Movies With Aliens as Friends

Alien movies abound, but we rarely see them portrayed in a positive note. Let's have a look at some of the more upbeat ones with enlightening messages or just plain hilarious fun. 

*Descriptions from IMDB

Paul (LINK to buy)
Two English comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. 

This 2011 movie is my very favorite of this genre. I love Paul. I want my very own Paul. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Living Dead") did a fantastic job with this flick and Kristen Wiig was hilarious! 

You know that friend who is a bad influence but also would jump in front of a train for you? That's Paul the alien, trying to get to the meet-up spot with his ship to leave Earth after the government holding him captive for decades.

Supersonic Saucer (LINK to see on YouTube)
1956. A group of schoolchildren come upon an alien from Venus, and help him against a gang of criminals who are trying to kidnap him.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (LINK to buy)
*1977.  Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

Starman (LINK to buy) 
1984. An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

This is another all-time favorite and Jeff Bridges did a great job as this alien. 

E.T. The Extraterrestrial (LINK to buy) 
*1982. A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. 

The People (LINK to see on YouTube)
1972. A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she finds that this is actually a community of extraterrestrials with mild paranormal powers who are attempting to repress and deny their heritage for fear of arousing prejudice and hatred in their human neighbors.

Kim Darby did a good job with this subject matter. I enjoyed this film. It was something new and different. 

Earth to Echo (LINK to buy) 
2014. After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

*It is interesting to note that Spielberg did two films with positive alien encounters. 


  1. My favorite is from 1985. It's called "Enemy Mine," stars Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr.. The 2 races become friends. I haven't seen it in years, but it's a good watch.


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