The Top Ten Best UFO Movies of all Time !

The theories of humanity about alien life and UFOs always tell us more than we think of little green men. Our vision of a life beyond the Earth represents our mutual expectations and our understanding of the broader cosmos, which varies radically with time. As America dealt with the Red Scare in the 1950s, influential alien films like “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “War of the Worlds” used intergalactic characters to reflect citizens’ fear of Communism and other “outsiders, ranging from the titular alien in Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic to the shape-shifting arctic creature in “The Thing.” These days, alien force mutates biological creatures in “Annihilation” to the more kindly, time-bending heptapods of “Arrival.” With the wide number of alien and UFO’s movies throughout the history of film, how can viewers determine which extraterrestrial features are most worth their time? Besttoppers compiled this data and selected the top 10 alien movies, ranked according to their IMDb ratings to answer that question. To qualify, aliens had to be the main characters or central to the plot of the film.

Which UFO Movies are available on Netflix?

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Stargate SG-1.
  • Lost in Space.

What is the name of the first UFO Movie?

The Flying Saucer(1950) Directed by Mikel Conrad.

Which is the highest-grossing UFO movie of all time?

  • The Avengers (2012), Directed by Joss Whedon
  • Domestic Total Gross: $623,357,910

Here are the best UFO movies of all time, starting at #10 and counting down to #1.

10. E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982)

DirectorSteven Spielberg
Produced byKathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release DateJune 11, 1982
StarringDee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote
Runtime115 min
IMDb user rating7.8
Box Office$792.9 million

A lonely suburban boy (The Haunting of Hill House season 2 Cast: Henry Thomas) befriends a good alien and tries to help the creature get home while government agents are after him on their own. E.T. The Extraterrestrial is one of the most popular family movies and the highest film ever to be made based on an imaginary friend that a young Steven Spielberg created to cope with his parent’s divorce (a record that it held for 11 years). “E.T.,” including the Best Picture, went on to win nine Oscar nominations.

9. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan of (1982)

DirectorNicholas Meyer
Produced byRobert Sallin
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release DateJune 4, 1982
StarringWilliam Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan
Runtime113 min
IMDb user rating7.7
Box Office$97 million

The second film in the original Star Trek series was “StarTrek II: The Wrath of Khan. Khan has a heavy complot, heightened suspense, and a strong support show by Ricardo Montalban. Many fans considered it as the strongest of the Star Trek films. The story revolves around Starfleet Academy’s trainees, monitored by Admitter James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Capt. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). On the other hand, another United Federation of Planets vessel is now to carry out a Genesis device in space. In this scenario, Khan (Ricardo Montalban), an opponent Kirk believed he would never see again, seized two of Kirk’s officers. Kirk takes the wheel again, wherein a galactic showdown he destroyed Khan’s ship.

8. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the Secret 5tar 5ystem of 2003

DirectorDaisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, Leiji Matsumoto
Produced byThomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Distributed byEMI/Virgin Records
Release DateMay 28, 2003 
StarringRomanthony, Thomas Bangalter
Runtime68 min
IMDb user rating7.8
Box Office$46,408

“Interstella 5555: The 5tory of 5creet 5tar 5ystems” is a visual accompaniment to the second studio album of Daft Punk, “Discovery” and tells the story of a famous band, which has been ripped away and returned to Earth by an evil company, and which has been converted into an emotionless automaton that focuses solely on its next major hit. Nevertheless, the band members protest quickly against their unfamiliar personalities and hope to present their peculiar alien music to humans. The film follows on from the story arc that is being played on a range of Daft Punk videos, including: “One More Time,” “Aerodynamic,” and “Digital Love”.

7. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

DirectorAnthony Russo, Joe Russo
Produced byKevin Feige
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios, Motion Pictures
Release DateApril 26, 2019
StarringRobert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
Runtime181 min
IMDb user rating8.4
Box Office$2.798 billion

Avengers: the Endgame was unveiled in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019, and Phase Three of the MCU in the U.S. on April 26, 2019.The culmination of a plot based on many more films in Marvel: “Avengers: Endgame” sees the surviving Avengers and their allies battling to win back thousands of civilians who were snatched away at “Avengers: Infinity War” by international titan Thanos (Dune cast- Josh Brolin). The characters travel in time to visit classic Marvel film scenes. This Russo Brothers film was nominated at the 2020 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and became the top movie of all time. The film has surpassed all of the theatrical performances in just eleven days to break many records.

6. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Produced byKevin Feige
Distributed byMarvel Studios
Release DateApril 27, 2018
StarringRobert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
Runtime149 min
IMDb user rating8.4
Box Office$2.048 billion

Avengers: Infinity War skillfully juggles a range of MCU heroes in the battle against the most serious challenge, resulting in an exciting, resurgent, and emotional blockbuster (mostly) fulfilling their huge ambitions. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and the other Avengers join forces to battle their strongest adversary – the evil Thanos. Thanos plans to use his devices to bring his warped will to fruition in a mission to capture the six Infinity Stones. The destiny of the world and life itself was never unknown when all the Vengers’ battle led to this moment.

