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The Best Alien Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Alien movie 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 of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Godzilla vs. Gigan

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5.7/10
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64/100
Released: 1972Rated: G
Horror, Action & Adventure

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) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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2. Destroy All Monsters

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6.5/10
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73/100
Released: 1968Rated: G
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: At the turn of the century, all of the Earth's monsters have been rounded up and kept safely on Monsterland. Chaos erupts when a race of she-aliens known as 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), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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3. The Blob

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6.4/10
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66/100
Released: 1958
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man, then it growing to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Philo, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

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6.4/10
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60/100
Released: 1974Rated: G
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: An Okinawan prophecy that foretells the destruction of the Earth is seeming fulfilled when Godzilla emerges to return to his destructive roots. But not all is what it seems after Godzilla breaks his ally Anguirus's jaw. Matters are further complicated when a second Godzilla emerges, revealing the doppelgänger as a mechanical weapon.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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5. The Atomic Submarine

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5.2/10
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49/100
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 subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, AMC Premiere & 2 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (AMC) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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6. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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6.6/10
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58/100
Released: 1964
Fantasy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A meteorite lands in Kurobe Valley as detective Shindo is assigned to protect Princess Salno. Seemingly assassinated, she emerges under the guise of a prophetess and catches the attention of Mothra's fairies with her warnings of the appearance of Godzilla, Rodan, and powerful space monster called King Ghidorah. Mothra must convince Godzilla and Rodan to set aside their hatred of humanity or face Ghidorah alone.

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 (iTunes).

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7. Invasion of Astro-Monster

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6.3/10
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54/100
Released: 1965Rated: G
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Mysterious aliens known as Xiliens arrive from Planet X and ask Earth's people to help them save their world from "Monster Zero". In exchange for borrowing Godzilla and Rodan, the Xiliens offer a cure for cancer. Sent on the expedition are astronauts Glenn and Fuji who discover Monster Zero is none other than 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 (iTunes).

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8. Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

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6.2/10
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48/100
Released: 1968Rated: PG
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires.

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

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9. Solaris

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8.1/10
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77/100
Released: 1972Rated: PG
Mystery, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out repressed memories and obsessions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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