Movie buffs love to watch invasion movies that have a soft touch of horror and science fiction. So I have compiled an updated list of the best invasion movies of all time, ranking them from worst to the best.
For the movies to be qualified for ranking, aliens have to be the central point of each movie. Therefore, here are the best invasion movies, ranking from worst to best.
50. Vast of Night (2019)
Although Vast of Night isn’t a horror picture, it’s just as disturbing as the finest in the genre. In my perspective, the most horrifying thing in the world is neither wicked nor violent. However, in my opinion, such risks are frequently quantified and avoided.
The most endearing cliché is the most typical occurrence in the film: a character remarking, “There’s something in the sky.” It’s a cliché, to be sure; the same sentence has been said so many times. Nonetheless, it filled me with awe and enthusiasm.
The first few scenes of this movie show the characters having fun together, pretty captivating, isn’t it!
49. Starman (1984)
Starman is a love story. Here, an alien that comes to earth to do research encounters Karen Allen, and a cross-country chase unfolds.
But the chase, the alien cloning, the humor throughout the film, or the end outcome, which led to the subsequent TV series, are not the critical points of this picture for me.
The writing by Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon is the most surprising aspect of Starman. They can strip a ridiculous story of everything that makes it laughable and turn it into something fresh, clever, and heartfelt.
48. Gandahar (1987)
The animals and people in Gandahar are incredible, and the conclusion will wow you. However, in my opinion, true science fiction enthusiasts should disregard Leonard Maltin’s review and rent this film instead!
The animation is fantastic and detailed and everything is absolutely in place to convey the story.
Nevertheless, Asimov’s hand can be seen not just in the novel but also in the film adaptation, which is true to his depiction of life. So it’s worth watching a couple of times.
It does not address the audience as a youngster or an adult. However, if you enjoy serious science fiction, you will enjoy this flick.
47. The Brother From Another Planet (1984)
“The Brother From Another Planet” is a fantastic picture. This is because the film beneath its hip and sardonic exterior weaves together its many themes into a seamless and unique fantasy/parable.
I suggest this cult masterpiece from the mid-80s, which deserved a broader audience at the time and still does.
This is a unique black comedy that is full of social critique and racism. Clearly, this is worth your time to watch, and you will find yourself quoting lines from it later. This will occur when you’re conversing with some friends from your block.
46. Men in Black (1997)
Aside from the excellent effects, humor, and great writing, the contrast between Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith is what makes this film stand out.
Jones is the more dispassionate, intelligent, and wiser, while Smith is the younger and more energetic.
These “Men In Black” are on a quest to save the planet from a horrifying bug infestation. This is a science fiction film that should not be overlooked.
Some of the death sequences may be too graphic for kids, but once they mature, it’ll undoubtedly become one of their favorite films.
45. Time Masters (1995)
The conclusion is too abrupt; it felt rushed, as if the directors had not completed the story correctly. However, “Time Masters” is also worth watching due to its inventiveness and concepts.
The entire animation looks polished, and while the character designs were nothing special or unique, the visuals were stunning and detailed in the classic French style.
Another issue is the film’s overall entertainment value, low because the structure and editing are sometimes slow and meandering.
Time Masters isn’t the best of French animation, the humor is tossed in unnecessarily, but the animation is terrific.
44. From Beyond (1986)
The premise of this film is excellent because it delves far into the unknown, which, as we all know, is what makes horror so terrifying.
This film is further enhanced by the fact that once the horror begins, it does not stop. However, this is always a good thing in a horror film because no one enjoys waiting for the following terrifying scenario to appear.
The plot is implausible, which is typical of most horror films. Nevertheless, it is realistic because there is some explanation for the machine’s purpose, which is a credit to the film.
43. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
I was not expecting this film to be as fantastic as it was. Though I was a great fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, I also believe it is one of the best MCU films. Nevertheless, this one is simply superior in almost every way.
The plot is well-organized, and the pace is excellent. Also, the film delves further into its characters than the previous one. A significant topic is a fight to find a place where you belong, and every central character has issues with this. A must-watch!
