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 serious, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, futuristic and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with alien encounter, alien, space and aliens, alien invasion, danger, outer space, survival, spacecraft, technology and apocalypse plots mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller 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: Contact (1997), Prometheus (2012), The Thing (1982), Alien (1979), Battleship (2012), Avatar (2009), District 9 (2009), Battle Los Angeles (2011), The Fourth Kind (2009), Apollo 18 (2011).

List of alien encounter movies

 7.5
 270K
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, cerebral, emotional, intense ...
Plot: alien encounter, first contact, benign alien, space and aliens, alien contact, scientist, science, space travel, astronomer, research, nasa, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico, florida, japan ...
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 7.0
 598K
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: space and aliens, survival, alien encounter, androids, mysterious planet, fantasy world, space travel, expedition, spacecraft, outer space, distant planet, hi-tech ...
Time: future, 21st century
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 8.2
 408K
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, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, alien encounter, space and aliens, paranoia, survival, evil, fear, creature, scientist, mutation, supernatural ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: antarctica, south pole
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 8.5
 852K
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, suspense, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, monster, evil alien, outer space, deadly creature, spacecraft, alien encounter, alien monster, survival horror, fear ...
Time: future, distant future, 22nd century
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 5.8
 246K
Battleship (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
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, psychotronic, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: battleship, alien invasion, evil alien, navy, alien encounter, military, u.s. navy, ship, save the world, ufo, space and aliens, battles ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 2005 ...
Place: hawaii, hong kong, pentagon, london, tokyo ...
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 7.8
 1.2M
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, breathtaking, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: fantasy world, culture clash, alien, adventure, creature, space travel, scientist, alien planet, space and aliens, mysterious planet, benign alien, warrior ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.9
 670K
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, suspense, cerebral, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, space and aliens, alien, alien encounter, quarantine, mutation, transformation, human nature, alien race, racism, chaos and mayhem, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, suspenseful, rough, suspense, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evil alien, alien invasion, invasion, save the world, battlefield, alien encounter, battles, chaos, survival, heroic mission, alien attack, resistance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, santa monica california, america, mojave desert ...
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The Fourth Kind (2009)
Genre: Horror, 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, disturbing ...
Plot: ufo, alien abduction, alien encounter, space and aliens, hypnosis, patient, disappearance, investigation, paranormal activity, abduction, uncover truth, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2000, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, california, antarctica
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 5.2
 55K
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: suspense, scary, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: astronaut, alien encounter, outer space, expedition, moon, found footage, nasa, space travel, moon landing, spacecraft, infection, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 2011, year 1970, year 1972 ...
Place: antarctica
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 7.1
 89K
Falling Skies (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, heroic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evil alien, post apocalypse, resistance, alien invasion, alien encounter, ufo, space and aliens, vestiges of humanity, alien, apocalypse, life is a bitch, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.2
 130K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
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, alien encounter, space and aliens, chase, alien invasion, mission gone awry, survival, paranoia, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1982
Place: antarctica
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 7.1
 236K
Pitch Black (2000)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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: futuristic, tense, suspenseful, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, deadly creature, dark hero, space travel, escape, one man army, mysterious planet, survival, alien encounter, warrior, outer space, tough heroes ...
Time: future
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 7.0
 513K
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, twists and turns, visually appealing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: post apocalypse, future dystopia, apocalypse, dystopic future, resistance, disorder, mysterious character, clones, space and aliens, distopia, alien encounter, catastrophe ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: pentagon, washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city, new york
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 6.9
 249K
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, unusual plot structure, parody, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, first contact, alien encounter, ufo, special agents, chase, friends, space and aliens, disorder, buddies, hitchhiker ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1980, 1940s ...
Place: nevada, usa, san diego california, austin texas, england ...
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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, semi serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: alien invasion, invasion, space and aliens, ufo, evil alien, end of the world, save the world, alien encounter, spacecraft, alien, first contact, mass destruction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, bombay india, los angeles, houston texas, london ...
