Alien Movies In Order

The Alien movie series first kicked off in 1979 and has since gone on to become one of the most popular extraterrestrial film franchises in the world. Earning the makers over $1 billion in world-wide box office sales, this successful franchise will be producing hits well into the future. Alien: Covenant which is set to hit theaters on May 19th, 2017 will be the second movie in the recently rebooted trilogy. Covenant is part of a prequel series which currently includes Prometheus which was released back in 2012. Per Ridley Scott, the movie’s director, if Covenant is as successful as Prometheus was, then he can “keep cranking it for another six”, thus implying another trilogy could be in the works. For the time being, we have confirmation of one additional movie beyond Covenant with an unknown release date.

The Alien franchise has been very apparent in popular culture and aside from the movies there has been video games, comics, and books. There is even an entire spin off series based on this franchise called Alien vs. Predator which combines this series with the popular Predator movies. The franchise has been referenced numerous times in popular adult cartoons like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and robot chicken. Other popular culture references include board games, action figures, and even a theme park ride.

Depending on who you talk to, there are a couple ways to watch this movie series. I personally like to watch the Alien movies in order by release date. Some people prefer to watch the prequel movies before older movies, however since they are not all out yet, I would advise against this. Still other people would watch Predator (1987) before any of the other movies, and then watch all the Alien movies in order by release date. Predator, aside from being a good movie is the first chronologically in the series, and provides additional context for subsequent movies.


The Alien movie series has been the subject of numerous awards including an Oscar for best visual effects in 1980, Saturn Award in 2011, and a Hugo award for best dramatic presentation. The movies themselves have been warmly received by both critics and fans alike. The original film made in 1979 received a 98% on the Rotten Tomatoes and earned a 94% fan score. Similarly, subsequent films like Prometheus (2012) received a 7/10 on IMDB and grossed nearly a half billion world-wide – far more than any of the other movies before it.

Whether you’re a fan of action, Sci-Fi, or horror movies, the Alien movie series has something for you. With any luck, Covenant will be as successful as Prometheus and we’ll have a long and prosperous future ahead of us, perhaps even an additional trilogy. However, one thing is already clear: Alien is a timeless classic that will live on for decades to come.

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1 Comment

  1. Deloris Kolb May 28, 2017
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    I love the series, I have them all.

What did you think of the series?