Alien encounter movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant alien encounter movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out exciting, suspenseful, serious, cerebral, futuristic and stylized films and TV shows about / with alien encounter, space and aliens, alien, alien invasion, danger, technology, transformation, aliens, dialogue and first contact plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Action and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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alien encounter movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as alien encounter: The Thing (1982), V (2009), Alien (1979), District 9 (2009), The Fourth Kind (2009), Pitch Black (2000), Doctor Who (2005), Apollo 18 (2011), Contact (1997), Prometheus (2012).

List of alien encounter movies

 8.1
 337K
The Thing (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranoia, survival, alien encounter, monster, isolation, space and aliens, fear, danger, alien, supernatural, transformation, evil ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: antarctica, south pole
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 6.8
 51K
V (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: V is an American science fiction television series that ran for two seasons on ABC, from November 3, 2009 to March 15, 2011. A remake of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson, the new series chronicles the arrival on Earth of a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ufo, alien encounter, evil alien, dishonesty, fbi, danger, uncover truth, world domination, heroes, special agents, family relations, resistance ...
Place: usa
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 8.4
 725K
Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs ...
Style: scary, frightening, suspenseful, futuristic, suspense ...
Plot: space travel, alien, space and aliens, spacecraft, evil alien, outer space, deadly creature, alien encounter, monster, scientist, alien monster, survival ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.9
 610K
District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: serious, biting, interesting, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, alien encounter, human nature, transformation, manhunt, racism, genetics, civil rights, discrimination, life is a bitch, slum, alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa
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The Fourth Kind (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, based on supposedly true story ...
Plot: ufo, alien abduction, alien encounter, disappearance, patient, paranormal activity, hypnosis, abduction, space and aliens, investigation, uncover truth, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, california, antarctica
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 7.1
 216K
Pitch Black (2000)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick isn't the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, futuristic, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, survival, dark hero, evil alien, mysterious planet, alien encounter, tough heroes, monster, anti heroes, one man army, space travel, warrior ...
Time: future
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 8.6
 186K
Doctor Who (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Doctor looks and seems human. He's handsome, witty, and could be mistaken for just another man in the street. But he is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor ...
Style: humorous, exciting, futuristic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, alien, adventure, space and aliens, journey, adventurer, heroes, good versus evil, alien encounter, space travel, save the day ...
Time: future
Place: london
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 5.2
 52K
Apollo 18 (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Officially, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later in 1973, three American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage ...
Style: serious, scary, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: astronaut, outer space, alien encounter, nasa, moon, spacecraft, space travel, alien, heroic mission, space and aliens, danger, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970, year 1972, year 2011 ...
Place: antarctica
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 7.4
 238K
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: twists and turns, captivating, talky, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: scientist, alien encounter, space and aliens, nasa, wormhole, inventions and discoveries, benign alien, contact, space travel, alien contact, mathematics, radio ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
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 7.0
 543K
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, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, space and aliens, space travel, expedition, mysterious planet, spacecraft, fantasy world, alien encounter, mission, hi-tech, storm, heroine ...
Time: future, 21st century
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 5.8
 227K
Battleship (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When mankind beams a radio signal into space, a reply comes from ‘Planet G’, in the form of several alien crafts that splash down in the waters off Hawaii. Lieutenant Alex Hopper is a weapons officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, part of ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, entertaining, ridiculous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: military, save the world, ocean or sea, ship, evil alien, navy, alien invasion, alien encounter, sea battle, ufo, danger, battles ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2005, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: battleship, hawaii, hong kong, pentagon, pearl harbor ...
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Attack the Block (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A teen gang in a grim South London housing estate must team up with the other residents to protect their neighbourhood from a terrifying alien invasion.
Style: exciting, humorous, absurd, bleak, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: gang, alien encounter, deadly creature, survival, alien, monster, chase, danger, teenage life, meteor, race, evil alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
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 7.3
 16K
Star-Crossed (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Whether they came in peace or with more sinister intentions didn't matter: a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, forbidden love, supernatural romance, teenage love, high school life, space and aliens, alien encounter, teenage life, love and romance, popularity, fall in love, newcomer ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.8
 1.1M
Avatar (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
Style: futuristic, exciting, captivating, serious, breathtaking ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: culture clash, alien, space travel, mysterious planet, scientist, warrior, fantasy world, space and aliens, adventure, interracial romance, interracial relations, benign alien ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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Aliens in the Attic (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.
