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10,898 Ratings


Directed by James Cameron
United States, 1986
Sci-Fi, Action


After contact with a colony on a distant planet is lost, Lieutenant Ellen Ripley heads a mission to eradicate the extra-terrestrial lifeform that had previously terrorized her and killed her crew.

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Aliens Directed by James Cameron

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | 2 wins including: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

1987 | 5 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1987 | Winner: Best Special Visual Effects

1987 | 3 nominations including: Best Make Up Artist

Golden Globes (USA)

1987 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Thirty years hasn’t dimmed its feverishness. If anything, this intensity stands out now more than ever in the age of the weekly blockbuster that’s forgotten by the time one hits the bottom of the popcorn bucket. Aliens is an unhinged daydream of warfare, a film that’s either profoundly unselfconscious or incredibly open about the inconsistencies of its political implications. Or most likely both. In the tradition of all fetishists, Cameron serves the fetish above rational concerns.
July 19, 2016
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The film’s obsession with weapons, hardware, and machismo all scream the ’80s as well, in a decade that was heartily marked by all three of those qualities, both in movies and in the wider world. What Cameron adds to the table, in still-thrilling style, is just enough self-awareness to offer a female heroine that suggests a different path for the genre, one that would pave the way for the Jason Bournes and Imperator Furiosas of today.
July 18, 2016
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Maybe the best place to start with Aliens is its conceptual audacity. James Cameron made a sequel to one of the great modern horror movies, and turned it into an action film. In Alien, a single creature took out the crew of an entire space vessel, leaving just Ripley standing. Sequels by nature demand an upping of the ante, and multiple aliens perhaps naturally suggest a shift in emphasis from horror to action, but the degree to which Cameron veers in that direction is startling.
June 18, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Aliens

    Seen at the Aero in a tribute to Bill Paxton, who was invited to steal every scene he's in. It was a place to be—the crowd cheered every iconic moment. Cameron can make this kind of movie better, tighter, and more exhilirating than almost anyone, even if the movie means nothing. But I left convinced that Alien is the better film. Double bill them, and all that's unspoken and unsettling in part 1 will end up deflated.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Aliens

    This is actually the best mainstream Feminist film i've ever seen in my lifetime. It's all about mother, Ripley and Newt and it passes Bechdel with flying colors and there is female agency galore. Think what you want about Cameron as a male a director he's empowered women+ more female characters than most have: f a c t s. I consider this to be the Godfather II of the Alien Franchise. Motion before details <3

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Aliens

    Back to the wall, I couldn't tell you which I prefer, Ridley Scott's original or James Cameron's gung-ho action follow-up; they're two of the best genre films ever crafted. This viewing, I was really struck by Cameron's portrayal of Ripley's PTSD; there is something admirable about her quest to overcome the demons that plague her—I get the feeling she'd prefer death on LV-426 to a lifetime haunted by the Nostromo.

  • Z's rating of the film Aliens

    Firmly in my top ten films of all time. ALIENS has been a constant cultural companion since grade school. I had a beloved used copy on VHS that was on constant play/rewind in the old family VCR. Like George Romero's great zombie trilogy, this film forces the viewer to experience and consider a siege mentality. Cameron's film making prowess is on full display here as he crafts the seminal science fiction/action film.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Aliens

    Cameron's grasp of film craft is equally matched by his understanding of what viewers want from a "movie": story, suspense, exaltation. While Ridley's ALIEN is dark, sexy, space horror; Cameron's sequel is a rousing tale of high adventure, militaristic fetishizing and family bonding. There's a smoothness to it, how it subversively forges Ripley into the hero: at once a leader of men yet always feminine. A classic.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Aliens

    A noisy assemblage of hardware and gloop. The script is minimal - seemingly composed of contrived locker-room banter by unappealing soldiers - but it cuts a straight trajectory and knows exactly where it's going (back to the start in fact) navigated with gutsy confidence.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Aliens

    Damn, this is what a proper sequel should be like. It's like "Alien" on steroids: more fire power, bigger sets, more aliens and even Ripley grows in complexity: the motherhood plot shows us a more vulnerable side of the character but also makes her tougher and more fearless in order to protect Newt. The introduction of the Queen was a smart parallelism, and the longer special edition doesn't get boring for a second.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Aliens

    More and more, I realize that I am not a fan of "Aliens". But now, everything helps me hate it like I never thought I would. The franchise in all its reincarnations seems to just repeat the simple idea, "monsters hunting humans, kiling humans one by one" and adds nothing. the 2012 "Prometheus" was but a brief glimpse of hope (and not surprinsingly, true fans hated it). Alien: Covenant in 2017 went back to same ol'.

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