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List Rules Only movies that involve alien invasions.

A list of the best alien invasion movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This alien invasion movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about alien invasion are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about alien invasion you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous alien invasion movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these alien invasion movie titles for more information about the films.

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This list answers the questions, "What are the best alien invasion movies?" and "What is the greatest alien invasion movie of all time?"

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Lee Kirby added Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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Lee Kirby added Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a ...more

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Lee Kirby added Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more

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Lee Kirby added Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more

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Lee Kirby added Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more

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Lee Kirby added Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Chris Elliott The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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Lee Kirby added Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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Lee Kirby added Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Invasion Movies
Lee Kirby added Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese ...more

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Lee Kirby added Salma Hayek, Usher, Famke Janssen The Faculty is a 1998 science fiction horror film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Shawn Hatosy, Jordana Brewster, Clea ...more

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Muttley Dastardly added Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver The Arrival is a 1996 science fiction film directed by David Twohy and starring Charlie Sheen, and co-starring Lindsay Crouse, Ron Silver, Teri Polo, and Richard Schiff. Sheen stars as radio ...more

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Invasion Movies
Muttley Dastardly added Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

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Lee Kirby added Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith, Julie McCullough The Blob is a 1988 monster horror film written by Chuck Russell and Frank Darabont, and directed by Russell. It stars Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith, Donovan Leitch, Jeffrey DeMunn, Candy Clark and ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Invasion Movies
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Lee Kirby added Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action, is directed by Michael Bay, with ...more

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Lee Kirby added Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May, Peter Firth Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, based on Colin Wilson's 1976 novel, The Space Vampires. Featuring Steve ...more

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Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action-war film loosely inspired by the classic board game. The film was directed by Peter Berg and released by Universal Pictures. It was ...more

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ionporcu added Billy Zane, Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh Critters is a 1986 cult comedy horror science fiction film starring Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush and Scott Grimes. It was the directorial debut of Stephen Herek who ...more

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Muttley Dastardly added Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more

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slaft added Marg Helgenberger, Traci Lords, Jimmy Smits The Tommyknockers is a 1993 television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It was directed by John Power, and starred Marg Helgenberger and Jimmy Smits in the two ...more

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Tangy Tiger added James Caan, Terence Stamp, Mandy Patinkin Alien Nation is a 1988 American science fiction action film directed by Graham Baker. The ensemble cast features James Caan, Mandy Patinkin and Terence Stamp. The film depicts the assimilation ...more

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Lee Kirby added Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more

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mac1949 added Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. It is based on the novel of the same name by Raymond F. Jones which was originally published in the ...more

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mac1949 added Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is a 1956 American science fiction film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Charles H. Schneer and Sam Katzman, directed by Fred F. Sears, and starring Hugh Marlowe ...more

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Lee Kirby added Karen Black, Laraine Newman, Louise Fletcher Invaders from Mars is a 1986 science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from ...more

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TAHOKMUSIC added The Dream Catcher Joseph Arthur, Maurice Compte, Larry John Meyers The Dream Catcher is a 1999 independent drama film, directed by Edward Radtke. It is a road movie, telling the story of two boys on the road.

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punksnotdead added Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more

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Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Rhiannon Fish Occupation is a 2018 Australian action film directed by Luke Sparke. After a devastating ground invasion, a small group of town residents have to band together to survive their attackers and ...more

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Bootsdad added Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Malin Ă…kerman The Invasion is a 2007 science fiction thriller film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, with additional scenes written by The Wachowskis and directed by ...more

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Lee Kirby added Peter Jackson, Craig Smith, Pete O'Herne Bad Taste is a 1987 splatter science fiction horror comedy film directed, written, produced, photographed, co-edited by and co-starring Peter Jackson, who also made most of the makeup and ...more

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punksnotdead added Anne Carlisle, Jack Adalist, Bob Brady Liquid Sky is an independent American science fiction film. It debuted at the Montreal Film festival in August 1982 and was well received at several film festivals thereafter. It was produced ...more