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, allegory, twists and turns, serious and cerebral films and TV shows about / with first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, outer space, destiny, alien, chase, storytelling, aliens and natural disaster 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), Paul (2011), The X Files (1998), Sphere (1998), Contact (1997), The Abyss (1989), The Faculty (1998), AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Cocoon (1985).

List of first contact movies

 7.9
 582K
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, enigmatic, twist ending, philosophical ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, loss, destiny, female protagonist, memory, time loop, science, scientist, ufo, alien creature ...
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
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 abduction, alien contact, flying saucer, spacecraft, a vision, technology, contact, space and aliens, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mexico, mongolia, india ...
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 7.0
 233K
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, funny, sentimental, not serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, first contact, alien, ufo, alien encounter, friends, chase, escapades, parody, friendship, road trip, geek ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1947, year 1980 ...
Place: nevada, usa, san diego california, arizona, wyoming
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 7.0
 100K
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: alien, ufo, first contact, evil alien, fbi, conspiracy, mystery, government agency, investigation, paranoia, special agents, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, prehistory, 1990s, future ...
Place: antarctica, london, texas, europe, usa ...
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 6.1
 98K
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: 20th century, 90s, 80s, future
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 7.4
 251K
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, twists and turns ...
Plot: benign alien, alien encounter, scientist, alien contact, wormhole, space and aliens, space travel, first contact, science, research, nasa, astronomer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico, japan, florida ...
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 7.6
 161K
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, ufo, first contact, sea, space and aliens, alien encounter, ocean or sea, heroic mission, sacrifice, alien life-form ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
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 6.5
 109K
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: parasite, alien invasion, alien, youth, teenage life, teenager, first contact, teachers and students, evil alien, high school life, small town, high school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: ohio
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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, deadly creature, save the world, monster, first contact, adventure, apocalypse, predator, expedition, danger, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: antarctica, nepal, nebraska, 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, nasa, friendship, adventure, healing power, flying saucer, levitation, suburbs, alien contact ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 6.7
 57K
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, cocoon, benign alien, golden years, retirement home, first contact, alien, fountain of youth, senior citizen, swimming pool, cancer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
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 5.5
 88K
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: alien invasion, in the woods, plague, friends, supernatural, first contact, foreknowledge, evil alien, mind control, supernatural ability, danger, alien encounter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: maine, usa, boston, massachusetts
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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, bleak, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: apocalypse, alien invasion, invasion, evil alien, end of the world, space and aliens, survival, danger, destruction, chaos, first contact, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, chicago illinois, paris france ...
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 6.2
 121K
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, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, deadly creature, alien invasion, evil alien, gory, danger, blizzard, chase, mission gone awry, survival, alien encounter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1982
Place: antarctica
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 5.0
 26K
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: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventure, virus, survival, rescue, ship, alien, save the world, first contact, time travel, ocean or sea, deadly creature, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: pacific ocean
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 6.7
 53K
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, feral child, orphan, first contact, children, invisibility, escape, fire breathing dragon, family life, climbing a tree, forest, sawmill ...
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, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, time travel, outer space, cyborgs, first contact, sent to the past, space opera, space wars, mind control, invasion, good versus evil, attack ...
Time: future, 21st century, 24th century
Place: montana
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 6.6
 204K
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: scary, apocalyptic, suspense, tragic ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: space station, alien life-form, survival horror, mars, space travel, astronaut, monster, lovecraftian, tentacle, research, twists & turns, brutality ...
Time: near future, future
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 6.7
 351K
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, captivating, exciting, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anti hero, supernatural power, super powers, alien monster, superhero, alien, tough guy, experiment gone awry, super villain, laboratory, mutation, alien life-form ...
Time: 2010s
Place: san francisco, malaysia
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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, ultimatum, evil alien, chaos and mayhem, environmentalism, alien encounter, race against time, worldwide chaos, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, new york, australia, manhattan new york city, virginia ...
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 5.0
 38K
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: spacecraft, alien, adventure, fish out of water, friendship, captain, benign alien, disorder, alien encounter, escapades, mission gone awry, crew ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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: outer space, woman in danger, astronaut, space travel, danger, suburbs, nasa, mission, twins, pregnancy, alien, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
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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, love and romance, first sex, fall in love, adventure, stranded, teenage sex, teenage sexuality, teenage love, masturbation, shipwreck, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, victorian, 1900s, victorian era ...
Place: san francisco, pacific ocean
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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: boys' night, teens
Plot: ufo, evil alien, spacecraft, catastrophe, cowboy, sheriff, alien, escape, small town, chaos, criminal, outlaw ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: arizona, usa
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 5.0
 194K
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, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, survival, plague, family in danger, danger, suicide, hysteria, graphic violence, paranoia, forces of nature, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, manhattan new york city, france ...
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 6.4
 250K
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, suspense, enigmatic, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: alien, androids, outer space, alien life-form, human versus alien, monster, space travel, alien technology, parasite, infection, experiment, brutality ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.0
 563K
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, scary, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, space and aliens, fantasy world, androids, space travel, spacecraft, alien encounter, distant planet, human versus alien, expedition, mission, hi-tech ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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, sentimental, entertaining, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, teens, girls' night
Plot: adventure, mars, disney, boy, young heroes, parents and children, daring rescue, guilt, alien, mother son relationship, abduction, stranded ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana
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 6.7
 333K
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: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: alien invasion, farm, alien encounter, asthma attack, ufo, alien, loss of faith, destiny, asthma, single father, baseball, priest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, mexico, brazil
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 5.1
 1K
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, exciting, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, suspense
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien planet, nasa, artificial intelligence, moon, outer space, mission, astronaut, space travel, spacesuit, planet, space station, first contact ...
Time: contemporary
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