42. Attack the Block (2011)
I find this film to be pretty engaging and even humorous. It’s not your typical horror or alien invasion film. However, unlike most horror films, it has a happy ending, and the plot is unique.
In addition, it features superb actors performing in an environment that many of us are unfamiliar with.
If you love listening to rap music, you’ll enjoy the soundtrack as well. Also, all of the actors, especially the lead actress, performed a fantastic job. Thankfully, I could see it with subtitles because I have trouble understanding “hood” lingo.
Why don’t you check it out?
41. The World’s End (2013)
All of the actors are not only fantastic, but they also develop multi-dimensional characters. Nevertheless, I care about them and sincerely hope they will survive all of the mayhem, horror and fear.
For lovers of classic sci-fi films in general, this is a must-see. Although the jokes and mayhem are a little filthy, the R-rating excludes nudity. The humor is deadpan at times, so if you’re not a fan of British comedy, you might want to rent this one instead.
Otherwise, I am confident that you will enjoy this film. So, do yourself some good by checking it out this weekend.
40. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
This film has it all: drama, action, significant effects, and more.
The director made a great effort to keep you guessing, such as hiding the villain in the background of the light and other such details.
The special effects in this film are typically sound, and the fight sequences are just as good. In addition, there are several in-line jokes, which adds to the feeling of intimacy between the characters.
The movie ends on a sad note, with a tearful farewell to the enterprise crew and precise handling of the torch to the new crew.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a fantastic film that you must see!
39. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
“Star Trek: First Contact” is one of the best of the eight “Star Trek” films, with one of the best technical credits and one of the most inventive plots.
I’d put it up there with “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), in which the humpback whale’s song decided the fate of the planet.
This is a good film. However, it is somewhat frightening. There is a lot of fighting and a man who frequently and irresponsibly consumes alcohol.
38. The Abyss (1989)
It’s a fantastic undersea adventure. Go no further if you’re looking for a negative word regarding this fascinating and emotionally draining film. The Abyss establishes James Cameron as a master director.
This movie is a must-see for fans of the genre and its exceptional suspense handling. The undersea sci-fi epic, which follows a group of commercial drillers who discovered a deep-sea extra-terrestrial society, is far from a flop. It grossed more money than The Terminator and came close to matching the box office success of Aliens.
37. The Hidden (1987)
The picture itself is an incredible genre pastiche array, serving as a tremendous buddy-cop action film, a fun sci-fi film, and a creepy creature feature simultaneously!
It features a well-balanced mix of thrilling automobile chases, violent shoot-outs, massive explosions, and slimy, writhing aliens, all executed practically! Overall, it’s a fantastic romp that you should check out!
‘The Hidden’ mostly comes across as a police action film rather than a science fiction thriller, which may hamper the film’s chances.
As a nasty shooter, it doesn’t hold up very well. Despite this, the film moves quickly, with little time spent on motivations or explanations.
36. Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)
A group of space explorers embarks on an ostensibly eternal trip to a new planet in the film.
They come across numerous traps and perils along the route; however, the movie falters miserably about the work of external effects. The spacecraft models are too small to be detailed, and they appear to be propelled through space by dark-colored string.
As a result, the changes from indoor to external shots are abrupt.
Overall, it is a classic. Spaceship and space lovers would love to check this out.
35. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
There isn’t a single dull moment in “10 Cloverfield Lane.” But, unfortunately, even the more tranquil moments carry an unnerving sense of impending doom and despair.
This gripping film is about the dread of the unknown vs the known, and it’s like a performance-enhancing drug-fueled version of “The Twilight Zone.”
One of the most appealing aspects of 10 Cloverfield Lane is that the audience has no idea what to expect coming into the picture.
10 Cloverfield Lane is a film that you should see as soon as possible. Accept that you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into, and enjoy the ride because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
34. Save the Green Planet (2013)
The picture alternates between raunchy humor, suspense, terror, and melancholy, at times all in the same shot. It’s remarkable.
Save the Green Planet may appear to be a sardonic, jet-black comedy, and it succeeds well on that level. But at its heart, it’s a heartfelt plea for the earth’s preservation.
