I love a good alien movie, and I am a huge fan of the classics – Alien, Predator, Stargate, Mars Attacks. But now that I’ve watched them all about 20 times each, I do have a craving for something new, especially something that is more than just a remake of something I have already seen. To that end I have put together a list of the 10 best Alien movies to come out in the last five years. If you are a fan too, update your library with these quality new takes on the classic genre.
The 5th Wave (2016)
IMDB Score 5.2/10
A film that will appeal to younger audiences that are a fan of its star Chloe Grace Moretz, it is set in a future where the Earth has been devastated by four waves of alien attacks. Cassie (Moretz) is making her way through the torn world with her younger brother, but how will things change as the fifth attack begins to take force.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
IMDB Score 7.2/10
This is a monster movie meets psychological thriller. A young woman, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, wakes up and finds herself a prisoner in the apartment of a man that is clearly on edge, played by John Goodman. It becomes clear that he will do anything to keep her there, he says for her own protection But, is there really a threat out there?
Ad Astra (2019)
IMDB Score 7.9/10
Brad Pitt stars in this quasi one man show as an astronaut determined to discover why his father’s mission to find extraterrestrial life on Neptune was a failure. It has been credited with showing some of the most realistic depictions of space travel ever, but without being long and dull (which let’s admit it, that is most of the trip).
Alien: Covenant (2017)
IMDB Score 6.4/10
Just because Alien is a classic does not mean that Alien: Covenant isn’t worth watching as a new entry. Starring Michael Fassbender and Billy Crudup, a colony ship bound for a remote planet stumbles across an uncharted paradise. Key members of the crew wake u to explore their potential new home. What initial seems idyllic hides a dark secret which will tear their crew apart.
IMDB Score 6.9/10
This film stars Natalie Portman as one of a team of scientists that enter a phenomenon known as the shimmer to investigate the mutation of the plants and animals in the mysterious quarantined area. While what they find inside may be part of themselves, it is nothing other than alien. This film manages to deliver on its sci-fi credentials while addressing some pretty serious issues that will leave viewers with questions.
IMDB Score 7.9/10
This alien invasion flick starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner is one of the most thoughtful alien movies to hit our screens in many years. When alien ships land in different countries across the world, governments do what they will and take over the situation, though they are pretty ineffectual. The US government recruits an expert linguist to try and communicate with the aliens. But can she figure out what they want before it is too late?
IMDB Score 6.2/10
A dark take on the story of superman, this movie is about a young alien boy raise don hearth who realises that he has superpowers, and then uses them to terrorize his town. Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson A. Dunn, the movie subverts the genre perfectly by asking that what if question.
Captain Marvel (2019)
IMDB Score 7/10
While we might be thinking of Captain Marvel as a superhero movie and just one more instalment in the Marvel cinematic universe, it is in fact an alien movie. Not only does the Captain herald from an alien world (kind of), but the bad guys are also a pretty intriguing set of extraterrestrials. Brie Larson does a great job of making this almost too powerful superhero real, and Samuel L. Jackson gets more screen time than in most of the Marvel films.
Captive State (2019)
IMDB Score 6.1/10
Offering a distinctive twist on your standard alien invasion movie, this film looks at what would happen after the humans have been subjugated. John Goodman gives an excellent performance in his leading role. And don’t expect this film to just focus on the human side of the story, Director Rupert Wyatt manages to offer the alien point of views in a canny way. This film could equally be considered a political drama.
Men in Black: International (2019)
IMDB Score 5.6/10
While this is exactly a reboot of an alien classic, it dies it with enough panache to make something unique. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson share the screen again as agents of the MIN protecting the planet from some of the very weird interstellar visitors that have made Earth their home. Offers the rights balance of character development and comedy to tick a lot of boxes.