Skyline: Ranking The Sci-Fi Movie Series From Worst To Best (2022)

How do the Skyline movies rank, from worst to best? As success stories go, the Skyline franchise is both a fluke and an innovator. The series began with 2010's Skyline, helmed by Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem directors Greg and Colin Strause, and whilethe movie found box office success and featured an excellent cliffhanger ending, it didn't make an impact on the level that would suggest that a sprawling saga of humans versus aliens had just begun.

That changed seven years later with 2017's Beyond Skyline,which kept the epic, global invasion background from its predecessor and cross-bred the film with the ferocity of The Raidseries — one of the best martial arts movie franchisesin recent years — even bringing a few of its cast members into fold. The third chapter, Skylines, ups the ante from the first two, going from the survival story of the firsttwo films to one of humans venturing to the world of their invaders, mixing in plenty of thesecond film's martial arts action and finallyputting the spotlight on the series' through-line Rose.

It may have taken the Skyline franchise a decade to get to where it is now, but the popularity it now enjoys just shows that a franchise revival is never truly off the table.By bringing together such distinct elements as aliens and martial arts, the Skyline series also stands alone as unique among both genres. Here is the ranking of the Skyline series.

3. Skyline

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The first chapter in the series didn’t make huge impression at the time, but Skyline has aged surprisingly well and is much more consequential to the franchise than the popularity of its successors might indicate. Skyline follows an engaged couple who are on a relaxing weekend with some friends in Los Angeles when alien ships unexpectedly descend from the sky. Skyline is at once a large-scale disaster movie and a minimalist tale of survival. The main human characters largely try to ride out the storm in a penthouse apartment complex, encountering attacks from gigantic extraterrestrial monsters during escape attempts, as colossal ships hovering in the sky beam dozens of humans up at once. Though not a found footage movie, Skyline brings with it a Cloverfield-like feel, and for a rather minor $10 to $20 million budget, it still manages to be a fairly griping alien invasionstory (one thing the Skyline series does incredibly well is get the most bang for its buck from the resources it has to work with).

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With that said, Skyline’s characters aren’t particularly engaging, and the movie doesn’t really go full tilt into the chaos the characters view from afar until the last twenty minutes. At the same time, the finale really delivers, showing the alien’s plot to harvest human brains into the drone bodies of their soldiers in true nightmarish glory. Had Skyline been a one-and-done, it would have ended on a truly daring cliffhanger, with Eric Balfour’s Jarrod retaining control over his mind in his new alien body and coming to protect Scottie Thompson’s Elaine and their daughter inside of her. As it is now, the ending of Skyline planted the seed for what was to come in a very clever way. While still the weakest of the three, Skyline is a fairly enjoyable alien invasion flick, more so now because of how its two predecessors carried the baton from where it left things.

2. Skylines

Taking place 15 years after the attack from the sky seen in its two predecessors, the third movie in the franchise,Skylines, changes the formula up once again with an Aliens-esque mission to the invaders home world. Though mankind has long since adapted to the damage wrought by the invasion, that peace is threatened by the emergence of a deadly virus that could turn the planet’s large alien population against humans once more. Lindsey Morgen’s Rose Corley is recruited to lead a paramilitary team to the planet Cobalt-1, with just a 12-hour window to stop the virus before it’s too late. Obviously, a 2020 movie with a virus as its MacGuffin will probably inspire some nervous laughter among viewers, but that's balanced out by the fact thatSkylinesprovidesloads of action-packed fun that brings the series full circle with Rose. From being the baby in the first film to her minor but crucial role in the second, it feels in hindsight like the series has been grooming Rose to one day become its Ripley. With Morgen’s charismatic performance as a seasoned warrior, Rose is by far the best lead character of the whole franchise, showing how worth it the wait was.

