1979 / d. Ridley Scott
Bleak and claustrophobic sci-fi/horror that owes much of its memorability to the concept art of the legendary H.R. Giger. When the crew of the ship Nostromo receives a mysterious S.O.S., they travel down to the planet to investigate — ultimately setting in motion a horrifying series of events that has them fighting for their very survival. Tight cinematography, well designed sets, and director Scott’s genuine knack for effective filmmaking come together in making what has become a genre classic. Followed by the equally excellent — if not arguably better — ALIENS, and additional sequels of varying quality.