Entertainment The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote 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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San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Kylie Minogue, Alexandra Daddario
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 33 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Jennifer Lopez, Cote de Pablo, Martin Sheen
The 33 is an upcoming Chilean survival drama film directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Mikko Alanne and José Rivera. The film is based on the real events of 2010 mining disaster in ...more
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The Hurricane Heist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten
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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Everest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes
Everest is a 2015 biographical adventure film directed by Baltasar Kormákur, based on the memoir by Beck Weathers. The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall (Jason ...more
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Only the Brave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
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 ...more
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Geostorm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish
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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Pandora is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Kim Nam-gil, Kim Young-ae, Kim Ju-hyeon
Pandora is a 2016 South Korean disaster film directed by Park Jung-woo. The explosion of a nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake leads to a disaster which no one other than its workers can ...more
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Pandemic is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Pandemic Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Missi Pyle
Pandemic is a 2016 American science fiction thriller film directed by John Suits. A doctor (Rachel Nichols) leads a group to find survivors of a worldwide pandemic.
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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman
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 ...more
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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez
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 ...more
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The Quake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
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 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston
The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J Blakeson, based on the novel by Rick Yancey. After four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks left most of Earth ...more
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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Ian Ziering, Tara Reid
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is a 2015 American action comedy horror film directed by Thunder Levin and the third installment in the Sharknado film series.
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Skyscraper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han
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 ...more
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Pacific Rim: Uprising is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
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 ...more
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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The Wave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
The Wave

The Wave  is a 2015 Norwegian disaster film directed by Roar Uthaug. It was Norway's official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but failed to be nominated.

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USS Indianapolis: Men of Coura... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is a 2016 American war film directed by Mario Van Peebles. During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 300 crewmen ...more
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Kuso is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Iesha Coston, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker
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
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The Finest Hours is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
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, ...more
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Future World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
James Franco, Suki Waterhouse, Jeffrey Wahlberg
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 ...more
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Shin Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira, also known as Godzilla Resurgence) is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film and the 31st installment in the Godzilla franchise. It received 11 Japan Academy ...more
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San Andreas Quake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
San Andreas Quake Jhey Castles, Jason Woods, Grace Van Dien
San Andreas Quake is a 2015 American disaster film directed by John Baumgartner.
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Stormageddon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Stormageddon Joseph Gatt, John Hennigan, Eve Mauro
Stormageddon is a 2015 American disaster film directed by Nick Lyon. A computer program, Echelon, takes over America's computer systems and gains the potential to manipulate the weather.