Liam O’Donnell, co-writer of the first Skyline and writer and director of Beyond Skyline, keeps things fresh from the two previous movies with the movie’s race-against-the-clock plot and journey to Cobalt-1. When other big budget blockbusters regularly get blank checks thrown at them, it’s remarkable how polished the sets and visual effects of Skylines are despite its humble budget — the action scenes are as flashy and brutal as ever. Skylines also dials up the martial arts side of Beyond Skyline, with Rose never hesitating to go head-to-head with an alien three times her size, and Daniel Bernhardt and Cha-Lee yoon adding some kung fu flair to the film, too. Of course, the Skyline franchise has always prided itself on bringing back aspects from its past in strategic ways, and suffice it to say, one fight scene in particular ties back to Beyond Skyline in a very unexpected and immensely satisfying way. The trailer positions Skylines as the final chapter in the trilogy, but there might be one more chapter on the cards if the ending is any indication. In either case, Skylines brings all the martial arts-filled sci-fi craziness that make the series an anomaly in the best way.

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1. Beyond Skyline

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Set in the midst of the invasion seen in its predecessor, Beyond Skyline is the Fast Five of the Skyline franchise, taking the strongest components of what came before it and setting the blueprint for what the series now embodies. As LAPD detective Mark Corley, played by Frank Grillo, tries to reign in his rebellious son Trent, played by Jonny Weston, mankind’s fight for survival begins as the invasion from another world arrives. Incoming writer-director Liam O’Donnell doesn’t hold anything back, presenting an even more otherworldly look into the ship of the aliens as Trent is turned into one, and the alien soldiers powered by human brains are impressively imposing enemies. Shifting the setting to Laos, Beyond Skyline was also a genuine trendsetter by bringing martial arts into an extraterrestrial attack.

None other than Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian of The Raid movies drop in, and the action scenes are a swift and savage mix of blades and kicks. By the final temple showdown, Beyond Skyline is like no other alien movie, towering alien ships and creatures doing battle against each other as a band of human warriors make a last stand against ten-foot-tall opponents literally from another world. Beyond Skyline and Skylines are roughly on the same tier of quality, but the former gets a slight edge for the sheer novelty of bringing the action of Indonesian martial arts flicks into a worldwide assault from invading aliens. Beyond Skyline took everything its predecessor had set the table with, and transformed into a fantastic sci-fi-martial arts franchise, earning it the crown of the best chapter of the Skyline series.

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Which Skyline movie is first? ›

The Skyline movies in order

The Skyline movies are as follows: Skyline (2010) Beyond Skyline (2014) Skylin3s (2020)

What is the order of the Skyline movies? ›

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Is the movie Skyline scary? ›

Skyline is such an intense movie, and frightening, the fantasy element may help cut down on the tension.

What is considered the best sci-fi movie ever? ›

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Director: Stanley Kubrick.
  2. Blade Runner (1982) Director: Ridley Scott. ...
  3. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Director: George Lucas. ...
  4. Alien (1979) ...
  5. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ...
  6. Planet of the Apes (1968) ...
  7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) ...
  8. The Matrix (1999) ...
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Will there be Skyline 4 movie? ›

A fourth film is in the cards, teases Liam O'Donnell, writer of the first film and director on the two sequels. The filmmaker took to socials to reveal that he's just completed a first draft screenplay for the tentatively titled Skyline Radial, which he says is a “father/daughter reunion”.

How many Skylines films are there? ›

Skyline

Is there another movie after Skylines? ›

Beyond Skyline is a 2017 American science fiction action film written, co-produced and directed by Liam O'Donnell in his directorial debut.

Is Skyline a sequel to Beyond Skylines? ›

How did Skyline end? ›

As the closing credits roll to the cacophony of rock guitar, the alien/Jarrod fusion is shown (in glorious freeze frame) pummelling the ship's invaders into jelly, before carrying off Elaine in what is surely an homage to the Swamp Thing. It's undoubtedly the strangest and most abrupt ending of the year.

Why is skylines rated R? ›

Profanity, especially spoken by one of the aliens. You have to read subtitles, which often have profanity and F-bombs. Sometimes characters are used to replace profanity like #$#!!

