disasters The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time  

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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 Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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1,141 570
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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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1,497 468
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The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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1,081 621
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2012 Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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1,108 404
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Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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1,003 360
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Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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651 418
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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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774 376
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Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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907 532
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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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795 494
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War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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615 347
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The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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560 313
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Volcano Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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492 318
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The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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571 208
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Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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690 283
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physcod added I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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320 295
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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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302 317
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Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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502 207
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kaylive added Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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295 319
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Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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351 248
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The Andromeda Strain Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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The Core Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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arpan_mukherjee93 added Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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232 249
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Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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229 241
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Daylight Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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290 209
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KatieDonovan added The Day After 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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gamedemon24 added WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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analise.dubner added San Andreas Dwayne Johnson

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225 248
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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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gschwayze added Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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179 244
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The Poseidon Adventure Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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197 226
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The China Syndrome Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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wiabux added The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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jbeuscher01 added The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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326 322
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Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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127 223
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Hard Rain Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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Quarantine Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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230 167
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willyboymcoy added Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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Contagion Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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135 203
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10.5 Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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242 143
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R20X added The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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

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

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

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159 193
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Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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87 195
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Meteor Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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134 97
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Countermoon added Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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103 184
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Supervolcano Gary Lewis, Robert Wisden, Tom McBeath

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164 57
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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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118 102
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MattGreene1 added Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris