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The Best Alien Movies and TV Shows on HBO MAX

Finding a good Alien movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Alien movies and TV shows of all time streaming on HBO MAX.

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1. Rick and Morty

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9.2/10
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97/100
Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Rick is a mentally-unbalanced but scientifically-gifted old man who has recently reconnected with his family. He spends most of his time involving his young grandson Morty in dangerous, outlandish adventures throughout space and alternate universes. Compounded with Morty's already unstable family life, these events cause Morty much distress at home and school.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (12%) are available to watch free online (Adult Swim). 32 episodes (76%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu, fuboTV & 1 other). 5 episodes (12%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Adult Swim). 41 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Alien

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8.4/10
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95/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Horror, Cult

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

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8.3/10
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92/100
Released: 1968Rated: G
Science-Fiction, Cult

What it's about: Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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4. Star Trek

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7.9/10
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90/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. The Iron Giant

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8.0/10
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88/100
Released: 1999Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Doctor Who

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8.6/10
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83/100
Year: 2005-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 12
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor saves planets for a living—more of a hobby actually, and the Doctor's very, very good at it.

Where to Watch: 137 episodes (91%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 10 episodes (7%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (BBC America). 151 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Little Shop of Horrors

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7.0/10
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81/100
Released: 1986Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Syfy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Signs

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6.7/10
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80/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG-13
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Paul

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7.0/10
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79/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: For the past 60 years, a space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he’s outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing uncomfortably close, Paul escapes on the first RV that passes by his compound in Area 51. Fortunately, it contains the two earthlings who are most likely to rescue and harbor an alien on the run.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Fantastic Planet

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1973Rated: PG
Animation, Drama

What it's about: On the planet Ygam, the Draags, extremely technologically and spiritually advanced blue humanoids, consider the tiny Oms, human beings descendants of Terra's inhabitants, as ignorant animals. Those who live in slavery are treated as simple pets and used to entertain Draag children; those who live hidden in the hostile wilderness of the planet are periodically hunted and ruthlessly slaughtered as if they were vermin.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. Monsters vs Aliens

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6.4/10
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76/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches. The military jumps into action and captures Susan, secreting her away to a covert government compound. She is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters...

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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12. Mars Attacks!

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6.3/10
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72/100
Released: 1996Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: 'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction films of the '50s and '60s.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Enemy Mine

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6.9/10
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71/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Torchwood

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7.7/10
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70/100
Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: The exploits a team of people whose job is to investigate the unusual, the strange and the extraterrestrial.

Where to Watch: 41 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 41 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. Cowboys & Aliens

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6.0/10
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70/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A stranger stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. War of the Worlds

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6.5/10
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67/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. Destroy All Monsters

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6.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1968Rated: G
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: At the turn of the century, the Earth's monsters have been rounded up and safely kept on Monsterland. The peace however is broken when a race of she-aliens, the Kilaaks, unleash the monsters across the world.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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18. Green Lantern

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5.5/10
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66/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of the first human ever recruited.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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19. Planet of the Apes

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5.7/10
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66/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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20. Lifeforce

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6.1/10
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66/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful alien woman who appears responsible.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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21. AVP: Alien vs. Predator

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5.6/10
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64/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: When scientists discover something in the Arctic that appears to be a buried Pyramid, they send a research team out to investigate. Little do they know that they are about to step into a hunting ground where Aliens are grown as sport for the Predator race.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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22. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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6.7/10
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64/100
Released: 1964
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: The Princess Mas Selina Salno is seemingly assassinated as a mysterious meteorite lands in Kurobe Valley. When a scientific expedition examines the meteorite, they discover the rock is growing, producing heat and has a strong magnetic pull. Soon a prophetess, with a striking resemblance to the princess, warns of great calamity in the return of Godzilla, Rodan, and the arrival of King Ghidorah.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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23. Looney Tunes: Back in Action

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5.7/10
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64/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Fed up with all the attention going to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck quits Hollywood, teams up with recently-fired stuntman Damien Drake Jr. and embarks on a round-the-world adventure, along with Bugs and The VP of Warner Bros. Their mission? Find Damien's father, and the missing blue diamond... and stay one step ahead of The Acme Corp., who wants the diamond for their own purposes.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. Ben 10: Omniverse

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5.7/10
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64/100
Year: 2012-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A year after the events that took place during the "Final Battle" and after the destruction of Omnitrix, 16-year-old Ben Tennyson has to face new enemies.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (1%) are available to watch free online (Cartoon Network). 80 episodes (53%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & Hulu). 1 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Cartoon Network). 120 episodes (79%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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25. The Sarah Jane Adventures

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7.4/10
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63/100
Year: 2007-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British science fiction television series

Where to Watch: 53 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 53 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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26. Soldier

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6.0/10
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59/100
Released: 1998Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Sergeant Todd is a veteran soldier for an elite group of the armed forces. After being defeated by a new breed of genetically engineered soldiers, he is dumped on a waste planet and left for dead. He soon interacts with a group of crash survivors who lead out a peaceful existence. The peace is broken as the new soldiers land on the planet to eliminate the colony, which Sergeant Todd must defend.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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27. Godzilla vs. Gigan

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5.7/10
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59/100
Released: 1972Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: Comic artist Gengo Kotaka lands a job with the World Children's Land amusement park. He soon becomes suspicious of the organization when a garbled message is discovered on tapes. Godzilla and Anguirus quickly decipher the message and begin a plan of action.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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28. Lost in Space

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5.2/10
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57/100
Released: 1998Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Family

What it's about: The prospects for continuing life on Earth in the year 2058 are grim. So the Robinsons are launched into space to colonize Alpha Prime, the only other inhabitable planet in the galaxy. But when a stowaway sabotages the mission, the Robinsons find themselves hurtling through uncharted space.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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29. Galaxy of Terror

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5.1/10
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51/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: As a lone spaceship proceeds on its long voyage across space, the crew are surprised to encounter a strange pyramid form. Surprise turns to horror as one by one, they discover that their darkest nightmares are all starting to become real. The pyramid has to be behind it all somehow, but how can they save themselves from its influence?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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30. Ben 10 Race Against Time

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4.2/10
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46/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: "Ben 10: Race Against Time" has Ben back in his hometown of Bellwood. Even though he's back in school and leaving his hero adventures behind him, it seems that Ben will be facing his greatest challenge yet.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX).