With the release of Independence Day: Resurgence this week, we take a look at the best movies about pesky aliens trying to take over Earth (by the way, it rarely works out for them).
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
There have been several versions of this classic sci-fi story, starting with creepy 1956 original starring Kevin McCarthy (“They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next, You’re next…!”), but the 1978 version, with Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams, sticks with you because in that one, the alien people make a horrifying sound when they discover you haven’t been taken over by a pod person. Shiver.
One of director M. Night Shyamalan’s best thrillers – an alien invasion as seen through the eyes of a small family just recovering from a tragedy of their own. It’s scary and heartbreakingly poignant, all at the same time. But one has to wonder why an alien race would want to take over a planet that is mostly water when water kills them. Hmmm.
Edge of Tomorrow
This Groundhog Day-style actioner is tons of blow-up stuff fun, as a reluctant soldier (Tom Cruise) experiences a trippy alien invasion battle over and over and over again – until he can figure out how to best them. Oh, and the alien bug things are really terrifying.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Technically, these kindly “grey” aliens have no intention of stealing our planet away from us. They just want to mess with a couple of humans they deemed worthy, come down for a visit – and give back a few humans they’ve collected over the years.
This is a case in which a failed attempt to take over the planet means those aliens left stranded on Earth are herded into concentration camps. Not sure who is worse – the humans who treat them like dirt or the alien race who left them there to rot.
The World’s End
All these five British friends want to do is relive their glory days as young men and complete the epic pub crawl – except they unwittingly become humanity’s only hope for survival when aliens disguised as humans take over.
The original 1996 ID is really the quintessential big-budgeted alien invasion movie we all love. Those alien suckers cause mass destruction around the world, but we end up showing them whose boss.0