It may make you sick, but you’ll never be bored on this roller-coaster ride.
Unlike almost every other American action film, this one understands maintaining momentum without compromising mental or emotional obstacles.
33. Treasure Planet (2002)
It’s a fantastic Disney sci-fi film based on one of our time’s most famous masterpieces. This is without a doubt one of the best films I’ve ever watched! Treasure Planet, based on the masterfully constructed classic Treasure Island, soars in as a future retelling of the story.
Treasure Planet has a lot of interesting information, even if the characterizations aren’t as strong as they should be.
In your spare time, you should probably have a look at it.
Treasure Planet was so expensive to produce that it would have been a financial loss for Disney even if it had been a success.
32. Annihilation (2018)
It’s a little sluggish to get going and a little confusing at first, but I highly suggest it. The combination of stunning aesthetics and terrifying animals makes for an unforgettable experience.
Because of the violence, gruesome visuals, language, and some sexuality, Annihilation is rated R. The depiction of violent deeds in realistic detail, complete with blood and tissue damage, is rather disturbing.
I would not recommend taking young children to see this film. Aside from the blood and violence, the film is pretty unsettling at points. It may appeal to older teenagers, but they should know that it is not a shoot-’em-up action flick.
31. Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek 2009 is everything a modern Star Wars or science fiction film should and must be.
I wasn’t expecting much because Nemesis and Insurrection weren’t all that fantastic, but I was delighted when I watched the theatrical trailer for this film; it was just so cool and slick.
After that, I finally saw the movie, and it was fantastic.
The special effects are still impressive, and the action is fantastic. Overall, Star Trek 09 is one of the franchise’s best films. You should probably check it out next weekend.
30. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
“Star Trek IV” gives a heroine instead of a single human villain as a counterbalance. As a result, the ease with which the cast interacts is unusual.
The film contains several significant action moments, but they aren’t the highlights; the “Star Trek” franchise has always relied on human interaction and thoughtful, cause-oriented themes.
What occurs in San Francisco is incomparably more interesting than what happens in space. Additionally, despite its improbable and convoluted plot, this film is the most elegant and gratifying “Star Trek” film yet. As a result, the franchise has formed a very loyal fanbase.
29. Galaxy Quest (1999)
Galaxy Quest is a famous sci-fi film that parodies the genre while also respecting Star Trek aficionados. It is a hidden gem, but it’s a science-fiction comedy film that’s worth seeing for newcomers to the Anime world.
Galaxy Quest’s attitude to fandom is arguably the biggest reason for the film’s success with fans.
This film came out long before geek culture, and Comic-Con became mainstream, long before Game of Thrones and superheroes became commonplace.
It’s a warm, attractive comedy with well-developed characters and humor that range from witty to slapstick. Its family entertainment is hilarious, fast, humorous, and new.
28. Dark City (1998)
Alex Proyas’ film Dark City is a magnificent visionary feat, a film that is both innovative and fascinating.
Rather than a tale, it is a triumph of art direction, set design, cinematography, special effects, and imagination.
When the clock’s hands reach 12 in “Dark City,” all human memories are re-created. The phrase “midnight” is used; however, the term is misleading because there is no noon.
This is not only a lovely film, but it’s also a generous one, with a lot of depth, imagination, and more elements than are needed to tell the story.
27. Starship Troopers (1997)
The most violent kids film ever filmed is Starship Troopers. Not to be disparaging, but to be accurate, I refer to it as a kiddie film: It is aimed towards 11-year-old science-fiction lovers in terms of action, characters, and ideals.
As a result, it is authentic to its source. It’s based on Robert A. Heinlein’s juvenile fiction. Special effects are used extensively in the action sequences.
However, exhilaration and pure entertainment are both missing. Unlike the “Star Wars” films, which embraced brilliant comic creativity, “Starship Troopers” fails to connect with the audience. Instead, it’s a one-dimensional experience.
26. The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers has everything you desire in a team-up superhero film, from spectacular action sequences to great characters.
The combat choreography was fantastic, not because of John Wick-style action sequences, but because it was simply a lot of fun.
