What is the chronological order of the Alien film franchise movies?

21 April 2024
The "Alien" film franchise, beginning with Ridley Scott's revolutionary 1979 film "Alien," has become a cornerstone of the science fiction and horror genres. 

Known for its intense atmospheric tension and iconic characters, especially Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley, the series explores themes of survival, corporate greed, and the terror of the unknown. 

It includes both the core films and the crossover "Alien vs. Predator" entries, which merge the Alien universe with that of the "Predator" series.

This collection spans from the near future into distant centuries, starting with the prequels "Prometheus" and "Alien: Covenant," which investigate the origins of the Xenomorphs and humanity itself. The timeline progresses through the original "Alien" saga where Ripley and various crews confront these menacing creatures in different deadly scenarios. 

Through its compelling narrative and complex characters, the franchise not only delivers chilling encounters but also critiques the excesses of corporate exploitation, illustrating the resilience and ingenuity of humanity in facing cosmic adversities.

What is the chronological order of the Alien film franchise movies?

Film Name

Release Year

Brief Description

Timeline Year



A commercial spaceship encounters a deadly alien creature after investigating a distress call on a moon. The crew struggles to survive as it methodically hunts them.




The sole survivor of the Nostromo, Ellen Ripley, joins a marine expedition to the colony on LV-426, where they face numerous hostile Aliens and struggle to escape.


Alien 3


Ripley crash-lands on a prison planet, Fiorina 161, discovering that an Alien has stowed away with her, leading to a deadly confrontation with the prison inmates.


Alien: Resurrection


Two centuries after her death, Ripley is cloned to extract the Alien queen inside her. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the creatures.


Alien vs. Predator (AVP)


In Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legendary species.

2004 (Present)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem


Following the events of AVP, a Predator ship crashes on Earth, unleashing Aliens in a small town. A lone Predator arrives to clean up the infestation.




A prequel to the original Alien, this film follows a crew searching for humanity’s origins on a distant moon, leading to a terrifying discovery about the Aliens.


Alien: Covenant


A sequel to Prometheus, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers a remote planet with a sole inhabitant, the synthetic David, and faces a new Alien threat.


Alien: Romulus


Shit gets wild on a space station called Romulus and Remus

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