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I’ve been fascinated by UFOs and the thought of aliens visiting my entire life.
At the same time, I’ve been frustrated due to the grainy footage and often repeated stories about the Roswell incident. So I’ve resorted to watching sci-fi television shows and movies instead.
Speaking of which – remember to check out my list of the 70 best sci-fi movies of all time.
But since the article Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program in the New York Times was released December 16th, 2017, a lot of exciting new footage have emerged along with long with credible eye-witnesses.
So I’ve found myself deep in the UFO (or UAPs, i.e., Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, the official term now) rabbit hole again.
The recent UAP debate in mainstream media combined with my love for sci-fi movies led me to write the article How Accurate Is Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Really?
The idea for the article was triggered by an interview with the former leader of the Pentagon’s secret UFO program – AATIP – Luis ‘Lue’ Elizondo in GQ Magazine.
In the interview, Lue states that he finds Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind to be very close to what Lue knows about UAPs and that Spielberg must have had some insider feeding him information. So, of course, I went down the rabbit hole.
Below are what I think are the three best UFO documentaries you can watch online right now.
6. A Strange Harvest (1980)
The Emmy Award-winning documentary A Strange Harvest (1980) by investigative journalist Linda Moulton Howe isn’t about the nuts and bolts of UAPs per se but is still connected to the phenomenon.
A Strange Harvest is about the mysterious cattle mutilations that seem to be connected with people seeing strange orbs in the night sky.
The strange phenomenon of cattle mutilations is a world-wide phenomenon where parts of the animals are surgically removed with laser like precision and often without any blood trace – or they have been drained of blood completely.
No one has been able to crack this yet – not even the FBI who launched an investigation into the field in the 1970s.
It’s hard to come by these day, but you can sometimes find it used on Ebay on VHS or digitally on Dailymotion.
5. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)
Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers by Jeremy Corbell is an interesting movie about Bob Lazar and how he worked on understanding and reengineering alien technology from downed alien space crafts at Area 51.
Since 1989 he has kept telling the same story repeatedly, and apparently, he hasn’t made a dime from it. In fact, the whole thing seems like quite a nuisance to him, which only helps make his story more convincing.
His attention to detail and knowledge of things that have officially proven true years later makes his story very compelling.
However, things have surfaced, that puts small cracks in his story.
Fx, the mysterious hand scanner (the Identimat) that measured bone structure as a type of security at the site, was actually shown in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of The Third Kind in 1977, which is 12 years before Lazars initial interview (around the 0:14 mark):
There’s no doubt that Bob Lazar is a brilliant guy, and I honestly don’t know what to believe.
But whether you believe him or not, Bob Lazar is such an interesting profile and his story so compelling that it made the number 3 spot on this list.
Watch Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers here on Amazon Prime.
Bonus: Here’s the full interview with Lazar on the Joe Rogan Experience:
4. Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret (2017)
Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret from 2017 by director Michael Mazzola addresses how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly and systematically enforced – and why.
The movie addresses how the government and a top-secret military-industrial complex have kept the world in the black since the 1950s.
We also get to see UFO footage that up until the film’s release had never been shown anywhere else before.
The film is built around the research done by American ufologist Dr. Steven M. Greer and interviews and briefings with high-level people from the CIA, Pentagon, and government officials.
While I generally don’t always agree with Greer’s views, I still think this movie shines a light on some interesting covert aspects of what might actually have happened to the debris from Roswell, among other things.
Watch Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret here on Amazon Prime.
3. Out of the Blue (2003)
Out of the Blue (2003) is easily one of the best documentaries ever made – even today. It was directed by James Fox (which you’ll also find on top of this list) together with Tim Coleman and Boris Zubov.
The makers of the documentary do a really good job at curating the best footage of UFOs from 1960s and until the release of the film (one year before the Nimitz encounter).
It also only features a couple of those annoying reenactments and Peter Coyote does a great job a narrating the film.
2. The UFO Phenomeon (2021)
The UFO Phenomenon (2021) by Australian channel 7NEWS is an excellent documentary that also deals with UAPs in the skies of our Southern Hemisphere.
The documentary is brilliantly presented and researched by five-time Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist Ross Coulthart. And it’s beautifully filmed!
Thumbs up to the camera crew – what an amazing job guys!
You can watch the whole documentary for free above.
1. The Phenomenon (2020)
The Phenomenon by director James Fox is the best documentary film ever made on UFOs period!
If you only have time to watch a single documentary on UFOs this is it.
The producers behind The Phenomenon have done a great job at meticulously hand-picking the best footage, some unusual statements of disclosure from some VERY high-authority people, and some of the best and credible cases ever recorded.
It’s also nice to see that the producers have included lots of examples from all over the world. With UFO documentaries, you sometimes get the impression that this is a local US phenomenon.
But in this movie, we get to see cases from Russia, Europe, Zimbabwe, Australia, and South America and a few bits and pieces from Asia.
We also dive deep into the historic political cover-up of UFOs in the US and a discussion of what the implications might be.
There are a few “plot”-holes in the movie – fx where did Jacque Vallée retrieve the apparently alien metal samples from that we see in the movie? Why isn’t this addressed?
Despite the few flaws, this film just about removed the last bit of doubt I had about us being alone in the Universe and changed my mind from an “if we get to see aliens” to a question of “when we all get to see aliens.”
Watch The Phenomenon here on Amazon Prime.
What do you think?
What do you think? Are we alone in the universe? Or did I miss an important film? Let me know in the comment section below.
About the author:
Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He’s the owner of filmdaft.com and of the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.