On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4, a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space, in order to plant a nuclear missile.
- Year: 1996
- Country: United States of America
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
- Studio: 20th Century Fox, Centropolis Entertainment
- Keyword: spacecraft, showdown, independence, patriotism, countdown, invasion, alien, ufo, extraterrestrial, creature, battle, alien invasion, world domination, area 51, human vs alien, good versus evil
- Director: Roland Emmerich
- Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia