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

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  2. 2
    + 501
    - 247

    most listed Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  3. 3
    + 619
    - 222

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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  4. 4
    + 464
    - 297

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack

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  5. 5
    + 414
    - 166

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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  6. 6
    + 432
    - 182

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alexa Vega

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  7. 7
    + 277
    - 184

    Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens

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  8. 8
    + 390
    - 237

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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  9. 9
    + 352
    - 229

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 296
    - 165

    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  11. 11
    + 274
    - 245

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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  12. 12
    + 239
    - 155

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 241
    - 126

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 208
    - 83

    added by physcod Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  15. 15
    + 154
    - 147

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

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  16. 16
    + 207
    - 143

    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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  17. 17
    + 150
    - 124

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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  18. 18
    + 174
    - 64

    added by kaylive Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  19. 19
    + 202
    - 74

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

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  20. 20
    + 130
    - 151

    Fergie, Emmy Rossum, Kurt Russell

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  21. 21
    + 171
    - 115

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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  22. 22
    + 119
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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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  23. 23
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    - 103

    added by arpan_mukherjee93 Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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  24. 24
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    Charlton Heston, Eric Laneuville, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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  25. 25
    + 150
    - 134

    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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  26. 26
    + 133
    - 77

    added by gamedemon24 Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Jeff Garlin

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  27. 27
    + 115
    - 119

    Jacqueline Bisset, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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  28. 28
    + 93
    - 114

    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Danielle Harris

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  29. 29
    + 110
    - 56

    added by gschwayze Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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  30. 30
    + 159
    - 171

    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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  31. 31
    + 85
    - 116

    Steve Guttenberg, Adam Baldwin, Rutger Hauer

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  32. 32
    + 103
    - 108

    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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  33. 33
    + 75
    - 41

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

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  34. 34
    + 86
    - 78

    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  35. 35
    + 65
    - 107

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

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  36. 36
    + 68
    - 41

    Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, IshirĊ Honda

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  37. 37
    + 56
    - 29

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

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  38. 38
    + 66
    - 47

    added by R20X Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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  39. 39
    + 76
    - 95

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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  40. 40
    + 51
    - 96

    Kaley Cuoco, Beau Bridges, Kim Delaney

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  41. 41
    + 88
    - 118

    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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  42. 42
    + 77
    - 96

    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Isabel Lucas

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  43. 43
    + 34
    - 101

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

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  44. 44
    + 56
    - 95

    James Stewart, Christopher Lee, Jack Lemmon

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  45. 45
    + 94
    - 68

    ranked low on reranks Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo

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  46. 46
    + 57
    - 77

    Anne Bancroft, George C. Scott, Charles Durning

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  47. 47
    + 27
    - 95

    Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith, Alison Routledge

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  48. 48
    + 27
    - 67

    Tia Carrere, Peter Fonda, Luke Perry

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  49. 49
    + 40
    - 90

    Robert Wisden, Gary Lewis, Tom McBeath

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  50. 50
    + 30
    - 100

    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland

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