Several directors have talked about Alien Movie List. Here are 25 of the top ones.
From Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
Interstellar is a science fiction epic featuring a team of space travelers who must confront an apocalyptic threat to humanity. In the near future, Earth is facing a global crop blight and dust storms. In an effort to find a new home for humanity, a team of explorers and scientists travel through a wormhole in search of a planet that can sustain human life. Along the way, they face danger and discover secrets about the universe, the nature of time, and the power of love. Led by a former NASA pilot, the team must find a way to save humanity before it is too late.
From Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The movie follows the crew of a commercial spacecraft, the Nostromo, as they encounter a deadly extraterrestrial life form. After receiving a mysterious transmission, the crew follows protocol and investigates the distress signal, only to discover a strange creature, later identified as an alien, has boarded the ship. As the crew attempts to fight off the alien, they are killed one by one, leaving the sole survivor, Ellen Ripley, to confront the monster in a battle for survival. In the end, Ripley defeats the alien and escapes the Nostromo, but not before discovering that the crew inadvertently brought the alien back to their home planet.
From James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
Aliens is a 1986 science fiction action horror film directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. The film follows Ripley as she returns to the moon where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, and this time she is accompanied by a unit of space marines. As they fight to survive the attack of the Alien Queen, they uncover the secret behind its deadly mission and discover a way to destroy the Aliens once and for all. With the help of a courageous android and the resourcefulness of Ripley, the Marines battle to protect the human race. Aliens is an action-packed sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien, and has become widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.
Joe Russo, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) is an epic superhero film directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. It is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, The Avengers. In the film, the powerful supervillain, Thanos, is on a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones in order to use them to bend reality to his will. The Avengers, with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy, must join forces to stop Thanos and protect the universe from his evil plans. Along the way, they encounter the formidable Black Order, a powerful group of villains led by Thanos' adopted daughter, Gamora. With the fate of the universe in the balance, the Avengers must battle their way through this powerful enemy in order to save the day. In the end, the Avengers are ultimately successful, but at a tremendous cost.
Joe Russo, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Avengers: Endgame is the epic conclusion to the 22-film Marvel Cinematic Universe and the fourth installment of the Avengers saga. After Thanos wiped out half of the universe in Avengers: Infinity War, the remaining heroes - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye and Ant-Man - must band together to undo Thanos's destruction and restore order. The Avengers must also face their greatest challenge yet: to save their beloved Earth and all of humanity from Thanos and his evil forces. With the help of allies both old and new, the Avengers assemble their mightiest heroes to take on Thanos, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. With breathtaking visuals and an unforgettable cast of characters, Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling adventure that will leave moviegoers around the world with lasting memories.
From Stanley Kubrick, starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith. The film deals with themes of existentialism, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Its plot is based on various short stories by Clarke, most notably "The Sentinel". The film is notable for its groundbreaking visual effects, use of classical music, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.
From John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur
The Thing is a 1982 science-fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter. The film follows a group of researchers in Antarctica as they are confronted by a hostile extraterrestrial life form which has the ability to assume the form of its victims. After a series of grisly deaths, the team of researchers come to realize that they must band together to fight the creature that threatens their lives. As the creature continues to adapt and evolve, tensions between the researchers grow and they soon find themselves in a fight for survival against an enemy unlike anything they have ever seen before.
From Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
The Avengers is a 2012 superhero action-adventure film written and directed by Joss Whedon. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner as the titular Avengers. When Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to save the Earth from destruction, he recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to form a unique group of superheroes. They must work together to stop Thor's adopted brother Loki from enslaving humanity and laying waste to the planet. With help from Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury, the Avengers must assemble to defeat Loki and his army and save the world from destruction.
From James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film is directed by James Gunn, produced by Marvel Studios, and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Benicio del Toro. The plot follows a rag-tag group of space adventurers as they team up to protect the universe from a powerful villain named Ronan. Along the way, the Guardians come up against a variety of threats and must learn to work together to overcome them. Along the way, they also team up with allies such as Yondu, Gamora, Nebula, and Rocket Raccoon. The film is filled with action, comedy, and adventure, as the Guardians battle their way through the universe in an attempt to save it from destruction.
From Taika Waititi, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film is the sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), and the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film sees Thor teaming up with his brother Loki, the Hulk and the Warriors Three to take on the powerful Hela, the Goddess of Death, who has escaped from exile to take over Asgard. Thor must fight to save Asgard and his people from the Fallen Goddess, while also trying to survive the gladiatorial battle of the Grandmaster against his former ally, The Incredible Hulk. With a star-studded cast, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Thor: Ragnarok is sure to keep you entertained, with plenty of stunning visuals, humor and action.
From Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 sci-fi action film directed by Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The story follows Major William Cage (Cruise), an officer who is unexpectedly thrown into a fight against an alien race known as the Mimics. With no combat experience, Cage is killed in battle but finds himself in a time loop, forced to relive the same day over and over again. With the help of Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), Cage must learn to master his new skill in order to save mankind and stop the Mimics. The film is an intense and thrilling journey that combines action, humor and thought-provoking sci-fi elements.
