"Alien: Covenant" is the latest alien-encounter flick to hit theaters. But its competition is (wait for it) out of this wooorrrllllld. Looking for something to stream until you peep the newest "Alien" sequel? We've got you covered.
We decided to look back at the greatest extraterrestrial visitations that have ever hit the big screen. And because all encounters are not created equal, we ranked them by Metacritic's Metascore. You're welcome.
In one of several alien encounter films to feature the invasion of Washington, D.C. by a rush of extraterrestrial insurgents, this comedy-sci-fi flick directed by Tim Burton has a star-studded cast. Spot Jack Black, Natalie Portman, Danny DeVito and even Jack Nicholson, who plays the president.
In James Cameron's first journey to the bottom of the ocean, Ed Harris plays a submarine foreman who mans the USS Montana with his estranged wife... right into the path of the submerged alien ship surrounded by benevolent aquatic forces.
About 200 years have passed since the conclusion of "Alien 3," and Sigourney Weaver still looks like she's never seen a Xenomorph in her life. That, of course, is because she's been cloned by military scientists. Clone-Ripley is thrust into a conflict to, once again, save Earth from an alien invasion.
Set in 2089, this is a prequel to the Alien franchise and features a party of scientists who go on a deep space journey to uncover humanity's predecessors, the "Engineers." What could possibly go wrong?
This cult classic takes on the intergalactic sci-fi genre in truly meta fashion. The cast of a once-popular science fiction show is caught up in a conflict between an alien race called the Thermians and an evil Ninja Turtle-esque space villain.
The good guys dress in black, remember that? The black suits with the black Ray-Bans on! Will Smith plays a New York City cop who is recruited for by a secret government agency to combat alien threats. Just one year earlier, Smith had saved the planet from hostile extraterrestrials in "Independence Day."
This 2011 film is like the love child of "Stranger Things" and "Cloverfield." If you love late '70s nostalgia, impressive kid-actor performances and the drama of an enormous alien pillaging 20th century electronics to rebuild its ship, this is the movie for you.
Without giving away too much about this awesome arthouse flick, there's a boy, a dad and an extended chase that involves the FBI, the Army and a healthy fear of sunlight. If you haven't seen it, cancel your plans and watch.
"District 9" isn't just another alien encounter movie. This one challenges viewers to question how welcoming they would be if aliens arrived on Earth in need of our help. Events in the film were inspired by the real-life District Six, a region in Cape Town where tens of thousands of non-white residents were forcibly removed from their homes in the 1970s after the neighborhood was declared a "whites only" area.