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 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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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  2. 2
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    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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  3. 3
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    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

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  5. 5
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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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  6. 6
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    Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens

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  7. 7
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    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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  8. 8
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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  10. 10
    + 427
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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  11. 11
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    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  13. 13
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    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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  14. 14
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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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  17. 17
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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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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarcoSalih
    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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    often listed
    Fergie, Emmy Rossum, Kurt Russell

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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 film about global warming.

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    added by arpan_mukherjee93
    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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    added by gamedemon24
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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    Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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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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    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    Steve Guttenberg, Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer

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    - 45


    Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, IshirĊ Honda

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

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    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Christian Slater

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  37. 37
    + 63
    - 36

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

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  38. 38
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    - 49

    added by R20X
    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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    added by jbeuscher01
    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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    Kaley Cuoco, Beau Bridges, Kim Delaney

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    added by analise.dubner
    San Andreas Dwayne Johnson

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    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Isabel Lucas

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    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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    James Stewart, Christopher Lee, Jack Lemmon

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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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    Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith, Alison Routledge

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    Robert Wisden, Gary Lewis, Tom McBeath

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