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Bazinga! Here are some movies based on aliens that will get your science geeky 'antenna' up
Shilpa S
Aug 17, 2021

Looking up at the stars, we often wonder if we are truly alone in the universe, and if not, what would the aliens look like. Feeding to the curiosity of the people, several artists have pushed their artistic freedom to the limits to depict their version of such possible life forms. This has yielded in many outlandish depictions of aliens, the most prominent being a little green man with a large head and enormous black eyes. Not only artists and scientists, but also filmmakers have explored the concept of life existing outside of Earth. There have been numerous distinct portrayals of extraterrestrial life in English films, some terrifying while some heartwarming.

While awaiting the new Ridley Scott-inspired Aliens TV series by Noah Hawley to drop, here are a few English movies based on ‘aliens’ that you can watch, each of which offers unique and interesting depictions of extraterrestrial life.

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No list of alien movies would be complete without the mention of Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic sci-fi horror Alien. The film tells the story of a crew who discover a strange alien species while investigating a spaceship, and are hunted by one. Alien is heralded as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time and has spawned a number of sequels as well as a franchise of other media. Its stark visual effects, depicting the terrifying extraterrestrial, earned the movie an Academy Award.
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The Academy Award-nominated Arrival tells the story of a linguist, a young woman, who is recruited by the US Military to communicate with an alien species that has arrived on Earth in almost 12 locations across the globe. The movie offers a peek at the softer, yet a sophisticated side of alien species, reasoning out why they made contact. The way the life forms are visually depicted is also something new, as levitating figures with seven limbs.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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This Steven Spielberg helmed blockbuster is different from most alien depictions with a central theme revolving around a heartwarming tale about an unlikely friendship between an alien and a human boy. A young alien is abandoned by his people on Earth when their mission is interrupted by US government forces. He is discovered by a 10-year-old boy, who subsequently decides to help his newly made friend go back home. E.T has made history as one of the greatest films ever made, with several of its iconic scenes becoming pop-culture favourites.
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Signs has all the elements that makes it a classic M. Night Shyamalan movie, coupled with aliens. It tells the story of a priest, questioning his faith after his wife’s death, who discovers mysterious crop circles on his farm. Initially, he dismisses it as some prank but soon realises that they are actually marks imprinted by extraterrestrials for navigation. The movie has received praise for its storytelling, its slow pace, building the narrative, and its unpredictable twist which is a trademark in Shyamalan’s movies.
District 9
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District 9 varies from the usual portrayal of aliens as a superior form of species and monsters hell bent on destroying Earth. Rather in the film, they are unfortunate victims of humankind’s xenophobia and discrimination. When a spaceship full of pitifully malnourished aliens arrive on Earth, they are forced into encampments with slum-like conditions, where they live and rot. When one of them develops technology to escape our wretched planet which causes a human being to mutate into an alien himself, they decide to help each other out of their respective precarious situations.
Guardians of the Galaxy
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Guardians of the Galaxy reimagines aliens as our protectors. This MCU superhero movie features life forms from numerous parts of the galaxy, who, initially at odds, are forced to work together to put a stop to an evil force posing a threat to the universe at large. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award, spawning sequels, and had its characters making appearances in other MCU films as well. With a superhero story set in space, the movie gained admiration from sci-fi buffs globally.

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