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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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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
27
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
28
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
gamedemon24 added 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
29
The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
30
Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
gschwayze added 2013
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
31
Daylight is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
32
The Core is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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 in order to restart the rotation of the Earth's core. The film was ...more
33
Knowing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
arpan_mukherjee93 added 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
34
Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
35
Red Dawn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
1984
Red Dawn is a 1984 American 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 Grey. ...more
36
The Day After is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
KatieDonovan added 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
37
World War Z is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
2013
This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more
38
The Impossible is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
R20X added 2012
The Impossible is a 2012 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. The cast ...more
39
Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
40
Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Countermoon added 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
41
Jaws is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
1975
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
42
Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
willyboymcoy added 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
43
The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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.
44
28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
2002
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
45
Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
Countermoon added 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
46
Backdraft is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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
47
Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
2015
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
48
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
1995
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
49
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
2015
The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
50
Signs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
LindaM.LoucksBuburuz added 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