Top 35 Best Terrifying Alien Movies to Keep You Up at Night

Top 35 Best Terrifying Alien Movies to Keep You Up at Night

Here are the top 35+ best terrifying alien movies featuring alien abductions, alien hunters, alien invasions, creepy extraterrestrials and more. This scary alien movie list includes classic alien movies and modern alien movies. I also threw in a few scary action alien movies for added variety. Like always, these alien films are ranked and rated with movie trailers. Hope you enjoy our list.

Top 35+ Best Scary Alien Movies of All Time

  1. 1). Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    Official Synopsis: Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers…

    Tagline: The original Black & White classic

    Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Robert Osterloh, Dabbs Greer, Carolyn Jones, Beatrice Maude, Richard Deacon, Jean Andren, Bobby Clark, Everett Glass, Pat O'Malley,…

  2. 2). Alien (1979)

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    Alien (1979)

    Official Synopsis: In the distant future, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress call from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and…

    Tagline: In space no one can hear you scream.

    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Eddie Powell, Bolaji Badejo, Helen…

  3. 3). The Thing (1982)

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    The Thing (1982)

    Official Synopsis: A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After…

    Tagline: Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone.

    Cast: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser, Charles Hallahan, Wilford Brimley, Larry Franco, David Clennon, Richard Dysart,…

  4. 4). Village of the Damned (1960)

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    Village of the Damned (1960)

    Official Synopsis: In the small English village of Midwich everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day. Some months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant…

    Tagline: What Demonic Force Lurks Behind Those Eyes?

    Cast: Richard Vernon, Barbara Shelley, John Phillips, John Stuart, Aidan Harrington, Rosamund Greenwood, Laurence Naismith, Michael Gwynn, Thomas Heathcote, Jack Armstrong,…

  5. 5). Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

    Official Synopsis: Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation,…

    Tagline: Close Encounter of the First Kind - Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind - Physical Evidence. Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Contact. WE ARE NOT ALONE

    Cast: Lance Henriksen, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr., J. Patrick McNamara, John Dennis Johnston, Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Balaban, Bill Thurman, Daniel Nunez,…

  6. 6). Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    Official Synopsis: The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion from a small town to the city of San Fransisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends…

    Tagline: Get some sleep

    Cast: Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland, Michael Chapman, Brooke Adams, Art Hindle, Kevin McCarthy, Leonard Nimoy, Lelia Goldoni, Tom Dahlgren,…

  7. 7). Attack the Block (2011)

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    Attack the Block (2011)

    Official Synopsis: Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and a gang of tough inner city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning…

    Tagline: Inner City vs. Outer Space

    Cast: Philip Harvey, Nick Frost, Lee Nicholas Harris, Chris Wilson, Joey Ansah, John Boyega, Franz Drameh, Sammy Williams, Paul Chiedozie, Maggie…

  8. 8). Under the Skin (2013)

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    Under the Skin (2013)

    Official Synopsis: An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland in search of the human prey she came to plunder. She seduces her isolated and forsaken…

    Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Jerome Boyle, Scott Dymond, Jeremy McWilliams, Stephen Horn, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Adam Pearson, Dougie McConnell, May…

  9. 9). Predator (1987)

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    Predator (1987)

    Official Synopsis: A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter…

    Tagline: If it bleeds, we can kill it...

    Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Henry Kingi, Peter Cullen, Kevin Peter Hall, R.G. Armstrong, Jesse Ventura, William H. Burton Jr., Sonny…

  10. 10). The Hidden (1987)

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    The Hidden (1987)

    Official Synopsis: An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, committing dozens of murders and robberies. In pursuit of the extraterrestrial criminal is an FBI agent, and…

    Tagline: A new breed of criminal.

    Cast: Lin Shaye, Danny Trejo, Robert Shaye, Larry Cedar, Duane Davis, Clu Gulager, Buckley Norris, Chris Mulkey, Jack McGee, Joseph Whipp,…

  11. 11). War of the Worlds (2005)

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    War of the Worlds (2005)

    Official Synopsis: An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction thriller, freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New…

    Tagline: Sie sind schon unter uns.

