Otherworldly Helpful: 6 Alien Movies With Alien Heroes

Thursday, February 2 by Frost

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Watch atypical extraterrestrials that don’t want to steal Earth’s women and bacon in these six alien movies with alien heroes. After all, not every alien life form is a malevolent force, hell-bent on conquering our world. There’s no need for aluminum foil hats or hiding your pet cows when these spacemen come to call!


1. “Outlander”


Although it looks human, the alien Kainan crash lands on Earth bringing another alien called a Moorwen in tow. It also just so happens that the Moorwen is a serious killing machine. Kainan could’ve taken Earth over with his advanced knowledge once the Moorwen was dealt with, or at least given the Moorwen a piece of Scandinavia to keep him quiet. Kainan also could have kept the rest of the world for himself, but he chose the high road in “Outlander." He's thrifty, too; check him out salvaging parts of his ship so his newly adopted tribe can make swords capable of actually taking on the Moorwen and bask in his heroism. Pretty noble for a guy with no ownership stake in the planet.

2. “District 9”

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The jury is out for three movie years until Christopher comes back from his escape, but for now he’s a definite hero to the alien refugees in “District 9” and maybe to Earth, too. Under threat of jail and death, Christopher never gave up trying to find the ways and means to return to his people’s ship in order to power it back up to return home. His run through weapons fire using a piece of scrap metal for a homemade shield is serious heroism, especially when he could’ve just tossed Wilkus out of the exosuit and taken the easy road to his ship

“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”

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Though nameless, this Predator still gave his life to save his race and ended up saving Earth as well. A good deed is still a good deed in “AVP:Alien vs. Predator,” even if it was an unintentional consequence. Watch him, or possibly her, take on the Alien queen and teach her all about the virtues of old school weapon technology like the spear and shuriken.

“The Last Starfighter”


Putting up with a teenage kid is hard enough, but Grig also has the burden of being his navigator in an all out war in “The Last Starfighter." Grig is paired with Alex as the universe’s last hope after the destruction of the starfighter’s home base and he manages superbly. Dealing with a reluctant hero who just wants his mommy and his home planet is the stuff heroism is built upon, after all. Just check out Grig and Alex’s first meeting at the base; not once does Grig smack him in the back of the head, although he would have been totally justified!

Jake, “The Cat from Outer Space”

Jake, The Cat From Outer Space

You plow into earth in your space ship, which is bad enough, but then you find that the species that looks like you not only isn’t the dominant species but also has to use boxes of sand for their personal hygiene. That makes for a really bad day for “The Cat from Outer Space." Revelations like that should’ve had Jake considering a strategic bombing of Earth once he got his ship back in flying order, but instead he decides to stay on Earth. Some might say that it was Jake’s sudden addiction to catnip that saved the planet from a feline invasion, but more than likely it was his love for his new human friend, Frank. If you’ve never seen an alien cat in a bi-plane being chased by the military, then make sure you catch this flick.

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