Style: semi serious, humorous, entertaining, funny, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: alien encounter, evil alien, buddies, teenage life, young heroes, friends, alien, adventure, space and aliens, supernatural, battles, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
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 7.0
 223K
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, talky, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, alien encounter, friends, geek, ufo, chase, escapades, friendship, road trip, first contact, parody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1947, year 1980, 1940s
Place: nevada, usa, wyoming, san diego california, arizona
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The Transformers (1984)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan, South Korea
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, humorous, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens, family outing
Plot: androids and robots, save the world, alien encounter, good versus evil, space travel, chaos, adventure, leadership, danger, future dystopia, heroic mission, evil alien ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future, 21st century, 2000s
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 7.8
 349K
Predator (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, alien, monster, deadly creature, jungle, warrior, trap, creature, danger, invisibility, chase, evil alien ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, twentieth century, year 1987, future
Place: latin america, central america, south america, mine
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 6.2
 69K
Outlander (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the reign of the Vikings, a man from another world crash-lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator. The man must fuse his advanced technology with the weaponry of the vikings to fight the monster.
Style: exciting, epic, rough, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien encounter, alien, monster, viking, deadly creature, ancient, vikings, alien invasion, vengeance, swords and armor, hunt down, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history, future
Place: norway, europe
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, serious, exciting, futuristic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mecha, suffering, teen angst, insanity, alien encounter, depression, self doubt, young heroes, super weapon, save the world, future dystopia, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan
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 6.3
 199K
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy ...
Style: humorous, stylized, macabre, absurd, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: space and aliens, parody, evil alien, alien invasion, mars, ufo, alien encounter, save the world, space travel, spacecraft, flying saucer, secret service ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, las vegas, washington d.c., big ben london, taj mahal
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 8.1
 10K
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The story takes place on the desert planet "Pluke" in the "Kin-dza-dza" galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other ("Uncle Vova", a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and "The ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, humorous, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: desert, alien encounter, alien, totalitarianism, social differences, society, absurdism, time travel, teleportation, surrealism, capitalism, racism ...
Time: future
Place: soviet union, russia, poland
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Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, intense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evil alien, chaos, survival, heroic mission, danger, sergeant, marines, alien encounter, save the world, ufo, soldier, one last chance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, america, san diego california, united states ...
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Men in Black: The Series (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Men in Black: The Series, also known as MIB: The Series and Men in Black: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series that originally aired on The WB's Kids' WB programming block from October 11, 1997 to June 30, 2001. ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, humorous, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, alien encounter, secret agents, government agency, danger, bounty hunter, heroes, reluctant partners, disorder, chases and races, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 1990s
Place: usa, new york
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 7.0
 459K
Oblivion (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, stylized, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, post apocalypse, apocalypse, vestiges of humanity, mysterious character, disorder, evil alien, space and aliens, danger, resistance, survival, alien encounter ...
Time: future
Place: pentagon, washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 484K
Men in Black (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After a police chase with an otherworldly being, a New York City cop is recruited as an agent in a top-secret organization established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth: the Men in Black. Agent Kay and new recruit Agent Jay find ...
Style: humorous, exciting, entertaining, not serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: government agency, alien, space and aliens, undercover, ufo, creature, partners, save the world, secret agents, alien encounter, fictional government agency, top secret ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.3
 30K
The Arrival (1996)
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, serious, exciting, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evil alien, conspiracy, alien invasion, astronomer, alien encounter, foot chase, global warming, world domination, heroic mission, space and aliens, supernatural, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, central america
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 6.7
 320K
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, psychological, scary, enigmatic ...
Plot: alien invasion, farm, alien encounter, asthma attack, alien, loss of faith, ufo, single father, small town, priest, christianity, baseball ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, mexico, brazil
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The Greatest American Hero (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The chronicles of  teacher Ralph Hinkley's adventures after a group of aliens gives him a red suit that gives him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately, Ralph, who hates wearing the suit, immediately loses its instruction booklet, and thus has ...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: alien encounter, superhero, secret identity, heroes, heroic mission, imaginary, superhuman powers, rivalry, good versus evil, desert, adventure, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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Ben 10: Omniverse (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Ben 10: Omniverse is an American animated television series currently airing on Cartoon Network, in the United States. The series is the fourth installment in the Ben 10 franchise. Man of Action created the franchise. The series was announced at ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, save the world, superhuman powers, adventure, space and aliens, imaginary, teenage life, danger, good versus evil, alien encounter, heroic mission, superhero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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