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From blockbusters like Arrival to cult classics like Spaceballs.
If you’re looking for the best alien movies on Hulu, we’ve got you covered. Following our alien guides to Netflix and Amazon Prime, we’ve collected the best Hulu movies about alien invaders (and heroes), ranging from obscure cult sci-fi hits like John Dies at the End to massive blockbusters like the original Stargate. We want to believe.
The best alien movies on Hulu
First off, let’s get one thing straight: Amy Adams was robbed of that Oscar in 2017. Not even nominated? What a joke. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), Arrival stars Adams as a linguist recruited by the U.S. military to decode a mysterious alien language.
As the title suggests, this movie isn’t about an alien “invasion.” The looming alien ships are certainly ominous, but they’re not actively threatening. They’re clearly trying to communicate something, and it’s Amy Adams’ job (with help from Jeremy Renner) to make sure science and curiosity win out over paranoia and warmongering from world leaders. Arrival is an imaginative sci-fi drama that combines expensive blockbuster effects with thought-provoking ideas.
2. John Dies at the End
Adapted from a novel that began as a thread on the Cracked.com forums, John Dies at the End is one of the weirdest movies you’ll ever see. Combining sci-fi/horror with surreal stoner comedy, it’s about a slacker dude who faces a sequence of bizarre supernatural events. It’s impossible to explain the plot any further, but trust us when we say it’s worth your while.
You know what? This movie still rules. Directed by disaster movie icon Roland Emmerich in 1994, this is another movie where the hero translates a (kind of) alien language, but it’s about as far from Arrival as you can get.
Inspired by those “aliens built the pyramids” conspiracy theories, Stargate is an adventure story combining some rather dubious, Indiana Jones-esque Egyptian archaeology with a space fantasy about evil alien overlords. It stars Kurt Russell and James Spader as a classic odd-couple duo: a grim Air Force officer and a goofily eccentric academic. Sparking a franchise of TV spinoffs, it’s one of the best blockbusters of the 1990s, comfortably standing alongside Men in Black, Independence Day, and Jurassic Park.
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4. Star Trek Beyond
The best of the three Star Trek reboot movies, combining the first film’s fast-paced action/comedy antics with an ethos more in line with classic Trek. Sofia Boutella plays a new (and now fan-favorite) alien character, joining an ensemble cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and John Cho. The plot involves the Enterprise crew getting stranded on an alien planet (who could’ve guessed!), but really, all you need to know is that it’s delightfully colorful, the jokes land, and the credits music is by Rihanna.
5. Power Rangers (2017)
Are the Power Rangers aliens? Technically no, but they did gain their powers from an alien civilization, and their main enemy, Rita Repulsa, is invading from another planet. This flashy millennial reboot introduced the classic 1990s adventure series to a new audience and was praised for being the first Hollywood movie to feature queer and autistic superheroes in lead roles. Certainly not essential viewing on the same level as, say, The Avengers, but it’s undeniably fun.
The quintessential sci-fi parody. Directed and co-written by Mel Brooks, Spaceballs took inspiration from Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, and other popular sci-fi franchises. Eminently quotable, it retains a cult following to this day.
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Starring David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, and early-2000s comedy star Seann William Scott, this hilarious 2001 sci-fi comedy has had a surprisingly long shelf-life. The three leads are a pair of goofy college professors (Duchovny and Jones) and a military academic (Moore) who investigate a meteor crater in the Arizona desert. As alien creatures begin to evolve from the meteor, our heroes must find a way to stop them from destroying the planet. Directed by Ghostbusters‘ Ivan Reitman, it’s the kind of stupid-yet-genius comedy where the jokes are idiotic yet perfectly executed.
8. Event Horizon
Influenced by Alien and Hellraiser, Event Horizon was a critical and commercial flop when it came out in 1997. However, its excellent cast (Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Jason Isaacs, to name a few) and memorably disturbing content helped it stand the test of time. Set in 2047, it sees a group of astronauts land on a creepy spaceship with an experimental black hole drive, discovering the scene of a massacre. From then on, it’s a spine-chilling and very bloody sci-fi/horror story, with excellent production design—just not quite enough heart to live up to Alien.
9. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!
Released in 1984, this movie is the dictionary definition of a cult classic. It’s a uniquely weird adventure story about a guy named Dr. Buckaroo Banzai —a neurosurgeon, science genius, test pilot, and rock star—who must outwit a group of alien invaders called the Red Lectroids. With wild costumes, weird dialogue, and supporting roles for Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Lloyd, this movie has a lot to offer.
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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.