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1. War of the Worlds (2019– )

Drama, Sci-Fi

5.9
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Set in contemporary France, this Anglo-French reimagining of H. G. Wells' classic in the style of Walking Dead follows pockets of survivors forced to team up after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike.

Stars: Léa Drucker, Gabriel Byrne, Adel Bencherif, Natasha Little

Votes: 767

2. The X-Files (1993–2018)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 186,908

3. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.5
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54 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: 29,558 | Gross: $6.56M

4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 979,829 | Gross: $333.18M

5. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 658,598 | Gross: $291.05M

6. War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 394,577 | Gross: $234.28M

7. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 535,912 | Gross: $100.55M

8. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.0
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50 Metascore

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 198,594 | Gross: $100.24M

9. Jupiter Ascending (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.3
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40 Metascore

A young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean

Votes: 169,892 | Gross: $47.39M

10. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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68 Metascore

The crew of the USS Enterprise explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy, who puts them, and everything the Federation stands for, to the test.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 214,273 | Gross: $158.85M

11. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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76 Metascore

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin

Votes: 268,370 | Gross: $72.08M

12. 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: 200,049 | Gross: $37.77M

13. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.6
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66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 179,666 | Gross: $14.38M

14. Pixels (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.6
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27 Metascore

When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage

Votes: 122,676 | Gross: $78.75M

15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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90 Metascore

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

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 171,089 | Gross: $132.09M

16. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 70,867 | Gross: $25.46M

17. Predators (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.4
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51 Metascore

A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

Votes: 203,083 | Gross: $52.00M

18. The 4400 (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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As the reappearance of 4,400 missing persons on a single day confounds the global community, federal agents on the case slowly discover the ways in which the victims have been changed.

Stars: Jacqueline McKenzie, Joel Gretsch, Patrick John Flueger, Conchita Campbell

Votes: 40,913

19. Torchwood (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Gareth David-Lloyd

Votes: 36,984

20. Circle (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.0
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Held captive and faced with their imminent executions, fifty strangers are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live.

Directors: Aaron Hann, Mario Miscione | Stars: Allegra Masters, Aimee McKay, Ashley Key, Autumn Federici

Votes: 33,020

21. Happy Feet (2006)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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77 Metascore

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris | Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Votes: 160,557 | Gross: $198.00M

22. Beyond Skyline (2017)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

5.3
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46 Metascore

A tough-as-nails detective embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.

Director: Liam O'Donnell | Stars: Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Jonny Weston, Callan Mulvey

Votes: 15,999 | Gross: $0.99M

23. Occupation (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

5.4
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45 Metascore

A small group of town residents have to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.

Director: Luke Sparke | Stars: Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Stephany Jacobsen, Rhiannon Fish

Votes: 11,809

24. Fire in the Sky (1993)

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

6.6
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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: 19,753 | Gross: $20.10M

25. 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: 29,052

26. 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: 41,263 | Gross: $18.56M

27. The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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67 Metascore

Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason

Votes: 35,888 | Gross: $28.73M

28. Home (II) (2015)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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55 Metascore

An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 87,225 | Gross: $177.40M

29. Soap (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

Stars: Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Votes: 5,477

30. Dark Skies (2013)

PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.3
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50 Metascore

As the Barrett 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, one which may have arrived from beyond the stars.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo

Votes: 66,594 | Gross: $17.41M

31. War of the Worlds (1988–1990)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.6
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Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s.

Stars: Jared Martin, Lynda Mason Green, Philip Akin, Richard Chaves

Votes: 1,048

32. Taken (2002)

877 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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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: 18,566

33. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

7.6
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73 Metascore

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison

Votes: 63,412 | Gross: $0.70M

34. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

6.8
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The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 10,955

35. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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An alien named Zim from the planet Irk is sent on a secret mission to conquer Earth, not realising that his leaders were just trying to get rid of him and hoped that he would die. Once there, Zim manages to disguise himself as a human child, but one boy named Dib sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 18,551

36. The Recall (2017)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.5
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When five friends vacation at a remote lake house they expect nothing less than a good time, unaware that planet Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction.

Director: Mauro Borrelli | Stars: Wesley Snipes, RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri

Votes: 6,436 | Gross: $0.02M

37. Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans

Votes: 11,458

38. The Forgotten (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.8
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43 Metascore

After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Christopher Kovaleski, Matthew Pleszewicz

Votes: 62,332 | Gross: $66.64M

39. G.O.R.A. (2004)

127 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A slick young Turk kidnapped by extraterrestrials shows his great « humanitarian spirit » by outwitting the evil commander-in-chief of the planet of G.O.R.A.

Director: Ömer Faruk Sorak | Stars: Cem Yilmaz, Özge Özberk, Ozan Güven, Safak Sezer

Votes: 51,339

40. Beyond the Sky (2018)

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

5.9
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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: 3,153

41. Nowhere (1997)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.5
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44 Metascore

Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Chiara Mastroianni

Votes: 7,796 | Gross: $0.03M

42. V/H/S/2 (2013)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

6.0
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49 Metascore

Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.

Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto, Adam Wingard | Stars: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard, Hannah Hughes

Votes: 34,106 | Gross: $0.02M

43. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.3
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 32,886

44. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (1999)

G | 82 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.0
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65 Metascore

An eight year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens.

Director: John A. Davis | Stars: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Megan Cavanagh, Mark DeCarlo

Votes: 28,744 | Gross: $80.94M

45. Ghosted (I) (2017)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.2
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A skeptical tough ex-cop is forced to team up with a nerdy scientist and firm believer of the paranormal. They must help a secret L.A.-based government agency deal with unexplained and paranormal occurrences.

Stars: Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar

Votes: 5,192

46. Mars Needs Moms (2011)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.4
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49 Metascore

A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois

Votes: 20,089 | Gross: $21.38M

47. 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: 8,256

48. Communion (1989)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

5.6
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Oct.4 and Dec.26 the Strieber family drives from NYC to their cabin in the woods. Both nights there are some powerful lights outside and maybe aliens. The dad is mentally affected by the "bad dream", goes to the shrink and is hypnotized.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas

Votes: 5,125 | Gross: $1.92M

49. Evils of the Night (1985)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.5
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Vacationing teens are systematically kidnapped and taken to a strange, rural hospital, run by a mysterious group that needs their blood.

Director: Mardi Rustam | Stars: Neville Brand, Aldo Ray, Tina Louise, John Carradine

Votes: 1,029

50. Liquid Sky (1982)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac ... See full summary »

Director: Slava Tsukerman | Stars: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Otto von Wernherr

Votes: 5,205



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