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The infinitely vast reaches of outer space evoke fear and wonder in equally boundless measure. It's not just boldly going - these are films which play on our fears of invasion, extinction and annihilation!

Our fundamental human craving for an understanding of how (and why) we got here, the ardour with which we explore our new frontiers, and our desperation to know whether we are indeed alone in the universe, all make us desperately hungry for these visions of ‘strange new worlds,’ and have resulted in some of the most dramatic and indelible moments in the history of cinema.

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An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 18

Nicolas Roeg’s cult sci-fi stars David Bowie as an alien attempting to amass a fortune to save his home planet, but unable to escape his decadent earthly lifestyle.

133 mins United Kingdom Director. Nicolas Roeg

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Monsters 2010 15

Gareth Edwards reimagined the monster movie with his highly impressive DIY sci-fi, in which an indie romance blossoms amid the trailing tentacles of an alien invasion.

United Kingdom Director. Gareth Edwards

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Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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Flash Gordon 1980 PG

Sam J. Jones stars as the quintessential comic strip hero, out to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless, in Mike Hodges’ visually ravishing sci-fi.

115 mins Netherlands Director. Mike Hodges

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*Batteries Not Included 1987 PG

Doomed tenement residents are saved by the ‘Fix-Its’, small alien spacecraft that repair their battered apartments, in this much-loved family sci-fi.

106 mins USA Director. Matthew Robbins

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In this spectacular and unusual sci-fi short commissioned by the European Space Agency, a young apprentice in the art of terraforming planets is given a tutorial by her enigmatic master.

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The Andromeda Strain 1971 PG

Veteran director Robert Wise’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s sci-fi novel is an alien virus epic with superb special effects and a suspenseful climax.

131 mins USA Director. Robert Wise

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Attack the Block 2011 15

Aliens wage war on a tower block after one of their number is bludgeoned by a street gang in this witty, action-packed feature debut by Joe Cornish.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Joe Cornish

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The Automatic Motorist 1911

A leisurely drive turns into an out-of-this-world adventure for a newlywed couple and their robot chauffeur.

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Capricorn One 1977 PG

Stunning sci-fi thriller steeped in post-Watergate paranoia, following a hoaxed mission to Mars and a trio of astronauts' desperate flight for survival, with Elliott Gould, James Brolin and O.J. Simpson.

123 mins USA Director. Peter Hyams

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First Man into Space 1958 PG

A young pilot becomes the first person to fly into outer space, but returns mutilated and thirsty for blood...

76 mins USA

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Fiend without a Face 1957 PG

What horror lies behind a series of grisly murders? A psychopath? Alien invaders? The truth is weirder still in this cult low-budget sci-fi horror.

74 mins United Kingdom

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Flight of the Navigator 1986 U

1980s family sci-fi at its best, following a boy’s relationship with a talking spaceship that has filled his brain with intergalactic star charts.

90 mins USA Director. Randal Kleiser

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Friendship’s Death 1987

Tilda Swinton’s extraterrestrial robot makes left-field political observations about the state of the world in this witty sci-fi film.

78 mins United Kingdom

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Somewhere in 1970s England, a UFO crashes in a potting shed. Inside is a strange round visitor from space: the Glitterball. How will it get home?

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Harley Cokliss

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It Came from Outer Space 1953 PG

One of the key UFO films of the '50s with aliens taking over the local townsfolk after their ship crash lands in the desert.

81 mins USA

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Kadoyng 1972

It looks like the quaint village of Byway will be bulldozed to make way for a motorway – until alien outcast Kadoyng arrives from Outer Space to help.

60 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Shand

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Man Returns from Space 1961

The USSR and the world react to the return of Yuri Gagarin from his first manned space flight on 12th April 1961.

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A Message from Mars 1913

Britain's first full-length science fiction feature has been restored by the BFI National Archive and given a new score by composer Matthew Herbert, commissioned by the BFI and the BBC.

59 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Wallett Waller

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The pyrotechnic sequel to Gareth Edwards’ cult sci-fi follows US soldiers attempting to police alien-infested zones while also battling human insurgents.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Green

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The Mysterians 1957 PG

The team behind Godzilla (1954) reunites for Toho’s first colour widescreen sci-fi, an arresting spectacle about the arrival of an alien race and their giant, destructive robot.

85 mins Japan Director. Ishiro Honda

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Night of the Big Heat 1967 15

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing take on invaders from another world in Terence Fisher's scorching sci-fi yarn.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher

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Peter and the Moon Man 1929

The man in the moon learns about hygiene in this 1929 public information short promoting the benefits of all-electric mod cons.

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Quatermass and the Pit 1967 12

One of Britain’s finest sci-fi films, based on Nigel Kneale’s masterful script, about the discovery of ancient alien craft beneath central London.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker

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Plan 9 from Outer Space 1958 PG

Notoriously dubbed one of the worst films ever made, this deranged 50s sci-fi remains a hilarious and extraordinary example of outsider cinema.

79 mins USA Director. Edward D. Wood Jr

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Red Moon 1957

A propaganda film from 1957 detailing USSR’s experiments with satellites as it stood on the cusp of space exploration.

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A pair of scientists' idyllic life on Saturn's moon is ruptured by the arrival of a sinister psychopath and his murderous robot.

87 mins United Kingdom

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Silent Running 1971 PG

Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.

89 mins USA Director. Douglas Trumbull

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The Strange World of Planet X 1957 PG

In this British take on The Day the Earth Stood Still, a scientist’s experiments cause freak events and attract aliens to earth.

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

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A baby from Venus saves the day with his superpowers in this charming sci-fi tale produced by the Children's Film Foundation.

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Twelve men at an Antarctic research station battle a shape-shifting alien that hides in human form, in John Carpenter’s ground-breaking sci-fi horror.

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This Island Earth 1955 PG

One of the most celebrated of all 1950s sci-fi films, featuring a memorably bug-eyed and brain-bulging mutant.

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A classic of early sci-fi providing an awe-inspiring and delightful account of man’s first mission to the Moon.

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The Trollenberg Terror 1958 PG

Strange events at a Swiss mountain resort are linked to a mind-controlling tentacled creature.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Quentin Lawrence

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Unearthly Stranger 1963 PG

A scientist is removed from a sensitive research project after his wife is suspected of being an alien, in this eerie sci-fi from director John Krish.

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Mind-bending psychedelic sci-fi from the early 70s, made by students at Sheffield University.

24 mins Great Britain

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Valentina Tereshkova 1963

This USSR-sponsored newsreel reports on the heroic return of the first woman to have flown in space.

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X the Unknown 1956

When investigating a radiation source on a desolate Scottish moor, a group of soldiers disturb a subterraneous radioactive entity.

77 mins United Kingdom

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