Even back in the early days of the tentpole sequel business, there was no reason to expect the Alien sequel to turn out as well as it did. But James Cameron not only brought his blockbuster swagger to the game, he upped the stakes by playing to the hitherto unsuspected mama-bear potential of heroine Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and introducing banal corporate evil as a universal force as corrosive as any xenomorph’s acid blood. -LG

1986 James Cameron 1.85:1 Color DCP 137 min.