Alien Movies in Order – Chronologically and by Release Date

Alien Movies in Order – Chronologically and by Release Date

In his 60-year tenure of directing films, Ridley Scott has had a profound impact on modern visual media.

His contribution to the film industry has been phenomenal, with back-to-back classics such as Blade Runner, Thelma, and Louise, G.I. Jane, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down to name a few. However, the most influential of all films is his 1979 sci-fi film, Alien.

From stunning cinematography, titillating special effects and a star-studded cast and, the movie left an unforgettable mark on its viewers.

For a sci-fi action franchise, the six mainline original Alien movies, as well as the two Alien Vs. Predator entries have raked in a mind-blowing $1.6 billion at the box office. We can understand that — with multiple sequels and prequels — it can all get a bit confusing.

Alien films (In order of release)

So, grab your popcorn, take a seat and relax, because we’ve broken down all the Alien movies in order to watch in Canada,timeline for you, chronologically and by release date so that you can watch alien movies having great alien stories:

Alien – June 22, 1979

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Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

IMDb Rating: 8.4

The series introduction of Sigourney weaver’s ellen Ripley, the face-huggers, and the Xenomorph has everyone on the edge of their seats and is the first film in our list.

One can dare to say that it’s one of the best films of the sci-fi genre having an alien creature. The production design is especially imaginative coupled with a magnificent score from Jerry Goldsmith.

The script is cleverly written and thought-provoking with the right kind of build-up to the story.

Aliens – July 18, 1986

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Director: James Cameron

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Seven years since the release of ‘Alien’, a sequel was released by the then young James Cameroon.

The movie is a spectacular example of state-of-the-art science fiction with a wondrous blend of nail-biting action and stimulating visual effects. Scene to scene, encounter to encounter, its tension builds unrelentingly.

The film bagged awards at the Academy Awards for best sound editing and best visual effects, which says enough about how amazing it must be.

Alien 3 – May 22, 1992

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Director: David

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance

IMDb rating: 6.5/10

For the third instalment, young director David was roped in to direct the film.

Unfortunately, it didn’t do as well as the previous two installments. The director cited multiple reasons for its failure such as untoward studio interference and deadlines.

However, the film managed to still win an Academy Award for best special effects.

Alien: Resurrection – November 26, 1997

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Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Barely five years after Alien 3 (the shortest gap between any of the series’ entries), Resurrection was released of the alien franchise having some extraterrestrial species and alien creature.

The movie was written by Joss Whedon and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It failed to create even a fraction of the stir as the previous movies, leaving fans disappointed.

AVP: Alien Vs Predator – August 13, 2004

AVP-Alien Vs Predator

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

Years of discussion and many comic book meetups later, Alien Vs Predator having alien species was brought into being by Paul W.S Anderson of the alien franchise.

The film opens to a group of scientists who travel to Antarctica to explore a new archeological site underneath the ice.

They awaken a xenomorph queen of alien world who quickly begins producing Xenomorphs, which sets the stage for a predator invasion.

Alien Vs Predator: Requiem – December 25, 2007

Alien Vs Predator – Requiem

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause

Stars: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps(uncredited)

IMDb Rating: 4.6/10

Despite a disappointing first instalment, AVPR of alien invasion was brought into being by Fox. Multiple visual effects artists and the Strause brothers were roped in for the movie.

The movie alien quadrilogy lacked visually due to the absence of an all-star cast. Strangely enough, the picture is flawed by darkness- maybe as an attempt to compensate for the reduced budget – thus making most of the film a struggle to watch.

Prometheus – June 8, 2012

Prometheus

Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Nearly 33 years after the release of ‘Alien’ of alien series, Scott returned to the Alien franchise with Prometheus.

The movie explored the idea that mankind’s origins might be of an alien nature.

The entire exploratory feel of the storyline merged well with the special effects and storytelling within the movie.

Alien: Covenant – May 19, 2017

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Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Like before the predator films, five years on Scott returned with a sequel to Prometheus of the alien universe of predator movies which was an amalgamation of events from Prometheus and the world of Alien.

The movie’s saving grace was its CGI heavy visuals coupled with a thematic storyline.

Alien Films in Chronological Order

AVP: Alien vs Predator

AVP-Alien Vs Predator

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova

IMDb Rating: 5.6/10

During an exploration of an ancient landscape underneath the Antarctic ice, 21st century humanity encounters the xenomorph for the first time.

The team of scientists and archaeologists soon find themselves stuck between a legendary battle of the species.

AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem

Alien Vs Predator – Requiem

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause

Stars: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps(uncredited)

IMDb Rating: 4.6/10

Following the events of AVP predator movies, a predator alien ship crash lands outside a rural Colorado town. With the Xenomorphs quickly multiplying, a single predator alien ship fights for its survival against the growing xenomorph community.

Prometheus

Prometheus

Director:Scott

Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Following the saga of both AVP films, we delve 90 years into the future to find a team of scientists on an epic journey to look for clues to the origin of mankind.

The teams discover a structure on a distant moon but soon realize that they aren’t alone.

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Alien: Covenant

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Director: Scott

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Almost a decade after the events of Prometheus, a colony ship headed for a remote distant planet is thrown off course by an emergency transmission from an Earth- like planet.

Though it’s an uncharted paradise, the threat within it is beyond what they could imagine and thus begins their futile attempt to escape.

Alien

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Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

IMDb Rating: 8.4

It’s the year 2122, and the crew aboard Nostromo is awoken from their hibernation sleep by a distressful radio signal off a remote planet. Soon enough, one of the crew members is attacked by a parasitic mysterious life form.

Aliens

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Director: James Cameron

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

It’s been fifty-seven years since the traumatizing attack of the face-huggers on Officer Sigourney weaver’s Ripley space vessel. Having awoken now the colonial marines tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators and their menace.

Alien 3

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Director: David Fincher

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance

IMDb rating: 6.5/10

After her last encounter, Officer Ripley crash lands on a prison plant Fiora 161. Little does she know that she’s also brought along an unwelcome visitor, a surviving xenomorph that wreaks havoc amongst the prisoners.

Alien: Resurrection

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Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Hundreds of years after her death, Ellen Ripley the alien queen is revived as a Human/alien hybrid in the human race in this alien timeline. She makes it her prerogative to battle the deadly aliens alongside a crew of space pirates to save the Earth. The film gives us a generous dose of gore and action performed by Ellen Ripley, just like the previous films.

So, will you be watching all the Alien movies in order in Canada? Let us know which one you like best about the predator franchise!

Also, since Halloween 2021 is just around the corner, you may also want to check out our list of 50 best horror movies on Netflix.

 

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