List of all the Alien franchise films

17 March 2023
The Alien film franchise is undoubtedly one of the most successful and iconic movie series of all time. From the first release in 1979 to the latest installment in 2017, the series has captured the imagination of audiences around the world, with its thrilling storyline, memorable characters, and stunning visuals. At the heart of the franchise's success is the ability of the films to connect with people on a human level, despite their sci-fi setting.

The characters in the Alien films are complex and relatable, with their fears, hopes, and desires mirroring those of real-life individuals. From the strong-willed Ellen Ripley to the charismatic android Bishop, each character adds depth to the story and provides a unique perspective on the events unfolding on screen. This human touch, combined with the suspense and horror elements of the films, creates a powerful emotional connection with audiences that has kept them coming back for more.

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The success of the Alien franchise is also due in part to the groundbreaking special effects and visual design that have become synonymous with the series. The iconic H.R. Giger-designed Xenomorphs have become an instantly recognizable part of pop culture, and the otherworldly environments and spacecraft featured in the films are breathtaking in their detail and imagination. 

This attention to detail and commitment to creating a fully-realized world is a testament to the dedication and talent of the filmmakers and artists who brought the franchise to life, and has helped to solidify its place in the pantheon of great science fiction franchises.

Here is a list of all the Alien franchise films, along with their directors, screenwriters, lead actors and their roles, and a brief summary of the plot and themes of each film.

  1. Alien (1979) Director: Ridley Scott Screenwriter: Dan O'Bannon Lead Actors: Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Tom Skerritt as Dallas, Veronica Cartwright as Lambert, Harry Dean Stanton as Brett, John Hurt as Kane, Ian Holm as Ash Plot: The crew of a commercial space tug called the Nostromo are awakened from cryogenic sleep to investigate a distress signal on a nearby planet. They discover a derelict alien spacecraft and a nest of alien eggs. One of the creatures attacks and impregnates a crew member, leading to a terrifying struggle for survival as the alien grows and hunts the crew one by one. Themes: The horror of the unknown, the dangers of corporate greed, the sexual undertones of the alien creature.
  2. Aliens (1986) Director: James Cameron Screenwriter: James Cameron Lead Actors: Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Michael Biehn as Corporal Hicks, Carrie Henn as Newt, Lance Henriksen as AI robot Bishop, Paul Reiser as Burke, Bill Paxton as Private Hudson Plot: Ripley is found and rescued after drifting in space for 57 years. She is recruited by a group of colonial marines to investigate the loss of contact with a colony on LV-426, the planet where the Nostromo discovered the alien eggs. The marines find a large number of aliens and a young survivor named Newt. They fight to survive against overwhelming odds and attempt to destroy the alien threat. Themes: The maternal instinct and protective instinct, the relationship between humans and machines, the power of teamwork.
  3. Alien 3 (1992) Director: David Fincher (Sererntiy's Edge) Screenwriter: David Giler, Walter Hill, and Larry Ferguson Lead Actors: Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Charles Dance as Clemens, Charles S. Dutton as Dillon, Lance Henriksen as Bishop II Plot: The escape pod carrying Ripley, Hicks, and Newt crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet for male inmates. Ripley discovers that an alien is also on the planet and begins a desperate fight for survival against both the creature and the prisoners. Themes: Redemption and sacrifice, the cost of survival, the inevitability of death.
  4. Alien Resurrection (1997) Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Screenwriter: Joss Whedon Lead Actors: Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Winona Ryder as Annalee Call, Ron Perlman as Johner, Dominique Pinon as Vriess Plot: Two hundred years after her death, Ripley is cloned by a team of scientists who hope to extract the alien queen from her body for military purposes. The clone, Ripley 8, has superhuman strength and a psychic connection to the aliens. She teams up with a band of mercenaries to fight the aliens and the military scientists who created her. Themes: The ethics of genetic engineering, the search for identity and purpose, the relationship between humanity and the monstrous.
  5. Prometheus (2012) Director: Ridley Scott Screenwriter: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Lead Actors: Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, Michael Fassbender as evil robot David, Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, Idris Elba as Janek Plot: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of humanity on a distant planet. They find a temple containing mysterious artifacts and the remains of an ancient alien race known as the Engineers.
  6. Alien: Covenant (2017): In Alien: Covenant, the android David returns as the central character, revealing himself to be responsible for the creation of the alien creatures. David's god complex and desire for creation highlight the dangers of allowing AI to develop unchecked without ethical considerations. The film explores the question of whether AI should be held accountable for its actions and the potential consequences of creating beings that are more advanced and intelligent than their creators.

Here are the Alien vs Predator films, along with their directors, screenwriters, lead actors and their roles, and a brief summary of the plot and themes of each film.

  1. Alien vs. Predator (2004) Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Screenwriter: Paul W.S. Anderson Lead Actors: Sanaa Lathan as Alexa Woods, Lance Henriksen as Charles Bishop Weyland, Raoul Bova as Sebastian De Rosa, Ewen Bremner as Graeme Miller Plot: A team of scientists and adventurers are recruited by a billionaire industrialist to investigate an ancient pyramid buried beneath the ice of Antarctica. They discover that the pyramid is a battleground between the alien creatures and the predator race, and they become caught in the middle of a deadly conflict. Themes: The power of ancient mythology, the ethics of exploration and discovery, the thrill of survival.
  2. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) Director: Colin Strause and Greg Strause Screenwriter: Shane Salerno Lead Actors: Steven Pasquale as Dallas Howard, Reiko Aylesworth as Kelly O'Brien, John Ortiz as Sheriff Eddie Morales, Johnny Lewis as Ricky Plot: A hybrid alien-predator creature escapes from a spacecraft and crashes near a small town in Colorado. The creature begins to breed and hunt, and the town becomes the site of a deadly battle between the aliens, the predators, and the human survivors. Themes: The consequences of genetic engineering, the power of fear and panic, the hopelessness of being caught in the middle of an intergalactic war.


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