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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 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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The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time Films
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    the people's #1
    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    most listed
    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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  4. 4
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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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  5. 5
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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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  8. 8
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    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  9. 9
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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  10. 10
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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

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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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  13. 13
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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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    added by MarcoSalih
    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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

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    added by arpan_mukherjee93
    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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

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    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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    added by gamedemon24
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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

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    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata

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    added by jbeuscher01
    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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  44. 44
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    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

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    Christopher Lee, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland

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    Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, George C. Scott

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

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    Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

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