Aliens! – Best alien invasion films


You may not consider Disney’s Bolt (2008)to be chock-full of great one liners (Give it a shot, you will be surprised… put a pin in it!) But, one of the best lines from the film was from a pigeon who knew the answer to help a struggling  action television show out of a low point.  

Introduce…. ALIENS! Audiences love aliens.

The alien invasion of earth has been part of the cinematic universe from the beginning of film history. Since Netflix seems to have a different alien invasion occurring each week and the latest Terminator film on the horizon, a question that continues to be pushed forward, ‘Is something or someone out there?’ 

Before getting too existential with this question, the crack team at Reel Dialogue thought it what would be more fun is to consider the best alien invasion films. 

Whether you believe in extra-terrestrials is irrelevant, what is more important is to consider the what film best represents a potential alien invasion. 

Reel Dialogue has taken on this challenge and we have compiled what we think are the best alien invasion films. 

Or, the best training videos in case of an alien invasion… Whatever you want to believe!

The films are in no particular order, merely RD’s favourites alien invasion films. 

Reel Dialogue’s Ranking of the best alien invasion films 

Midnight Special (2016) 

The Avengers (2012)

Arrival (2016)

The Terminator (1984) and The Terminator: Judgement Day (1991)

Mars Needs Mums (2011) … Family favourite 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Men in Black (1997)

Independence Day (1996)

Superman II (1980)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Signs (2002)

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

District 9 (2009)

Predator (1987)

E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2012)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

There it is…Some are classics, some are merely personal favourites. 

See what you think of Reel Dialogue’s Ranking of alien invasion films and send us your thoughts and passion points for these films from another world.  

Enjoy the films and thank you for taking the time to read the reviews and rankings!

REEL DIALOGUE: What are some of the bigger questions to consider from this list? 

Utopian societies are not new to literature or the cinema, it has lead to a multitude of storylines. The name was first utilised in by Sir Thomas More in 1516, but the concept has been around since the beginning of time. 

Utopia can be defined as being an ideal place or any visionary system of political or social perfection.

Most films seem to convey that there is something better out there than life on earth. Which has led many fiction writers to continue to seek after this perfect society. Putting our faith in politics, education or religion, this pure existence seems to draw people into the latest cause or at least into the nearest cinema. 

Why? The answer can be found in the bookends of the biblical narrative and humanities existence on Earth. In Genesis and Revelation it shows that the world began perfect and there will be a time when it will be perfect again. The reason we seek after this ‘perfection’ is due to our existence between the bookends. While we wait for the world to return to this utopian state, it is worth considering how to enter into this perfect and eternal society. 

Passages to consider on the subject of utopian-like society: 

Genesis 1-3, The book of Revelation and John 3:16