Alien Movies From The 80s

Thursday, April 7 by Stephen Pomposello

 If you're trying to find some of the best alien movies from the 80s, then you certainly can't go around with these eight sci-fi 80s classics that center around beings from other worlds. Whether its menacing vicious creatures, kind-hearted extra-terrestrials, or amusing aliens disguised as clowns, this collection of 80s alien flicks are pretty well-assorted. There's a little something for everybody, be it an action-packed roller coaster ride like "Aliens" or a philosophical journey into the unknown like "2010."

  1. "Aliens." James Cameron's sequel to the groundbreaking original, "Alien" is not only a sci-fi action epic but is perhaps the best of the alien movies from the 80s. This is literally Vietnam in space. Ripley awakens 57 years later to face the xenomorph nemesis once again, this time with a platoon of marines to accompany her.
  2. "The Abyss." Mastermind James Cameron does it once again with "The Abyss," an underwater science fiction action-packed epic that revolves around an underwater race of alien beings who have traveled to Earth to stop mankind from harming himself. This aquatic tale is a perfect example of alien movies from the 80s.
  3. "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." On a more comedic note, "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" is one alien movie from the 80s that depicts the other-worldly beasts as clowns themselves, even their mothership is in the guise of one huge circus tent. Who doesn't love this alien 80s classic?
  4. "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." Director Steven Spielberg delivers a heartwarming science fiction tale that's fun for the entire family. This alien movie from the 1980s is centered around an extraterrestrial being that crash lands in suburban America where a young boy and his siblings provide it shelter from evil government agents who want it.
  5. "The Thing." John Carpenter directs this alien tale with a cast led by Kurt Russell. "The Thing" revolves around a shape-shifting alien creature that terrorizes a team of researchers at an Antarctic research station. Despite initial poor box office performance, "The Thing" remains as a faithful adaptation of "The Thing from Another World" which it is a remake of.
  6. "2010." Following the Stanley Kubrick-directed science fiction epic, "2001: A Space Odyssey," this sequel picks up a decade after the first film in which mankind further investigates the mysteries of the alien monolith and the disappearance of astronaut Dave Bowman. Despite its Cold War references, "2010" makes for a worthwhile alien movie from the 80s.
  7. "Predator." Packed with an all-star cast that is led by Arnold Schwarzenegger and under the direction of John McTiernan, "Predator" follows a squad of commandos who find themselves up against a deadly alien being that hunts humans for sport in the jungles of Central America. "Predator" is a definite favorite when it comes down to alien movies from the 80s.
  8. "Xtro." This is a very underrated alien movie from the 80s that follows a father who is abducted by aliens and returns years later to his wife and kid, who now live with a stepfather. The father, however, isn't all as he seems. Beneath his human flesh is an other worldly beast with far sinister intentions for his family.