    Cast: Morgan Freeman, Julie White, Tom Kenny, Tom Cruise, Miranda Otto, Janis Jones, Dakota Fanning, Ty Simpkins, George Fisher, Jorge-Luis Pallo,…

  12. 12). They Live (1988)

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    They Live (1988)

    Official Synopsis: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay…

    Tagline: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum."

    Cast: George 'Buck' Flower, Peter Jason, John Carpenter, Keith David, Al Leong, Jan Rabson, Meg Foster, Jeff Imada, Matt McColm, Jeb…

  13. 13). Night of the Creeps (1986)

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    Night of the Creeps (1986)

    Official Synopsis: In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect…

    Tagline: "The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is... they're dead."

    Cast: Dick Miller, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Howard Berger, Vic Polizos, Robert Kurtzman, Chris Tashima, Suzanne Snyder, David Oliver, David Paymer,…

  14. 14). Slither (2006)

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    Slither (2006)

    Official Synopsis: In this blend of the B movie classic The Blob (1958), and some Romero's zombies film, a meteorite collides in a small town. Grant finds it, and is infected by a parasite worm, which installs…

    Tagline: What's Gotten Into You?

    Cast: Michael Rooker, Lloyd Kaufman, Lorena Gale, Darren Shahlavi, Mary Black, Dee Jay Jackson, Ben Cotton, Gregg Henry, Don Thompson, Nathan…

  15. 15). Pitch Black (2000)

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    Pitch Black (2000)

    Official Synopsis: The space transport vessel "Hunter-Gratzner" carrying 40 people on-board crashes on a desert planet when the ship is struck in a meteor storm. There are only 11 survivors, among them are pilot Carolyn Fry (Who…

    Tagline: Fight Evil With Evil

    Cast: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David, John Moore, Cole Hauser, Claudia Black, Angela Moore, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Ken Twohy, Rhiana Griffith,…

  16. 16). Cloverfield (2008)

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    Cloverfield (2008)

    Official Synopsis: Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video…

    Tagline: Some Thing Has Found Us

    Cast: Martin Pfefferkorn, Janis Jones, Chris Mulkey, Tim Griffin, Doby Daenger, Jessica Lucas, Scott Lawrence, Ben Feldman, Julio Leal, Odette Annable,…

  17. 17). The Blob (1958)

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    The Blob (1958)

    Official Synopsis: A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob's destructive power.…

    Tagline: Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor.

    Cast: John Benson, Ralph Roseman, Tony Franke, Steve McQueen, Charlie Overdorff, Aneta Corsaut, David Metcalf, Earl Rowe, Josh Randolph, Olin Howland,…

  18. 18). Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

    Official Synopsis: When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look…

    Tagline: It's Craaazy!

    Cast: Royal Dano, Harrod Blank, Johnny Martin, John Vernon, Suzanne Snyder, Howard Malpas, Michael S. Siegel, Jeff Yesko, Karen Raff, Dennis…

  19. 19). Signs (2002)

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    Signs (2002)

    Official Synopsis: Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill lives in…

    Tagline: It's Not Like They Didn't Warn Us.

    Cast: Derek Mears, Abigail Breslin, M. Night Shyamalan, Ukee Washington, Mel Gibson, Jeff Bennett, Greg Wood, Rory Culkin, Lanny Flaherty, Patricia…

  20. 20). Predators (2010)

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    Predators (2010)

    Official Synopsis: When a group of elite warriors find themselves in a jungle they realize that they are in a completely different planet and it's home to a race of extraterrestrial hunters. The Group consists of, A…

    Tagline: Fear is Reborn

    Cast: Danny Trejo, Derek Mears, Brian Steele, Laurence Fishburne, Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Topher Grace, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Carey…

  21. 21). The Blob (1988)

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    The Blob (1988)

    Official Synopsis: Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in…

    Tagline: Man is no longer the supreme being on this planet.

