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1. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge

Votes: 78,519

2. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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52 Metascore

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 408,118 | Gross: $63.54M

3. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.6
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90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,137,355 | Gross: $322.74M

4. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 143,348

5. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.1
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57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 337,474 | Gross: $13.78M

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 552,058 | Gross: $56.95M

7. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.0
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64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 543,451 | Gross: $126.48M

8. Jupiter Ascending (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.3
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40 Metascore

A young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean

Votes: 168,970 | Gross: $47.39M

9. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 654,794 | Gross: $291.05M

10. Transformers (2007)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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61 Metascore

An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 573,763 | Gross: $319.25M

11. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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68 Metascore

The crew of the USS Enterprise explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy, who puts them, and everything the Federation stands for, to the test.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 212,817 | Gross: $158.85M

12. Babylon 5 (1994–1998)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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In the mid 23rd Century, the Earth Alliance space station Babylon 5, located in neutral territory, is a major focal point for political intrigue, racial tensions and various wars over the course of five years.

Stars: Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas

Votes: 26,329

13. Stargate (1994)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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42 Metascore

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 166,950 | Gross: $71.57M

14. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

6.1
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65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 398,152 | Gross: $317.10M

15. Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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41 Metascore

M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson

Votes: 210,513 | Gross: $79.96M

16. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 339,535 | Gross: $20.05M

17. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.2
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42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 369,451 | Gross: $352.39M

18. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 624 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.6
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A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 40,372

19. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.0
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35 Metascore

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 368,121 | Gross: $402.11M

20. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,189

21. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 12,612

22. The Fourth Kind (2009)

PG-13 | 98 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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34 Metascore

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Votes: 70,509 | Gross: $25.46M

23. Earth: Final Conflict (1997–2002)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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When an alien species comes to Earth bearing gifts for humanity, a few suspicious humans seek to discover and resist the newcomers' true designs.

Stars: Von Flores, Leni Parker, Anita La Selva, Richard Chevolleau

Votes: 3,603

24. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.8
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53 Metascore

A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery... and HAL.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban

Votes: 47,221 | Gross: $40.20M

25. The Recall (2017)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.4
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When five friends vacation at a remote lake house they expect nothing less than a good time, unaware that planet Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction.

Director: Mauro Borrelli | Stars: Wesley Snipes, RJ Mitte, Jedidiah Goodacre, Laura Bilgeri

Votes: 6,369 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Outlander (2008)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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40 Metascore

During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.

Director: Howard McCain | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Ron Perlman, Jack Huston

Votes: 69,252 | Gross: $0.16M

27. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Christopher Collins

Votes: 19,074

28. Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.3
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31 Metascore

In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Virginia Madsen, Michael Ironside

Votes: 41,560 | Gross: $15.56M

29. Battlestar Galactica (1978)

PG | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Directors: Richard A. Colla, Alan J. Levi | Stars: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 7,881

30. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,653

31. Hangar 18 (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Biography, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Shortly after the launch of a satellite from a space shuttle the satellite collides with a UFO in front of the crew's eyes. Because of an election campaign some politicians try to hide the ... See full summary »

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, James Hampton

Votes: 2,020 | Gross: $6.00M

32. Time Walker (1982)

PG | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.4
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An alien, buried in King Tut's tomb, terrorizes a college campus.

Director: Tom Kennedy | Stars: Ben Murphy, Nina Axelrod, Kevin Brophy, Robert Random

Votes: 1,364 | Gross: $0.43M

33. KaBlam! (1996–2000)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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'KaBlam!' is a comedic animation anthology show, hosted by the (also animated) Henry and June. Regularly appearing toons are 'Sniz and Fondue' (two hyperactive preadolescent wombat thingies... See full summary »

Stars: Noah Segan, Julia McIlvaine, Bert Pence, Scott Paulsen

Votes: 2,131

34. Quatermass and the Pit (1958– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

8.0
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A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

Stars: André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell, John Stratton

Votes: 792

35. Chariots of the Gods (1970)

G | 92 min | Documentary

6.4
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Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Heinz-Detlev Bock, Klaus Kindler, Christian Marschall, Aleksandr Kazantsev

Votes: 1,199 | Gross: $25.95M

36. The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009)

78 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

5.5
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Jeff is an ordinary guy that is stuck at a dead end job with a boring life, but when a strange old man gives him an Ancient relic and tells him that he is the last bloodline of H.P. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Saine | Stars: Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Matt Bauer, Honor Bliss

Votes: 1,599

37. Ancient Aliens Debunked (2012)

191 min | Documentary

6.9
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Ancient Aliens Debunked is a 3 hour refutation of the theories proposed on the History Channel series Ancient Aliens. It is essentially a point by point critique of the "ancient astronaut ... See full summary »

Director: Chris White | Stars: Chris White, Michael Heiser

Votes: 313

38. Once Upon a Time... Space (1982– )

26 min | Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A team of peacekeepers travels the galaxy solving disputes and exploring new worlds. Set against a story of a dispute between a dictatorial planet vying for more power and the rest of the union.

Stars: Roger Carel, Annie Balestra, Alain Dorval, Vincent Ropion

Votes: 1,413

39. Space Island One (1998– )

45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.2
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The series is set aboard the corporate space station Unity and is a character driven drama about the station's crew.

Stars: Judy Loe, Angus MacInnes, Bruno Eyron, Julia Bremermann

Votes: 75

40. Search for the Gods (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

5.3
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Two young people search for a valuable medallion, which they believe will prove that aliens from outer space visited Earth in prehistoric times.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Stephen McHattie, Victoria Racimo, Raymond St. Jacques

Votes: 123

41. Alien vs. Predator (II) (1994 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Play as either the Predators or Marines in a battle to destroy the Xenomorph.

Votes: 897

42. Children of the Dog Star (1984)

24 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.6
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An alien lands on Earth and is taken in by Earth children.

Stars: Sarah Dunn, Jeison Wallace, Hamish Bartle, Roy Billing

Votes: 129

43. Food for the Gods (2007)

10 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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On a world light-years from Earth, a beautiful mystic warrior must choose between her people's future and the life of an American astronaut with whom she is in love.

Director: H. Scott Hughes | Stars: Yvette Lu, Danny Dorosh, Takahiro Inoue, Beverly Wu

Votes: 12

44. Black Knight Decoded (2015 Video)

10 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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After receiving a signal from a outer space, a father struggles to unite the world and make first contact.

Director: Jabbar Raisani | Stars: David Oyelowo, Freida Pinto, Layla Crawford, Sebastian Roché

Votes: 20

45. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992)

Unrated | 48 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.7
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In the year 1000, aliens from the planet Quetzalcoatl flee their dying planet and take refuge under the Earth's surface. Disturbed by 1950s American atomic testing, the aliens strike back ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Baldwin | Stars: Maurice Bishop, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, John Foster Dulles

Votes: 275

46. In Search of Ancient Astronauts (1973 TV Movie)

Documentary

6.5
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An edited version of the 1970 German documentary "Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" (Chariots of the Gods), this examines the theory that aliens have landed on Earth in ancient times and were ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Rod Serling, Harold P. Klein, James Lawless, Wernher von Braun

Votes: 106

47. Martian (2010 Video)

Animation, Short

6.8
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Martian and Terra discover a lifeless Jovian freighter is not abandoned.

Director: Brandon Hex | Stars: Ben Maclaine, Deanna Meske, Mark Starks, Alex Mathias

Votes: 15

48. A Genesis Found (2010)

119 min | Adventure, Mystery

6.3
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In 1938, while working an excavation at Moundville Archaeological Park, Civilian Conservation Corp cadet John Patton Jr. found the key to our darkest secret - an anomalous skeleton neither ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Fanning | Stars: Elliot Moon, Elise Zieman, Luke Weaver, Bennett Parker

Votes: 49

49. The Outer Space Connection (1975)

G | 94 min | Documentary

6.7
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This documentary examines the speculation that aliens have visited Earth in ancient times, and built structures to which they will return at a future date.

Director: Fred Warshofsky | Stars: Rod Serling, Roy E. Cameron, M.C. Chang, Patrick Flanagan

Votes: 83

50. Martian 2 (2011 Video)

7 min | Animation, Short

7.9
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Captain Courageous joins the team to battle a space dragon.

Director: Brandon Hex | Stars: Ben Maclaine, Deanna Meske, Wally Wingert, Nilsa Castro

Votes: 269



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