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.
Under the Skin
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.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
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.
*Batteries Not Included
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.
The Andromeda Strain
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.
Attack the Block
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.
First Man into Space
Horror195876 minsDirector: Robert Day
A young pilot becomes the first person to fly into outer space, but returns mutilated and thirsty for blood...
Fiend without a Face
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.
Flight of the Navigator
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.
It Came from Outer Space
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.
Monsters: Dark Continent
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.
Night of the Big Heat
Horror196790 minsDirector: Terence Fisher
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing take on invaders from another world in Terence Fisher's scorching sci-fi yarn.
Science Fiction197289 minsDirector: Douglas Trumbull
Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.
The Strange World of Planet X
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.
This Island Earth
Science Fiction195586 minsDirector: Joseph M. Newman
One of the most celebrated of all 1950s sci-fi films, featuring a memorably bug-eyed and brain-bulging mutant.
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.
X the Unknown
Horror195679 minsDirector: Leslie Norman
When investigating a radiation source on a desolate Scottish moor, a group of soldiers disturb a subterraneous radioactive entity.