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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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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

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    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    most listed
    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
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    Twister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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  5. 5
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    Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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    2012 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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    The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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  8. 8
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    Dante's Peak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  9. 9
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    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  10. 10
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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  11. 11
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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  12. 12
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    Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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  13. 13
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    The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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  14. 14
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    Volcano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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  15. 15
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    The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  17. 17
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    Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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  18. 18
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    Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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    Alive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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

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    The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Knowing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    The Core is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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    The Day After is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    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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    Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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    San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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

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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Airport is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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    Daylight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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  31. 31
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    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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  33. 33
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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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  34. 34
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    The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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  36. 36
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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    The Impossible is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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  38. 38
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    The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  39. 39
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    Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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  40. 40
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    The War of the Gargantuas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata

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    Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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  42. 42
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    Hard Rain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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    Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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  44. 44
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    The Happening is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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    10.5 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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  46. 46
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    Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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  47. 47
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    Contagion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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  48. 48
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    Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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

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  49. 49
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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Airport 1975 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

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