In the new film 'Skyline,' a mysterious alien race descends upon various cities across the globe and draws humans towards their spacecrafts, presumably for nefarious purposes. But while many of these people, perhaps curious about the secrets of extraterrestrial life that lurk inside, venture eagerly towards the ships' welcoming blue glow, our mothers taught us to be suspicious of vehicles, passersby and especially otherworldly creatures that we don't know.

As such, we felt it only appropriate to assemble a list of ways to stop an alien invasion. Unfortunately, having never encountered an alien in real life, we weren't really sure where to start; with all of these batteries, loaves of bread and bottles of potable water taking up space in our living room, our house seems like more of a makeshift ark than a refuge from tentacled creatures hell-bent on conducting anal probes.

And so it seemed appropriate to go straight to the best source of information available (outside of Wikipedia, of course): Hollywood movies. As it is well-known that Hollywood movie-makers always strive for factual accuracy in all of their efforts, as long as you, the reader, adhere to our list of alien thwarters, you can rest easy knowing that you'll always have the upper hand when and if they choose to come a-probin'.
Alien Nation
R1988
Based on 10 critics

Detective (James Caan) and humanoid partner (Mandy Patinkin) probe alien plot in L.A. Read More

Signs
PG-132002
Based on 36 critics

A widower (Mel Gibson) investigates huge circles in his crop fields. Read More

Predator
R1987
Based on 11 critics

A sneaky alien monster attacks commandos on a jungle mission in South America. Read More

Independence Day
PG-131996
Based on 19 critics

A fighter pilot, a computer whiz and others fight back after alien ships zap Earth's major cities. Read More

Mars Attacks
PG-131996
Based on 19 critics

Earthlings misread the intentions of martian visitors and die, in a parody of '50s sci-fi films. Read More

The Blob
R1997
In Theaters on June 19th, 1997

A teen rebel (Kevin Dillon) and a cheerleader (Shawnee Smith) fight formless slime. Read More

Aliens
R1986
Based on 9 critics

Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and a dwindling number of Marines battle an army of monstrous predators. Read More

Skyline
PG-132010
Based on 18 critics

Strange lights descending on Los Angeles herald the arrival of malevolent extraterrestrials. Read More

The War Of The Worlds
G1992
In Theaters on July 21st, 1992

Martian warships invade Earth and incinerate everything in sight with heat rays. Read More

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Battlefield Earth
PG-132000
Based on 33 critics

A young man (Barry Pepper) confronts an alien conqueror (John Travolta) on 3000 Earth. Read More

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categories Features, Sci-Fi