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.
Horror2013108 minsDirector: Jonathan Glazer
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.
Science Fiction1976139 minsDirector: Nicolas Roeg
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.
Science Fiction201094 minsDirector: Gareth Edwards
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.
Science Fiction2015112 minsDirector: Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols, the acclaimed chronicler of American delirium, presents an imaginative sci-fi about an otherworldly child pursued by the FBI and a shadowy cult.
Science Fiction1980112 minsDirector: Mike Hodges
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.
Fantasy1987106 minsDirector: Matthew Robbins
Doomed tenement residents are saved by the ‘Fix-Its’, small alien spacecraft that repair their battered apartments, in this much-loved family sci-fi.
Science Fiction1971131 minsDirector: Robert Wise
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.
Crime201188 minsDirector: Joe Cornish
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.
Horror195774 minsDirector: Arthur Crabtree
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.
Science Fiction198690 minsDirector: Randal Kleiser
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.
Science Fiction198772 minsDirector: Peter Wollen
Tilda Swinton's extraterrestrial robot makes left-field, political and touching observations about the state of the world in this witty sci-fi film.
Science Fiction195380 minsDirector: Jack Arnold
One of the key UFO films of the '50s with aliens taking over the local townsfolk after their ship crash lands in the desert.
Science Fiction2014119 minsDirector: Tom Green
The pyrotechnic sequel to Gareth Edwards’ cult sci-fi follows US soldiers attempting to police alien-infested zones while also battling human insurgents.
Science Fiction195774 minsDirector: Gilbert Gunn
In this British take on The Day the Earth Stood Still, a scientist’s experiments cause freak events and attract aliens to earth.
Children's195651 minsDirector: Guy Fergusson
A baby from Venus saves the day with his superpowers in this charming sci-fi tale produced by the Children's Film Foundation.
Horror1982109 minsDirector: John Carpenter
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.
Science Fiction196379 minsDirector: John Krish
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.