One of my favorite aspects of this film is the sense of impending doom and dread; it truly feels as if anything may happen at any time due to excellent writing and performance.
Another thing I admire is how nicely the characters interact with one another and are managed.
25. Under the Skin (2013)
This film contains a significant amount of uncertainty. It’s not for you if you don’t like to sort things out for yourself or interpret a story on your own. That is not an insult but rather a suggestion.
Under the Skin was a show that I thoroughly enjoyed, apparently more than the typical viewer.
Many people will say it’s boring, but I believe each scene has significant development or symbolism that aids our comprehension of the entire story.
Even when the characters aren’t saying much, the seductive song and stunning camerawork/setting generate a FEELING for the viewer, which (in my opinion) is more vital than dialogue.
24. The Fifth Element (1997)
This is one of the greatest films ever made. I can’t think of a single thing I’d criticize about it.
The futuristic environment is realistic and appears to be feasible, but the casting, comedy, story, and, most importantly, the characters are all outstanding.
This film is seldom overplayed on television, which I believe is because everyone knows it’s a cult classic. However, the amount of thought and detail that went into every aspect of this film is incredible.
I adore this film and, despite being a critical person, I adore it because it has no flaws.
23. A Quiet Place (2018)
Many horror films have been made throughout the years, but “A Quiet Place” found a way to stand out: a film with almost no language, making it a silent film with sound effects.
It’s one of the most imaginative and beautifully produced and acted horror movies I’ve seen. I believe the family issue at its core is the fundamental reason for its potency.
A Quiet Place is a picture that will appeal to horror enthusiasts.
22. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
I don’t think I’ve ever liked a film as much as I did this one.
The time loop notion was fascinating, and it occasionally turned into something unexpectedly amusing. The picture excels when Tom Cruise begins as a terrified man and gradually changes into a fierce action hero.
Every time he tries and fails, you feel bad for him! There’s an underlying theme of never giving up, conveyed through the film’s superb action moments. Hey, if you’re a Tom Cruise Fan, do well to check this one out!
21. Repo Man (1984)
Repo Man is a 1984 American science fiction black comedy film.
“Repo Man” is one of those films that manages to slip through the gaps and provide us with a bit of strange entertainment.
It’s the first film I’m aware of that mixes (one) punk kids, (two) auto repossessors, and (three) extra-terrestrials. This is the kind of film that perplexes Hollywood because it isn’t based on any established formula or adheres to any set of rules.
The film contains numerous running gags, the best of which concerns generic food labels, of all things. It is an excellent movie to check out ASAP.
20. They Live (1988)
This is one of those unique 1980s events that I wish I’d known about years ago. For a variety of reasons, it’s a sci-fi cult classic. The best way to approach it was to go into it with no expectations.
The plot progresses reasonably and consistently, gradually disclosing its secrets in a logical and well-paced manner.
The cast is good, and there’s just enough 80s cheese to make you laugh out loud. But, in a way I’ll never forget, the man-on-man fight was gritty to the core. It felt like an eternity had gone.
19. District 9 (2009)
District 9 is a one-of-a-kind sci-fi film that should not be overlooked. This isn’t a film for everyone, though. It’s brutal, and some scenes will make you shudder. Will children enjoy it? It’s rated R for its graphic violence and strong profanity.
Much of the plot revolves around a private security firm’s obsession with discovering the secret of alien weapons that humans cannot operate.
Surprisingly, none of these weapons appears to be superior to those used by humans, and the aliens don’t seem to employ them very well in their defense. It’s a pretty movie anyway.
18. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
This terrifying Sci-Fi film features a dramatic storyline based on Jack Finney’s novel “Body Snatchers” that is genuinely frightening. However, it’s full of creepy and lovely turns and twists.
There is a lack of visual impact that many people are accustomed to nowadays, but consider the historical context and consequences; in other words, use your imagination!
Then you’ll understand why studio officials were so terrified of the film that Don Siegel was obliged to include an opening and outro to help soften the overall impression.
Although it wasn’t the best play in the world, the film is a wonderful chiller classic.
17. Predator (1987)
This picture is an excellent blend of action, science fiction, and horror, with plenty of scares for macho action fans.
