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All Alien Movies Ranked

Ever since 1979, when Ridley Scott blasted the haunted house formula into deep space, the Alien franchise has been synonymous with brooding atmosphere, strong female leads, eye-covering gore, grotesquely magnificent set design (as originally envisioned by H.R. Giger), and films that just overall ooze with style, along with whatever else that drips out of a Xenomorph’s mouth. In 1986, James Cameron turned the series into an action epic; subsequently, any sequel that tries the same route now gets called the Aliens of whatever franchise. David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet had their controversial and trouble moment in the series, and then two Rotten Predator-related spinoffs convinced Scott to return with mythological prequel Prometheus and back-to-basics Covenant. See how they all stack as we rank all Alien movies by Tomatomter!

Adjusted Score: 13295%
Critics Consensus: The increased gore and violence over the first Alien vs. Predator can't excuse Requiem's disorientating editing, excessively murky lighting, and lack of new ideas.
Synopsis: Residents (Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz) of a Colorado town become caught up in a longstanding war between two... [More]

Adjusted Score: 24435%
Critics Consensus: Gore without scares and cardboard cut-out characters make this clash of the monsters a dull sit.
Synopsis: Members (Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen) of an expedition discover two vicious extraterrestrial species dueling to the death in... [More]
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson


Alien 3 (1992)

Adjusted Score: 50532%
Critics Consensus: Alien3 takes admirable risks with franchise mythology, but far too few pay off in a thinly scripted sequel whose stylish visuals aren't enough to enliven a lack of genuine thrills.
Synopsis: The survivor (Sigourney Weaver) of several alien attacks is the only woman on a prison planet with a doctor (Charles... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

Adjusted Score: 59637%
Critics Consensus: Alien Resurrection marks a slight improvement over its predecessor, but still lacks the emotional stakes that helped make the franchise's first two entries sci-fi/horror classics.
Synopsis: Cloned Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and others (Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman) aboard a spaceship battle rampaging aliens.... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet


Alien: Covenant (2017)

Adjusted Score: 85349%
Critics Consensus: Alien: Covenant delivers another satisfying round of close-quarters deep-space terror, even if it doesn't take the saga in any new directions.
Synopsis: Crew members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant encounter a hostile alien life-form after traveling to a... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott


Prometheus (2012)

Adjusted Score: 87427%
Critics Consensus: Ridley Scott's ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions, but it's redeemed by its haunting visual grandeur and compelling performances -- particularly Michael Fassbender as a fastidious android.
Synopsis: A clue to mankind's origins leads a team of explorers to deep space, where they must fight a terrifying battle... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott


Aliens (1986)

Adjusted Score: 105604%
Critics Consensus: While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.
Synopsis: On planet LV-426, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and a dwindling number of Marines battle an almost-unstoppable army of monstrous predators which... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron


Alien (1979)

Adjusted Score: 111092%
Critics Consensus: A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.
Synopsis: Crewmembers (Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver) aboard an interstellar freighter encounter a merciless monster that crawls around their ship's dark corridors... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

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