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 6.8
 56K
V (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ufo, evil alien, alien encounter, world domination, fate of humanity, dishonesty, fbi, conspiracy, invasion, uncover truth, alien, alien invasion ...
Place: usa
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 6.4
 92K
Monsters (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, psychotronic, breathtaking ...
Plot: monster, infected, alien encounter, quarantine, infection, space and aliens, ufo, nasa, end of the world, distopia, survival, jungle ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, central america, latin america, usa
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Mission to Mars (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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: serious, suspense, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: space travel, mars, spacecraft, adventure, mysterious planet, space station, alien encounter, astronaut, trapped in space, escapades, space and aliens, outer space ...
Time: future, 21st century
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 7.2
 18K
Star-Crossed (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: supernatural romance, benign alien, forbidden love, unlikely couple, interspecies romance, teenage love, teenage life, popularity, fall in love, newcomer, alien encounter, high school life ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.8
 20K
Taken (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 877 min.
TV show
Story: Taken spans five decades and four generations, centering on three families: the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes. World War II veteran Russell Keys is plagued by nightmares of his abduction by aliens during the war; the Roswell incident transforms Owen ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: ufo, alien abduction, alien encounter, teleportation, kidnapping, space and aliens, medical experiment, alien invasion, cold war, loneliness, conspiracy, government conspiracy ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, 50s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa
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 4.5
 90K
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, light ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, apocalypse, ufo, vestiges of humanity, space and aliens, alien encounter, alien, fantasy world, survival, abduction, chaos, demolished city ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, london, hong kong ...
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 8.4
 81K
Star Trek (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk with First Officer Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan. With a determined crew, the ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, intellectual, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, space and aliens, benign alien, adventure, star trek, alien planet, captain, heroic mission, alien encounter, friendship ...
Time: 23rd century, future
Place: arizona
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 7.3
 554K
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, entertaining, exciting, not serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: alien, government agency, secret agents, ufo, space and aliens, partners, undercover, creature, alien encounter, save the world, escapades, secret service ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, north america, plymouth, manhattan new york city
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 5.6
 5K
Invasion (2020)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Russia
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After the fall of the alien ship, it took three years. The catastrophe turned the girl's life from Chertanovo and forever changed our view of the universe. It seems that this was the biggest test for all of us. But mankind does not yet know ...
Style: futuristic, tense, suspense, exciting, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: alien encounter, alien space craft, alien invasion, humanity in peril, fighter jet, alien, martial law, struggle for survival, threat, love, crash landing, ufo ...
Place: moscow russia, russia
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 6.5
 8K
Debris (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Two federal agents from two different continents, and two different mindsets, must work together to investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind.
Style: captivating, futuristic, tense
Plot: cia agent, alien encounter, alien, paranormal phenomena, alien space craft, government coverup, alien technology, federal bureau of investigation, government conspiracy, partners, crime solving, alien contact ...
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 3.8
 739
Evilution (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An alien bacterium resurrects the dead on Earth.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, futuristic, exciting ...
Plot: zombie, alien encounter, apocalypse, survival, save the world, soldier, chaos, rivalry, escapades, supernatural, evil alien, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Project 'Gemini' (2022)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Russia, Cyprus
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sci-fi thriller about a space mission sent to terraform a distant planet. However, the mission encounters something unknown that has its own plan for the planet.
Style: scary, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Plot: space and aliens, evil alien, alien invasion, alien encounter, alien, extraterrestrial, apocalypse, spacecraft, ufo, end of the world, human versus alien, alien race ...
Time: future
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 7.5
 175K
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, psychological ...
Plot: first contact, ufo, ocean, space and aliens, sea, submarine, heroic mission, disaster, alien encounter, alien life-form, catastrophe, survival ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
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 7.8
 399K
Predator (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
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: monster, alien, deadly creature, survival, warrior, jungle, hunting, creature, chase, trap, evil alien, alien encounter ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987, future
Place: latin america, central america, south america
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