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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  1. 1
    Up 441
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    the people's #1
    Independence Day

    1996 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 335
    Down 162

    most listed
    Armageddon

    1998 More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 390
    Down 164
    2004 More
    92
  4. 4
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    often listed
    2012

    2009 More
    87
  5. 5
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    1996 More
    86
  6. 6
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    1998 More
    86
  7. 7
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    1972 More
    85
  8. 8
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    2005 More
    81
  9. 9
    Up 250
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    1997 More
    79
  10. 10
    Up 173
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    1997 More
    78
  11. 11
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    2008 More
    75
  12. 12
    Up 156
    Down 89
    1974 More
    72
  13. 13
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    2000 More
    71
  14. 14
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    1997 More
    67
  15. 15
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alive

    1993 More
    67
  16. 16
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    1974 More
    66
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    1991 More
    65
    added by: kaylive
  18. 18
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    Down 41
    2007 More
    64
    added by: physcod
  19. 19
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    1971 More
    62
  20. 20
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    Down 46
    1983 More
    61
    added by: KatieDonovan
    The original film about nuclear holocaust the Greenie Wienies ripped off and turned into a ... more
  21. 21
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    2006 More
    60
  22. 22
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    2009 More
    58
    added by: arpan_mukherjee93
  23. 23
    Up 105
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    1995 More
    58
    added by: MarcoSalih
  24. 24
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    1971 More
    57
  25. 25
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    2003 More
    56
  26. 26
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    1970 More
    55
  27. 27
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    1996 More
    54
  28. 28
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    1996 More
    53
  29. 29
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    1979 More
    52
  30. 30
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    2008 More
    51
    added by: gamedemon24
  31. 31
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    2013 More
    50
    added by: gschwayze
  32. 32
    Up 53
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    2005 More
    50
  33. 33
    Up 32
    Down 12
    1980 More
    48
    added by: willyboymcoy
  34. 34
    Up 43
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    1998 More
    47
  35. 35
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    Down 67
    2009 More
    44
  36. 36
    Up 58
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    2008 More
    43
  37. 37
    Up 41
    Down 49
    2011 More
    43
  38. 38
    Up 53
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    2008 More
    42
  39. 39
    Up 29
    Down 71
    2009 More
    42
  40. 40
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    2004 More
    42
  41. 41
    Up 20
    Down 26
    2012 More
    41
    added by: R20X
  42. 42
    Up 55
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    ranked low on reranks
    Battle: Los Angeles

    2011 More
    39
  43. 43
    Up 40
    Down 57
    1975 More
    39
  44. 44
    Up 37
    Down 68
    1977 More
    39
  45. 45
    Up 33
    Down 65
    2005 More
    38
  46. 46
    Up 20
    Down 75
    2008 More
    37
    added by: TommyWimmer
  47. 47
    Up 21
    Down 12

    ranked low on reranks
    Godzilla

    1954 More
    37
  48. 48
    Up 17
    Down 71
    1985 More
    36
  49. 49
    Up 20
    Down 41
    2005 More
    36
  50. 50
    Up 11
    Down 30
    1979 More
    35
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