Based on 17 votes and 4 reviews.
Compared to Aliens, the best by far of the franchise, Alien is one dimensional yet is nevertheless outstanding. It is a horror movie but unlike the trash that constitutes most of its genre this gem stands out. The suspense is as good as it gets and the story is well done. Only James Cameron could and did exceed this amazing film but I can't in good conscience give this a four star rating just to indicate that Aliens was better.
ALIENS has nothing on ALIEN.
this is just about the greatest scifi of all time and is exceeded only by the sequel Aliens