What is the plot of Skyline? ›

Whats is a Skyline? ›

Definition of skyline

1 : the apparent juncture of earth and sky : horizon. 2 : an outline (as of buildings or a mountain range) against the background of the sky.

What are 3 movies where science plays a major role? ›

It lost to My Fair Lady.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968 | Director: Stanley Kubrick. Let's be honest: the day-to-day work that leads to scientific discovery can sometimes be mind-numbingly boring. ...
  • Jurassic Park. 1993 | Director: Steven Spielberg. ...
  • Primer. 2004 | Director: Shane Carruth. ...
  • The Martian. 2015 | Director: Ridley Scott.
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What sci-fi movies are set in 2022? ›

Pages in category "Films set in 2022"
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  • Alien Intruder.
  • Alienoid.
  • Among the Shadows.

What is one of the top 10 selling sci-fi franchise? ›

1 Marvel Cinematic Universe - $22.6 Billion

Similar to Star Wars, the MCU cannot be confined singularly under the banner of sci-fi.

Who is violet in Skylines? ›

Skylines (2020) - Rokas Spanlinskas as Violet - IMDb.

Do I need to watch Skyline before beyond skyline? ›

You need to watch the prequel "Skyline" before watching this or you will not understand many aspects about it. Regardless, it is a good sci-fi movie about an alien invasion.

What are pilots in Skylines? ›

The series' biggest hallmark has always been its outrageousness: the first film introduces grotesque alien technology that rips human brains out of their bodies, brainwashes them, and uses them to run huge, heavily armored drone warriors called Pilots.

What happens in Beyond skyline? ›

Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien spaceship to rescue his estranged son. When the ship crashes in Southeast Asia, he forges an alliance with a band of survivors to take back the planet once and for all.

Is beyond skyline on Netflix? ›

Watch Beyond Skyline | Netflix.

How do you end a movie? ›

How It Ends is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Brooks McLaren.
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How much did the movie skylines cost to make? ›

Why is it called skyline? ›

SKYLINE is derived from the English word "skyline", which means ”an outline of mountains defined against the sky”. There are two theories about the naming process.

Why is the skyline famous? ›

One of the features that makes the Skyline so popular as an import is its wide variety of specs and styles. While the GT-R tends to get the most attention and is the most popular R32 import, single-turbo, 2.0-liter, 2.5-liter, rear-wheel-drive, and four-door variants are also popular as imports.

What is another word for skyline? ›

In this page you can discover 13 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for skyline, like: horizon, visible horizon, riverfront, spire, outline, , ringstrasse, skyscraper, cityscape, shape and profile.

Which is the highest IMDB rated movie? ›

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

What is the most scientifically accurate movies according to NASA? ›

Three of the Most Scientifically Accurate Sci-Fi Space Movies
  • The Martian (2015) The production crew of The Martian took great pains to be scientifically accurate, as did the book's writer Andy Weir. ...
  • Interstellar (2014) Interstellar is known for being very accurate when it comes to the visual effects. ...
  • Contact (1997)

Which space movie has the most accurate physics? ›

To answer the original question, the space movies with the most accurate physics are Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Apollo 13. The movies with the least accurate physics are the Star Wars and Star Trek series.

Are there any good new sci fi movies? ›

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  • #1. The Green Knight. 89% #1. ...
  • #2. Dune. 83% #2. ...
  • #3. Lapsis. 95% #3. ...
  • #4. Never Gonna Snow Again. 94% #4. ...
  • #5. Nine Days. 89% #5. ...
  • #6. Mandibles. 91% #6. ...
  • #7. Oxygen. 88% #7. ...
  • #8. Godzilla vs. Kong. 75%

