25 best alien movies ever

They come in peace! Well, some of them anyway. We've rounded up the best extraterrestrial excursions on the big screen

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Alien (1979)

It wouldn't be an alien film list without Ridley Scott's horrific vision of that place where no-one can hear you scream. The titular creature – a Freudian nightmare designed by HR Giger – was never so terrifying in the sequels as when it stalks the unfortunate crew of the Nostromo. Fun fact: the role of Ripley was originally written as a man. That scene in which Sigourney Weaver wanders around in her pants at the end wouldn't have had quite the same effect on audiences as a hairy bloke in Y-fronts.

Ridley Scott will be trying to top Alien with his prequel, Prometheus – coming out in June.

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