Poll: What’s the Best Alien Invasion Movie?

Alien Invasion Movies
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If there’s one thing that’s always fascinated mankind, it’s space, and just what could be “out there” — and what aliens might want from us.

That fascination has spurred countless alien invasion movies, including “Independence Day,” which sees its sequel, “Independence Day: Resurgence” debuting June 24. It’s only one of the extraterrestrials v. humans movies to hit theaters over the years.

What’s your favorite movie depicting aliens making their way to Earth? Did you appreciate “Men in Black’s” (which, like “Independence Day,” included Will Smith) light-hearted touch, or appreciate M. Night Shyamalan’s spooky spin with “Signs”? Note that every alien movie isn’t necessary an “alien Earth invasion” movie, hence why a classic like Ridley Scott’s “Alien” didn’t make the poll.

UPDATE: This poll has been closed, with “Independence Day” taking the top spot among alien invasion movies.

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  1. jazz says:

    there are so many brilliant ones from the 40’s and 50’s, but…i may just have to go with ‘V’ (the original version)…it was just so well done…

  2. Robert says:

    The Day the Earth Stood Still. (The original, not the remake.) It’s message is one that continues needing to be heard, and perhaps one day it will also be acted upon. A great film it is indeed.

  3. ECheung says:

    The original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” with Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. Nothing after (certainly not the remakes) even comes close to the tension generated by tight script, the striking B&W photography and shot compositions (n.b. the pool table scenes), the pace/rhythm (ever-rising), mood (darker and darker), etc. Another plus for the original: the artful underwriting of critical story elements that has been overdone in all the remakes, for instance, in overtly answering the question (in a specific and graphic way) of what happens to the original bodies after takeover, etc. The point was, is, and always will be: “film is metaphor” (M. Nichols, etal.), and in terms of generating fear, claustrophobia, and paranoia, a LITTLE information goes a long long way.

    • Bill B. says:

      I hadn’t thought of this one when I voted. You’re right on, but I have to say that the the 78 remake has its merits as well. All other versions pale in comparison to these two. I think Independence Day is a terrible, hokey piece of Hollywood crap in which stereotypes and typical cliches abound from start to its awful, ridiculous ending.

  4. Marci says:

    Definitely NOT that dump children’s cartoon lilo and snitch.

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