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

By Adam B. Vary
Updated August 07, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

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)