Stephen Hawking is right. Alien visitors to Earth would likely be hostile. But that shouldn't stop us from fantasizing about the alternative. Who doesn't like to dream of a day when extraterrestrials arrive and only want to communicate, provide us with renewable energy alternatives, and be our best friends.

Instead, we tend to get movies about nasty, ugly, lethal aliens, especially because they better represent our fears in times of red scares and terrorist threats. Even the new movie "The Host" is about an alien race claiming to be peace-loving, while taking over human bodies in order to defeat our planet.

In response, we'd like to spotlight a number of legitimately peaceful aliens, most of whom are unsurprisingly from the fantastically Spielbergian 1980s.

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