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The 5 Best Alien Encounter Movies in the Last Decade

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The idea of alien civilizations living on far-off planets, perhaps visiting our own, has been fascinating science-fiction writers for centuries.

In the first sci-fi movie in history, Georges Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon” (released in 1902), a group of explorers travel to our celestial companion on board of a canon-propelled capsule, and they encounter an underground civilization of Selenites there. The segment when the capsule lands in the Moon’s eye remains one of the iconic moments of movie history.

Today, we are getting closer and closer to understanding the secrets of the universe and learning all we can about distant stars and the planets orbiting them. This year, the Nobel for physics was split between a cosmologist exploring the secrets of matter and two researchers who discovered the first extrasolar planet in 1995.

The work of these scientists is bringing everything the science fiction writers and filmmakers have dreamed about – knowledge of alien planets (perhaps with alien inhabitants) and the secrets of the universe that may one day take us to them.

While the scientists are no doubt celebrating their space-themed Nobels, let us take a look back at some of the best movies from the last decade that involve far-off worlds and non-cliché aliens.

Prometheus (2012)

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Where do we come from? Who created us? Was it a deity or an advanced alien species?

These are the questions that the 2012 science-fiction movie “Prometheus” is looking to answer. Set in the not so distant future, the movie sees a group of scientists (along with a few mercenaries) set out on a journey into an alien solar system based on a millennia-old “invitation” left by some tall, bald characters on the walls of several ancient artifacts.

At first, the group only finds the traces of alien presence, then an alien “Engineer” itself emerges from its long cryosleep – and things get nasty from thereon.

While “Prometheus” is often credited as a prequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 monster movie “Alien”, it stands on its own as a film about humans searching for its origins among the stars – and not liking what they find.

Super 8 (2011)

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Long before “Stranger Things” there was a movie about a bunch of kids coming of age in a small American town stumbling upon something alien – and dangerous.

The story starts out as an innocent amateur movie shoot in the night but it soon turns into a literal train wreck, during which something is let loose on the small Ohio town the kids call their home.

While the film has its share of faults, it has its merits, too – including the depiction of the alien life form that proves to be not only intelligent but peaceful, too. Not before turning a few things into rubble, of course.

Arrival (2016)

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In many movies and stories about alien encounters, the extraterrestrial visitors speak – they have a mentality surprisingly similar to our own, they can speak, and they are more than capable of learning English. But what happens when we stumble upon a species that has none of the above? What if they are a bunch of “heptapods” (creatures with seven limbs) with no visible eyes or mouth, and they even perceive time in a way that’s different from our own?

This is what “Arrival”, Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film that was nominated for an Oscar.

Linguistics plays an important part in this movie – and the moviemakers didn’t just invent them out of thin air but they consulted linguists, phonetics experts, and other researchers in the area.

The filmmakers built the plot around the hypothesis of linguistic relativity that claims that people’s perception is shaped by the language they speak (and think in).

District 9 (2009)

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The role of good science-fiction is to point out the issues with society in stories that involve futuristic inventions and alien invaders. Come to think of it, the invading aliens in movies are often reflections of humanity’s “missteps”, ranging from fascism to colonialism.

In “District 9”, in turn, the aliens are not the aggressors – they are the victims.

Neill Blomkamp’s movie tells the story of a group of aliens stranded on Earth that is forced to live in miserable conditions on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. While handing the inhabitants of District 9 – as the alien-inhabited slums are called – relocation notices, bureaucrat Wikus van de Merwe is infected with a liquid that turns out to be alien fuel that starts mutating his body. The movie is clearly a metaphor of District 6, declared a whites-only area during the Apartheid.

Annihilation (2018)

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Based on a novel by American writer Jeff VanderMeer, “Annihilation” has an interesting premise: a group of scientists is sent into the “Shimmer”, a mysterious area where strange things happen, created by a meteor landing years before in the area.

The Shimmer has many strange properties, including the ability to rewrite DNA – what makes it a threat is that it continuously expands. Lena (Natalie Portman) and a group of female researchers head into the Shimmer to uncover its secrets – and the fate of all other expeditions sent inside over the years that never returned.

While the movie (and the book) doesn’t really answer the biggest questions of them all – what is the Shimmer and what does it want – it explores a very interesting question: what if one day, something from out of this world appears and starts changing our planet as it sees fit?

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“Canadian Roswell”: Jacques-Yves Cousteau family investigating a UFO crash near Shag Harbor

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Front page of the Canadian newspaper The Chronicle Herald, October 7, 1967.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau gained worldwide fame as one of the largest and most successful explorers of the sea and depths. His grandchildren decided to devote themselves to the study of a completely different sacrament. 

Already in August, they are going to go to the waters near Shag Harbor, a small fishing village on the coast of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, in search of an unidentified flying object (UFO) that allegedly crashed into the sea here in 1967.

As reported by the Shag Harbor Incident Society, which is still investigating the case, the grandchildren of the famous explorer of the seas, Selina and Fabian Cousteau, announced their upcoming visit to the traditional UFO Conference of Shag Harbor “and said they want to take a direct part in the research and search at the alleged crash site of an unknown object”.


