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The Best Alien Invasion Movies

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List RulesOnly 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?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular alien invasion movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these alien invasion movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good alien invasion movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    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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    The Thing

    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn 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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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

    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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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    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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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    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 Friedman...  more

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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

    Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton. Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor....  more

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    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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    They Live

    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    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 "Nada",...  more

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    The Abyss

    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1989

    Directed byJames Cameron

    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 sinks...  more

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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    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 team if...  more

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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The...  more

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah

    Released1956

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel, and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. The film was...  more

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    The Arrival

    Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    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

    Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman

    Released2011

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    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 amongst...  more

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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug Liman. A soldier (Tom Cruise) on the front lines of a civilization-ending alien threat finds himself...  more

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    The Faculty

    Salma Hayek, Usher

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    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 DuVall,...  more

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    Alien Nation

    James Caan, Terence Stamp

    Released1988

    Directed byGraham Baker

    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 of the...  more
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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds

    justin Chatwin, Gene Barry

    Released1953

    This film is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The film is a loose...  more

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    Battleship

    Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Battleship is a 2012 American military science fiction action film loosely inspired by the classic board game. The film was directed by Peter Berg and released by Universal Pictures. It was also the...  more

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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil...  more

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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

    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 human,...  more

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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

    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, Sarah...  more

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    The Andromeda Strain

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film...  more

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    The Thing from Another World

    James Arness, Paul Frees

    Released1951

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Christian Nyby

    The Thing from Another World is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction/horror film produced by Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, released by RKO Pictures, and directed by...  more

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    The Blob

    Erika Eleniak, Shawnee Smith

    Released1988

    Directed byChuck Russell

    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 Joe...  more

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