Top 10 First Contact Movies

  • Published on Nov 11, 2016
  • Top 10 First Contact Movies
    Movies where humans are able to make first contact and meet aliens, or extra terrestrials from outer space. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Movies where Humans Meet Aliens for the first time. But what movie will make the top spot on our list? Will it be Stanly Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, or one of Steven Spielberg's science fiction classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial? Watch to find out!
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    00:57 #10. “Flight of the Navigator” (1986)
    02:06 #9. “Starman” (1984)
    03:21 #8. “The Abyss” (1989)
    04:20 #7. “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976)
    05:23 #6. “District 9” (2009)
    06:42 #5. “Contact” (1997)
    08:00 #4. “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951)
    09:07 #3, #2 & #1 ????
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  • Cydalia Acevedo
    Cydalia Acevedo 16 minutes ago

    you put together a list of First Contact movies yet you leave off the one movie that has first contact in the title. Star Trek: First Contact.

  • Jeffrey Sommer
    Jeffrey Sommer 23 hours ago

    Doesn't The Thing count?

  • Robert Ferguson
    Robert Ferguson Day ago

    V the 1983 TV movie shown on NBC, and its follow-up V-The Final Battle from 1984. Mike Donovan and Juliet Parish exposes the aliens for who they are. What about Flash, ahhhhhhhh, savior of the 1980 universe. Ming attacks Earth with "natural" weapons to disguise his intent.

  • omzig18
    omzig18 Day ago

    Flight of the navigator is severely underrated

  • HardWarUK
    HardWarUK 2 days ago

    District 9 is not a "first contact" movie

  • Worst case of Crabs ever

    #1 E.T. Period.

  • Alexander Krebs
    Alexander Krebs 3 days ago

    ST First Contact is literally called "First Contact" and is only an honorable mention.

  • Rafters Synergy
    Rafters Synergy 4 days ago

    Pretty good list, as lists go.

  • eric maloney
    eric maloney 4 days ago

    Can't believe Species didn't even make the honorable mentions. I mean, Natasha Henstridge naked?!? Come on......

  • Vladimir Gonzalez
    Vladimir Gonzalez 5 days ago

    Fuck contact shush a let down how long did you guys wait just to find out the alien is her fucking dad

  • Jake Krick
    Jake Krick 6 days ago

    Valarien seriously isn't on here?

  • Phckng Goofy69
    Phckng Goofy69 6 days ago


  • batgurrl
    batgurrl 8 days ago

    Starman is a beautiful movie with a moving score that enhances the drama.

  • Eric Gjovaag
    Eric Gjovaag 8 days ago +1

    "The Brother from Another Planet", if anyone remembers that.

  • Dennis McIntyre
    Dennis McIntyre 9 days ago

    Mission to Mars from 2000, would have been on my list, and The Day the Earth Stood Still would have been ranked 2 or 3 in my opinion. Camp films like Mars Attacks and Killer Clowns from Outer Space should have gotten an honorable mention. But the Number One Best has got to be The Edge of Tomorrow, but I guess these were non Aliens attack us first contact films...

  • S.E. Sander
    S.E. Sander 11 days ago

    Sorry folks ET died because his body isn't equipped to fight Earth borne pathogens.

  • Erie Coast Productions

    Contact was good all the way until the alien took the form of Jodie's dad. That was gay

    • JohnJ469
      JohnJ469 10 days ago

      It was keeping true (sort of) to the book. Actually the book is a great read with extra little bits in it to make you think.

  • Jay Luck
    Jay Luck 14 days ago +1

    While contact didn’t technically take place, I still like Mission to Mars.

  • Arya Stark
    Arya Stark 15 days ago

    The War of Worlds!

  • King Aragorn II
    King Aragorn II Month ago +1

    🌟 *Contact, Martian, and interstellar are connected dimensions universe.*

  • Edward Lissack
    Edward Lissack Month ago

    Every April 5 is zefren Cochran day

  • Edward Lissack
    Edward Lissack Month ago

    Mine was the pivotal event on April 5, 2063 when dr zefren cochrane used warp drive on the Phoenix and made first contact with Vulcan 🖖
    A millennium later, the inter galactic federation alliance is formed in 3063

  • masonainsworth
    masonainsworth Month ago

    "Forbidden Planet" and "Arrival" are two excellent additions.

