ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

I personally have never seen an unidentified flying object, but my father and his brother have. One day driving along a lonely road in Mexico, the two saw an enormous structure in the sky, filled with light. They were immediately blinded by the craft's lights as it moved closer and closer to their car.

Finally, without warning, the object flew higher up into the sky before zipping away in a split second. They had a difficult time trying to wrap their heads around what they had just witnessed. Could it have been an alien?

Below is a list of the top alien films of the past 20 years. But don't worry, they come in peace. At least, some of them do...

1. '10 Cloverfield Lane' (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakes in an underground bunker with two men, Howard and Emmett. They tell her she's been saved from an apocalyptical event, but Michelle has her suspicions that there are sinister motives at play.

2. 'Cloverfield' (2008)

Told in a found-footage style through the perspective of five New York friends, this film tells the story of a unidentified monster wrecking havoc on the Big Apple. The five investigate the destroyed buildings while trying to escape from the horrifying, unseen monster.

3. 'Signs' (2002)

Mel Gibson stars as Preacher Graham Hess, who lost his faith following the death of his wife in a car accident. Living in a farmhouse with his son, daughter and brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), mysterious crop circles suddenly appear in their fields.

As the unexplained crop circles begin to appearing all over the world, the family starts hearing strange noises around their farm. Initially they're concerned it's due to demonic activities. However, they soon uncover the source; something much more tangible and frightening than demons.

4. 'The Fourth Kind' (2009)

In the early 1970s, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. Spotting a UFO is known as an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is gathered, it is called an encounter of the second kind. When a person makes direct contact with extraterrestrials, this is called an encounter of the third kid. Abduction, the most horrifying, is the fourth kind.

This mysterious story takes place in Alaska, where a growing group of individuals has been reported missing. The FBI has been investigating the phenomenon for years, with little success. Psychologist Abigail Tyler begins to videotape her sessions with some of these disturbed patients and unearths their suppressed memories of alien abduction.

5. 'War Of The Worlds' (2005)

This remake starring Tom Cruise tells the story of a divorced father who works at the docks. His ex-wife and her new husband drop off their son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) for a rare weekend visit, when a freak lightning storm strikes. It's then a race for survival as the family must outwit the aliens that have touched down on Earth.

6. 'Men In Black' (1997)

This beloved '90s sci-fi comedy is based on the comic book of the same name. MiB is a covert nongovernment agency that monitors extra terrestrial activity. An MiB old timer named Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) recruits NYPD Officer Jame Edwards (Will Smith). Meanwhile, a flying saucer crash lands on a farm and unleashes an alien that is part of the "Bug" race. The two disparate officers must band together to stop the alien before he escapes with the super energy source known as the galaxy.

7. 'Edge Of Tomorrow' (2014)

As much as Earth's military units try, the alien race that has invaded Earth is absolutely merciless. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is dropped in to assist in combat, and soon figures that he was assigned a suicide mission. After getting killed in battle, Cage is thrust into a time loop that makes him relive the same deadly combat over and over. With each time that he is in action, he can engage the aliens with improved skill, alongside Sergeant Forces Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). As they relive the scenario over and over, the two grow closer to defeating the enemy.

8. 'District 9' (2009)

An enfeebled alien population, nicknamed the Prawns, hits Earth in 1982, settling in Johannesburg, South Africa. After 28 years, there is no longer respect between the species. Instead, the humans have created a militarized ghetto, District 9, to contain the aliens, where they are systematically mistreated.

In 2010, the Multi-National United is contracted to evict the population, with Wikus Van De Merwe heading the operation. During this process, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must turn to the Prawns for help.

9. 'Pacific Rim' (2013)

A group of monstrous creatures called Kaiju rise from the sea, sparking a war that would cause death and destruction for years. The Jaeger is a new weaponry created to combat the Kaiju. These massive robots are controlled by two pilots, whose brains are locked in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers prove to be no match for the brutal Kaiju. With no-one left to turn to, a former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and a trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) team up to bring upon a Jaeger from the past to defeat the Kaiju.

10. 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' (2008)

This film is a remake of the original 1951 film. Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) joins several other scientists at a military facility shortly before the landing in New York City of an alien spacecraft. A human-like alien and a giant robot of unparalleled stature and power are found on board. The alien Klaatu claims he has come to Earth to save it. The government, however, views him as a threat. Benson allows Klaatu to escape, hoping to convince him to change his plans for Earth.

11. 'Slither' (2006)

This film blends The Blob with George A. Romero's zombie films. A meteorite bearing an extraterrestrial parasite hits a small town, causing a local man to become infected before transforming into a tentacled monster. His wife and a policeman try to stop him from destroying the town and its inhabitants.

12. 'The World’s End' (2013)

Five childhood friends reunite for a fabled bar crawl in their hometown. One of the five is intent on making it to The World's End, the final destination on the crawl. While downing pints and attempting to reconcile their past and present, the group uncovers an alien android invasion and must thwart the intruders.


'The X-Files'

We can't talk about aliens without mentioning The X-Files, of course. FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are very different. Mulder is a strong believer in the paranormal. Scully, on the other hand, is a skeptic. Together they investigate cases that suggest alien conspiracies. Sometimes, the two even risk their lives to solve the mysteries occurring within the U.S. government.

A sighting is one thing, but a full-on abduction? No, thank you. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.


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