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 & most listed
    Will Smith, Harvey Fierstein, Jeff Goldblum

    ) open buy now
  2. 2
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    Ian Holm, Dash Mihok, Dennis Quaid

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  3. 3
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    Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
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    John Cusack, Thandie Newton, George Segal

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  5. 5
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    Robert Duvall, Maximilian Schell, Elijah Wood

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  6. 6
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    Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, Gene Hackman

    ) open buy now
  7. 7
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    Bill Paxton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Zach Grenier

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  8. 8
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    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  9. 9
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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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  10. 10
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    Grant Heslov, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  11. 11
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    Steve McQueen, O. J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn

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  12. 12
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    added by physcod
    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Dash Mihok

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  13. 13
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    George Clooney, Dash Mihok, Diane Lane

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  14. 14
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    Charlyne Yi, Rick Overton, Mike Vogel

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  15. 15
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ethan Hawke, John Malkovich, Josh Lucas

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  16. 16
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    Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Don Cheadle

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  17. 17
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    Geneviève Bujold, George Kennedy, Pedro Armendáriz

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    ranked low on reranks & added by kaylive
    Edward Furlong, S. Epatha Merkerson, Diane Rodriguez

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarcoSalih
    Cuba Gooding Jr., Rene Russo, Zakes Mokae

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  20. 20
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    Frances Reid, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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  21. 21
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    Caroline Lagerfelt, Emmy Rossum, Josh Lucas

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  22. 22
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    added by KatieDonovan
    Arthur Ashe, John Cullum, John Lithgow 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, Ben Mendelsohn

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    DeVeren Bookwalter, Anthony Zerbe, Charlton Heston

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  25. 25
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    Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci, Alfre Woodard

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  26. 26
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    added by gamedemon24
    Kathy Najimy, Jeff Garlin, Andrew Stanton

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  27. 27
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    Helen Hayes, Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy

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  28. 28
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    Viggo Mortensen, Jay O. Sanders, Stan Shaw

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  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks & added by gschwayze
    Brad William Henke, Ellen McLain, Ron Perlman

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  30. 30
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Alex Kingston, Bryan Brown, Steve Guttenberg

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  31. 31
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    Robert S. Woods, Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda

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  32. 32
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    Paul Winfield, Christina Applegate, Martin Short

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  33. 33
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    Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada

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  34. 34
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    added by willyboymcoy
    Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Jerry Zucker

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  35. 35
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    Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins

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  36. 36
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    added by wiabux
    Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane

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  37. 37
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Minnie Driver, Christian Slater, Ed Asner

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  38. 38
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    added by R20X
    Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura

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  39. 39
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    added by jbeuscher01
    Matt Frewer, Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise

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  40. 40
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    added by analise.dubner
    Dwayne Johnson

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    Steve Harris, Rade Šerbedžija, Denis O'Hare

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  42. 42
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    John Schneider, Rebecca Jenkins, Kim Delaney

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  43. 43
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    Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan

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  44. 44
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    Betty Buckley, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo

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  45. 45
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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  46. 46
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    George Kennedy, Lee Grant, Jack Lemmon

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    ranked low on reranks
    Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Shaffer Smith

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    Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, Rene Auberjonois

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    Alison Routledge, Bruno Lawrence, Norman Fletcher

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    Rebecca Jenkins, Robert Wisden, Tom McBeath

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