Alien
1979
*****
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright

A claustrophobic horror film about a spaceship and its seven passengers who unwittingly pick up a deadly alien life form. Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic is a perfect fusion of atmosphere, suspense and design, and its story set the formula for three sequels (Aliens, Alien³ and Alien Resurrection), spin-offs and dozens of imitations.