The Fantasy Review‘s beginner’s guide to the Alien Franchise.
The Alien franchise is a series of science fiction horror movies that began in 1979 with the release of the first movie, Alien. Since then, the franchise has grown to include multiple sequels, prequels, and crossover movies (Alien vs. Predator). The movies follow Ellen Ripley and her battles against the hostile aliens.
Which Movies to Watch First
If you’re new to the Alien franchise, it’d recommend that you watch the movies in release date order. This will allow you to follow the story as it was originally intended and see the evolution of the franchise, the lore of the aliens, and the character development of Ripley over time.
Movies (Release Date Order)
Here is a list of the Alien movies in release date order:
- Alien (1979)
- Aliens (1986)
- Alien 3 (1992)
- Alien Resurrection (1997)
- Alien vs. Predator (2004)
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
- Prometheus (2012)
- Alien: Covenant (2017)