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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?"

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    The Thing
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Independence Day
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Signs
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    War of the Worlds
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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    100

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

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  • 7
    They Live
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Mars Attacks!
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    Mars Attacks!

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson

    Released1996

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 9
    The Abyss
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    The Avengers
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 11
    Men in Black
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

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  • 12
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Edge of Tomorrow
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    The Arrival
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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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Thor
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds
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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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Alien Nation
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Faculty
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Transformers
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 20
    Battleship
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Superman II
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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

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  • 22
    Man of Steel
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    The Blob
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Thing from Another World
    40
    14

    The Thing from Another World

    James Arness, Paul Frees

    Released1951

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Christian Nyby

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    The Andromeda Strain
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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