For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
10,651 Ratings


Directed by James Cameron
United States, 1986
Horror, 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.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
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

Kinema Junpo Awards

1987 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film (Readers' Choice Award)

What are people saying?

  • Howard Orr's rating of the film Aliens

    Essentially a 'Nam movie in space, where concessions to a futuristic setting are surprisingly few (those stand collars on the suits never caught on, thank goodness) and the eerily sexual design of the first film have been lessened. But what we have is a Hollywood take on alien evisceration, an entertaining action movie with virtuoso effects. 3.5*

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • Dave's rating of the film Aliens

    Don't know why I waited so long to watch this, but I loved it. Prefer it over the original Alien and think this has to be the finest action-thriller of the 1980s. Cameron really makes madness and chaos of the whole situation come across from the first time the Marines head out. Probably the finest film of Cameron's career.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Aliens

    If the intial film started as a homage to the monster movie Aliens begins as a WWII style marines film. Gone is the sexual undertones replaced by a rip roaring feminist action movie. Weaver's oscar nominated performance here is just magnificient. This was Cameron's first taste of a real budget and every penny showed on screen. Great performances, great effects and oh yes ...."get away from her you bitch!"

Related films