Redditors named these ten movies to showcase the imagination of filmmakers as they take us on a journey of aliens disguised as humans, causing chaos and confusion on Earth.
From comedy to action-packed thrillers, these films will have you questioning the true identity of those around you. So get ready to be on the edge of your seat as you uncover the truth behind these extraterrestrial imposters.
1. Under the Skin (2013)
Under the Skin is a science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson. The film centers around Johansson’s portrayal of an extraterrestrial being arriving on Earth and assuming the guise of a human woman to target men. It is renowned for its dreamlike visuals and its examination of the concepts of identity and humanity.
2. The Faculty (1998)
The Faculty is a science fiction horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, and Jordana Brewster. The movie follows a group of high school students who discover that their teachers are aliens disguised as humans and must band together to stop them.
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a science fiction film directed by Don Siegel and starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. The movie is about a small town in California where people are replaced by emotionless duplicates grown from plant-like pods while they sleep.
4. Men in Black (1997)
It is a science fiction comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film centers on a secret government agency overseeing extraterrestrial affairs on Earth, with Jones and Smith portraying two of its agents.
5. The Hidden (1987)
The Hidden is a science fiction action film directed by Jack Sholder and starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri. The film depicts an alien criminal who arrives on Earth, assuming a human guise, and a detective tasked with apprehending him before he can unleash chaos upon the city.
6. The Thing (1982)
The Thing is a horror-sci-fi film directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell. The setting for the movie is Antarctica, where a team of scientists discovers an extraterrestrial organism that can imitate the appearance of the people it consumes. As the alien progressively assimilates the scientists, tension and mistrust build, leading to a life-and-death struggle against the constantly transforming creature.
7. Starman (1984)
Starman is a science fiction romance film directed by John Carpenter and starring Jeff Bridges. The movie follows an alien who takes the form of a human to come to Earth to retrieve a sample of humanity.
When he arrives, he finds that the human selected to impersonate has died and has to find another human to mimic. He meets a widow who helps him in his journey, and they fall in love.
8. Species (1995)
Species is a science fiction-horror film directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, and Michael Madsen. The movie is about a group of scientists discovering an alien life form that is a perfect organism. They decide to breed it, but it escapes and starts to hunt for human mates to breed with and create a new species.
9. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Earth Girls Are Easy is a science fiction comedy film directed by Julien Temple, starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and Jim Carrey. The film revolves around three extraterrestrials who experience a crash landing on Earth and opt to adopt human appearances to embark on an exploration of the planet. Their journey leads them to a hair salon where they encounter a kind-hearted woman who assists them in adapting to their new life on Earth.
10. The Arrival (1996)
The Arrival is a science fiction thriller directed by David Twohy and starring Charlie Sheen. The film revolves around a radio astronomer who detects a sequence of peculiar signals coming from space. His inquiry brings him to the astonishing discovery that these transmissions contain directives meant for extraterrestrial trespassers, providing them with guidance on how to conquer Earth. Now, he must formulate a strategy to prevent the alien incursion before it becomes irreversible.
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