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.
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- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Don't Look Up is a 2021 American political satire disaster film directed by Adam McKay. A pair of low-ranking astronomers try to warn the world that a meteorite will destroy the Earth in six months.
- Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they ...more
- Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station. Led by their captain, the survivors realize that their only hope is to walk ...more
- 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.
- 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.
- Rim of the World is a 2019 American science fiction, adventure film directed by McG. Four misfit teenagers get stranded at a summer camp, they must overcome their differences and go on an epic ...more
- The Wandering Earth is a 2019 Chinese science fiction film directed by Frant Gwo, based on the novella of the same name by Locus Award and Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin. As the sun is dying ...more
- 3022 is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by John Suits. A group of astronauts living in the haunting emptiness of deep space awake to find earth has suffered an extinction level event.
- Aniara is a 2019 Swedish science fiction film directed by Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja. One of many spaceships carrying passengers from Earth to Mars is knocked off course by an asteroid, leaving ...more
- The Silence is a 2019 American-German horror film directed by John R. Leonetti based on the novel by Tim Lebbon. A deaf teen (Kiernan Shipka) and her family try to escape terrifying creatures by ...more
- 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