At about 11 pm on the night of October 4, 1967, local fishermen and residents of the village of Shag Harbor watched in the clear and moonless night sky the crash of a brightly luminous object that fell into the sea. Among the witnesses were three members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), as well as civilian pilots who were flying over the southwest coast of Nova Scotia at the time.

Despite the undertaken searches, no wreckage or bodies were found, therefore the observation is still considered inexplicable today – 51 years after the incident. True, countless government and military protocols and documents are dedicated to the incident, which is why it is considered one of the most extensively documented UFO incidents in the history of Canada.

According to the president of the research society and one of the witnesses of the incident, Lauren Wickens, Cousteau’s grandchildren will visit the scene in preparation for the filming of a series of new investigative documentaries. 

“On their arrival, Brother and Sister Cousteau will dive accompanied by local diver David Queta, who has been involved in the investigation of the incident since 1967.”

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Another TR-3B? Huge triangular UFO flew over New York

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A resident of Bronx, New York, on January 16, 2021, saw three UFOs above the houses in his area, moving synchronously in the form of a huge triangle. The brightly shining points were very clearly visible in the night sky.

The man managed to capture a triangle slowly floating in the sky on video (see below) and posted it on his YouTube channel.

Since he was a very modest blogger who had only a few subscribers, his video went unnoticed for several days by UFO lovers, until finally it was re-posted on social networks, and from there it got to news sites.

Huge triangular UFO flew over New York

The video shows how the author of the video is very surprised by what is happening, he looks up into the sky and says:

“They fly nearby and look like stars. It’s a triangle and I don’t know what it is.”

Then he tried to ask someone from the passers-by about whether they knew that it was in the sky, but they could not answer either.

On social networks, this video caused a lot of comments from curious people who offered their versions of what they saw. From the fact that someone has programmed the drones to move in the form of a triangle, to the fact that they are actually Chinese lanterns.

The lantern version was quickly criticized, as the lights move at such a high altitude that Chinese lanterns could not continue to burn so brightly.

The drone version also drew a lot of criticism, because in order to launch several large drones over residential buildings in New York, you need to obtain special permission and it is not so easy.

The most popular was the theory that what he saw was a secret American reconnaissance aircraft TR-3B, about which there have been many rumors for a long time. Allegedly, it was developed on the basis of an alien ship that fell in Roswell, it can move silently and is practically invisible to radars.

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Indians and aliens – “I was told that there are four aggressive species in the universe, and humans are one of them.”

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Dr. Ardi Sixkiller Clarke, professor emeritus at Montana State University, who is a native of the Cherokee tribe, has studied Indian stories about the “Star People” and collected stories of encounters between aliens and native Indians over the years.

Here is one of the stories she recorded, which she recorded from the words of a female elder named Tali:

I have seen star creatures all my life. The first time I was about 8 years old. I picked berries by the river. I watched the ship descend and land across the river. I crossed the river, stepping carefully over the rocks so as not to get my feet wet. I was curious; I’ve never seen anything like it.

As I approached, the door opened and I went inside. I remember that the star beings greeted me. There were two women. One combed my hair and said that I was beautiful. After that, I often met with them.

Sometimes I brought them flowers, sometimes stones. My grandmother told me that stones have a soul, and I tried to explain it to them. I don’t think they understood. But they taught me to heal with my hands. Star doctors taught me how to treat diseases with my hands. They taught my grandmother how to heal.

When my grandmother died, the star beings were very saddened and I was tasked with continuing her work and learning about herbs and healing people naturally and metaphysically.

They are light, tall and thin. They are much smarter than us, but they are interested in our development. They travel the stars and learn from others throughout the star system. They collect information about the aging process of earthlings. They are trying to understand why we die so young.

Star people live much longer than we do. The normal age for them is 1000 Earth years. They do not have such diseases as we do. Their civilization does not consume alcohol and tobacco.

They choose who they will be, their job and stay on it forever. They become experts in their field, which leads to many discoveries that improve their lives. Star physicians visit Earth constantly. They mostly watch, but all over the world there are “helpers” who serve them. Both my grandmother and I were their assistants.

Star people call themselves observers.

They weren’t cruel. I was told that there are four aggressive species in our universe. People are one of them.”

Dr. Clarke ends the story like this:

“For the next five plus years, I frequently visited the reservation to meet Tali. She remained strong and mobile until her death at 95. On the day of her funeral, several people saw a UFO appear and hover in the sky. I was one of them.”


In the stories of many people who have come into contact with representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations, there are references to the fact that they are just observers. It seems that some of these creatures are just curious observers of planet Earth, collecting data, as if some of them are carrying out scientific missions to bring information about other planets and civilizations back to their planet.

We are not alone in the universe. Perhaps one day we ourselves will become aliens for someone exploring another planet.

Can we change?

As for the fact that humans are one of the most violent species in the universe … We are empathetic beings with tremendous potential for good. We really can, but we do not change, and if you were an alien watching what is happening on our planet, you would probably be intimidated by how aggressive and cruel we are …

It is a pity that we are in a group of worlds characterized as aggressive, but I really hope that we will change. People can change, but only by standing at the edge of the abyss and realizing that if they do not change, human civilization will simply disappear. We are already on the edge of the abyss. We have actually destroyed the house we live in and the name of this house is Earth.

Humanity has only two ways – to change or die out.

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