''The X-Files'' (unofficially, [[AscendedFanon and later officially]], known as ''The X-Files: Fight the Future'' after its tagline) is a 1998 ScienceFiction film based on the popular [[Series/TheXFiles TV series of the same name]]. Set between the fifth and sixth seasons of the series, it follows the adventures of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, a pair of FBI agents infamous among their peers for their investigation of cases that defy a rational or scientific explanation. After failing to stop what seems to be a terrorist bombing in Dallas, Texas, the agents are flung into another government conspiracy regarding the colonization of Earth by alien life forms. Mulder and Scully follow the usual labyrinth of paranormal clues and obtrusive bureaucracies, eventually reaching the Antarctic, where the biggest secret of all lies in store.

A second film, ''Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve'' (though a stand-alone story unconnected to the series' Myth Arc), came out in 2008.
!!''The X-Files: Fight the Future'' provides examples of:
* AdvertisedExtra: Armin Mueller-Stall, who appears in just two scenes.
* AlmostKiss: Mulder and Scully almost kiss in front of Mulder's apartment. It is interrupted when Scully is stung by a bee. An agonising moment for {{shipp|ing}}ers.
%% * AncientAstronauts
* BeeAfraid: A memorable scene traps the agents in a secret bunker filled with millions of these critters.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: People [[spoiler:infected with the alien virus]] get black eyes.
%% * BodyHorror: Of the [[spoiler:FaceFullOfAlienWingWong]] variety.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Dr. Kurtzweil [[spoiler:-- and he was right!]]
%% * ConspiracyThriller
* ChestBurster: What ultimately happens to someone infected by the Black Oil.
* DamselInDistress: Scully. It'll be Mulder's turn to hold the DistressBall in the second movie, though.
* {{Determinator}}: Mulder. He's always been one, but it's never been demonstrated more clearly than here.
* DontSaySuchStupidThings: Scully tells Mulder she's [[spoiler:leaving because all she's done is hold him back]]. His response is along these lines.
* DrowningMySorrows: Mulder gets depressed and gets migty drunk.
* EmergencyPresidentialAddress: Predicted by Dr. Kurtzweil as he's StoryboardingTheApocalypse.
* ExactWords: Scully asks agent Michaud whether he can disarm the bomb. He says, "Yes I can." [[spoiler:He never said he ''would''.]]
* ExternalCombustion: The Well-Manicured Man gets assassinated. His car had a bomb in it.
%%* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong
* FairyTaleMotifs: There's a subtle [[spoiler:Literature/SleepingBeauty[=/=]Literature/SnowWhite]] thing going on here -- [[spoiler:a woman in an enchanted sleep, locked in a glass coffin in a fortress guarded by monsters at the end of the world, awakened with [[TrueLovesKiss mouth to mouth]]...]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: Naturally.
* HeelFaceTurn: Having been established as one of the less evil members of TheConspiracy in the series proper, the Well-Manicured Man ends up going this way.
* HeldGaze: Before the Almost Kiss.
* HoldingHands: Scully and Mulder hold hands at the end of the movie after they assure each other that they will continue on their quest.
* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler:Happens to Scully, in the alien spacecraft at the south pole.]]
* InfoDump: You should probably watch the movie with a working knowledge of the show, but in case you're going in blind, an inebriated Mulder is happy to give us (and his bartender) an abridged history of the series in one of the film's most delightfully memorable scenes.
-->'''Mulder''': I'm the key figure in an on-going government charade, the plot to conceal the truth about the existence of extraterrestrials. It's a [[TheConspiracy global conspiracy]], actually, with key players in the highest levels of power, that reaches down into the lives of every man, woman, and child on this planet. So, of course, no one believes me. I'm an annoyance to my superiors, a joke to my peers. They call me Spooky. Spooky Mulder, whose sister was abducted by aliens when he was just a kid and who now chases after little green men with a badge and a gun, shouting to the heavens or to anyone who will listen that the fix is in, that the sky is falling and when it hits it's gonna be the shit-storm of all time.
* InformedSelfDiagnosis: It's [[BlackComedy simultaneously horrifying and hilarious]] listening to Scully describe her symptoms in precise medical terms as she [[spoiler:goes into anaphylactic shock]].
* IntimateHealing: Mulder saves Scully, who was infected with alien virus and transported by the government conspiracy to a secret space (which later turns out to be a spacecraft) on the south pole. She was naked and covered in some kind of alien goo, so Mulder got her dressed in some of his clothes. When they get out, Mulder is absolutelly exhaused and drops his head into the snow. Scully, also exhausted to death, somehow manages to roll her body over him. She cradles him in her lap and arms and tries to cover him from the freezing cold.
* KissOfLife: Apparently Chris Carter's intent was that [[spoiler:Mulder reviving Scully with CPR counted as a symbolic completion of the AlmostKiss earlier in the movie]]. [[ViewersAreGeniuses Very few people saw it that way before the DVD commentary explained it.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: "If I quit now, they win."
