The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time Films
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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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    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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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    often listed Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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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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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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

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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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    added by physcod Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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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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    often listed Fergie, Emmy Rossum, Kurt Russell

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    added by arpan_mukherjee93 Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    added by MarcoSalih Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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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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    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Danielle Harris

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    added by gschwayze Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    ranked low on reranks & added by gamedemon24 Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    Steve Guttenberg, Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer

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

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    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Christian Slater

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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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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    added by R20X Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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    Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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    Kaley Cuoco, Beau Bridges, Kim Delaney

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    ranked low on reranks Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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    Anne Bancroft, George C. Scott, Charles Durning

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    James Stewart, Christopher Lee, Jack Lemmon

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    Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, IshirĊ Honda

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    Robert Wisden, Gary Lewis, Tom McBeath

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    Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith, Alison Routledge

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    added by TommyWimmer Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Vanessa Lachey

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    Tia Carrere, Peter Fonda, Luke Perry

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland

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