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The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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

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    most listed Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  3. 3
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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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    Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens

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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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    added by physcod Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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

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    Fergie, Emmy Rossum, Kurt Russell

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    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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  21. 21
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    added by MarcoSalih Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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    added by KatieDonovan Steve Guttenberg, John Lithgow, Jason Robards Jr. The original film about nuclear holocaust the Greenie Wienies ripped off and turned into a ...

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    added by arpan_mukherjee93 Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    added by gamedemon24 Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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    Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Steve Guttenberg, Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer

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    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Danielle Harris

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    ranked low on reranks & added by gschwayze Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    added by willyboymcoy Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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    Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, IshirĊ Honda

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    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Christian Slater

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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  38. 38
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    added by wiabux Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Alexa Davalos

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    added by R20X Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Kaley Cuoco, Beau Bridges, Kim Delaney

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  41. 41
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    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Isabel Lucas

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  43. 43
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    Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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  44. 44
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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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  45. 45
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    Anne Bancroft, George C. Scott, Charles Durning

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  46. 46
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    James Stewart, Christopher Lee, Jack Lemmon

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    Tia Carrere, Peter Fonda, Luke Perry

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  48. 48
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    Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith, Alison Routledge

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    Robert Wisden, Gary Lewis, Tom McBeath

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    Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

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