To be honest, I’m terrified of space. Billionaires can go out and race in their rockets if they want, but I’m happy to stay on Earth, thanks. However! For the most part, I’ll always be a fan of space movies since they allow me to go into space and interact with aliens from the comfort of my couch. Even if you’re not a sci-fi fan, some of the best alien movies out there could change your mind and make you believe in extraterrestrial life. In other words, you may just as well opt out. Whatever. Keep an open mind?
There are a wide variety of alien movies out there, from comedies to action flicks to truly terrifying thrillers, and aliens don’t all look like E.T., unfortunately. In addition to ghost and zombie flicks, movies concerning alien invasions are often the scariest for me since, you know, aliens are real. Demi Lovato, an E.T. campaigner, can attest to this. The best new alien movies streaming right now, as well as some old favorites I couldn’t resist including—of course you don’t have to be a believer to appreciate them. With these sci-fi flicks, you’ll get to see UFOs, disastrous invasions, and a lot of Tom Cruise.
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
Radio DJ and switchboard operator in 1950s New Mexico try to find the source of a mysterious acoustic frequency that may be extraterrestrial in origin in The Vast Of Night. (Hint: It’s true.)
2. Rim of the World (2019)
Aliens are taking over their summer camp, and the globe, and four teenage misfits are entrusted with preventing them…and it’s all reminiscent of Stranger Things.
3. The Tomorrow War (2021)
Alien invasions in the near future are depicted in this sci-fi thriller starring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski and J. K. Simmons as soldiers and civilians sent into the future to battle invaders.
4. Extinction (2018)
It’s an action film about an engineer who is troubled by nightmares of an extraterrestrial invasion. When he visits a psychiatrist for aid, he meets another patient who has been experiencing similar nightmares. Their common visions have turned out to be a warning (*gulp*).
5. Spectral (2016)
Were U.S. soldiers deployed in Moldova killed by ghostly aliens? For the sake of saving the capital, of course, they take on and defeat the aliens.
6. A Quiet Place (2018)
Undoubtedly, A Quiet Place is an alien film, and the Death Angels are among cinema’s scariest extraterrestrial horror icons. Check out the sequel, A Quiet Place Part II.
7. Captive State (2019)
Residents of a Chicago neighborhood must determine whether or not to overturn an alien takeover that has lasted for ten years. In addition to that, did I mention that the cast for this film is quite impressive?
8. Dark Skies (2013)
In this supernatural horror film, Keri Russell plays Lacy, a real estate agent whose family is terrorized by a series of frightening incidents, all of which are, as you’ve already figured, caused by aliens.
9. The Darkest Hour (2011)
The Darkest Hour is not to be confused with the 2017 Winston Churchill film. It tells the story of five American strangers who are forced to band together to survive an alien onslaught while on vacation in Moscow.
10. Under the Skin (2014)
A predatory alien disguised as a beautiful lady tries to entice unsuspecting males into her van in this film, starring Scarlett Johansson. According to me, who can blame them??
11. Annihilation (2018)
Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist and former soldier attempting to discover what happened to her spouse in “Area X,” a secret U.S. territory where the laws of nature appear to have been suspended (because aliens, ofc).
12. Arrival (2016)
If you’ve ever wondered why Amy Adams didn’t win a Golden Globe for her role in Arrival, the answer is simple: she’s one of the best actors in the business.
13. Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
One by one, the world’s greatest cities are wiped off by an extraterrestrial invasion in Battle: Los Angeles – until just LA remains. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant and his battalion to save the world, so there’s no pressure!
14. Attack the Block (2011)
Attack the Block, starring John Boyega (as Finn from Star Wars) as a teenage gang leader who must protect his squad against aliens invading his South London housing estate, is a great movie for a good chuckle.
15. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Throughout Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise is unable to escape reliving the same alien war, as well as his gruesome death, but with each encounter, triumph seems closer. It’s like reliving the same day over and over again, except with extraterrestrials.
16. Oblivion (2013)
Tom Cruise’s Oblivion tells the story of a seasoned soldier who must combat a new extraterrestrial menace before he can flee to a distant colony in order to preserve the earth.
17. War of the Worlds (2005)
It’s time for the final Tom Cruise alien movie! For those of you who haven’t seen this one, it’s about a divorced dock worker trying to reconcile his kids with their mother after aliens invade Earth and begin destroying major cities.
18. Life (2017)
A six-person space team discovers the first signs of life on Mars, and lo and behold, that life is not friendly. starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds.
19. The World’s End (2013)
An extraterrestrial attack interrupts five friends’ attempt to complete an epic pub crawl that they began two decades earlier…and it’s a good one.
20. Cloverfield (2008)
Six pals in New York City are attempting to flee the gigantic extraterrestrial creature that is destroying their city in this found-footage film. The cast of The Cloverfield Paradox is worth watching even if you don’t like the film itself. 10 Cloverfield Lane, on the other hand, is excellent.
21. Super 8 (2011)
With Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney staring as a bunch of teenagers attempting a home-made zombie film in 1979 Ohio, this sci-fi thriller centres around their encounters with alien invaders. There’s a turn in the story!
22. Pacific Rim (2013)
Despite its absurd concept, this epic sci-fi film is a lot more enjoyable than you may expect. If you like Pacific Rim, you’ll love Pacific Rim: Uprising even more.
23. Ender’s Game (2013)
As a fan of Ender’s Game, I can’t deny my support for the film adaptation, despite its box office failure. It follows a talented youngster who is sent to space to prepare for an impending alien invasion.
24. District 9 (2009)
It’s been 30 years since aliens were discovered and caught in South Africa, and now one of the company’s field agents has become infected with a virus and is turning into an alien himself.
25. The Endless (2017)
An unexplained video message persuades two brothers to return to Camp Arcadia for the first time in 10 years in this sci-fi thriller, in which they had escaped from a rumored UFO death cult. The shivers will begin to flow.