From Neill Blomkamp, starring Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt
District 9 is a science fiction action film directed by Neill Blomkamp in 2009. It tells the story of a huge alien spaceship that suddenly appears over the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. Aliens, known as "prawns," are found to be living inside the ship and are relocated to a segregated slum on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The film follows Wikus van de Merwe, a bureaucrat assigned to relocate the aliens to a new camp, as he discovers the truth about the aliens and their situation. As Wikus starts to sympathize with the aliens, he finds himself in the middle of a conflict between the aliens and a powerful weapons corporation determined to use their technology for their own gain. In the end, Wikus helps the aliens escape to a new home and saves the city.
From John McTiernan, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo
Predator is an action-adventure sci-fi horror film directed by John McTiernan and released in 1987. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, the leader of a team of special forces commandos sent to the Central American jungle on a mission to rescue hostages held by guerrillas. The team soon finds themselves being stalked by an unseen and unstoppable force: an extraterrestrial life form known as a "Predator". The Predator kills the team one by one, using its superior hunting skills, until only Dutch remains. He engages in a deadly battle with the Predator, ultimately emerging the victor. In the end, Dutch and his team are rescued and the Predator is left behind in the jungle. The film was well-received and has since become a cult classic.
From Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm
The Fifth Element is a 1997 science fiction action-adventure film directed by Luc Besson. The story is set in the 23rd century and centers on the story of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a former special forces major who unwillingly becomes the custodian of a mysterious young woman named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich). Leeloo is the fifth element, the supreme being of enlightenment, sent to save the world from evil. In the meantime, the planet is threatened by a great evil, an evil force from an ancient time. To combat it, Korben must unite the four classical elements of fire, water, earth and air, in order to restore balance to the universe. Along the way, he is aided by a colorful cast of characters, including the wise priest Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and the sultry Diva Plavalaguna (Maïwenn Le Besco). Together, they must race against time to save the planet from evil and ensure the survival of the human race.
From Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana who experiences a close encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO). After the encounter, Roy becomes obsessed with uncovering the truth behind the mysterious sighting. He and a group of like-minded individuals set off on a journey to a remote part of the world in order to find out more about the UFO sighting. Along the way, they learn about the nature of extraterrestrial life and the potential for contact with other civilizations. The film ends with Roy and the others making contact with beings from another world.
From Alex Proyas, starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt
Dark City is a 1998 science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The story follows John Murdoch, an amnesiac man who wakes up alone in a strange city and discovers that he may be connected to a series of grisly murders occurring in the city. As he searches for answers, he discovers that the city is home to a race of alien creatures called "the Strangers" who can manipulate reality and control people's memories. In order to survive and uncover the truth, Murdoch must battle the Strangers and find a way to escape the city. The film features a unique blend of action, mystery, and science fiction elements, as well as a unique visual style that has been praised by critics.
From James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the sequel to the 2014 hit space adventure movie. The story follows the Guardians as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos in search of Peter Quill's long-lost father. Along the way, they must face off against a mysterious new enemy, as well as their own personal demons. Along the way, they will also meet old friends, such as Yondu and Nebula, as well as new allies, such as Mantis and Ego, the Living Planet. Featuring a stellar cast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is an action-packed, humorous and heartwarming adventure film.
From James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester
The Abyss is a 1989 science fiction film directed by James Cameron and starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. The film follows a team of Navy SEALs as they dive to the depths of the ocean in search of a lost nuclear submarine, only to discover a mysterious alien life form. As the team attempts to unravel the mystery of the alien life and its connection to the missing sub, they must also face the danger of the deep sea and their own inner fears. The film is notable for its groundbreaking special effects, which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Sound. The Abyss is an exciting blend of science fiction, action, and adventure that explores humanity's fascination with the unknown.
From Robert Zemeckis, starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway, a SETI scientist searching for extraterrestrial life. After years of searching, she and her team finally make contact with a mysterious alien signal coming from the vicinity of the Vega star system. To get closer to the source of the signal, they must travel beyond the speed of light, leading to a journey of discovery, faith, and the possibility of first contact with an extraterrestrial species. With the help of powerful allies, Ellie embarks on the journey of a lifetime to uncover the secrets of the universe and make contact with a species from another world. Along the way, she discovers more about the nature of life, faith, and the power of belief, as well as the possible consequences of making contact.
From Fred M. Wilcox, starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens
Forbidden Planet is a classic science fiction film directed by Fred M. Wilcox and released in 1956. The story follows Commander John J. Adams and the crew of the United Planets Cruiser C-57D as they are sent to investigate the disappearance of a colony on the distant planet Altair-IV. Upon arrival, they find two survivors, Dr. Edward Morbius and his daughter Altaira, and discover that a mysterious, invisible monster is responsible for the colony's destruction. With the help of Morbius, Adams and his crew eventually discover the source of the monster's power: an ancient, highly advanced alien civilization left behind on the planet eons ago. Forbidden Planet is now revered as a classic and highly influential science fiction film, and is credited with inspiring later films such as Star Trek and Star Wars.
From John Krasinski, starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
A Quiet Place is a 2018 horror film directed by John Krasinski. The story follows a family living in near-silence in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by creatures that hunt by sound. The family, led by Lee and Evelyn Abbott (Krasinski and Emily Blunt), must navigate the world in silence in order to stay alive. As their children, Regan and Marcus, struggle to adapt to their new way of life, the family must find a way to survive without making a sound. The film forces the audience to experience the terror of the family as they struggle to survive in a world where any sound can mean death.
From Philip Kaufman, starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright
Jane Pollard, starring Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader
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From Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
From Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio