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Best: Alien (1979) Scott made a big impression with his feature debut, the period action drama The Duellists, but it was his sophomore film that really rocketed his career into the stratosphere and unexpectedly launched one of the defining sci-fi franchises of the past three decades. As much as we love James Cameron’s rock ‘em, sock ‘em follow-up Aliens, the original movie is a brilliantly sustained exercise in tension and mounting horror. Along with Jaws, it’s also the best example of how the scariest monsters are the ones you don’t see… at least until the closing minutes.
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Best: Alien (1979)
Scott made a big impression with his feature debut, the period action drama The Duellists, but it was his sophomore film that really rocketed his career into the stratosphere and unexpectedly launched one of the defining sci-fi franchises of the past three decades. As much as we love James Cameron’s rock ‘em, sock ‘em follow-up Aliens, the original movie is a brilliantly sustained exercise in tension and mounting horror. Along with Jaws, it’s also the best example of how the scariest monsters are the ones you don’t see… at least until the closing minutes.

Read more: Prometheus: Ridley Scott’s Best and Worst Movies