Disasters The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time  

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List Rules 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
Independence Day 1996 Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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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 2004 The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Armageddon 1998 Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more

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Twister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Twister 1996 Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton ...more

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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Deep Impact 1998 Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more

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2012 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
2012 2009 2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more

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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 1972 The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features ...more

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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 1997 Dante's Peak is a 1997 American epic disaster adventure film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jamie Renée ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Titanic 1997 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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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 2005 War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more

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The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Perfect Storm 2000 The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more

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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Outbreak 1995 Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
physcod added I Am Legend 2007 I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more

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Volcano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Volcano 1997 Volcano is a 1997 disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Jerome ...more

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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 1974 The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
kaylive added Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Cloverfield 2008 Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Earthquake 1974 Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city ...more

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Alive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Alive 1993 Alive is a 1993 American biographical survival drama film based upon Piers Paul Read's 1974 book Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which details the story of a Uruguayan rugby team who ...more

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San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
analise.dubner added San Andreas 2015 San Andreas is an upcoming American disaster film directed by Brad Peyton and written by Allan Loeb, Carlton Cuse, Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes, based on the original script by Jeremy Passmore and ...more

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Andromeda Strain 1971 The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more

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The Core is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Core 2003 The Core is a 2003 American science fiction disaster film. It concerns a team that has to drill to the center of the Earth and set off a series of nuclear explosions in order to restart the ...more

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Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Poseidon 2006 Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 ...more

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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
arpan_mukherjee93 added Knowing 2009 Knowing is a 2009 science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Alex Proyas. M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
gamedemon24 added WALL-E 2008 WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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The Day After is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
KatieDonovan added The Day After 1983 The original film about nuclear holocaust the Greenie Wienies ripped off and turned into a film about global warming.
The Day After is a 1983 American television film that aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC television network. It was seen by more than 100 million people during its initial broadcast. It is ...more

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
gschwayze added Pacific Rim 2013 Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Airport is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Airport 1970 Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and written by George Seaton, and based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name. It originated the ...more

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Daylight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Daylight 1996 Daylight is a 1996 American disaster thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Sylvester Stallone, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Stan Shaw, Karen ...more

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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
wiabux added The Mist 2007 The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more

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The Stand is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
jbeuscher01 added The Stand 1994 The Stand is a 1994 American television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. King also wrote the teleplay, and has a cameo role in the series. It was directed by Mick ...more

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Omega Man 1971 The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more

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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Contagion 2011 Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more

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The Impossible is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
R20X added The Impossible 2012 The Impossible is a 2012 disaster drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sánchez. It is based on the experience of María Belón and her family in ...more

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The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Poseidon Adventure 2005 The Poseidon Adventure is a 2005 action and adventure made-for-TV film based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name.

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The China Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The China Syndrome 1979 The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, ...more

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
willyboymcoy added Airplane! 1980 Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Red Dawn 1984 Red Dawn is a 1984 American war film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer ...more

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Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Mars Attacks! 1996 Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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The Cabin in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Cabin in the Woods 2012 The Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard. The film stars Kristen ...more

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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Quarantine 2008 Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, ...more

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Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Countermoon added Soylent Green 1973 Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and, in his final film, Edward G. Robinson. The film ...more

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Jurassic Park 1993 Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Backdraft 1991 Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, ...more

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
MattGreene1 added Gravity 2013 Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Countermoon added Mad Max 2 1981 Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. ...more

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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
The Happening 2008 The Happening is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man, his wife, his best friend, and his friend's daughter as ...more

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Air Force One is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Air Force One 1997 Air Force One is a 1997 American political action thriller film written by Andrew W. Marlowe and directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is about a group of Russian terrorists that ...more

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Hard Rain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Hard Rain 1998 Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars ...more

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Signs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
LindaM.LoucksBuburuz added Signs 2002 Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more