In most cases, the aliens come here to kick our ass and take over earth, but in others they are benign, friendly, seeking to understand us and know us. To me those represent the finest such alien encounter films because they make the most sense. Why, with their vast intelligence, obviously vastly greater to ours, would they come here to destroy us? Why make themselves even known to us if they plan on killing us and wiping out humanity? Far more interesting is watching the two species figure out how to communicate, and seeing where things go from there. Last year’s magnificent Arrival (2016) was a stunning film about communication, about risk, about trust, superbly acted by Amy Adams. Steven Spielberg’s majestic and awe-inspiring Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) was perhaps the first truly intelligent film to deal with man’s contact with alien life.
That said there have been some exceptional films made about hostile aliens coming here to kill us. James Cameron merged the science fiction genre with both horror and war for his picture, Aliens (1986), the finest of the Alien franchise for Fox. Steven Spielberg brought a 9/11 allegory to his frightening War of the Worlds (2005), superb until the final scene. The more frightening the alien, the wilder the effects can be, and the director and editor have their work cut out for them, they must excel. Sadly most films of this ilk become action driven, mindless effects films with the connection of man-alien virtually forgotten. Below is the list of top movies about alien invasion and abduction ever. You can watch some of these best alien invasion movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Star Man (1984)
The film is carried on the performance of the great Jeff Bridges, an alien who takes the shape of a young man who has died recently, his cutting of hair all the creature needs to recreate. He becomes Scott, a perfect replica of the dead mad, which terrifies the widow more than you can imagine. But the more time she spends with him she realizes he is here in peace, benign even, though he does have a weapon with him and the power of resurrection. She falls in love with him, and when asked to describe love actress Karen Allen does the best scene of her career. Bridges was Oscar nominated for his performance, a braves bird like piece of acting in this lovely film directed by John Carpenter.
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9. The Abyss (1989)