Originally Posted by frankotank
here's a good question. I have a hard time answering it.
which is the better movie? Alien or Aliens????
they are both so frigging AWESOME, yet they are so very very different. Alien is all about suspense and for the longest part of the movie imagination. Aliens is more in your face action. both have great story lines. part of me wants to go with Aliens because...it's just badass. but you just can't discount Alien, it too is badass, just in a different way. it's tough. push come to shove......I just can't decide.....
Back in my younger years, I would have definitively said that Aliens is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original. It's got so many great elements. Space marines, pulse rifles, great characters, suspense, hordes of xenomorphs, memorable quotes, etc. Clearly a better movie than Alien (which I had only seen once around 7th or 8th grade).
Then several years ago I went back and watched Alien again. Holy crap, that's a great movie. I don't know what my younger self was thinking. Even when you know all about xenomorphs, it's still extremely intense and suspenseful. The cinematography is beautiful, and the acting is top-notch (anything with both Ian Holm and John Hurt has to be good). One of the few sci-fi films from that era that holds up today.
I'd have to call it a draw.