5. Fantastic Planet (1973)

DirectorRené Laloux
Produced bySimon Damiani, Anatole Dauman, Andre Valio-Cavaglione
Distributed byArgos Films
Release DateDecember 1, 1973
Starring(Voice Cast)Cynthia Adler, Mark Grun, Hal Smith
Runtime72 min
IMDb user rating7.8
Box Office$193,817

The 1973 experimental science fiction animation movie entitled Fantastic Planet is directed by Renée Laloux and produced by Roland Topor and Laloux. Fantastic Planet is a French animated film on the imaginary planet of Ygam in which huge, blue-skinned aliens called Draags to oppress and rule over tiny, humanoid animals called Oms. Based on the Oms en Series of 1957 by French writer Stefan Wul, this plot relates that humans are living in a mysterious world ruled by ghostly humanoid aliens who see them as animals. The Oms quickly rebelled and asked how they might ever coexist. After the 1968 Warsaw Pact, René Laloux’s film featured a deep political allegory for the Soviets’ domination of Czechoslovakia and earned the 1973 Cannes Film festival Special Jury Award.

4. Arrival (2016)

DirectorDenis Villeneuve
Produced byShawn Levy,  Aaron Ryder, Dan Levine
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release DateNovember 11, 2016
StarringAmy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Runtime116 Min
IMDb user rating7.9
Box Office$203.4 million

Arrival is a 2016 film by Denis Villeneuve and by Eric Heisserer, an American science fiction. This movie is grounded on Ted Chiang’s 1998 precise film “Your Life Story.” Amy Adams stars as professor of linguistics Louise, who manages a team of researchers who have contacts with aliens as 12 giant spaceships reach places worldwide. Arrival was considered one of the best movies in 2016 by the American Movie Organisation in various annual lists of critics. As Louise’s contact with creatures begins to disturb her sense of time, she struggles to communicate across organisms before conflicts turn to battle. 

3. Aliens (1986)

DirectorJames Cameron
Produced byGale Anne Hurd
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release DateJuly 18, 1986
StarringSigourney Weaver
Runtime137 Min
IMDb user rating8.3
Box Office$131.1–183.3 million

This movie story revolves around a spaceship of  Ellen Ripley (Ghostbusters: Afterlife Cast: Sigourney Weaver), which is being pushed into a different planet after floating in space for half a century. However, soon, when she comes to a rescue mission for the last resurgent survivor, a girl named Newt, she meets the species of a hostile Alien beast who killed her original crew (Carrie Henn). The action-packed sequel of James Cameron to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece won 7 awards for Oscars and introduced various future actors, such as Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton. Their nominations included the Best Actress Honor for Weaver. Empire Magazine voted “Aliens” the biggest sequence of movies ever in 2019.

2. The Thing (1982)

DirectorJohn Carpenter (Halloween Kills)
Produced byDavid Foster, Lawrence Turman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release DateJune 25, 1982
StarringKurt Russell
Runtime109 min
IMDb user rating8.1
Box Office$19.6 million

 In 1982, John Carpenter directed this American science fiction horror film. The story revolves around an Antarctic study team whose lives are endangered by a shapeless parasite mutant and capable of taking on their victims’ form. Their lives are threatened. Although “The Thing” got a mixed reaction after it was released (and was unhappy to premiere on the same summer as “E.T.”), the film established a cult follow-up and was then re-evaluated as one of the best sci-fi horror films ever. The thing was handled by several directors and journalists, each with various ideas on approaching the plot. Filming in Los Angeles and Juneau, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, lasted about 12 weeks starting in August 1981.

1. Alien (1979)

DirectorRidley Scott
Produced byGordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release DateMay 25, 1979
StarringTom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton
Runtime117 min
IMDb user rating8.4
Box Office$106.3 Million

Alien is a 1979 scientific-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. In this scientific staple of horror, the crew on their return to earth voyage from a commercial space tug is disrupted when a distress signal from the nearby moon is required to be intercepted. One crew member is assaulted with a strange form of alien life, which expands quickly and picks up the characters around the ship. Alien’s popularity produced films, books, comics, video games, and toys in the media franchise. They were also applauded as one of the most comprehensive and most influential science fiction movies ever released. Alien” won an Academy Honor for Best Visual Effects and performed an iconic “final girl” out of its heroine, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). The movie’s popularity led to three sequences, some Alien vs. Predator movies, a string of prequel movies, and more.


Since they are a wide variety of the best UFO films, we have arranged for you to get the top ten UFO films that you can enjoy with Hulu Plus, Amazon, or Netflix binge-watching. Opinions are completely ideological, but most of us think all of the choices on this page are appropriate. But if you did not, do you vote on your favorite UFO Movie in the comments section below.

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