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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1,169 587
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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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1,539 479
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The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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2012 Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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1,028 375
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Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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660 432
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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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792 383
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Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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933 546
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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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823 505
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War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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632 354
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The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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579 319
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Volcano Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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500 326
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The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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713 288
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physcod added I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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586 213
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Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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322 300
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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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306 323
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Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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512 211
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kaylive added Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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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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234 248
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Daylight Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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233 256
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Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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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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analise.dubner added San Andreas Dwayne Johnson

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gamedemon24 added WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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

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

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225 113
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jbeuscher01 added The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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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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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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255 146
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R20X added The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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10.5 Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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

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224 192
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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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135 82
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Countermoon added Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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Meteor Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Ernie Hudson

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138 99
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Countermoon added Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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106 187
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Supervolcano Gary Lewis, Robert Wisden, Tom McBeath

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168 59
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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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126 105
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MattGreene1 added Gravity Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris