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.
Directed by: Patricia RiggenThe 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
Directed by: Joseph KosinskiOnly 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
- Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace
The Hurricane Heist
Directed by: Rob CohenThe 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
Directed by: Dean DevlinGeostorm 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
Directed by: Alex GarlandLena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X -- a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. ...more
Directed by: Alexandre AjaCrawl 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
- Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris
Directed by: Brad PeytonPrimatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla that's been in his care since birth. When a rogue genetic experiment goes wrong, it
Directed by: Rawson Marshall ThurberSkyscraper 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
- Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas
The Ice Road
Directed by: Jonathan HensleighThe 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
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.
- John Boyega, Scott Eastwood
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Directed by: Steven S. DeKnightPacific 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
Directed by: Ric Roman WaughGreenland 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
Directed by: Steven EllisonKuso 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
Directed by: Craig GillespieThe 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
Directed by: Lee Hae-jun, Kim Byung-seoAshfall (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
Directed by: Simon WestSkyfire 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
- James Franco, Suki Waterhouse
Directed by: James Franco, Bruce Thierry CheungFuture 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
- Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel
Directed by: William EubankDisaster 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
Directed by: Dante LamThe 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
Directed by: Pål ØieThe 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
Directed by: Tom HarperThe 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