Do you believe that there exists life outside of earth? no one really knows the answer to that since the search is on. Amidst stories of UFO sightings, the fictious area 51 and alien probe survivalists, it is but natural to imagine that there could be some other life form that exists in the universe. Comics, films and novels have long brought our imagination to life; with our fascination for the life beyond. Several movies based on aliens, all of different types, have been made and captured audiences attention; some of them becoming bigger than just movies. The top ten alien movies of all time are:
10. Starship troopers
Released in 1997, this blockbuster movie was actually an adaptation of an equally amazing book by the same name by Robert A. Heinlein in December 1959 which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1960. Set in 2319, it depicts the earth as a space faring federation attempting to colonize new planets. The main protagonist is the character John Rico plated by Casper van dien. It follows his initial enlistment in the federation for the sole purpose of being near his girlfriend. His intentions change soon after an asteroid launched by aliens, called the arachnids which are large sized spiders and other insects kills his family. Then the fight sequences begin with humans attacking the arachnids who had swarmed their outposts. The movie climaxes with the capture of Rico by the bugs, followed by a victory win after his thrilling escape and subsequent capture of the brain bug, which is thought to not only be their queen but also smart which will be studied to ensure future victories
A movie that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, Predator was a macho alien movie which after an initial poor response from the critics, has subsequently come to be regarded as one of the best alien horror movies of all time! Released in 1987, it begins with an alien spaceship that enters earth in the central American jungle. An elite Dutch team arrives in the forest for a mission, wherein they find the remains of the Army special forces hung from the trees after being skinned. It then shows an alien creature with advanced weaponry and physical strength, who slowly begins to hunt everyone one by one. Arnold finally manages to trap him, despite his invisibility weapon, by taking advantage of the fact that the predator can see with only heat signature through thermal imaging. A fight ensues and Arnold manages to hoodwink the predator and activate his nuclear explosion; surviving at the end. The detailed powers and weapons systems of the alien riveted audiences and this thrill factor was continued In the sequels- Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010), as well as the crossovers Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
One of the most loved films E.T is Steven Spielberg directed science fiction movie that overtook ‘Star Wars’ to become the highest grossing movie of all time when it was released in 1982. It won hearts worldwide not only because of the adorable alien, but because of its theme of timeless friendship that extends beyond worlds. The story starts off with the discovery of an alien spaceship in a California forest by the US government. Aliens are spotted and they flee in the spaceship mistakenly leaving one of them behind. The alien who gets left behind reaches the home of a family of 2 brothers and a sister living with their mother. He forges a deep friendship with the ten year old Elliot who gives it the name E.T. the story then revolves around how they keep him hidden from the rest of the world, while trying to teach him English and learn more about him. Towards the end they are discovered by the government and taken forcibly to the lab facility, and with an emotional roller coaster climax, they escape to the forest where ET is rescued by his species to return home.
7. Independence day
One of the best patriotic movies of all time, this science fiction alien invasion movie directed by Roland Emmerich was released in 1996 amidst great anticipation. It did receive some flak from the critics for being too clichéd and predictable in terms of story as well as undeveloped characters, but the viewers loved the extravagant shows of patriotism keeping it on the number-one spot for three weeks post its release. The plot begins with an alien invasion which begins to destroy earth’s major cities. The American president begins looking for options after the military’s attempt to deploy missiles is foiled due to shields around the spacecrafts. Area 51 is shown to exist, a secret facility which has kept a spacecraft and alien cadavers from a previous encounter in the 1950’s. Captain Steven Hiller(Will Smith), a military pilot who not only defeats an alien spaceship but brings one alive and rides the spacecraft along with David Levinson(Jeff Goldblum) who develops a computer virus to destroy the alien mother ship enabling its defences to be overridden. Finally all countries wage a war on the alien ships which are rendered vulnerable without their shields and finally earth wins independence day on the July 4th (co incidentally).A superb visual rendition of the destruction of the white house, a yoo-hoo moment when will smith punches the alien in the face dragging it back to the base station and the emotional ultimate sacrifice by Randy Quaid riding into the heart of the mother ship to destroy it completely, it is no surprise it was so well received by audiences throughout the world.
A phenomenon long before it became a movie, the first installment of the transformers franchise was released in 2007. Directed by Michael Bay, it shows Sam Witwicky played by Shia Labeouf, who becomes a part of the war between two factions of an alien race called the transformers. These transformers are robots who can transform themselves into everyday machinery- cars, planes, trucks etc and in the following sequels it is also established that these highly advanced aliens have visited earth since ancestral times and some of them have been living among us as machines. The war which began in their planet and ended up eventually destroying it occurs between Autobots, the good robots who attempt to protect earth from the evil Decepticons who wish to rule the earth by destroying human life. With the Amazing visual effects and robot battle sequences this movie series deriving inspiration from the toys, was a huge success!
