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Alien Movies That Will Make You Think

The Host arrives in theaters this weekend, and in case you weren’t aware it’s about an alien invasion where the aliens threatens mankind by taking over their bodies while erasing their memories.  It’s written by Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the Twilight saga, and stars Saoirse Ronan as the young heroine.  It’s the type of alien movie that takes you back to the days where big budget special effects and heroes with large biceps weren’t everything, and where the story is key.  In honor of The Host’s opening weekend, we decided to take a look at alien movies throughout the years that make you think more than they make you squirm.

The Day The Earth Stood Still – No we’re not talking about the Keanu Reeves blockbuster from a few years back, but the original 1951 classic about an alien who lands on Earth and tells us that either we learn to live peacefully or be destroyed.  The movie was an instant classic, and it’s message stands the test of time to still be relevant.

The Man Who Fell To Earth – David Bowie is not only a musician, but an actor as well.  In this 1976 classic he stars as an alien who lands on Earth looking for water for his dying planet.  He not only finds love while trying to raise enough money to build a ship to return home, but also discovers greed and ruthlessness.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Steven Spielberg has created many classic movies throughout the years, and one of his best is this one about a factory worker who desperately tries to find out what it was he encountered one night while driving home in his truck.   This movie inspired a generation to look to the skies.

E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial – We couldn’t very well mention Close Encounters without mentioning Steven Spielberg’s other classic alien movie E.T..  In this case it’s about a little boy who protects and befriends a stranded alien from the government that wants to experiment on him.  It’s a favourite of children everywhere.

Starman – Director John Carpenter is well known for his horror and science fiction movies, but did you know he also directed the 1984 movie Starman?  Jeff Bridges stars as an alien who takes the body of a young widows husband, and asks her to drive him across the country so he can meet his secretive deadline.  This movie is not what you think it is.

Cocoon – One thing we can all count on in life is growing older, but in this 1985 movie a group of seniors start gaining back some of their youthful vigor when they swim in a pool containing alien cocoons.  This Ron Howard movie will bring a smile to your face.

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