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Comparing movie aliens' intentions

Comparing movie aliens’ intentions — Where do ”District 9”’s creatures fit between ”E.T.” and ”War of the Worlds”?

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When aliens land on Earth in the movies, their intentions are not always clear — until it’s too late. Which visitors meant no harm to our planet, and which wanted to incinerate us or devour us one by one? Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and — of course — the incredibly ugly.


E.T. (1982)

Starman (1984)

Transformers (Autobots) (2007)

Coneheads (1992)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

District 9 (2009)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Signs (2002)

Transformers (Decepticons) (2007)

War of the Worlds (2005)