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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks

Writers: Charles Lederer (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (based on the story "Who Goes There?")

Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness

Story: Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Other Films In Series: The Thing (1982), The Thing (2011)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Directors: Robert Wise

Writers: Edmund H. North (screenplay), Harry Bates (original story)

Stars:  Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe

Story:  An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Other Films In Series: The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)


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The War of the Worlds (1953)

Directors:  Byron Haskin

Writers: H.G. Wells (novel), Barré Lyndon (screenplay)

Stars:  Gene Barry,  Ann Robinson,  Les Tremayne

Story: A small town in California is attacked by Martians, in this adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells novel.

Other Films In Series: War of the Worlds (2005)

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This Island Earth (1955)

Directors: Joseph M. Newman

Writers: Raymond F. Jones (story "The Alien Machine"), Franklin Coen (screenplay)

Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason

Story: Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Blob (1958)

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.,  Russell S. Doughten Jr.

Writers: Theodore Simonson, Kay Linaker

Stars: Steve McQueen,  Aneta Corsaut,  Earl Rowe

Story: An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Other Films In Series: Beware! The Blob (1972), The Blob (1988)

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr

Story:  Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Directors: Philip Kaufman

Writers: W.D. Richter (screenplay), Jack Finney (novel)

Stars: Donald Sutherland,  Brooke Adams,  Jeff Goldblum

Story:  In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

Other Films In Series: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Body Snatchers (1993), The Invasion (2007)

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Alien (1979)

Directors: Ridley Scott

Writers: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett

Stars: Sigourney Weaver,  Tom Skerritt,  John Hurt

Story:  The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind.

Other Films In Series: Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), Prometheus (2012), Alien: Covenant (2017)

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Phantasm (1979)

Directors: Don Coscarelli

Writers: Don Coscarelli

Stars: A. Michael Baldwin,  Bill Thornbury,  Reggie Bannister

Story: A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Other Films In Series: Phantasm II (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998). Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

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The Thing (1982)

Directors: John Carpenter

Writers: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)

Stars: Kurt Russell,  Wilford Brimley,  Keith David

Story: An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things.

Other Films In Series: The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (2011)

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Critters (1986)

Directors: Stephen Herek

Writers: Domonic Muir (story), Domonic Muir (screenplay)

Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush

Story: A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Other Films In Series: Critters 2: The Main Course (1988), Critters 3 (1991), Critters 4 (1992), Critters Attack! (2019)

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Invaders from Mars (1986)

Directors: Tobe Hooper

Writers: Richard Blake, Dan O'Bannon

Stars: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms

Story: A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Night of the Creeps (1986)

Directors: Fred Dekker

Writers: Fred Dekker

Stars: Jason Lively,  Tom Atkins,  Steve Marshall

Story: Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their hosts into killer zombies. A group of teenagers is all that stands in their way.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Predator (1987)

Directors: John McTiernan

Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall

Story: A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Other Films In Series: Predator 2 (1990), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), Predators (2010), The Predator (2018), Prey (2022)

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They Live (1988)

Directors: John Carpenter

Writers: Ray Nelson (short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning"), John Carpenter (screenplay)

Stars: Roddy Piper,  Keith David,  Meg Foster

Story: A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Fire in the Sky (1993)

Directors: Robert Lieberman

Writers: Travis Walton (novel), Tracy Tormé (screenplay)

Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer

Story: An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Tommyknockers (1993)

Directors: John Power

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)

Stars: Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton

Story: The small town of Haven becomes a hot-bed of inventions all run by a strange green power device. The whole town is digging something up in the woods, and only an alcoholic poet can discover the secret of the Tommyknockers.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Species (1995)

Directors: Roger Donaldson

Writers: Dennis Feldman

Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley

Story: A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Other Films In Series: Species II (1998), Species III (2004), Species: The Awakening (2007)

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The Arrival (1996)

Directors: David Twohy

Writers: David Twohy

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff

Story: Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

Other Films In Series: Arrival II: The Second Arrival (1998)

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Starship Troopers (1997)

Directors: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Robert A. Heinlein (novel), Edward Neumeier (screenplay)

Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer

Story: Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs in a satire of modern world politics.

Other Films In Series: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004), Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008), Starship Troopers: Invasion (2012), Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (2017)

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The Faculty (1998)

Directors: Robert Rodriguez

Writers: David Wechter, Bruce Kimmel

Stars: Clea DuVall, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Robert Patrick, Elijah Wood, Jon Stewart

Story: Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after some bizarre occurrences. They may be right!

Other Films In Series: None.

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Virus (1999)

Directors: John Bruno

Writers: Chuck Pfarrer (creator of Comic Book), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay)

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin

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.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Pitch Black (2000)

Directors: David Twohy

Writers: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat

Stars: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel

Story: A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

Other Films In Series: The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Riddick (2013)

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Signs (2002)

Directors: M. Night Shyamalan

Writers: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin

Story: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. 

Other Films In Series: None.

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Dreamcatcher (2003)

Directors: Lawrence Kasdan

Writers: Stephen King (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis

Story: Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space.

Other Films In Series: None,

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Slither (2006)

Directors: James Gunn

Writers: James Gunn

Stars: Nathan Fillion,  Elizabeth Banks,  Michael Rooker

Story: A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Attack the Block (2011)

Directors: Joe Cornish

Writers: Joe Cornish

Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail

Story: A teen gang in South London defends their block from an alien invasion.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Super 8 (2011)

Directors: J.J. Abrams

Writers: J.J. Abrams

Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Story: During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Dark Skies (2013)

Directors: Scott Stewart

Writers: Scott Stewart

Stars: Keri Russell,  Jake Brennan,  Josh Hamilton

Story: As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Europa Report (2013)

Directors: Sebastián Cordero

Writers: Philip Gelatt

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo

Story: An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Life (2017)

Directors: Daniel Espinosa

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds

Story: A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth.

Other Films In Series: None.

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