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
    + 1026
    - 310
    Independence Day

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

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  2. 2
    + 1004
    - 320
    The Day After Tomorrow


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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  3. 3
    + 786
    - 350
    Armageddon

    most listed
    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
    + 714
    - 259
    Twister


    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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  5. 5
    + 661
    - 238
    Deep Impact


    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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  6. 6
    + 728
    - 408
    2012


    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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  7. 7
    + 452
    - 261
    The Poseidon Adventure


    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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  8. 8
    + 495
    - 240
    Dante's Peak


    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  9. 9
    + 548
    - 325
    War of the Worlds


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  10. 10
    + 430
    - 150
    I Am Legend

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

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  11. 11
    + 609
    - 353
    Titanic


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  12. 12
    + 390
    - 224
    The Perfect Storm


    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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  13. 13
    + 342
    - 122
    Outbreak

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

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  14. 14
    + 353
    - 196
    The Towering Inferno


    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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  15. 15
    + 351
    - 205
    Volcano


    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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  16. 16
    + 319
    - 116
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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

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  17. 17
    + 386
    - 346
    Cloverfield


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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  18. 18
    + 221
    - 212
    Alive


    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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  19. 19
    + 216
    - 185
    Earthquake


    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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  20. 20
    + 237
    - 132
    WALL-E

    ranked low on reranks & added by gamedemon24
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  21. 21
    + 233
    - 163
    The Andromeda Strain


    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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  22. 22
    + 221
    - 170
    Knowing

    added by arpan_mukherjee93
    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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  23. 23
    + 202
    - 213
    Poseidon

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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  24. 24
    + 234
    - 188
    The Core


    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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  25. 25
    + 189
    - 129
    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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  26. 26
    + 150
    - 40
    San Andreas

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

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  27. 27
    + 194
    - 110
    Pacific Rim

    added by gschwayze
    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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  28. 28
    + 164
    - 157
    Airport

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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  29. 29
    + 140
    - 156
    Daylight


    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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  30. 30
    + 158
    - 167
    The Omega Man


    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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  31. 31
    + 145
    - 88
    Airplane!

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

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  32. 32
    + 136
    - 71
    The Mist

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

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  33. 33
    + 129
    - 156
    The Poseidon Adventure

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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  34. 34
    + 144
    - 145
    The China Syndrome


    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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  35. 35
    + 226
    - 227
    Mars Attacks!


    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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  36. 36
    + 103
    - 51
    The Stand

    ranked low on reranks & added by jbeuscher01
    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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  37. 37
    + 120
    - 82
    The Impossible

    added by R20X
    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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  38. 38
    + 136
    - 116
    The Cabin in the Woods


    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  39. 39
    + 98
    - 142
    Hard Rain

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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  40. 40
    + 111
    - 129
    Quarantine


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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  41. 41
    + 94
    - 83
    The War of the Gargantuas


    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata

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  42. 42
    + 151
    - 103
    Battle: Los Angeles

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

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  43. 43
    + 130
    - 168
    The Happening


    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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  44. 44
    + 90
    - 129
    10.5


    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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  45. 45
    + 109
    - 137
    Daybreakers


    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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  46. 46
    + 87
    - 94
    Airport 1975


    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

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  47. 47
    + 39
    - 12
    Red Dawn

    ranked low on reranks
    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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  48. 48
    + 60
    - 39
    Contact

    added by Alperabo
    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

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  49. 49
    + 56
    - 36
    Mad Max 2

    added by Countermoon
    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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  50. 50
    + 50
    - 31
    Soylent Green

    added by Countermoon
    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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