A perfect cocktail of technology, 3D effects and visuals, a love story, underdog story with a happy ending, avatar broke several box office records up on its release in 2009. Nominated for several awards it won for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects at the academy awards. It was directed by James Cameron and tells a story set in 2154 on a planet called Pandora which houses nature worshipping tribe Na’vi who are large and blue humanoids. Earth wants to obtain a mineral Unobtanium available only on Pandora, but are being denied access. The military and bio departments work together and send Avatars which are genetically engineered human-Na’vi hybrids controlled by humans, as part of the Avatar Program. The character of Jake played by Sam Worthington, who initially goes to Pandora to win them over, but eventually falls in love with their ways, is the hero. The beautiful alien life forms, the fight sequences and weapons and the quintessential defeat of the bad guy won hearts all over the world making it one of the highest grossing movies.
3. Star trek
For all you trekkies out there, you will definitely agree with me when I say that star trek is a religion! With its own fully fledged popular language called Klingon, this science fiction franchise was created by gene Roddenberry. The original series was a TV series that ran on NBC for 3 seasons beginning 1966. That was followed by an animated series and a hugely successful movie franchise featuring six movies with the first release in 1979 as a sequel to the TV series. Set in the 23rd century in the “United Federation of Planets”, It follows the adventures of James Kirk, the main protagonist as he and his crew aboard the USS Enterprise, try to save earth from being destroyed by a powerful alien cloud called V’Ger. With iconic characters like Spock and captain Kirk and a larger than life fan following, the star trek series makes for one of the best alien movies of all time.
4. Star wars
A cult in itself nothing can be said about this movie franchise that has not already been said before. For diehard fans, the world consists of people who have seen star wars or they have not. Well ahead of its time, this elaborate world of a galaxy far far away in the future gripped the world by its sheer believability in the face of fiction making Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kanobi and Darth Vader unforgettable characters in the history of time. Created by George Lucas, the first movie in the epic trilogy was released in 1977 followed by the sequels in 1980 and 1983. A trilogy of the prequels was also released from 1999 to 2005. It became such a popular phenomenon that it led to star wars TV series, comic books, novels, t shirts, toys (especially the light sabers), collectibles, video and other memorabilia. The events in the movie transpire in a fictional galaxy where several alien life forces exist along with slave robot droids. There are planets which form a part of the galactic empire and are protected by a powerful, noble and elite group of warriors called Jedi from the Sith, who represent the forces of evil and attempt to take over the empire. May the force be with you!
2. Men In Black
Based on the marvel comic series by Lowell Cunningham, the men in black was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and released in 1997.It Starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent J and Agent K; the members of a secret organization called Men in Black, who supervise extraterrestrial life forms on earth and hide their existence from other humans. A comedy action movie, It was received with a great response by critics and viewers alike. Spawning three movies each featuring unique alien life forms and cool weapons like the famous neuralizer, Men In black is the coolest science fiction movie with the recent one releasing in 2012 to packed houses all over the world.
One of the best science fiction alien movies of all time this movie went on to win awards for visual effects, direction, best science fiction movie, best dramatic presentation and acting across various award platforms. A trendsetter of its era, this 1979 blockbuster movie’s success spawned a franchise of comic books, videogames, novels and toys apart from several prequels and sequels such as Aliens(1986), Alien vs. Predator(), Alien 3(1992), alien resurrection(1997) and more recently Prometheus(2012). Catapulting the main actress Sigourney weaver into fame, the plot follows a commercial spacecraft with a crew of seven members, returning to earth with mineral ore and refinery. They stop on an unknown planet following detection of some alien transmissions and set out to discover the source. They find a destroyed spaceship with the cadaver of an alien life form, and a large chamber with eggs; one of which cracks revealing a creature that attaches itself to one of the crew member’s face. Worried, they begin their return journey to earth again putting him in quarantine after failing to remove the creature, which eventually dies. With an unexpected horror twist, the story now establishes how the alien bursts out from the chest of the crew member attempting to kill everyone on the ship. Each member is slowly killed off with gory, visual effects until only the last character survives to kill the alien. A huge towering black structure with corrosive acid for blood, it definitely managed to keep the audiences thrilled.