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20 Ways We've Depicted Aliens On Film, 70 Years After Roswell

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08/07/2017 9:00 PM AEST | Updated 08/07/2017 9:00 PM AEST

Whether or not you believe there were aliens present at the site of a crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, we can all agree the incident sparked an entire culture of conspiracy theories and speculation about creatures beyond planet Earth.

Seventy years after the initial incident, when a farmer found unidentified debris on his property, the culture surrounding extraterrestrial creatures real or imagined is alive and well. To celebrate the undeniable narrative pull of visitors from another planet, we’ve rounded up 20 depictions of aliens on the big screen. From the clunky costumes of the ’50s to the sleeker creatures seen in films like “Avatar” and “Arrival,” it shows that out-of-this-world filmmaking won’t be going out of style.

  • "Aelita: Queen of Mars," 1924
    Aelita: Queen of Mars
  • "Flight to Mars," 1951
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  • "The Day the Earth Stood Still," 1951
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  • "The Man From Planet X," 1951
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  • "Cat-Women of the Moon," 1953
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  • "Invaders From Mars," 1953
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  • "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," 1956
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  • "The Terrornauts," 1967
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  • "The Man Who Fell to Earth," 1976
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  • "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," 1977
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  • "Alien," 1979
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  • "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," 1982
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  • "Predator," 1987
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  • "Earth Girls Are Easy," 1988
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  • "Coneheads," 1993
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  • "Mars Attacks!" 1996
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  • "Men in Black II," 2002
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    Alien on ground in a scene from the film 'Men In Black II', 2002. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
  • "Signs," 2002
    Buena Vista Pictures
  • "Avatar," 2009
    Disney
  • "Arrival," 2016
    Paramount
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