Family Friendly Alien Movies for a Cosmic Family Movie Night
Meet new friends from outer space with these alien movies the whole family can enjoy — free of fangs, gore, and monsters bursting out of chests.
Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns
There's something so exciting about the unknown — and there's nothing more unknown than the great expanse of outer space! Space is the perfect backdrop for out-of-this-world movies, where the possibilities are as endless as the stars in the sky. Do aliens really exist? Are spaceships roaming our skies? All of our biggest fantasies about space are brought to life in epic movies that reach to far-reaching places in our imaginations! Launch into our round-up of family-friendly alien movies everyone will love.
It’s a big universe out there, and we all occupy our own little slice of it — a place we call Home! Unbeknown to a girl named Tip, a misfit alien named Oh was preparing to set off from a planet a million miles away before hurtling into hers! Fate brings them together, and the pair form an unlikely friendship as Oh finds himself running away from his own kind, while Tip embarks on a quest of her own. (PG, on Netflix)
Mars Needs Moms
Let's face it: Moms are needed everywhere! They make the world go around, so it perhaps comes as no surprise that Mars Needs Moms, too. A 9-year-old boy named Milo didn't see it that way. He was fed up with his mom nagging him to do his homework and eat his vegetables. But just as Milo told his mom that life would be better without her, Martians kidnapped her before his very eyes. Realizing the error of his ways, Milo goes on a desperate search for his mom, setting off on a spaceship determined for her safe return. Be warned: this Disney movie is not the warm and fuzzy flick you might expect. There are some dark scenes, so keep that in mind when deciding if this creepy animation suits your little one’s comfort level! (PG, on Disney+)
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
A long, long time ago (okay, 44 years to be exact), the world was introduced to Jedi knights, lightsabers, Wookiees, and the Force. Star Wars exploded in cinemas in 1977 and became an instant hit. The nine-plus films in the Star Wars franchise are the most successful in the galaxy, but not all of them are appropriate for little kids. While Star Wars is packed with kid-friendly action, there are darker moments parents should be aware of, too. While each movie is rated PG, the one movie in the saga that is repeatedly rated most suitable for kids is the O.G. Star Wars flick, with Luke Skywalker meeting Han Solo on a rescue mission for Princess Leia that turns into an epic adventure. Ready to go to a galaxy far, far away? (PG, on Disney+)
Luis and the Aliens
It's not every day that three aliens crash-land their spaceship by your house, but that's exactly what happens to an 11-year-old boy named Luis. The goofy aliens need a spare part for their spaceship to fly them home, and their slapstick efforts to get the precious "Nubbi Nubbi" (which the Home Shopping Network convinces them will solve all their problems) while evading detection by clever earthlings might remind you of the Three Stooges with tentacles and antennae. (PG, on Hulu)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
No alien movie round-up would be complete without mentioning one of the most beloved aliens of them all: E.T. The story centers around a young boy named Elliot who befriends an alien, dubbed E.T., stranded here on Earth. Elliot introduces his new friend to his brother and sister, and the children decide to keep E.T.'s existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls sick, resulting in government intervention creating a dire situation for both E.T. and Elliot, who does everything his power to return E.T. safely to his home world. (PG, on Peacock)
Seven hundred years into the future, mankind abandons planet Earth and leaves something behind: a trash-compacting robot by the name of WALL-E. After hundreds of lonely years cleaning up the mess and pollution that humans left behind, WALL-E discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a robot named EVE. Smitten with his newfound love, WALL-E embarks on the greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy. (G, on Disney+)
Ever wonder what happens when humans are the alien species? Well, that’s exactly the premise of Planet 51, a fun movie that explores what it would be like if human and alien roles were reversed so that it’s humans that are the strange extra-terrestrial creatures! Find out what happens when Captain Chuck Baker becomes the first astronaut to land on a far-away planet filled with little green people. (PG, on Netflix)