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, weird, serious, psychotronic and allegory films and TV shows about / with first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, outer space, alien, chase, death, natural disaster, storytelling 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), Sphere (1998), The X Files (1998), Paul (2011), Contact (1997), War of the Worlds (2005), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Faculty (1998).

List of first contact movies

 7.9
 628K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, 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, twist ending, cerebral, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, alien contact, ufo, scientist, alien race, female protagonist, alien creature, loss, time, destiny ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: russia, pakistan, china, montana, venezuela ...
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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: captivating, suspenseful, epic, sentimental, light ...
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, alien abduction, alien contact, benign alien, a vision, technology, contact, flying saucer, space and aliens, spacecraft ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, mongolia, indiana, india, ohio ...
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 7.5
 169K
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, tense, suspenseful, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: underwater, ufo, ocean, first contact, space and aliens, submarine, sea, heroic mission, alien encounter, ocean or sea, underwater scene, survival ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
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 6.1
 103K
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, ocean, paranoia, underwater, psychologist, ocean or sea, space and aliens, survival, supernatural, danger, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, future
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 7.0
 103K
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: teens, boys' night
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, evil alien, conspiracy, fbi, mystery, government agency, investigation, paranoia, special agents, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, prehistory, future ...
Place: antarctica, london, texas, europe, usa ...
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 7.0
 242K
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, humorous, parody, sentimental, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, first contact, alien encounter, ufo, space and aliens, special agents, chase, hitchhiker, friends, disorder, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1980, year 1947 ...
Place: nevada, usa, san diego california, england, austin texas ...
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 7.5
 262K
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, clever ...
Plot: alien encounter, benign alien, alien contact, scientist, space and aliens, wormhole, first contact, science, space travel, research, nasa, astronomer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, florida, puerto rico, japan ...
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War of the Worlds (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: apocalypse, alien invasion, evil alien, end of the world, invasion, space and aliens, humanity in peril, first contact, survival, destruction, fate of humanity, demolished city ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, chicago illinois, south america ...
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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: teens, boys' night
Plot: alien, deadly creature, save the world, monster, first contact, adventure, predator, apocalypse, evil alien, expedition, chaos and mayhem, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: antarctica, nebraska, nepal, mexico, 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, flying saucer, nasa, alien contact, friendship, adventure, healing power, levitation, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, united states, sesame street
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 6.5
 116K
The Faculty (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, 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, alien, parasite, youth, teenage life, evil alien, space and aliens, first contact, teachers and students, high school life, small town, high school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: ohio
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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, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: ufo, end of the world, alien contact, evil alien, evacuation, ultimatum, environmentalism, first contact, giant robots, chaos and mayhem, worldwide chaos, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, australia, virginia ...
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 6.7
 60K
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, golden years, fountain of youth, senior citizen, alien, retirement home, first contact, cancer, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
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 5.5
 90K
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, rough, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien invasion, stephen king, in the woods, plague, supernatural, friends, evil alien, first contact, foreknowledge, mind control, supernatural ability, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: maine, usa, massachusetts, boston
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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, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, cyborgs, outer space, time travel, first contact, teleportation, sent to the past, space opera, space wars, evil alien, scientist, invasion ...
Time: future, 21st century, 24th century
Place: montana
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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: stylized, exciting, atmospheric, futuristic, serious ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, utopia, changing the past or future, obsessive quest, adventure, dystopic future, steampunk, imaginary, haunted by the past, loneliness, survival ...
Time: future, near future, distant future, 19th century, 2030s ...
Place: new york, usa, egypt
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 6.6
 215K
Life (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, 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: tragic ending, scary, suspense, apocalyptic, tense ...
Plot: space station, survival horror, trapped in space, lovecraftian, alien life-form, mars, space travel, astronaut, monster, outer space, twists & turns, research ...
Time: near future, future
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 5.0
 27K
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, bleak, rough, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, virus, survival, rescue, ship, alien, save the world, first contact, ocean, time travel, deadly creature, cyborgs ...
Time: 90s
Place: pacific ocean
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 5.1
 1K
Magellan (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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: unusual plot structure, exciting, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien planet, artificial intelligence, nasa, first contact, outer space, mission, astronaut, planet, space travel, space station, moon, spacesuit ...
Time: contemporary
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 5.9
 4K
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: mind bending, enigmatic, inspirational, intellectual, philosophical ...
Plot: ufo, first contact, astronomy, race against time, alien civilization, space and aliens, science, space exploration, scientific discovery, outer space, escapades, adventure ...
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 6.2
 126K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA, UK
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, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, deadly creature, evil alien, space and aliens, alien encounter, gory, danger, chase, survival, alien invasion, survival horror ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1982
Place: antarctica
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 6.7
 395K
Venom (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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, exciting, captivating, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anti hero, supernatural power, super powers, alien monster, super villain, anti heroes, superhero, alien, tough guy, extraterrestrial, experiment gone awry, mutation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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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, serious, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ufo, evil alien, space and aliens, alien, alien invasion, spacecraft, escape, sheriff, back from the dead, creature, small town, chaos ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: arizona, usa
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 4.4
 89K
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, light ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, apocalypse, ufo, vestiges of humanity, alien, space and aliens, alien encounter, survival, abduction, chaos, demolished city, transformation ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, big ben london, new york ...
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 7.0
 582K
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, suspenseful, dark, scary, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, space and aliens, alien encounter, androids, fantasy world, spacecraft, space travel, mysterious planet, expedition, distant planet, hi-tech, outer space ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: alien invasion, invasion, ufo, end of the world, evil alien, space and aliens, save the world, spacecraft, aliens, danger, pilot, alien encounter ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, houston texas, new mexico, london, los angeles ...
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 6.7
 347K
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, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: alien invasion, ufo, farm, alien encounter, asthma attack, alien, loss of faith, mystery, destiny, single father, baseball, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, north america, brazil, mexico
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 6.7
 56K
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
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: psychotronic, emotional, compassionate, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dragon, orphan, boy, feral child, children, escape, family life, fire breathing dragon, invisibility, sawmill, deforestation, forest ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
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 5.0
 200K
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, bleak, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, survival, virus, plague, family in danger, danger, suicide, hysteria, natural disaster, graphic violence, paranoia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, west virginia, north america ...
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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, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: woman in danger, outer space, astronaut, space travel, danger, suburbs, nasa, mission, pregnancy, twins, alien, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
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