The best UFO movies are a great way to spend an afternoon, especially if you want to feel the thrill (and that faint sense of creepiness) of seeing the possibility of life on other planets. These films, all of which are some of the best films out there (and are as a result very well-made) are some of the most fascinating and chilling UFO movies.

  1. “Alien”-No list of the best UFO movies would be complete without mentioning this classic film, which set the standard for extraterrestrial horror movies. It also proved that Sigourney Weaver was one of the premier acting talents in Hollywood (and showed that she was good at kicking butt to boot). With its mix of thrills and chills, you’re certain to have a great time watching this movie.

  2. “District 9”-Part UFO movie and part social commentary, this film tells the story of a group of extraterrestrials who are stranded in South Africa and sequestered in ghettoes. However, when a human man begins to transform into one of the aliens, he threatens to upset the boundaries that the human authorities have set up. This film is incredibly thought-provoking and is just a genuinely great film.

  3. “Cocoon”-If you’re looking for a UFO film that is a little lighter in tone, then be sure to check out this classic, which tells the story of a group of elderly men and women who find themselves living next door to a group of aliens. Both incredibly touching and well-made, this is a UFO film that is a great watch for the entire family during an afternoon.

  4. “Pitch Black”-This thriller, which tells the story of a group of crash survivors and their attempts to survive on a hostile planet, is one of the best UFO films out there. In addition to some excellent acting (especially on the part of Vin Diesel), the film is also quite chilling, and the ending is one of the most surprising and disturbing in the history of science fiction films.

  5. “ET: The Extraterrestrial”-No list of the bets UFO films would be complete without mentioning this classic film from Steven Spielberg, which tells the story of a young extraterrestrial who befriends a human family in his attempts to return to his home. The scene with the flying bicycle has now become a hallmark of cinema, landing this film a firm place on the list of the best UFO films.

  6. “Alien vs. Predator”-This film, which tells the story of a long-awaited battle between two of the most famous extraterrestrials in the history of the cinema, is full of action and deaths. Although only one of the humans ultimately survives the bloodbath that takes place during the film, this is still an exciting and very-well done film about the dangers that humans face when they come face-to-face with the otherworldly.

  7. “War of the Worlds”-This adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel is a truly great example of filmmaking at its finest. Tom Cruise delivers a role that he seems to have been born for, as a father who struggles to survive an alien invasion of hostile Martians. The movie takes some liberties with the novel but remains fairly faithful, and is a great UFO movie.