Lists: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Girls with Guns, Monster movie, Space journey

Brief Synopsis: "During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed."

Overall Ranking: 209 (Rank from 1979: # 3)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 73.53%
Regular 20.59%
Half-Popped 5.88%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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BTS Brian100
Drezzy100 - Easily, and without legitimate argument, one of the best films ever made.
Mark Chapman100
Josh of Classicblanca98
Andy Watches Movies97(full review)
Morgan On Media97(full review)
Sweet Popcorn And Late Nights97 - A tense, quiet horror film that deserves its place in pop culture.
(full review)
Alex Robinson97
Sober Film Critic James Brown97(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10197
Steve Habrat95 - An incredibly powerful and thought provoking science fiction/horror film.
(full review)
Usman Ashraf95 - This is one of those movies where you keep on discovering new things and it keeps your interest peaked. This genre defining movie is a must see!
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Harvey Gardner95
Cassidy Haynes91
Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
Patrick Devitt90
HC Movie Reviews90(full review)
David Baruffi88
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium88(full review)
A Moot Point with Aling Lukring88(full review)
Dave Examines Movies87(full review)
Dan O'Neill85 - Alien is definitely a sci-fi movie amongst sci-fi movies because it features a highly-stylized direction from one of the greats, Ridley Scott, who gives this film a very tense, dreary, and gloomy feeling the whole way through, and also keeps you guessing until the very end with scenes that are so iconic, I donít even need to mention here. Just get out and go see it before you see Prometheus, because something tells me youíre going to have to do your homework for this one.
(full review)
Tim Belloff85
Carly Booth84 - a SO I REWATCHED review
(full review)
Jim Carrier82
Jordan K80
Adam Shaftoe80
Committed to Celluloid Fernando Rafael80(full review)
Thomas Pollock80
Rob from GuysFilmQuest70
J Collins70
Bryan Lienesch60 - Even if you can forgive the first half of the movie essentially being build-up, the pace is just brutally tedious. No me gusta for a sci-fi horror flick.
Words of WisTIM59(full review)

People Involved

  • Sigourney Weaver (Ripley)
  • Tom Skerritt (Dallas)
  • Veronica Cartwright (Lambert)
  • Harry Dean Stanton (Brett)
  • John Hurt (Kane)
  • Ian Holm (Ash)
  • Yaphet Kotto (Parker)
  • Bolaji Badejo (Alien)
  • Helen Horton (Mother (voice))
  • Eddie Powell (Alien)
  • Dan OBannon (Director)
  • Gordon Carroll (Director)
  • Ridley Scott (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Weyland And The Replicants
  • Alien Trilogy