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

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    Independence Day 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


    The Day After Tomorrow 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

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    Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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


    Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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


    Deep Impact 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


    2012 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


    The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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


    Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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


    Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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


    War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

  11. 11
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    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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

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    Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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


    The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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


    Volcano Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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


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


    Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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


    Earthquake 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

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    Alive 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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    San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    San Andreas Dwayne Johnson

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

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    Knowing 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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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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

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    Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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    The Day After is listed (or ranked) 26 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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    Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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

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    Daylight Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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

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    The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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

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    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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


    The Omega Man 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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    The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    The China Syndrome Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 34 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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    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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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Mars Attacks! 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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    The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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


    The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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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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    Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Battle: Los Angeles Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    The War of the Gargantuas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    The War of the Gargantuas Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata

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

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    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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

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    Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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

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    The Happening Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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


    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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


    Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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    Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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    Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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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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