    • masonainsworth
      masonainsworth 9 days ago

      @Dennis McIntyre I agree . . . however, it closed the question of whether we are and/or have been the only "intelligent" life in the cosmos.

    • Dennis McIntyre
      Dennis McIntyre 9 days ago +1

      I love Forbidden Planet as well but there really wasn't any first contact, just contact with the remains of a dead civilization thru their left behind tech...

  • Joseph Muir
    Joseph Muir Month ago

    Don’t remake Flight Of The Navigator.

  • TheAlexis4444
    TheAlexis4444 Month ago

    Te Abyss was such a great film, and research shows it is actually possible. E.T is the best eotional classic. And this narrator was wrong about 2001, it is one of the greatest Scie Fi ever, as Sir Arthur C Clarke was so right about most of the things he predicted.

  • Ian Higson
    Ian Higson Month ago

    Star trek first contact lol

  • Road Runner
    Road Runner Month ago

    Great selection of fims

  • D H
    D H Month ago

    Batteries not included

  • Joseph Mcleod
    Joseph Mcleod Month ago

    What about Alien! know....Sigourney Weaver?

  • Man Coach bus
    Man Coach bus Month ago

    go f yourself, you show me some movies before Jesus Christ...........

  • Ed Ka
    Ed Ka Month ago

    Clouse Encounters Of The Third Kind is considered the dramatization of a REAL encounter between an alien civilization and a group of Air Force team.

  • daffidavit
    daffidavit Month ago

    How could you have not considered "Forbidden Planet" as number one?

    • Hartmut Jager
      Hartmut Jager Month ago

      Because many others (like the original 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' - 'Starman' - 'Alien' - etc. etc. ) were much better !

  • John Staff
    John Staff Month ago

    The Man Who Fell to Earth is horrible!

  • lionlyons
    lionlyons Month ago


  • judsonkr
    judsonkr Month ago

    There was nothing genius about David Bowie. He was and slightly above average song-writer but a mediocre performed & singer.
    He gets all this credit because he was flamboyantly "out" in a time when few people were.

    • nigelft
      nigelft Month ago

      Influx of David Bowie fans commencing in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...
      But, seriously, whilst I get where you are coming from, if you saw his portrayal of Nikola Tesla in 'The Prestige', I would say that was a pretty acurate depiction, regarding what is known about Nikola Tesla himself ...
      [Edit:- forgot to ask ... since being human also means differing tastes in art, and so forth, whom, in your humble opinion, is:
      The greatest song writer ...?
      The greatest performer and singer ...?
      I am actually being serious here, as I am seriously intrested to know who you regard as being far and above whom you rate David Bowie as being ...]

  • Trollhammeren Hammertroll

    worst possible #1 ....

  • Michael Wallbrown
    Michael Wallbrown Month ago

    as usual you are completely wrong with your order of rankings especially when it comes to honorable mentions

  • rJames
    rJames Month ago

    Please don't narrate.

  • AngryWelshman
    AngryWelshman Month ago

    ST: First Contact is such an under-rated film.

  • edoggz20111
    edoggz20111 Month ago

    where is First Contact 2?

  • craig me
    craig me 2 months ago

    Rocky horror. Dont forget Frankinferter from Transylvanier. Oh yer.

  • Frank R. Haugen
    Frank R. Haugen 2 months ago +11

    Arrival should be number one, as it's probably the best representation of humanity's reaction to first contact, (the fluid temporal things are probably not that realistic :-P )

    • Luke H
      Luke H Month ago

      @Jesper Kruuse-Jensen China misunderstood "weapon" and "tool". Russia and the others (including USA) followed China's idea/plan, until Lousie (Amy Adam) deciphers the language and uses it to stop the planet from attacking. Shows the language part of first contact, while every other first contact shows the military's first instinct when dealing with a new group.

      Arrival is based on a short story called "Story of Your Life"

    • Jesper Kruuse-Jensen
      Jesper Kruuse-Jensen Month ago

      No. Arrival is about Amy Adam's character. The way it handles first contact is very cliché. China and Russia bad mkay!
      Contact does a much better job at how the human civilization would possibly react to first contact.

