People are going nuts over the trailer for the new Star Trek film by director J.J. Abrams.  (Set to release May 8, 2009.)  The inspired casting of Zachary Quinto (from Heroes) as Spock has been almost as buzzed about as the film itself.  Mr. Spock (originally played by Leonard Nimoy, who will reprise his role as the older Spock in the film) is one of the most beloved characters in Sci Fi and definitely the most beloved Vulcan.  One thing is for certain, we love our aliens.

In honor of Star Trek and Spock, I present to you the Top 10 Most Awesome Movie Aliens.  Because aliens are, like, cool and stuff.

10. Stitch from Lilo and Stitch (2002)

Ah yes, Experiment 626, a.k.a. Stitch, an alien who escapes lock-down and ends up in a Hawaiian dog pound.  This guy loves Elvis, can surf and is as cute as he is funny.  The film may be on the sappy side but Stitch is way cool.  What’s not to love?  Kowabunga, dude.

9.  Yautja from Predator Franchise (1987-2007)

This bad boy species is from the other side of the Milky Way and has been coming to Earth to hunt for who knows how long.  But, it doesn’t really matter where he’s from. This is one scary alien who can make himself invisible and has a vast knowledge of weaponry; not the kind-of guy you’d want to meet in a dark alley.

8. Frank the Pug from Men In Black Franchise (1997-2002)

Good ole’ Frank the Pug is actually a Remoolian disguised as a dog.  Frank appears in both of the Men In Black films as first an informant and then as an employee of the MIB agency.  Because pugs look like aliens anyway and because this pug rocks it, I think he’s the best extra-terrestrial in the franchise.  His rendition of “I Will Survive” (above) alone makes me want to throw him a bone.

7.  The Thermians from Galaxy Quest (1999)

This hilarious Star Trek spoof spotlights a race of aliens known as The Thermians who become obsessed with the television show Galaxy Quest, mistaking the episodes for “historical documents.”  Hilarity, of course, ensues.  The Thermians are a hysterical and strangely gullible race that speaks in a monotone, yet sing-songy voice you have to hear to believe.

6.  Chewbacca from Star Wars Franchise (1977-2008)

Chewbacca (Chewy), a pilot from the planet Kashyyyk, is from noble Wookiee lineage, don’t ya know?  Chewy is one of the most popular characters from the franchise, even though he only speaks in grunts and growls. Perhaps it’s because this Wookiee is noble and brave and might be the cuddliest alien ever.  (Take that, Alf.)

5.  Superman from Superman Franchise (1978-2006)

Superman, a.k.a. Kal El, is from the planet Krypton but was sent to Earth moments before his planet’s destruction.  He was raised on a farm as Clark Kent, a simple guy that prefers glasses to tights and a cape.  But, to the delight of humankind, he lets his alter-ego out sometimes. He can fly and he has super-human strength and all the jazz but he looks like a human.  A hot human.

4.  The Alien from Alien Franchise (1979-2007)

This lovely alien is a Xenomorph, a “parasitoid extraterrestrial species,” which basically means that this alien just wants to kill and have babies.  Well, actually they kill to have babies, as illustrated in the clip above.  Lovely!  One of the scariest monsters ever to appear onscreen and you barely even see them for much of the first film.  Fantastic scary alien fun!

3.  The Martians from Mars Attacks! (1996)

These little dudes are awesome and cute, with their big heads, crazy voices and death-ray guns.  Pretty much the quintessential aliens, the Martians deliver the camp and style you want with your invasion.  When they carved their bug-eyed faces into Mount Rushmore, I was in love.

2.  Spock from Star Trek Franchise (1966-now)

True, he’s only half alien (Vulcan, to be precise) but Spock is perhaps the most watched alien of all time.  On both the television series and in the Star Trek films, Spock steals the show with his pointed ears and logical nature.  Spock’s also got Vulcan skills like superhuman strength and mind-melding.  That’s hot.

1.  E.T. from E.T.:  The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. accidentally gets left behind when his spaceship has to motor.  But, this alien loves to party so he spends his time on Earth getting drunk off Coors, eating Reese’s Pieces and making bikes fly.  E.T. has other skills as well like moving objects and bringing plants back from the dead.  He even made his own cell phone out of a Speak & Spell!  Not a bad guy to have around.  E.T. rocks!

*Honorable Mention:  Coneheads, The Blob, and the hot chic from Species.  Oh, and Tyra Banks.

Who is your favorite alien life form?  Leave a comment and let us know who you think is out of this world.