The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time Films

The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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List Criteria: Only disaster movies should be here

These are the most entertaining, the most fun, the greatest disaster movies ever made, ranked by movie experts and film fans alike. There is a long history of these kinds of movies in cinema - never to be taken too seriously, always slightly histrionic - for moviegoers who love to watch cities leveled and populations run screaming for their lives. This list includes films that center around a natural disaster, like a storm, as well as other kinds of catastrophe that might cause an apocalypse.

This list of floods, fires, earthquakes and alien attacks is built from both your votes and those lists that Rankers have contributed. If you are a die-hard fan of disaster movies, if you know your F-5 Tornados from your 10.5 Earthquakes, make your own ranking of these to really impact the list order! And if you see a good film that should be amongst these greatest disaster movies of all time, please add it!

Be sure to check out Ranker's list of All Disaster Films.

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  1. 1
    + 957
    - 288
    Independence Day

    the people's #1
    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  2. 2
    + 947
    - 292
    The Day After Tomorrow


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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  3. 3
    + 732
    - 323
    Armageddon

    most listed
    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
    + 635
    - 238
    Twister


    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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  5. 5
    + 619
    - 220
    Deep Impact


    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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  6. 6
    + 692
    - 382
    2012


    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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  7. 7
    + 455
    - 219
    Dante's Peak


    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  8. 8
    + 412
    - 243
    The Poseidon Adventure


    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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  9. 9
    + 512
    - 301
    War of the Worlds


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  10. 10
    + 574
    - 333
    Titanic


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  11. 11
    + 384
    - 132
    I Am Legend

    ranked low on reranks & added by physcod
    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  12. 12
    + 356
    - 212
    The Perfect Storm

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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  13. 13
    + 332
    - 176
    The Towering Inferno


    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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  14. 14
    + 310
    - 103
    Outbreak

    ranked low on reranks & added by MarcoSalih
    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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  15. 15
    + 327
    - 185
    Volcano


    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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  16. 16
    + 291
    - 98
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ranked low on reranks & added by kaylive
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  17. 17
    + 365
    - 321
    Cloverfield


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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  18. 18
    + 203
    - 164
    Earthquake


    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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  19. 19
    + 210
    - 194
    Alive

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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  20. 20
    + 210
    - 145
    Knowing

    added by arpan_mukherjee93
    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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  21. 21
    + 219
    - 147
    The Andromeda Strain


    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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  22. 22
    + 189
    - 192
    Poseidon

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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  23. 23
    + 174
    - 110
    The Day After

    added by KatieDonovan
    John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg, JoBeth Williams The original film about nuclear holocaust the Greenie Wienies ripped off and turned into a film about global warming.

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  24. 24
    + 220
    - 170
    The Core


    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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  25. 25
    + 204
    - 119
    WALL-E

    added by gamedemon24
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  26. 26
    + 173
    - 90
    Pacific Rim

    added by gschwayze
    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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  27. 27
    + 119
    - 26
    San Andreas

    ranked low on reranks & added by analise.dubner
    Dwayne Johnson

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  28. 28
    + 151
    - 142
    Airport


    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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  29. 29
    + 149
    - 150
    The Omega Man


    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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  30. 30
    + 125
    - 143
    Daylight


    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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  31. 31
    + 125
    - 75
    Airplane!

    ranked low on reranks & added by willyboymcoy
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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  32. 32
    + 133
    - 132
    The China Syndrome

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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  33. 33
    + 115
    - 141
    The Poseidon Adventure

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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  34. 34
    + 114
    - 61
    The Mist

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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  35. 35
    + 210
    - 214
    Mars Attacks!


    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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  36. 36
    + 117
    - 69
    The Impossible

    ranked low on reranks & added by R20X
    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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  37. 37
    + 83
    - 42
    The Stand

    added by jbeuscher01
    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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  38. 38
    + 93
    - 69
    The War of the Gargantuas


    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata

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  39. 39
    + 122
    - 107
    The Cabin in the Woods


    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  40. 40
    + 90
    - 130
    Hard Rain


    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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  41. 41
    + 102
    - 120
    Quarantine


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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  42. 42
    + 85
    - 118
    10.5


    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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  43. 43
    + 118
    - 153
    The Happening


    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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  44. 44
    + 135
    - 95
    Battle: Los Angeles

    ranked low on reranks
    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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  45. 45
    + 99
    - 127
    Daybreakers


    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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  46. 46
    + 80
    - 83
    Airport 1975


    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

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  47. 47
    + 72
    - 100
    The Hindenburg


    Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, George C. Scott

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  48. 48
    + 82
    - 116
    Airport '77


    Christopher Lee, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland

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  49. 49
    + 57
    - 123
    Meteor

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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  50. 50
    + 48
    - 32
    Contact

    ranked low on reranks & added by Alperabo
    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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