sized Lender family, "borrowing" such items as thread, safety pins, batteries and scraps of food. However, their peaceful co-existence is disturbed when evil lawyer ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: friendship, mischievous children, child's point of view, lawyer, adventure, good versus evil, little people, disorder, danger, eviction, real estate, greed ...
Place: england, london
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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, feel good ...
Audience: kids, girls' night
Plot: alien, spacecraft, adventure, fish out of water, friendship, captain, benign alien, alien encounter, disorder, escapades, mission gone awry, crew ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, 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, kids, preschoolers, teens, girls' night
Plot: adventure, mars, disney, abduction, boy, young heroes, daring rescue, parents and children, guilt, alien, mother son relationship, stranded ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
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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, captivating, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: island, first sex, love and romance, teenage love, adventure, stranded, fall in love, shipwreck, masturbation, teenage sexuality, friendship, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, victorian, turn of the century, 1890s ...
Place: san francisco, pacific ocean
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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: outer space, woman in danger, astronaut, space travel, danger, suburbs, nasa, mission, pregnancy, alien, paranoia, twins ...
Time: 90s
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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: disturbing, suspenseful, exciting, unusual plot structure, suspense
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: nasa, artificial intelligence, outer space, moon, alien planet, mission, astronaut, space travel, spacesuit, space station, planet, first contact ...
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, teenage girl, relationships, bullying, strong female character, fish out of water, teenager, adventure, teenagers, teenage love, alien ...
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