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The Best '90s Disaster Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite disaster movies that were released in the 1990 - 1999.

These are the best disaster movies from the ‘90s. Disaster films can impact the whole world a select group of people such as on an airplane or in a city. These disaster films from the 1990s are edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that still hold up today and are certainly fun to watch. With famous actors such as Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic and Tommy Lee Jones in Volcano, 1990s disaster movies are some of the most exciting and memorable films in the genre. This list includes man-made disasters like Daylight and natural disaster movies like Twister.

Other great disaster movies from the nineteen-nineties include films such as Armageddon and Dante’s Peak.

Now it’s time to determine the greatest ‘90s disaster movies. Vote up the good 1990s disaster movies to make sure that the right film makes its way to the top of the list. Don’t see your favorite ‘90s disaster movie? Feel free to add it to the list.

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
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
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Twister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton
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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox
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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By Dawn's Early Light is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
James Earl Jones, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Landau
By Dawn’s Early Light is an HBO Original Movie, aired in 1990 and set in 1991. It is based on the 1983 novel Trinity's Child, written by William Prochnau. The film is one of the last to depict ...more
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Hard Rain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver
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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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood
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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White Squall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Jeff Bridges, Ryan Phillippe, Željko Ivanek
White Squall is a 1996 American drama feature film, directed by Ridley Scott.
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Without Warning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Arthur C. Clarke, Philip Baker Hall, Jane Kaczmarek
Without Warning is an American CBS TV movie, directed by Robert Iscove, featuring veteran news anchor Sander Vanocur and reporter Bree Walker as themselves covering a breaking news story of ...more
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Blackout Effect is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Eric Stoltz, Leslie Hope, Charles Martin Smith
Blackout Effect is a 1998 made-for-television disaster/thriller film. Blackout Effect was originally broadcast on NBC on January 4, 1998.
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The Great Los Angeles Earthqua... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Ed Begley, Jr., Joanna Kerns
The Great Los Angeles Earthquake is a 1990 television film about a massive earthquake that strikes Los Angeles, California. The movie stars Joanna Kerns in the movie's lead role, seismologist ...more
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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler
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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Black Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Kathleen Robertson, Kate Jackson, Jerry Orbach
On her way home in a plane to New York, the teenage Sarah gets very ill. She realizes too late that it's more than a cold and with her parents still on vacation, she breaks down in the middle of ...more
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Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Tom Berenger, Jennifer Beals, Craig Sheffer
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying is a 1999 direct-to-video action thriller film. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Turbulence and a prequel to the 2001 film Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal. The film was ...more
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Into Thin Air: Death on Everes... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Richard Jenkins, Christopher McDonald, Peter Horton
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest is a made-for-TV movie based on the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. The film is directed by Robert Markowitz and written by Robert J. Avrech. The film tells ...more
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Alive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas
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
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After The Shock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Yaphet Kotto, Jack Scalia, Jerry Williams
After The Shock is a 1990 drama film written and directed by Gary Sherman.
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Volcano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche
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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Ground Control is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Margaret Cho, Henry Winkler
Ground Control is a 1998 disaster thriller film directed by Richard Howard and starring Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce McGill, Kristy Swanson, and Robert Sean Leonard. The film features a cameo by ...more
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Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Mitch Pileggi, Kevin Rahm, Patrick Fugit
Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! is a 1998 made for TV horror movie, made for the Fox TV channel. It seems like a remake of the 1954 movie The Naked Jungle starring Charlton Heston. In 2005, Legion ...more
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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman
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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Turbulence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Ray Liotta, Brendan Gleeson, Lauren Holly
Turbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly and was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
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Chernobyl: The Final Warning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Chernobyl: The Final Warning Jon Voight, Jason Robards Jr., Sammi Davis
Chernobyl: The Final Warning is a 1991 made for television movie. The film chronicles the Chernobyl disaster.
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Earthquake in New York is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Earthquake in New York Melissa Sue Anderson, Michael Moriarty, Cynthia Gibb
Earthquake in New York is an American television movie that aired on Fox Family Channel on Sunday October 11, 1998 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. The film's tagline was "In a city torn ...more
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Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Avalanche
Avalanche is a 1994 thriller film directed by Paul Shapiro.
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The Day of the Roses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Disaster Movies
Gigi Edgley, Rebecca Gibney, Chris Haywood
The Day of the Roses is a two-part Australian television mini-series, a docu-drama directed by Peter Fisk, based on the events of the 1977 Granville railway disaster. The film was made in 1998 ...more