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler: That damn bee!]]
* MysteriousAntarctica: [[spoiler:It's home to a massive underground spaceship full of extraterrestrial tech and live humans being used to gestate alien monsters.]]
* OminousFloatingSpaceship: In the climax of the movie, it turns out that Scully was abducted on a spaceship that was located on te south pole. Mulder manages to save her. The spaceship then takes off, with lots of cracking and melting ice. Mulder watches the spaceship as it flies over them with a mix of awe, childlike wonder and happiness that he is proven right. Scully's face is turned down towards the snow, too tired to move.
-->'''Mulder:''' Scully, you gotta see this! Scully!
-->'''Scully:''' (barely a whisper) I see it.
* OutrunTheFireball: Well, outdrive it.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Mulder can't get his drink out of a vending machine, so he tries hitting and shaking it. Turns out the machine is unplugged -- because there's a bomb hidden inside it.
* PlotHole: How did Mulder and Scully [[spoiler:get back from Antarctica?]] This was pointed out by enough fans that it was later lampshaded and left deliberately unexplained in the series proper.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Mulder has 96 hours to [[spoiler:reach specific coordinates in Antarctica, find Scully and administer her with a vaccine against TheVirus]]. Go, Mulder!
* RealityIsUnrealistic: CGI is used to depict a swarm of bees because a real swarm of bees looked tame and unconvincing on camera.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: And [[spoiler:the Well-Manicured Man]] knew what the punishment would be the moment he opened his mouth.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: The FBI want to split Mulder and Scully up. They transfer Scully to the Salt Lake City field office, [[spoiler:prompting her resignation from the FBI]].
* RoaringRampageOfRescue: When Scully is kidnapped in an attempt to manipulate Mulder, little does the series Big Bad Syndicate know that Mulder is getting her back and will take out anything and anyone that stands in his way.
* SayMyName: Both Scully & Mulder yelling for each other in the cornfield.
* ShoutOut: See the [[ShoutOut/TheXFiles sub-page]] listing Shout Outs from the whole franchise.
* TakeAThirdOption: Will Mulder drive to the left or to the right? He will drive straight ahead through an unpaved road.
* TakeThat: There's a ''very'' unsubtle one aimed at ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Which is weird, because both movies ''are from the same studio.''
* TelevisionGeography:
** The Texas portions of the movie are not exactly accurate.
** Downtown Dallas looks nothing at all like downtown Los Angeles, where the Dallas portions of the movie were filmed.
** A suburban neighborhood within view of Dallas has a desert environment -- but the Dallas sprawl spreads out so far that the city is too distant to see from any rural area, and North Texas, especially near Dallas, is nearly all grassland, not desert.
** As Mulder and Scully drive away from Dallas following a mysterious train, the sun sets behind them. It makes a cool lighting effect, but if you drive east from Dallas you end up in Arkansas or Louisiana, not in West Texas or New Mexico as later scenes suggest.
* TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain: [[spoiler:Mulder gets shot in the head at point blank range. Apparently it only grazed his skull, because he's off to Antarctica to carry his partner out of a massive alien spacecraft on foot as soon as he wakes up.]]
* TitleDrop: "One man alone cannot fight the future." [[DramaticIrony Good thing he's got a partner, then.]]
* TheInfiltration: Mulder's intimidation and smugness tactic worked great on the wet-behind-the-ears recruit guarding the facility Mulder and Scully had to get into to investigate those dead, slimy bodies.
* TheTriple: Mulder's joke when he asks what to buy for drink.
-->'''Scully:''' You're buying.\\
'''Mulder:''' What? Coke, Pepsi, saline IV?
* TurnInYourBadge: The FBI tries to make Mulder and Scully quit the Bureau, making them [[TheScapegoat scapegoats]] for a situation where they were actually the heroes.
%%* {{Ultraterrestrials}}
* VengefulVendingMachine: Mulder goes to buy something to drink. He puts money in the machine, pushes a button, then next one, then all of them. He whacks the machine and then jiggles it angrily. He notices that the machine is not plugged and finds out that there is a bomb inside of it. The very bomb the FBI is looking for in another building.
%% * TheVirus: The Black Oil.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Krycek, a recurring villain in the series, was last seen (in the chronologically preceding episode, in fact) as the new personal minion of the Well-Manicured Man. The latter is a major player in this film, and even has a right-hand-man on call, but Krycek is mysteriously absent. A little peculiar, since more or less every other character of similar import in the series has at least a cameo in the film.
* WireDilemma: Set up when a bomb is discovered in a government building and an FBI agent remains behind to try to disarm it. However, we find out that he actually makes no attempt to disarm the bomb and intentionally lets it explode to preserve a government cover-up.