Ranking the 7 Best Alien Films – Out of 6 Films in the Franchise

A top 7…of 6 movies. Well, at least it’s not a top ten. So, I wrote separate reviews of the two cuts of Alien 3 because, I feel, they are materially different enough to justify separate looks. I also excluded the Alien vs. Predator films because they suck and I consider them a separate franchise.


Well, enough of that. From Worst to Best, in the Alien franchise:


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7. Alien 3 (Theatrical Cut)

“A handful of nice things, though, don’t outweigh the movie’s huge flaws. This movie is a disaster.”



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6. Alien Resurrection

“It’s not the complete disaster some people make it out to be. If it weren’t funny, I’d agree, but those chuckles I get through the film carry it quite a bit.”



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5. Alien 3 (Assembly Cut)

“Literally every change and addition in this cut improves the film. ”



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4. Alien Covenant

“David’s fantastic and carries a large chunk of the film, but a lot of the horror stuff feels almost pasted on. None of it is bad, which helps things overall, but if just feels like another movie comes in and takes over for minutes at a time.”



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3. Prometheus

“The movie overall is visceral and thematically weighty. It’s a thrilling ride into interesting questions that are designed to have no answers with a horror element that ties in with the ideas at play. I love this movie.”



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2. Aliens

“It’s bigger, louder, and with many more explosions, and it’s probably the best example of bigger is better filmmaking.”



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1. Alien

“Everything about this movie works just so incredibly well, creating a complete package of terror based on familiar fears in an unfamiliar setting. I consider it one of the great movies.”



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David Vining

I am a fiction writer living in Charleston, SC. I've had a variety of jobs, but nothing compared to what Heinlein had. I don't think that time I got hired to slay the wild and terrifying jack rabbit of Surrey counts since I actually only took out the mild mannered hedgehog of Suffolk. Let's just say that it doesn't go on the resume. Lover (but not, you know...lover) of movies. Married to the single most beautiful woman on Earth with a single son who shall rule after my death. If that didn't deter you, check out my blog or browse some of the books I've written.