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The list contains the best, new and most relevant first contact movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspense, suspenseful, cerebral, surprise ending and exciting films and TV shows about / with first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, mentor, destiny, alien, storytelling, aliens, natural disaster and chase plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Drama, Sci-Fi
USA
133 min.
 7.7
The X Files
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA
121 min.
 7.0
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Venom
Action, Sci-Fi
USA, China
112 min.
 7.0
Life
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA
104 min.
 6.6

List of first contact movies

 7.9
 468K
Arrival
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: suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, philosophical, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, first contact, alien invasion, spacecraft, time loop, flash forward, language barrier, destiny, loss, death of daughter, memory, existentialism ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, venezuela, massachusetts, pakistan ...
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 6.1
 91K
Sphere
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, psychological, scary, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, paranoia, first contact, imagination, danger, dialogue, twists & turns, survival, supernatural, book, psychology, ocean or sea ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
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 7.0
 93K
The X Files
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, scary, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mystery, alien, ufo, first contact, government agency, conspiracy theory, investigation, conspiracy, virus, special agents, fbi, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, future, 90s, 1990s, prehistory ...
Place: antarctica, texas, europe, usa, london ...
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 6.5
 100K
The Faculty
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: suspense, suspenseful, scary, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, alien invasion, transformation, small town, first contact, teenage life, danger, parasite, group of friends, paranoia, good versus evil, teachers and students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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: suspenseful, captivating, breathtaking, enigmatic, clever ...
Plot: first contact, alien, ufo, technology, desert, conspiracy, spacecraft, adventure, beautiful scenery, investigation, alien abduction, government conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, ohio, mongolia, india ...
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AVP: Alien vs. Predator
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: exciting, bleak, scary, twists and turns, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alien, monster, deadly creature, first contact, survival, save the world, adventure, chaos and mayhem, apocalypse, heroic mission, danger, expedition ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: antarctica, egypt, nebraska, nepal, mexico
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 6.7
 51K
Cocoon
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: alien, fountain of youth, cocoon, benign alien, elderly, first contact, immortality, life & death, adventure, senior citizen, unlikely friendships, golden years ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa
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 4.9
 24K
Virus
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, aliens, first contact, ocean or sea, adventure, heroic mission, rescue, deadly creature, robot, save the world ...
Time: 90s
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 5.5
 83K
Dreamcatcher
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: alien invasion, supernatural, friends, in the woods, first contact, mind control, good versus evil, childhood, transformation, virus, apocalypse, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa, massachusetts
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 7.0
 214K
Paul
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, funny, sentimental, touching, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, benign alien, parody, adventure, road trip, first contact, friends, escapades, chase, geek, foul language, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1940s, year 1980, year 1947
Place: nevada, usa, wyoming, san diego california, arizona
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 6.2
 107K
The Thing
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: suspenseful, scary, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, alien, gory, monster, expedition, transformation, deadly creature, alien invasion, death, first contact, danger, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1982
Place: antarctica
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
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, vampire human love, werewolf, romance, supernatural, relationships, dangerous attraction, family, impossible love, small town, first contact, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, usa, brazil
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The Astronaut's Wife
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: surprise ending, suspenseful, psychological, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nasa, astronaut, pregnancy, alien, paranoia, suburbs, woman in danger, danger, wife husband relationship, secrets, space travel, outer space ...
Time: 90s
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 5.0
 180K
The Happening
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: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: survival, virus, apocalypse, suicide, supernatural, death, on the run, end of the world, family in danger, plague, danger, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, paris france, new jersey ...
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 5.0
 35K
Meet Dave
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, funny, semi serious, idiotic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: alien, benign alien, adventure, friendship, alien encounter, family, disorder, humanity, captain, fish out of water, spacecraft, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.0
 98K
Venom
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, gothic ...
Plot: superhero, alien, experiment gone awry, super villain, violence, mutation, first contact, laboratory, crimes, salvation, car chase, anti hero ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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 6.7
 47K
Pete's Dragon
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, storytelling, friendship, children, invisibility, family, adventure, first contact, magic, fire breathing dragon, family life, escape ...
Time: contemporary
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The Blue Lagoon
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: romantic, melancholic, captivating, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: island, stranded, survival, isolation, adventure, teenager, romance, fall in love, love and romance, friendship, lovers, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, victorian, 80s, 1890s ...
Place: san francisco, pacific ocean
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Star Trek: First Contact
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, cerebral ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space opera, time travel, space travel, adventure, first contact, sacrifice, star trek, alien, outer space, transformation, vengeance, revenge ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: montana
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 7.4
 228K
Contact
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, talky, twists and turns, captivating, cerebral ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, radio, science, mathematics, first contact, religion, alien, philosophy, wormhole, scientist, alien encounter ...
Time: 20th century, future, 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
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 6.6
 166K
Life
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: suspense, tense, tragic ending, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: alien, monster, brutality, astronaut, alien life-form, mars, death, danger, unhappy ending, space travel, characters killed one by one, survival horror ...
Time: future, near future
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The Day the Earth Stood Still
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, bad ending ...
Plot: alien, end of the world, first contact, environmentalism, ultimatum, evacuation, ecology, evil alien, ufo, aliens, alien invasion, robot ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, egypt, antarctica, virginia, manhattan new york city ...
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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: emotional, sentimental, feel good, light, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, date night
Plot: alien, benign alien, stranded, children, adventure, friendship, family, young heroes, nasa, youth, hiding place, healing power ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california
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 7.0
 38K
Starman
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Style: touching, road movie, serious, offbeat, suspense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, romance, adventure, first contact, chase, fish out of water, on the road, aliens, love story, desert, alien invasion, benign alien ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, wisconsin, washington d.c., arizona
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Muppets from Space
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Gonzo's breakfast cereal tells him that he's the descendant of aliens from another planet, his attempts at extraterrestrial communication get him kidnapped by a secret government agency, prompting the Muppets to spring into action. ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, exciting, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: puppets, adventure, family, alien, loneliness, first contact, muppets, benign alien, aliens, rescue, escapades, children ...
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Star Trek: Insurrection
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When an alien race and factions within Starfleet attempt to take over a planet that has "regenerative" properties, it falls upon Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise to defend the planet's people as well as the very ideals ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, earnest, cerebral ...
Plot: space opera, alien, adventure, star trek, fountain of youth, immortality, chase, benign alien, first contact, conspiracy, transformation, aliens ...
Time: future
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 6.3
 29K
The Arrival
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Zane Ziminski is an astrophysicist who receives a message that seems to have extraterrestrial origins. Eerily soon after his discovery, Zane is fired. He then embarks on a search to determine the origins of the transmission that leads him into a ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, alien, alien invasion, radio, paranoia, chase, astronomer, global warming, aliens, evil alien, mystery, first contact ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, central america
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Mission to Mars
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Plot: mars, space travel, alien, adventure, nasa, outer space, spacecraft, astronaut, alien encounter, space opera, first contact, space program ...
Time: future, 21st century
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 5.8
 67K
Species
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, sexual, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, genetics, femme fatale, cloning, chase, monster, aliens, gory, deadly creature, alien invasion, first contact, science ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.1
 162K
Stargate
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, futuristic, cerebral ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: teleportation, space travel, adventure, immortality, alien, outer space, military, space opera, desert, time travel, ancient mystery, archaeology ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future, 1920s, 1990s
Place: egypt, mine, africa, middle east
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