    • Frank R. Haugen
      Frank R. Haugen Month ago +1

      @Luke H not fluid as in liquids, but as in non-linear. Should maybe used "time" in stead of the more pretentious word "temporal". I'm referring to the lead character remembering the future just because thinking linguistically different.
      It's a fun idea, and a sufficiently powerful and complex brain, could in theory "perceive" the future in terms of statistical probabilities of future events occuring based on a implausibly large amount of knowledge of the current state of something.
      I am in no doubt that sometime in far future, we will have first contact, but the human urge to explore, I'm betting on we going to them and not the other way around.
      I wonder if we will ever see a space-dwelling creature? Nothing stopping life from forming in nebulas

    • Luke H
      Luke H Month ago

      They are. Not all aliens would look like humans, nor would they need anything or most of the things humans need to survive (one could survive in oil, or that'd be their form of water)

  • l337pwnage
    l337pwnage 2 months ago

    Well, John Hinckley Jr. was right about one thing.

    • l337pwnage
      l337pwnage Month ago

      @nigelft You guessed correctly. ;) She has a certain je ne sais quoi, IMO.

    • nigelft
      nigelft Month ago

      Curious me being curious, in what way ...?
      ... although if you're saying Jodie Foster is hella attractive, I will have to agree ...

  • Don't Fear The Reaper
    Don't Fear The Reaper 2 months ago

    trump supporters at 10:46

  • Ron Schlorff
    Ron Schlorff 2 months ago

    "Kaatu barada nikto"! Whenever I say that people start to run, and I dunno why!! LOL.

  • David Porowski
    David Porowski 2 months ago

    #1-- They Live
    #2-- The Arrival
    #3-- Contact
    #4-- AI
    #5- War of the Worlds
    #6- Close Encounters of 3rd Kind
    #7- Starman
    #8--The Arrival II
    #9-- E.T.
    #10-- The Abyss
    #11-- Protocols of Elders of Zion
    #12-- District Nine

    • Ron Schlorff
      Ron Schlorff 2 months ago

      we could all make good lists, I like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a creepy concept. And It Came for Outer Space, one of the first and best!

  • Ken Wohlin
    Ken Wohlin 2 months ago

    Predator? Alien? V? They Live? The Thing? Independence Day?

  • MaximusAlcarinque
    MaximusAlcarinque 2 months ago

    Obviously Arrival should be the best. What I'd like to know though, is, does Interstellar qualify as a first contact movie?

  • C Chadwick
    C Chadwick 2 months ago

    Iron Giant
    Star Trek: First Contact
    The Thing (1982)
    The Abyss
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    District 9
    Independence Day
    War of the Worlds (2005)
    The Thing (2011)
    The Passion of the Christ

  • KyraLove
    KyraLove 2 months ago

    Why do you people always forget that Stargate exist ? Also Arrival didn't make the list ? Really ?

  • Jonah_Intertainment
    Jonah_Intertainment 2 months ago

    Oh come on. Arrival doesn’t even get an honorable mention??

  • Jonah_Intertainment
    Jonah_Intertainment 2 months ago

    ET is overrated. Fight me

    I AM KURGAN 2 months ago

    I dont agree with your list. "the pervert who fell to earth"? Sickening!

  • GenFalcon
    GenFalcon 2 months ago

    You made this in 2016 picking movies your blind grandfather told you about.

  • Mucktown
    Mucktown 2 months ago

    Starman the origin story of Kurt Russell's Ego character in Guardians of the Galaxy 2^^

  • Jorge Caicedo
    Jorge Caicedo 2 months ago


  • babooseven
    babooseven 2 months ago

    That scene in contact where she's a kid running through the house ending in the bathroom mirror... Blew my mind

  • Earl White
    Earl White 2 months ago

    Mission to mars should have been on the list.

  • Paul S.
    Paul S. 2 months ago

    Fire in the Sky.

  • B.M.F. Entertainment
    B.M.F. Entertainment 2 months ago

    My number one contact film is Aliens...

  • waltr34
    waltr34 2 months ago

    How do you not include 1953's THE WAR OF THE WORLDS was maybe the scariest movie I saw as a kid.