The film’s first half contains some of the best action scenes ever shot in the 1980s, but it’s also notable for how smoothly it transitions into full-fledged horror without losing a beat or feeling like two films in one.
I feel it is one of the best science fiction films ever made. Predator is a thrilling action/horror film. The acting in “Predator” is excellent, with “Arnold Schwarzenegger” giving his all in every role.
16. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
This is an underappreciated remake. Of course, it’s not quite as good as the original, but it’s a lot better than most people think.
Yes, some CGI isn’t up to par, and there are some blundering character decisions and logical flaws. Still, overall, this is a lively, enjoyable recreation that nails the intensity.
It is a classic extra-terrestrial contact thriller that is both suspenseful and intellectual.
Despite some gory and disturbing scenes in the film, it remains a masterpiece that you should see.
15. Man Facing Southeast (1986)
This is one of the best science fiction films ever made because it blurs genre and realism. It deals with human emotions, is incredibly poetic, beautiful to look at, and simple to comprehend.
It is my opinion that it is pretty sluggish, but it is well worth your time. Aside from that, the acting is excellent, and the pace, albeit sluggish, is relentless.
The plot does not have a clear conclusion. That is precisely the point. You must think for yourself, and the story is quite thought-provoking. The core theme, in my opinion, is a meditation on thinking and defining reality.
14. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Extraterrestrials are an incredibly unique film.
While most films generate tension by carefully laying out exposition so that viewers have to do as little thinking as possible, this movie accomplishes the exact opposite.
The aliens are so enigmatic and odd that they evoke a childlike sense of awe and terror at the unknown.
The entire film is about a man’s fascination with something he couldn’t explain and how it tore his life apart.
Cutting from family drama to a scientist trying to figure out what’s going on is so well done.
It is engaging and interesting, as such you should find time to see it.
13. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Marvel Comics Guardians of the Galaxy is aimed at older teenagers and adult science fiction movie fans.
The M rating for the film is appropriate. However, it does contain numerous violent and distressing moments and frightening characters, making it unsuitable for minors.
Guardians of the Galaxy was the first full-fledged comedy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since the wacky bunch of misfits has been making fans of the franchise giggle.
Even though every Marvel film is now a full-fledged comedy, the Guardians remain the MCU’s funniest characters. It’s a must-watch.
12. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)
The word “fun” is insufficient to characterize this flick. The film’s cheerful music and pure camp mood are brilliantly complemented by a stellar ensemble, resulting in something sublime that transcends convention.
This is, in my view, one of the most original films ever made! It has everything: science fiction, drama (albeit over-the-top), sex, and fantastic music.
Though the sex could sound offensive to minors, it is not in any way overboard.
11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
I have to admit that this film is an incredible masterpiece, but I will always be haunted by the film’s horrible climax. Because, despite its horror, it compelled the audience to become more enthralled with the film.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys scary movies yet isn’t frightened to see what science fiction can do.
The spectacular effects are extraordinary. In addition, they are genuinely biological in that they represent frantic plant life.
Due to its paranoia-driven subject matter and scary dosage of social satire, the magnificent effects are odd.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the most beloved sci-fi horrors out there today.
10. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is a beautiful film thanks to its intended simplicity. The story of a little kid who befriends an alien creature stays true to a child’s perspective of the world, avoiding straying too far into adult territory.
The director avoided overt action scenes by basing the extra-terrestrial on an imaginary childhood companion. Also, he/she provides plenty of room for development for his ensemble of kid performers.
Spielberg’s blend of strange supernatural occurrences and suburbia normality resulted in a picture that is universally adored. The employment of enigmatic cinematic elements creates a fascinating sense of ambiguity and possibilities.
9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Khan’s vengeance campaign against Kirk and the Enterprise crew provided the perfect setting for several exciting combat scenes. The film combined all of the best components of submarine epics and set them in space.
Star Trek vs Star Wars: What’s the Difference?
Star Trek is the better of the two since it is based in “our” galaxy and hence more relatable to viewers, whereas Star Wars is set in a different world.
This is one of the Trek series you need to watch
8. Interstellar: The Story of the Secret Star System (2003)
It was a lot of fun for me. I had never watched much anime before seeing this, but the animation is fantastic.
The music is fantastic! I had never heard of the film before, but I was drawn to it as my appreciation for Daft Punk’s music grew. Even people who aren’t great lovers of anime will like this film.
Before seeing this movie, I had never heard of Daft Punk. Even though I only learned about them after they disbanded, I thoroughly loved the film.
It told the story nicely without using any words (apart from the music lyrics), and the plot was simple to follow.
7. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Even though the final two Avengers movies venture into darker territory—such as the end of the world—the filmmakers never lose sight. Their eyes are always on dishing out excellent entertainment; these things are supposed to be entertaining.
Endgame is also frequently humorous, thanks to the powers and timing of its cast.
It’s incredibly fascinating that Thanos is depicted as a powerful yet flawed, ferocious yet merciful, resolute yet emotionally tired individual. This is a film that you should see this weekend.
6. Fantastic Planet (1973)
This is a fantastic flick. The odd, dream-like animation is fascinating to behold, and the tale is compelling and thought-provoking.
However, I do not believe this film addresses racism. Instead, I feel it is an investigation into how humans treat animals.
Keep in mind that the film’s sexual aspects are portrayed in a bizarre, otherworldly way that they appear almost scientific. Also, they are displayed like a nature documentary or something similar.
Overall, it’s a pretty good movie to check out this weekend.
5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
I can remember that I watched this film a few months ago. It is a fantastic movie. Also, The plot is interesting, and everyone did an excellent job in their respective roles.
Thanos, in particular, is quite powerful. It’s incredible how he handled every Avenger.
Awesome film! It is not to be missed. Go to a movie theater to see it.
The amazing thing about Infinity War’s action-driven storyline is the idea that the heroes are only postponing an inevitable tragedy with no hope of stopping it makes the movie feel like a third act – it felt like the MCU’s conclusion.
4. Arrival (2016)
Arrival isn’t your regular extra-terrestrial film; it’s so much better. This is a film about how language has an impact on how you think and live your life.
There are some pretty unpleasant images in this film. However, it’s a fantastic twist on the “first meeting” genre, as well as the “femme fatal” stereotype. Although the plot isn’t entirely obvious, it’s worth watching to see what happens next.
It’s a sublime viewing experience that reaches under the skin and into the heart, as it turns out to be far more focused on humans than on alien visitors. Thus, making it a must-see!
3. The Thing (1982)
“The Thing” is a masterpiece by John Carpenter and one of the best vintage horror films ever made! This is a timeless film. “
The Thing, directed by John Carpenter, is one of the most enjoyable horror films ever created, being fast-paced, innovative, and thrilling from beginning to end. It’s one of my all-time favorite horror films.
I recommend watching The Thing (2011) first, followed by The Thing (2012).
This depicts the events in chronological sequence, so if you’re going to watch more than once, you might as well start with the Prequel.
2. Alien (1979)
Alien’s exquisite pace is what makes it a horror film masterpiece.
Alien’s greatest strength is its synchronization of sound and images, as well as its meticulous attention to detail. Furthermore, Alien has an unsettling aura straight from the start.
We’re introduced to a crew that isn’t exactly friendly with one another, to say nothing of the ship.
The way the characters are written is highly appealing to me. They aren’t Hollywood heroes, and there isn’t even a hero.
They’re merely individuals, which makes them much more vulnerable. All of the performances are equally authentic and deliver on their promises
1. Aliens (1986)
The commercials for “Aliens” claim that it will terrify you as few other films have, and for once, the ads aren’t lying.
The film provides just enough background information to establish the characters and explain the situation. Then the actions begin.
The colony has been invaded by aliens, except for one brave little girl (Carrie Henn) who has managed to hide in the air ducts.
I’m not sure how else to put this: I was saddened by the film. It gave me a feeling of unease, disquiet, and anxiety.
I walked outdoors, not wanting to speak to anyone. I was utterly spent. I’m not sure if “Aliens” qualifies as entertainment.