    Cast: Bill Moseley, Beau Billingslea, Frank Collison, Rick Avery, Jeffrey DeMunn, Noble Craig, Robert Hammond, Billy Beck, Jamison Newlander, Jack Nance,…

  22. 22). Life (2017)

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    Life (2017)

    Official Synopsis: Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism -…

    Tagline: Be careful what you search for.

    Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Naoko Mori, Rebecca Ferguson, Haruka Kuroda, Olga Dykhovichnaya, Leila Grace, Ariyon Bakare, Alexandre Nguyen,…

  23. 23). Dark Skies (2013)

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    Dark Skies (2013)

    Official Synopsis: The Barrett family-mother Lacy, father Daniel, older son Jesse, and younger son Sammy-reside on a quiet suburban street in an unnamed American city. Daniel is currently unemployed, placing the burden of supporting the family on…

    Tagline: Once you've been chosen, you belong to them.

    Cast: J.K. Simmons, Josh Wingate, Keri Russell, Brian Stepanek, Judith Moreland, Dakota Goyo, Trevor St. John, Rich Hutchman, Jake Brennan, Marion…

  24. 24). Honeymoon (2014)

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    Honeymoon (2014)

    Official Synopsis: Young newlyweds Paul and Bea travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her…

    Tagline: After the ceremony comes the ritual.

    Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown, Henry Lawrence, Bob Harrison, John Lauterbach, Peter Leo

  25. 25). The Signal (2014)

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    The Signal (2014)

    Official Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

    Tagline: R U Agitated?

    Cast: Lin Shaye, Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Vincent Hogarth, Beau Knapp, Olivia Cooke, Timothy Holmes, Robert Longstreet, Patrick Davidson, Jeffrey Grover,…

Good Movies Worth Mentioning

  1. 26). U.F.O. Abduction (1989)

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    U.F.O. Abduction (1989)

    Official Synopsis: On a typical fall evening in 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece's 5th birthday party. As the night's strange occurrences took place, he kept his video camera running, recording the entire event.

  2. 27). Critters (1986)

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    Critters (1986)

    Official Synopsis: A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

    Tagline: The original tasty entree!

  3. 28). Event Horizon (1997)

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    Event Horizon (1997)

    Official Synopsis: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return…

    Tagline: Infinite Space - Infinite Terror

  4. 29). Fire in the Sky (1993)

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    Fire in the Sky (1993)

    Official Synopsis: This film recreates the strange events which happened on November 5, 1975 in the town Snowflake, Arizona. Travis Walton works as a logger in the White Mountains. When he and his colleagues drive home after…

    Tagline: For five days, a man was borrowed. The story that Travis Walton and five other witnesses told is so unbelievable, so unimaginable, that it has become the most famous case of UFO abduction ever recorded.

  5. 30). Altered (2006)

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    Altered (2006)

    Official Synopsis: After a chance encounter at the ages of fifteen with a terrifying alien race, Wyatt, Cody, Duke and Otis are scarred by the death of their friend. Released from experimentation by the creatures, they go…

    Tagline: They will find you...

  6. 31). Progeny (1998)

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    Official Synopsis: An unsuspecting woman is impregnated by aliens who are experimenting on the human population.

    Tagline: There Are Some Things In The Universe That We Can't Understand

  7. 32). Almost Human (2013)

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    Official Synopsis: Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost 2 years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders…

    Tagline: An unspeakable horror has come home.

  8. 33). Extraterrestrial (2014)

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    Official Synopsis: A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

  9. 34). Village of the Damned (1995)

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    Official Synopsis: An American village is visited by some unknown life form which leaves the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn't take the…

    Tagline: Beware the Children

  10. 35). Alien Abduction (2014)

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    Official Synopsis: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.

    Tagline: Fear The Lights

  11. 36). Communion (1989)

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    Official Synopsis: Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a horrible dilema; was…

    Tagline: On December 26th, 1985, Whitley Strieber had a dream. Weeks later, he discovered his family had the same dream. Months later, he made the most shocking discovery of his life. Now, you will discover it.

  12. 37). The Fourth Kind (2009)

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    Official Synopsis: In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter…

    Tagline: There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction.