Films have been made about almost everything on this planet. What do you do when you’ve explored everything here? You start thinking outside the box (or, planet). You think of all the endless possibilities that space has. You think of life in the galaxy. Surely, mankind must be a highly arrogant species if they think that they’re the only living beings in this ever-expanding universe? That the species on Earth are the be-all and end-all of life?
It is becoming increasingly apparent that there is, indeed, extra-terrestrial life. It is not just the many cases of UFO (unidentified flying object) sightings and alien contact that have been reported over the years that make us say this. It is also the secrets that have started spilling out from Area 51 and the likes. Many rumors are being proven to be the truth. With the talent that our planet’s film-makers have, numerous films have already been based on such instances. Some examples include The X Files, which is not only a brilliant TV series but also a film series based on FBI agents who aim to unravel a government conspiracy related to alien colonization of Earth. Another familiar name would be Alien directed by Ridley Scott- it is a franchise of three films starring Sigourney Weaver, whose character battles with an extraterrestrial life-form. With World UFO Day just around the corner, we thought it’s a great idea to share the best of these films with you:
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is about Jodie Foster’s character finding strong evidence of extraterrestrial life, and then being chosen to make first contact with this life-form. What makes this film a special one is that "it takes place at the intersection of science, politics and faith" (Roger Ebert).
War of the Worlds (2005)
This Tom Cruise-starrer sees his character struggle to protect his children when extraterrestrials invade the planet, destroying cities with towering war machines. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this visually sound movie was shot in just over 70 days.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
A must on this list, this one is a much lighter take with its pleasant storyline. The Steven Spielberg film is about a little boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, then with his siblings, helps it return home. Of course, they also attempt to keep it hidden from their mother and the government (both equally dangerous).
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Another classic by Steven Spielberg, this one is about an everyday blue collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with a UFO. It is said to be "Hollywood’s most cinematic study of extraterrestrial life" (Roger Ebert).
Independence Day (1996)
Directed by Roland Emmerich, and starring Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith, this alien flick was made on a very large scale. So much so that it is now considered a significant turning point in the history of Hollywood blockbusters of the genre.
A Mel Gibson classic, it is about the popular phenomenon of crop circles. Playing the character of a former priest, Mel’s character gradually gets convinced that the circles are the doings of extraterrestrial life.
District 9 (2009)
This movie has quite a different take – it is about aliens who are forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, making it an alien-based movie with a political twist.
The Thing (1982)
Some explorers in Antarctica are greeted by an alien force that can assume the shape of anything it touches, making for a thrilling plot. It’s up to the members to find a way to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the ‘things’.