  • Mark Robinson
    Mark Robinson 2 months ago

    I liked John Sayles’ film “Brother From Another Planet” starring Joe Morton.

  • Kuai Liang
    Kuai Liang 2 months ago

    A group of Et's can be seen in star wars.

  • Phak Lena
    Phak Lena 2 months ago

    Et stole wall-e's head

  • Aerial
    Aerial 2 months ago

    Contact #5? GTFO...

  • Info NunUrBiz
    Info NunUrBiz 2 months ago +1

    Plot summary on E.T. ....... where was the part about "Alien botanist" in the movie? Yes, the energy from the alien rejuvenated potted flowers, but did that make him a BOTANIST?!?! The alien created a machine to "phone home," but that did not make the alien a "engineer" (but is far more likely than botanist)? Maybe just check with before you cover movies again.

  • Info NunUrBiz
    Info NunUrBiz 2 months ago +1

    Again on Contact, your plot summary is flawed. Araway was NOT "elected" for the mission. The machine exploded with the "elected" one standing just outside during testing. The Japanese chose Araway (since she was the runner-up AND the genius rich man pressured them) to go in their secret redundant version of the machine, on a Japanese island. Did you guys even watch these movies?

    • Info NunUrBiz
      Info NunUrBiz 2 months ago

      I didn't even search for this:

  • Info NunUrBiz
    Info NunUrBiz 2 months ago +3

    Where'd you get your plot summary on the Abyss?!?! They weren't "scientists" going to help the submarine in distress. They were underwater oil-drillers, with the oil rig's engineer.

  • kaz
    kaz 2 months ago

    predator was my favorite first contact movie by far...

  • Matthew H
    Matthew H 2 months ago

    Missed "Batteries Not Included".

  • Anoop Sahal
    Anoop Sahal 2 months ago

    The man who fell to earth is a work of genius

  • Bob Belson
    Bob Belson 2 months ago +1

    My God you forgot Forbidden Planet...The scii fi classic

    • Ron Schlorff
      Ron Schlorff 2 months ago +1

      @Bob Belson right, the tiger detected a "difference" in the girl Alta, and then attacked; and had to be zapped by Adams' "simple blaster". Yes, I have given some away but most here have seen it, or should, or won't cuz there are no cg effects and no minimum of 37 explosions! Those being absolute requisites for today's movies passing themselves off as Si Fi, the legion of "super-heroes" stuff for example.

    • Ron Schlorff
      Ron Schlorff 2 months ago +1

      @Bob Belson LOL, Leslie Neilson would object! Right, the tiger and the deer, they were Earth creatures descendants of specimens brought back long ago by the Krell. It starts to get into the weeds a bit with those things. And the poor little thieving monkey that Robbie zapped, gently!! LOL.

    • Bob Belson
      Bob Belson 2 months ago +1

      so that there is no confusion. Thectigerclike animal is not the ID , but the one that leslie wasted to save the girl.

    • Bob Belson
      Bob Belson 2 months ago +1

      @Ron Schlorff indeed. Yes ,correct in the literal sense no Krell were encountered , the tigervlike animal would qualify as a first contact .Since you've given away the plot to the uninitiated, . surely you jest .Or should i not call you Shirley?

    • Ron Schlorff
      Ron Schlorff 2 months ago +1

      Certainly was a classic, and my favorite 50's sci fi movie, but no actual Krell were encountered if you recall, only their long dead, 2000 centuries ago, civilization's fantastic and the deadly scientific legacy that they left behind. The big machine they built, 20 mile per side computing cube, with infinite power, and the creator of the monsters from the Id. Monsters from the subconscious that only Dr. Morbius, with his increased Plastic Educator intellect, could awaken once more to wreck havoc on his Valorithon shipmates earlier and then Capt. Adams' starship crew. Those invisible monsters were from Morbius' baser subconscious mind, not the Krell. But good try and a close thing cuz who's to decide about such things, such as a long dead Martian civilization for example, unearthed when we get there! Is that a first contact? Likely we'll need a "hello, how are you; glad to meet you" alien encounter to count as such!

  • Buck Johnson
    Buck Johnson 2 months ago

    Predator? And as a Mystery Science Theatre nomination - The Blob.