What was the first movie of 2022? ›

Top Gun: Maverick

What was the first movie ever made? ›

1888. In Leeds, England Louis Le Prince films Roundhay Garden Scene, believed to be the first motion picture recorded.

What's hot in Sci Fi media? ›

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  • 1 Back to the Future70%
  • 2 Jurassic Park65%
  • 3 The Matrix61%
  • 4 The Terminator60%
  • 5 Beetlejuice59%
  • 6 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory59%
  • 7 Back to the Future Part II58%
  • 8 The Lost World: Jurassic Park58%

Is Godzilla considered sci fi? ›

Godzilla stands as an important film in the world of science fiction film for numerous reasons. Not only was it Japan's first and greatest entry in the burgeoning giant monster sub-genre, it also portrayed recent historical events in a fictional way to highlight the dangers of nuclear weapons.

Is Marvel a sci fi? ›

As with Superman, most people make the assumption that superheroes are generally science fiction. This is not true. In most superhero comic books, whether they are D.C., Marvel, or Image comics, fantasy rules the universe.

Which comes first Skyline or beyond skyline? ›

It is a sequel to the 2010 film Skyline, set concurrently with the events of the first film. The film was released on December 15, 2017 in the United States by Vertical Entertainment.

Is beyond skyline a sequel to Skyline? ›

Is Skyline part of a trilogy? ›

Instead, Skyline producer and co-writer Liam O'Donnell was brought on board, marking his directorial debut. The film was released in the United States on December 15, 2017. The third film in the trilogy, Skylines, was released on December 18, 2020.

Is beyond skyline a prequel? ›

Is there a movie after Skyline? ›

Skylines (stylized as SKYLIN3S, and also known as Skyline 3) is a 2020 American science fiction action film co-produced and directed by Liam O'Donnell which he wrote from a story he co-developed with producer Matthew E. Chausse. It is a sequel to Beyond Skyline (2017), and the third overall in the Skyline film series.

Who is violet in Skylines? ›

Skylines (2020) - Rokas Spanlinskas as Violet - IMDb.

What happens to Elaine in Skyline? ›

Just as it appears that all is lost, and that the pregnant Elaine is doomed to suffer a hideous fate at the hands of her captors, Jarrod's brain is inserted into the cranium of a dormant xenomorph. Springing to life, the alien approaches Elaine, and lays a tender hand on her face.

What are pilots in Skylines? ›

The series' biggest hallmark has always been its outrageousness: the first film introduces grotesque alien technology that rips human brains out of their bodies, brainwashes them, and uses them to run huge, heavily armored drone warriors called Pilots.

Is beyond skyline a good movie? ›

Beyond Skyline is an utterly ridiculous, highly watchable, and entirely joyous experience. It all boils down to a lot of same old, same old. July 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

How do you end a movie? ›

How It Ends is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Brooks McLaren.
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How It Ends
Produced byPaul Schiff Tai Duncan Kelly McCormick Patrick Newall
StarringTheo James Forest Whitaker Grace Dove Kat Graham Mark O'Brien
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What Skyline means? ›

Definition of skyline

1 : the apparent juncture of earth and sky : horizon. 2 : an outline (as of buildings or a mountain range) against the background of the sky.

Does Netflix have Skyline 3? ›

Unfortunately, the first film in the Skyline trilogy isn't available on Netflix (it's on HBO Max), so if you're looking to do a triple feature binge that's not in the cards on this streamer. But the second film Beyond Skyline can be streamed on the platform, so at least there's room for a double feature with Netflix.

Where was the r34 sold? ›

The V35 was the first Skyline made for export to North America, being sold under Nissan's luxury marque Infiniti as the G35 in 2002. The Skyline (V36/J50) is sold in Europe, North America, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Middle East as the Infiniti G37 and EX respectively.
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Do you have to watch the first Skyline? ›

The sequel was released in 2014, and it simply is a must-see. The middle Skyline movie simply has all the things you want when you reach out for an alien takeover. Best of all, most countries have the Beyond Skyline movie streaming on Netflix. Now the platform includes the third and final film which is Skylines.

Is beyond skyline on Netflix? ›

Watch Beyond Skyline | Netflix.

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