The Alien and Predator Movies in Order

Since 1979, the Alien and Predator movie franchises have spanned over 4 decades and grown in popularity. With more than 10 movies now released between the two, there is much to love — and much to critique. Here, a ranking of all 14 Alien and Predator movies from best to worst.

Alien (1979)

The original that started it all, Ridley Scott’s Alien, released in 1979, changed the movie industry forever. The horror-space epic redefined the sci-fi horror genre and launched the career and cultural impact of the Xenomorph, one of the most iconic movie monsters ever created. The movie holds a perfect rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and the American Film Institute listed it as one of the 10 best Science Fiction movies created in the past 100 years. Alien is not only the best Alien and Predator movie in the history of the series, it is one of the best movies of all time.

Alien Vs. Predator (2004)

Though it polarized fans, Ridley Scott’s Alien Vs. Predator combined the horror and sci-fi elements of both series to create an intense, action-packed adventure. Some even praise it for being the first good addition to the franchise in years. It holds a solid rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating that it was an average movie, but its action and willingness to combine two of the most recognizable movie monsters together is what makes the movie a glowing entry in the series.

Predator (1987)

Recognized as one of the most iconic action-horror franchises of all time, Predator has aged incredibly well and stands as one of the most memorable 80s blockbusters of all time. The movie signals the debut of the Predator, one of the most recognizable and dangerous movie monsters in cinematic history. It holds a very impressive rating of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and was also inducted by the American Film Institute as one of the 10 best Science Fiction movies of the past 100 years, just like Alien.

Aliens (1986)

James Cameron took the reins with Aliens and delivered one of the most iconic sequels in movie history. Picking up where Scott left off, Cameron created a sequel that could do its predecessor justice. Aliens shocked and intrigued audiences with its action-packed moments thanks to its incredible special effects, memorable characters, and intense moments. The movie holds a solid rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, which proves just how impressive it really is.

Predator 2 (1990)

Released 3 years after its predecessor, Predator 2 brought the iconic hunter down from the jungle and into the city. Though it doesn’t compare to its predecessor, it still stands as one of the better entries in the Alien and Predator movie series. Its rating of 37% on Rotten Tomatoes is a little too low for most fans’ liking, but its effort to continue the Predator story and signs of ambition still give it street cred in the eyes of its fans.

Prometheus (2012)

Ridley Scott’s prequel to the Alien franchise was a risky venture. Set in the universe of Alien but not a direct Alien movie, Prometheus was met with a somewhat middle-of-the-road response. It enjoyed a healthy box office performance and generally positive reviews, but it was too distant from the classic Alien formula to become a fan favorite. Prometheus currently holds a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

The fourth installment of the Alien franchise is not the best — or even in the top 3. Alien: Resurrection has been met with a divisive response, with one side labeling it as a disastrous movie, while the other side defends it as an enjoyable quirky addition. It holds a respectable rating of 65% on Rotten Tomatoes, but for many, Alien: Resurrection falls far short of the high standards the franchise had already set.

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

The sequel to Alien Vs. Predator follows the events of the 2004 film and takes the franchise to a darker and more chaotic level. The movie had a tough mission to follow its impressive predecessor, but it failed to deliver and was met with a dismal 15% score on Rotten Tomatoes. For the most part, the movie offers almost nothing new, making it one of the most forgettable entries in the series.

Alien 3 (1992)

The third installment of the Alien franchise was highly anticipated given its success in the box office and its two (now) classic predecessors. Unfortunately, Alien 3 was a box office bomb and one of the least liked movies in the entire franchise. The movie often gets blamed for its rushed production and lack of a clear direction. Its disastrous performance earned it a measly 53% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, signaling a heavy disappointment for fans of the series.

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant is the sequel to Prometheus and the sixth installment of the Alien franchise. Though it was met with better reviews than Alien 3, the movie did not match the quality of its predecessors, earning it a lackluster rating of 72% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though it attempts to answer questions raised in Prometheus, some fans still complained that its characters lacked depth and its story had too many plot holes.

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2010)

AVP: Alien Vs. Predator is a tie-in video game that follows the events of the 2004 movie. Developed by Rebellion and published by Sega, the game generally received positive reviews and has since become a cult classic. It deserves a special mention here because it is said to have done a better job at combining the two movie franchises together than both movies combined, which earned it a rating of 77% on Metacritic.

Predators (2010)

The Predator franchise returned in 2010 with Predators, a sequel to its two predecessors, but one that earns the distinction of being a slightly better example of the classic Predator formula. Anton Yelchin stars in the movie, delivering a strong lead performance. Following a 75% approval from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, Predators is considered to be a solid and enjoyable entry in the Predator movies.

The Predator (2018)

The Predator, released in 2018, attempted to bring the Predator franchise into the modern age. A box office bomb, the movie had a very bumpy production and was met with an underwhelming approval rating of 27% on Rotten Tomatoes. It fails to capitalize on the excellent introduction given by its predecessor, Predators, and instead squanders the chance by providing little uniqueness and plenty of awkward humor.

Alien: Isolation (2014)

Alien: Isolation is the tie-in video game used to promote the 2014 movie Alien: Isolation, but it actually outdid its lineup in terms of success and appreciation. Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the game combines horror, thriller, and suspense elements within an environment inspired by the classic Alien franchise. It holds an impressive rating of 81% on Metacritic and is widely considered one of the most exceptional game tie-ins of all time.

Predator: Hunting Grounds (2020)

Released in 2020, Predator: Hunting Grounds is a 4v1 game from developer IllFonic, which emphasizes the classic Predator formula of hunting and being hunted. The game puts the player in control of the famed hunter and allows them to look for the right moment to strike alongside three other players. It holds a very modest 59% on Metacritic and was met with little praise or criticism.

Since its initial release in 1979, the Alien and Predator movie franchises have enjoyed both immense popularity and critical acclaim. With over 10 movies spanning 4 decades and numerous video games, both franchises still continue to capture the hearts and minds of fans everywhere. Though some entries haven’t exactly lived up to fans’ expectations, all 14 releases have helped shape and define the horror-thriller sci-fi genre.

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