  • Route NRide
    Route NRide 2 months ago

    The arrival is 1st for me, having non humanoid life forms. Robots do not count of course. Annihilation, Under The skin, Independance day, Aliens and War of the worlds should be noteworthy at the very least...(Sigh). I don't qualify superheros movies like Thor, Superman or Galaxy quest because they don't intend to depict the 1st contact as the center of the story and they purposefully detach from realism. Contact is smart but not top 10 (not fun, too long, too much politico religious crap - typical Sagan).

  • Marcelo Silden
    Marcelo Silden 3 months ago

    Oh man, the number 10 movie is sooooo bad!

  • Bill c
    Bill c 3 months ago


  • Tina Aoro
    Tina Aoro 3 months ago


  • Frst Rspndr
    Frst Rspndr 3 months ago

    I am glad that star trek first contact made it to honorable mentions

  • Veronika Y
    Veronika Y 3 months ago

    Contact my #1, like Alien Prometheus too...

  • MissMeliss
    MissMeliss 3 months ago +1

    What?!! No "Batteries Not Included?!!!"

  • Jeannette Snoek
    Jeannette Snoek 3 months ago +1

    I don't understand why district 9
    Is in this list.
    It is not a first contact movie.

  • Emily Hill
    Emily Hill 3 months ago

    Why is contact on this list...... wait for hours to find out the aliens her fucking father
    not to mention the whole us build one and it gets blown up but luckily the asians have one ready to go too without anyone knowing

  • Javier Szapari
    Javier Szapari 3 months ago

    Super 8 is bullshit like all the movies made by Jar Jar Abrams. The rest in the list are classics!!!

  • john Locke Iron giant
    john Locke Iron giant 3 months ago

    12:00 i swear that jimmy Kimble lol

  • Carl CIFER
    Carl CIFER 3 months ago

    Interstellar??? It's not first contact but it's WHOLESOME contact!!!

  • Tom D
    Tom D 3 months ago

    Galaxy quest while being a comedy was OK but their encounter with the diminutive smiling gray's was epic.

    KENSHIRO OTOMO 3 months ago

    OK... and where is.. ID4 ???

  • Griff
    Griff 3 months ago

    What? No "Brother From Another Planet".--1984 John Sayles Starring Joe Morton.

  • Slaves Forging
    Slaves Forging 3 months ago

    What!? No Earth Girls are Easy?

    But seriously Contact is the best!

  • Alpay Kasal
    Alpay Kasal 3 months ago +1

    Fire In The Sky was my favorite, explains the look of the classic 'Grays' aliens in a genius way.

  • Jack Sagrafsky
    Jack Sagrafsky 3 months ago

    Some deserve top ten places, but Day the Earth Stood Still could never work now.. Because, well look for yourself, and try to find ANY intelligent life in Washington DC!!

  • B-Did Diddy
    B-Did Diddy 3 months ago

    Predator for the win! If it bleeds, we can kill it!

    • Nawnp MCPE
      Nawnp MCPE 3 months ago

      That is not a first contact, supposedly the aliens had been hinting humans for a while.

  • B-Did Diddy
    B-Did Diddy 3 months ago +4

    Superman was an alien (just sayin)

  • Hannah More
    Hannah More 3 months ago +1

    Make it a top 12 and include V and my all time favorite, The Last Starfighter.

  • johnny doe
    johnny doe 3 months ago

    Booo! No Independence Day!!!

  • Andrea Azzam
    Andrea Azzam 3 months ago

    I like the remake with Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still it was much much better

  • BETRvids
    BETRvids 3 months ago

    I remember watching Flight of the Navigator when I was... 11? 12? The movie came out before I was born, but Blockbuster was still a thing growing up and my parents thought I would like that movie.

    I have long since forgotten the name of it. It was a great movie and I was wishing for so long to find it again. I'm glad I watched this video and found it!

  • Daniel ELKOUBBI
    Daniel ELKOUBBI 3 months ago

    la guerre des mondes ???? WAR WORLD ?????

  • John Gable
    John Gable 3 months ago

    earth girls are easy HELLO

  • Kim Marohn
    Kim Marohn 3 months ago +2

    I think Solaris (1972) deserves at least a mention!