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The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated July 12, 2019 570 votes 72 voters 1.9k views 13 items

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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The Hurricane Heist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
The Hurricane Heist Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten

Released: 2018

Directed by: Rob 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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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

Directed by: Patricia Riggen

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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Geostorm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

Released: 2017

Directed by: Dean 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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Only the Brave is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2017

Directed by: Joseph 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 ...more
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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alexandre 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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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Rampage Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Ã…kerman

Directed by: Brad 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 ...more
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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Alex 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 ...more
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Skyscraper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han

Directed by: Rawson 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 ...more
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The Quake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
The Quake

Released: 2018

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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Pacific Rim: Uprising is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Pacific Rim: Uprising John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny

Released: 2017

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more
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The Finest Hours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster

Directed by: Craig 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, ...more
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Kuso is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Iesha Coston, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker

Released: 2017

Directed by: Steven 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
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Future World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Disaster Movies of the Last Few Years
Future World James Franco, Suki Waterhouse, Jeffrey Wahlberg

Released: 2018

Directed by: James 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 ...more