Spy Movies and Space Aliens: Films and TV Series to Stream Now

In space - so the saying goes - no one can hear you scream, but in movie theaters and TV rooms around the world aliens are giving us plenty to shout about. From contemporary to classic, here are 20 must-watch extraterrestrial TV series and movies:

Binge-worthy TV Series

Stranger Things series

Stranger Things (2016 - )

When a boy disappears, his mother and the police confront terrifying supernatural forces. Stranger Things is set in the 1980s Cold War, taking inspiration from strange experiments and conspiracy theories involving secret government programs. (Amazon Prime)

Stargate

Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

Stargate SG-1 is about an elite US Air Force special ops team from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa'uld, the Replicators, and the Ori. (Amazon Prime) 


Debris (2021)

American CIA agent Bryan Beneventi (Tucker) and British MI6 operative Finola Jones (Steele) investigate wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft. Debris drew favorable comparisons to The X-Files but wasn’t picked up for a second season. Debris’ creator has already talked about finding a way to continue telling the story. (Hulu, Amazon Prime, NBC in the US)

The Expanse

The Expanse (2015 - )

Hundreds of years in the future, the Solar System is colonized by man. An unlikely trio unravel a conspiracy that threatens the system's fragile Cold War. Keep an eye out for Elias Toufexis as Kenzo Gabriel, an aerospatiale spy on Tycho Station. (Amazon Prime) 


Fringe

Fringe (2008-2013)

Although it ran for five seasons, Fringe never really attracted the media attention it deserved. The series revolves around the FBI’s fringe science division which is assigned cases that fall out of the usual remit. Created by J.J. Abrams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - and others, it stars Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) who discover a parallel universe. (Amazon Prime)

Colony

Colony (2016) 

Set in a dystopian near-future, Los Angeles residents live under military occupation by an extraterrestrial group referred to as the Hosts. Militarized police known as Homeland Security enforce order. In the early days of Colony, the Hosts took control on a day that started with massive worldwide communication interference. (Netflix, Amazon Prime) 


X-Files

The X-Files (1993-2018)

The truth is still out there - even after 11 seasons. The last instalment of The X-Files follows reinstated FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). William B. Davis is back as Cigarette Smoking Man, an ex-government official covering up the truth about aliens and their plan to colonize the Earth. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, Disney+, YouTube)


Another Life (2019)

A UFO lands on Earth and Erik Wallace (Justin Chatwin), of the US Interstellar Command, tries to communicate with the aliens. Meanwhile his wife, Captain Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff), takes a spaceship and crew to establish contact with the species that sent it. (Netflix)

V.

V. (2009) 

V. involves an invasion of Earth by a race of aliens known as the Visitors who appear to have come in peace. FBI counterterrorism agent Erica Evans discovers otherwise. There have been many versions of this tale including sci-fi miniseries V. (2009) starring Elizabeth Mitchell (above, left); V. (1983); V: The Final Battle (1984); and in V: The Series, which ran for one season from 1984 to 1985. (Apple+ and Amazon Prime)


War of the Worlds (2019 - )

Survivors are forced to team up after an apocalyptic alien strike in this reimagining of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, a metaphor for the existential threats facing humans. Gabriel Byrne stars as Bill War, a neuroscientist confronted with an unimaginable attack. (Disney+) Don’t forget to check out Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds (2005) film, shown through the eyes of a family fighting for survival. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)

Hangar 1

Hangar 1: The UFO Files (2014–2015)

UFO experts share their secrets in this reality-TV series. The first episode investigates the discovery of SOM1-01, a top-secret Special Operations Manual detailing government protocols for recovering extraterrestrial UFOs that have crashed on Earth. (Amazon Prime)

Must-Watch Movies to Stream

Star Trek

Leaving aside blockbuster franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, The Avengers, and Superman - all binge-worthy entertainment deserving your attention - plenty of lesser-known space-age films share top billing.

Arrival with Amy Adams

Arrival (2016)

Amy Adams stars as Dr Louise Banks, a linguist learning to communicate with aliens who descend upon Earth. She tries to decode the extraterrestrial language along with a military colonel (Forest Whitaker) and a doctor (Jeremy Renner) while questioning her own reality. (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)


Interstellar

Interstellar (2014)

Set in a dystopian future, director Christopher Nolan (Tenet, The Dark Knight) follows astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity. The New York Times described Interstellar as a film that explores the relationships among science and faith, and science and the humanities. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon. (Amazon Prime)

A Quiet Place (2018)

Most humans have been annihilated by blind creatures - aliens with hypersensitive hearing that attack anything that makes noise - in A Quiet Place. The Abbotts, including Evelyn and her husband Lee, scavenge for supplies, navigating their lives in silence. The much-anticipated sequel picks up the tale as the family realizes the creatures aren’t the only threat that lurks. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)

Annihilation

Annihilation follows explorers who enter The Shimmer, a secretive, quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals caused by an alien presence. Starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, YouTube)

Avatar

Avatar (2009)

Set in the year 2154, soldiers are sent to Pandora, a new world rich in minerals needed by Earth. Jake is torn between his mission and Pandora’s inhabitants. Critic Roger Ebert called Avatar “sensational entertainment”. (Disney+, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)


Classic Films

ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A gentle alien is stranded and befriends a young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), who brings him home. ET, The Extra-Terrestrial won four Academy Awards. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters involves a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Richard Dreyfuss stars as Roy Neary, a man who witnesses an unidentified flying object and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs. (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey follows a voyage to Jupiter after the discovery of an alien monolith affecting human evolution. It deals artfully with artificial intelligence and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, with director Stanley Kubrick winning for his direction. (YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime)

The Thing

The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) follows an Antarctica research team hunted by a parasitic, shape-shifting alien. While it was not considered a sci-fi classic at the time of its release, the film developed a cult following and is now considered a sci-fi classic. (Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube)


Honorable mention to Independence Day, Thorp, Starman, Super 8, Total Recall, Life, Contact, Deep Impact, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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In space - so the saying goes - no one can hear you scream, but in movie theaters and TV rooms around the world aliens are giving us plenty to shout about. From contemporary to classic, here are 20 must-watch extraterrestrial TV series and movies:

Binge-worthy TV Series

Stranger Things series

Stranger Things (2016 - )

When a boy disappears, his mother and the police confront terrifying supernatural forces. Stranger Things is set in the 1980s Cold War, taking inspiration from strange experiments and conspiracy theories involving secret government programs. (Amazon Prime)

Stargate

Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

Stargate SG-1 is about an elite US Air Force special ops team from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa'uld, the Replicators, and the Ori. (Amazon Prime) 


Debris (2021)

American CIA agent Bryan Beneventi (Tucker) and British MI6 operative Finola Jones (Steele) investigate wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft. Debris drew favorable comparisons to The X-Files but wasn’t picked up for a second season. Debris’ creator has already talked about finding a way to continue telling the story. (Hulu, Amazon Prime, NBC in the US)

The Expanse

The Expanse (2015 - )

Hundreds of years in the future, the Solar System is colonized by man. An unlikely trio unravel a conspiracy that threatens the system's fragile Cold War. Keep an eye out for Elias Toufexis as Kenzo Gabriel, an aerospatiale spy on Tycho Station. (Amazon Prime) 


Fringe

Fringe (2008-2013)

Although it ran for five seasons, Fringe never really attracted the media attention it deserved. The series revolves around the FBI’s fringe science division which is assigned cases that fall out of the usual remit. Created by J.J. Abrams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - and others, it stars Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson) who discover a parallel universe. (Amazon Prime)

Colony

Colony (2016) 

Set in a dystopian near-future, Los Angeles residents live under military occupation by an extraterrestrial group referred to as the Hosts. Militarized police known as Homeland Security enforce order. In the early days of Colony, the Hosts took control on a day that started with massive worldwide communication interference. (Netflix, Amazon Prime) 


X-Files

The X-Files (1993-2018)

The truth is still out there - even after 11 seasons. The last instalment of The X-Files follows reinstated FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). William B. Davis is back as Cigarette Smoking Man, an ex-government official covering up the truth about aliens and their plan to colonize the Earth. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, Disney+, YouTube)


Another Life (2019)

A UFO lands on Earth and Erik Wallace (Justin Chatwin), of the US Interstellar Command, tries to communicate with the aliens. Meanwhile his wife, Captain Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff), takes a spaceship and crew to establish contact with the species that sent it. (Netflix)

V.

V. (2009) 

V. involves an invasion of Earth by a race of aliens known as the Visitors who appear to have come in peace. FBI counterterrorism agent Erica Evans discovers otherwise. There have been many versions of this tale including sci-fi miniseries V. (2009) starring Elizabeth Mitchell (above, left); V. (1983); V: The Final Battle (1984); and in V: The Series, which ran for one season from 1984 to 1985. (Apple+ and Amazon Prime)


War of the Worlds (2019 - )

Survivors are forced to team up after an apocalyptic alien strike in this reimagining of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, a metaphor for the existential threats facing humans. Gabriel Byrne stars as Bill War, a neuroscientist confronted with an unimaginable attack. (Disney+) Don’t forget to check out Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds (2005) film, shown through the eyes of a family fighting for survival. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)

Hangar 1

Hangar 1: The UFO Files (2014–2015)

UFO experts share their secrets in this reality-TV series. The first episode investigates the discovery of SOM1-01, a top-secret Special Operations Manual detailing government protocols for recovering extraterrestrial UFOs that have crashed on Earth. (Amazon Prime)

Must-Watch Movies to Stream

Star Trek

Leaving aside blockbuster franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, The Avengers, and Superman - all binge-worthy entertainment deserving your attention - plenty of lesser-known space-age films share top billing.

Arrival with Amy Adams

Arrival (2016)

Amy Adams stars as Dr Louise Banks, a linguist learning to communicate with aliens who descend upon Earth. She tries to decode the extraterrestrial language along with a military colonel (Forest Whitaker) and a doctor (Jeremy Renner) while questioning her own reality. (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)


Interstellar

Interstellar (2014)

Set in a dystopian future, director Christopher Nolan (Tenet, The Dark Knight) follows astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity. The New York Times described Interstellar as a film that explores the relationships among science and faith, and science and the humanities. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon. (Amazon Prime)

A Quiet Place (2018)

Most humans have been annihilated by blind creatures - aliens with hypersensitive hearing that attack anything that makes noise - in A Quiet Place. The Abbotts, including Evelyn and her husband Lee, scavenge for supplies, navigating their lives in silence. The much-anticipated sequel picks up the tale as the family realizes the creatures aren’t the only threat that lurks. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)

Annihilation

Annihilation follows explorers who enter The Shimmer, a secretive, quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals caused by an alien presence. Starring Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, YouTube)

Avatar

Avatar (2009)

Set in the year 2154, soldiers are sent to Pandora, a new world rich in minerals needed by Earth. Jake is torn between his mission and Pandora’s inhabitants. Critic Roger Ebert called Avatar “sensational entertainment”. (Disney+, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)


Classic Films

ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A gentle alien is stranded and befriends a young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), who brings him home. ET, The Extra-Terrestrial won four Academy Awards. (Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters involves a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Richard Dreyfuss stars as Roy Neary, a man who witnesses an unidentified flying object and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs. (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey follows a voyage to Jupiter after the discovery of an alien monolith affecting human evolution. It deals artfully with artificial intelligence and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, with director Stanley Kubrick winning for his direction. (YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime)

The Thing

The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) follows an Antarctica research team hunted by a parasitic, shape-shifting alien. While it was not considered a sci-fi classic at the time of its release, the film developed a cult following and is now considered a sci-fi classic. (Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube)


Honorable mention to Independence Day, Thorp, Starman, Super 8, Total Recall, Life, Contact, Deep Impact, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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