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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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

2
2,040 805
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

3
1,637 872
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

4
1,696 599
Twister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

5
1,464 558
Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

6
1,617 896
2012 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

7
983 613
The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

8
1,171 558
Dante's Peak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

9
1,432 765
Titanic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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 what happened to the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

10
1,159 717
War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

11
964 518
The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

12
904 341
Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

13
1,069 461
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
physcod added 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

14
856 478
Volcano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

15
727 455
The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

16
781 350
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
kaylive added 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

17
765 688
Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

18
452 430
Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

19
438 447
Alive is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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. The ...more

20
802 293
San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
analise.dubner added 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

21
499 366
The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time
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

22
454 457
Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
578 441
The Core is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
531 418
Knowing is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
638 361
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 25 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