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The Best Alien Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

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 Kanopy.

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1. Stalker

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8.2/10
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87/100
Released: 1979
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep-seated desires are granted.

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

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2. Prospect

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6.3/10
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77/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Science-Fiction, Drama

What it's about: A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Home

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6.6/10
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75/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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4. Monsters

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6.4/10
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72/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures," while a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy, Monsters Nightmares & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Save the Green Planet!

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7.3/10
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72/100
Released: 2003
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A traumatized young man abducts Korean leaders, believing they're toxic reptilian aliens - a fifth column launching a takeover of beloved Earth. Stumped law enforcement geniuses half-seriously hire a disgraced, disheveled private detective with a long-ago history of super-crime solving. The alienated South Korean youngster Lee Byeong-gu builds an isolated basement command post/torture chamber/film studio to force the awful truth out of the slimy, uncooperative politicians and businesspeople, then alert the public. Byeong-gu is helped by his devoted girlfriend, who buys his theories, but wonders if his horrible childhood has colored his thinking.

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

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6. The War of the Worlds

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7.1/10
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66/100
Released: 1953Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, until they discover it is the first of many transport devices from Mars bringing an army of invaders invincible to any man-made weapon, even the atomic bomb.

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

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7. Horror Express

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6.6/10
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65/100
Released: 1972Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Mysterious and unearthly deaths start to occur while Professor Saxton is transporting the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature he found in Manchuria back to Europe.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Kanopy, ConTV & 1 other) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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8. After Midnight

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5.4/10
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64/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Romance, Independent

What it's about: Dealing with a girlfriend suddenly leaving is tough enough. But for Hank, heartbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time. There’s also a monster trying to break through his front door every night.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. Plan 9 from Outer Space

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4.0/10
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60/100
Released: 1959
Horror, Cult

What it's about: In California, an old man grieves the loss of his wife and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquest Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb “Solobonite” that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. How to Talk to Girls at Parties

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5.7/10
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59/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: Croydon, 1977. A trio of punk teenagers goes to a party to meet girls, but they find that girls there are very different from what they expected.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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11. 1981

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7.2/10
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53/100
Released: 2009
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: Filmmaker Ricardo Trogi recalls the events surrounding his family moving to a new neighborhood when he was 11-years-old.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy).

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12. Mars

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5.9/10
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45/100
Released: 2010
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: A new space race is born between NASA and the ESA when Charlie Brownsville, Hank Morrison, and Dr. Casey Cook compete against an artificially intelligent robot to find out what's up there on the red planet. 'Mars' follows these three astronauts on the first manned mission to our galactic neighbor. On the way they experience life threatening accidents, self doubts, obnoxious reporters, and the boredom of extended space travel.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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13. Absence

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4.1/10
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41/100
Released: 2013
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Doctors are baffled when an expectant mother wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy apparently disappear overnight. Police investigate the situation as a missing child, and only her husband and brother trust her version of events.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. First Spaceship on Venus

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4.5/10
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40/100
Released: 1960Rated: G
Science-Fiction

What it's about: A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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15. Brain Dead

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5.1/10
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38/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG-13
Horror

What it's about: A sleepy fishing port town is consumed with terror when a small crater crash-lands nearby and releases a slimy parasitic agent that transforms the residents into brain-eating zombies. Cornered in an abandoned fishing lodge, six strangers are forced to band together to stave off the blood-sucking monsters clawing the walls outside.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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16. The Atomic Submarine

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5.2/10
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38/100
Released: 1959
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: Ships disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a special submarine is sent to investigate.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

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7.1/10
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36/100
Released: 2009
Animation, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A space bounty-hunter travels to a lonely planet to kill a terrible monster.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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18. Australiens

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5.2/10
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34/100
Released: 2015
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: At the age of 10, Australian-born Andi Gibson had what she describes as a close encounter with a flying saucer. Naturally, everyone assumed she was bonkers. That is until one notable evening, 17 years later, when an airborne extra-terrestrial armada launches a nation-wide assault on Andi's home country and at the same time, for unspecified reasons, kidnaps her mother. To add to the debacle, it seems the other nations of the world are far too insulted by their exclusion from the attack to come to Australia's aid. Now it is up to Andi, her hypochondriac brother Elliot, retired boxer cousin Keith and documentary filmmaker friend Cam to stop the attack and rescue Andi's mum. Enlisting the help of Andi's equal-parts mysterious and cringeworthy father, the gang must battle car-chasing spaceships, martial-arts aliens, giant killer robots and, perhaps most frighteningly, a deluge of family secrets in their fight to save Australia. Bloody hell, this is gonna be a long night

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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