The 43 best INVASION MOVIES you need to watch before you DIE

This list is not about which movie being better than the others but rather about which one handles better the issue about INVASION (breaking into your lifestyle, your home, your family, your privacy, your body ...)

Beginning with normal people with normal lives in a country where violence and mayhem may seem like a distant matter. But with an INVASION in their lives, they have to face the brutality of existence with IMPOTENCE (I write INVASION with capital letters as I refer to it as a genre)
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1.
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead. (108 mins.)
“ People didn't understand it... Of course what she does to the hillbillies is wrong... she turns completely mad and insane after her ordeal. ” - paschan-1
 
2.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
3.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ The horror any family could meet. ” - paschan-1
 
4.
The Game (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone... (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
5.
Funny Games (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ It could happen to you... Works better than the original in my opinion. ” - paschan-1
 
6.
Eden Lake (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ A must see for INVASION fans ” - paschan-1
 
7.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
8.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ Watching your best friends slashed into pieces is unbearable... don't forget the psychological trauma... ” - paschan-1
 
9.
Wolf Creek (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
 
10.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack. (89 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ Seriously... what can you do besides of crying and praying... ” - paschan-1
 
11.
Black Christmas (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
“ An ignored shocker that makes you feel the true hopelessness ” - paschan-1
 
12.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ With mixed reviews, nobody can argue about the substance within this movie. The movie is divided in 3 "chapters", being the 3rd, a great example of invasion of life (and human body). ” - paschan-1
 
13.
Them (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night. (77 mins.)
“ An INVASION from another point of view ” - paschan-1
 
14.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
15.
The Last House on the Left (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics. (110 mins.)
Director: Dennis Iliadis
“ Better than Wes Craven's classic cult in my opinion... ” - paschan-1
 
16.
The Strangers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
“ If it happened to you, you neither would've known what to do ” - paschan-1
 
17.
Mother's Day (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests. (112 mins.)
“ Exceeds the original in my opinion ” - paschan-1
 
18.
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
“ Don't be fooled by the gore... this is an INVASION movie ” - paschan-1
 
19.
Julia's Eyes (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister. (118 mins.)
Director: Guillem Morales
“ A great piece of the INVASION genre ” - paschan-1
 
20.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. (129 mins.)
 
21.
Single White Female (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in. (107 mins.)
“ Slow paced classsic thriller but great INVASION theme ” - paschan-1
 
22.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Impossible to miss this one ” - paschan-1
 
23.
Triangle (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ A MIND INVASION STORY ” - paschan-1
 
24.
Breakdown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert. (93 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ It could happen to you... ” - paschan-1
 
25.
Kidnapped (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards. (85 mins.)
“ Watch this INVASION movie NOW ” - paschan-1
 
26.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ INVASION in the opposite direction. ” - paschan-1
 
27.
Irreversible (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. (97 mins.)
Director: Gaspar Noé
“ Farewell to life as it used to be... ” - paschan-1
 
28.
Crawl (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A seedy bar owner hires a mysterious Croatian to commit murder, but a planned double-crossing backfires when a young waitress is taken hostage. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a bloodcurdling climax. (80 mins.)
Director: Paul China
 
29.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ A guy adicted to be the INVADER ” - paschan-1
 
30.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
“ For many, the best INVASION movie ever made. ” - paschan-1
 
31.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. (116 mins.)
“ a little extreme but a must see for fans of the INVASION genre ” - paschan-1
 
32.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
“ Make many disturbing movies look "normal" ” - paschan-1
 
33.
Straw Dogs (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ A great INVASION movie. The 2011 remake couldn't reach the impact of the original in my opinion. ” - paschan-1
 
34.
Caché (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch. (117 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ A masterpiece ” - paschan-1
 
35.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
36.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ An auto-INVASION ” - paschan-1
 
37.
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors. (99 mins.)
Director: Julian Gilbey
 
38.
Transsiberian (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers. (111 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
39.
Entrance (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
ENTRANCE is about the limits of our perception, how the things lurking on the periphery of our lives can lead to horrific conclusions; about how she fell out of love with the city, but it wouldn't let her go. (83 mins.)
 
40.
The Divide (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. (112 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
 
41.
Dead Calm (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
42.
Sleep Tight (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really? (102 mins.)
 
43.
High Lane (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a trail high up in the mountains that has been closed for repairs... (90 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferry