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1. Zoom (2006)

PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

4.3
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26 Metascore

Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin

Votes: 17,840 | Gross: $11.63M

2. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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53 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 35,283 | Gross: $6.56M

3. Lost in Space (1965–1968)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.2
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A space colony family struggles to survive when a spy/accidental stowaway throws their ship hopelessly off course.

Stars: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen

Votes: 6,090

4. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 507,572 | Gross: $306.17M

5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.8
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 350,003 | Gross: $435.11M

6. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.9
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74 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 8,119

7. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 492,476 | Gross: $250.69M

8. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.1
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57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 345,994 | Gross: $13.78M

9. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

G | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 73,868

10. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.2
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32 Metascore

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough?

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe

Votes: 159,596 | Gross: $103.14M

11. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

6.1
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65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 404,991 | Gross: $317.10M

12. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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54 Metascore

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

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 101,339 | Gross: $13.01M

13. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.3
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52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 201,622 | Gross: $37.77M

14. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.9
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64 Metascore

In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Cliff De Young, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 41,869 | Gross: $18.56M

15. Ice Age (2002)

PG | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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60 Metascore

Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe.

Directors: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha | Stars: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 417,715 | Gross: $176.39M

16. Heavy Metal (1981)

R | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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51 Metascore

A glowing green orb - which embodies ultimate evil - terrorizes a young girl with an anthology of bizarre and fantastic stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Directors: Gerald Potterton, John Bruno, John Halas, Julian Harris, Jimmy T. Murakami, Barrie Nelson, Paul Sabella, Jack Stokes, Pino Van Lamsweerde, Harold Whitaker | Stars: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks

Votes: 29,465

17. UFO (1970–1973)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.9
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The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

Votes: 2,570

18. Casino Royale (1967)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

5.2
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48 Metascore

In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.

Directors: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge | Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles

Votes: 25,688

19. Land of the Lost (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.3
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32 Metascore

On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone

Votes: 62,345 | Gross: $49.44M

20. Fire in the Sky (1993)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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42 Metascore

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

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg

Votes: 20,000 | Gross: $20.10M

21. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 42,974 | Gross: $3.00M

22. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 23,900

23. Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

6.4
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56 Metascore

A woman transformed into a giant after she is struck by a meteorite on her wedding day becomes part of a team of monsters sent in by the U.S. government to defeat an alien mastermind trying to take over Earth.

Directors: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Seth Rogen

Votes: 140,143 | Gross: $198.35M

24. Iron Sky (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.9
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The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.

Director: Timo Vuorensola | Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier

Votes: 89,260

25. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

3.6
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27 Metascore

In this live-action prequel to The Flintstones (1994), the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma Slaghoople (Kristen Johnston) is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson).

Director: Brian Levant | Stars: Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski

Votes: 20,271 | Gross: $35.27M

26. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

G | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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60 Metascore

Two mysterious orphan children have extraordinary powers and are chased by a scheming millionaire. But where do these kids really call home?

Director: John Hough | Stars: Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Kim Richards

Votes: 8,598 | Gross: $20.00M

27. Starman (1984)

PG | 115 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

7.0
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71 Metascore

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 40,404 | Gross: $28.70M

28. Taken (2002)

877 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.8
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Three families experience alien abductions over a period of five decades.

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Matt Frewer, Emily Bergl, Heather Donahue

Votes: 18,675

29. *batteries not included (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.7
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54 Metascore

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 29,676 | Gross: $32.95M

30. Beyond the Sky (2018)

Not Rated | 82 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.8
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While shooting a documentary to expose the lies of alien abductees, a provocative filmmaker and his crew encounter a young woman with a dark secret who leads them to uncover a disturbing truth.

Director: Fulvio Sestito | Stars: Ryan Carnes, Jordan Danger, Claude Duhamel, Martin Sensmeier

Votes: 3,270

31. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 34,549

32. This Island Earth (1955)

Passed | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.9
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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller

Votes: 8,328

33. The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.1
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58 Metascore

Three scientists help an Alien feline, stranded on Earth, to repair its damaged spacecraft in order to return home but their efforts are hampered by inept army officials and foreign spies.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,029

34. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.3
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45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 13,551 | Gross: $25.22M

35. Extraterrestrial (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.0
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38 Metascore

A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

Director: Colin Minihan | Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic

Votes: 14,086

36. Destroy All Monsters (1968)

G | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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Female aliens take control of Earth's monsters and begin using them to destroy the human race.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Votes: 4,651

37. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 6,569

38. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 6,729

39. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

5.5
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In 1989, physicist Bob Lazar broke the story of Area 51 and the US government's work on alien spacecrafts. He blew the whistle, shocked the world, then went silent - until now.

Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell | Stars: Bob Lazar, George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 3,513

40. Area 51 (2015)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

4.2
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30 Metascore

Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government's secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets.

Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik

Votes: 12,021

41. Shorts (2009)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

4.7
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53 Metascore

A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jimmy Bennett, James Spader, Kat Dennings, Jake Short

Votes: 6,508 | Gross: $20.92M

42. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.3
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53 Metascore

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 17,322 | Gross: $16.63M

43. Detention (2011)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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45 Metascore

As a copycat killer named after movie villain Cinderhella stalks the student body at Grizzly Lake High School, a group of co-eds band together to survive while serving detention.

Director: Joseph Kahn | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook

Votes: 14,466

44. Good Boy (2003)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.1
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49 Metascore

An intergalactic dog pilot from Sirius (the dog star), visits Earth to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the planet.

Director: John Hoffman | Stars: Liam Aiken, Matthew Broderick, Molly Shannon, Kevin Nealon

Votes: 3,933 | Gross: $37.57M

45. Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 86 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.8
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A young alien and a teenage earthling fall in love, and plot to stop the alien's race from using Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet.

Director: Tom Graeff | Stars: David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn

Votes: 2,929

46. Dark Skies (1996–1997)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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In 1960s America, a young couple struggle to expose the truth about a hidden alien invasion, while a secret government organization follows its own agenda in dealing with the threat.

Stars: Eric Close, J.T. Walsh, Lackos, Megan Ward

Votes: 1,718

47. The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Not Rated | 72 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.2
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Ships mysteriously disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a specially-equipped submarine is sent to investigate.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway

Votes: 1,232

48. The Ambushers (1967)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.4
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Secret agent Matt Helm must battle foreign spies and a rogue nation's exiled ruler in order to recover a hijacked U.S. government experimental flying saucer.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, James Gregory

Votes: 1,561

49. Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders (2000 Video)

Unrated | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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A cosmic case of flying saucers, intergalactic intrigue and out-of-this-world romance launches Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang into their most unearthly adventure ever.

Director: Jim Stenstrum | Stars: Scott Innes, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker, B.J. Ward

Votes: 4,760

50. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.

Directors: Ishirô Honda, Jun Fukuda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida

Votes: 3,777



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