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The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years

Updated June 25, 2021 558 votes 83 voters 3.1k views21 items

List RulesVote up your favorite disaster movies that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

There's something weirdly hypnotic about watching catastrophes unfold onscreen. A number of recent disaster movies have portrayed the world - or parts of it - being destroyed in a multitude of ways. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tidal waves, and wildfires all take their toll. And then there's Geostorm, where just about every type of weather-related emergency happens at the same time. While many modern disaster movies are based in some sense of reality, others have more fantastical things wreaking havoc. Monsters, giant robots, and sharks all threaten mass destruction. 

The appeal of the genre probably lies in the way it allows us to confront our fears in a safe way. Real-life calamities have tragically shown what's possible. Watching such events unfold in a movie lets us imagine ourselves in a devastating scenario and try to imagine what we would do to survive. The best new disaster films also have a strong human element. They aren't just about the disaster, they're also about how people come together in the face of great adversity.

Vote for your favorites from this list of new disaster movies. Add any great examples of current disaster films that are missing, and check back to see how your addition fares with other users. 

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    The 33

    Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen

    Released2015

    Released2015

    Directed byPatricia Riggen

    Directed byPatricia Riggen

    The 33 is a 2015 Chilean survival drama film directed by Patricia Riggen, based on the real events of 2010 mining disaster in which a group of thirty-three miners were trapped in the San José Mine,...  more
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    The Hurricane Heist

    Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace

    Released2018

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Cohen

    Directed byRob Cohen

    The Hurricane Heist is a 2018 American disaster-thriller film directed by Rob Cohen. A team of tech hackers embark on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. mint facility at the same time a...  more
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    Only the Brave

    Josh Brolin, Miles Teller

    Released2017

    Released2017

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Only the Brave is a 2017 American drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski. A drama based on the elite crew of firefighters who battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona in June...  more
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    Geostorm

    Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess

    Released2017

    Released2017

    Directed byDean Devlin

    Directed byDean Devlin

    Geostorm is a 2017 American disaster science-fiction action film directed by Dean Devlin. A satellite designer (Gerard Butler) must save the world from a storm of epic proportions caused by...  more
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5...  more
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    Annihilation

    Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Released2018

    Directed byAlex Garland

    Directed byAlex Garland

    Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition...  more
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    Rampage

    Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris

    Released2018

    Released2018

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    Rampage is a 2018 American action adventure monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely based on the video game series. When three animals are mutated into giant monsters, primatologist Davis Okoye...  more
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    Skyscraper

    Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell

    Released2018

    Released2018

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    Skyscraper is a 2018 American action film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. On assignment in China, former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader Will Ford (Dwayne Johnson), who now assesses security for...  more
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    The Quake

    The Quake (Norwegian: Skjelvet) is a 2018 Norwegian disaster film directed by John Andreas Andersen. It is the sequel to The Wave and was released in Norwegian theaters on 31 August 2018.

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    The Ice Road

    Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas

    Released2021

    Released2021

    Directed byJonathan Hensleigh

    Directed byJonathan Hensleigh

    The Ice Road is a 2021 American disaster action thriller film directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. After a remote Canadian diamond mine collapses, an ice driver leads an impossible rescue mission to save...  more
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    Greenland

    Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin

    Released2020

    Released2020

    Directed byRic Roman Waugh

    Directed byRic Roman Waugh

    Greenland is a 2020 American disaster film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Scientists discover that a comet will hit Earth in a few days, and will likely cause the extinction of humanity; the only hope...  more
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    Ashfall

    Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo

    Released2019

    Released2019

    Directed byLee Hae-jun, Kim Byung-seo

    Directed byLee Hae-jun, Kim Byung-seo

    Ashfall (aka Mount Paektu) is a 2019 South Korean disaster action film directed by Lee Hae-jun and Kim Byung-seo. A volcano erupts on the mythical and majestic Baekdu Mountain causing chaos for the...  more
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    Pacific Rim: Uprising

    John Boyega, Scott Eastwood

    Released2017

    Released2017

    Directed bySteven S. DeKnight

    Directed bySteven S. DeKnight

    Pacific Rim Uprising is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to...  more
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    2
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    Skyfire

    Jason Isaacs, Hannah Quinlivan

    Released2019

    Released2019

    Directed bySimon West

    Directed bySimon West

    Skyfire is a 2019 Chinese-American disaster action film directed by Simon West. A young scientist visits a tropical island on vacation, home to the world's only volcano theme park and resort, the...  more
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    Underwater

    Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller

    Released2020

    Released2020

    Directed byWilliam Eubank

    Directed byWilliam Eubank

    Underwater is a 2020 American adventure-thriller film directed by William Eubank. A crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory....  more
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    The Aeronauts

    Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

    Released2019

    Released2019

    Directed byTom Harper

    Directed byTom Harper

    The Aeronauts is a 2019 independent biographical action-adventure film directed by Tom Harper. A Pilot (Felicity Jones) and scientist (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival...  more
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    The Rescue

    Eddie Peng, Wang Yanlin

    Released2020

    Released2020

    Directed byDante Lam

    Directed byDante Lam

    The Rescue is a 2020 Chinese action film directed by Dante Lam. A rescue unit within the Chinese Coast Guard are forced to overcome their personal differences to resolve a crisis....  more
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    Kuso

    Iesha Coston, Anders Holm

    Released2017

    Released2017

    Directed bySteven Ellison

    Directed bySteven Ellison

    Kuso is a 2017 American independent body horror comedy film directed by Steven Ellison. A series of four surreal vignettes about the mutated survivors of an earthquake that has destroyed Los Angeles....  more
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    The Finest Hours

    Chris Pine, Casey Affleck

    Released2016

    Released2016

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    Directed byCraig Gillespie

    The Finest Hours is a 2016 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Craig Gillespie. It chronicles the historic 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the crew of the SS Pendleton, after...  more
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    The Tunnel

    Thorbjørn Harr, Ylva Fuglerud

    Released2019

    Released2019

    Directed byPål Øie

    Directed byPål Øie

    The Tunnel is a 2019 Norwegian disaster thriller film directed by Pål Øie. The film follows the bulldozer driver Svein ( Thorbjørn Harr) during a tunnel fire in a 9 kilometer long road tunnel....  more
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    Future World

    James Franco, Suki Waterhouse

    Released2018

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Franco, Bruce Thierry Cheung

    Directed byJames Franco, Bruce Thierry Cheung

    Future World is a 2018 American science fiction action western film directed by James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung. In a post-apocalyptic world, where water and gasoline have long since dried up,...  more