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The Best PG Disaster Movies 

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Updated October 9, 2019 298 votes 62 voters 8.9k views 42 items

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Here is a list of PG disaster movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG disaster movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG Disaster movie of all time is. If you think the top PG disaster movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG Disaster films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG Disaster film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

List contains movies like Airplane! and The Omega Man.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best PG disaster movies?" and "What are the most famous PG disaster movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new disaster movies that are rated PG and thus family friendly and safe to watch with your kids. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great disaster movies rated PG, so get out there and start watching.

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James Cameron and Robert Wise have both directed a PG Disaster film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PG Disaster Movies
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more

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Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1972

Directed by: Irwin Allen, Ronald Neame

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features ...more

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Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

Released: 1971

Directed by: Boris Sagal

The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more

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Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1979

Directed by: James Bridges

The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, ...more

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Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre

Released: 1961

Directed by: Irwin Allen

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by Irwin Allen, released by 20th Century Fox in 1961. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles ...more

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#75 of 406 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #25 of 46 The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time #248 of 501 The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

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O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by John ...more

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Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

Released: 1974

Directed by: Mark Robson

Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city ...more

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William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ken Finkleman

Airplane II: The Sequel is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First released on December 10, 1982, the film was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and stars Robert ...more

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Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Smight

Airport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 film Airport. It stars Charlton Heston and Karen Black and is directed by Jack Smight.

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Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more

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Testament Kevin Costner, Rebecca De Mornay, Jane Alexander

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lynne Littman

Testament is a drama film based on The Last Testament by Carol Amen, directed by Lynne Littman and written by John Sacret Young. The film tells the story of how one small suburban town near the ...more

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Released: 1997

Directed by: Mick Jackson

Volcano is a 1997 disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Jerome ...more

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Sally Field, Michael Caine, Mark Harmon

Released: 1979

Directed by: Irwin Allen

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure is a 1979 American disaster film, a sequel to the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. It was directed by Irwin Allen and starred Michael Caine and Sally Field. The ...more

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Alain Delon, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy

Released: 1979

Directed by: David Lowell Rich

The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film. The film was the fourth and final installment of the Airport series. Panned by critics, the film also flopped at the box office. ...more

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Christopher Lee, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1977

Directed by: Jerry Jameson

Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and third movie in the Airport franchise. The film stars a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee and ...more

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Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1978

Directed by: Irwin Allen

The Swarm is a 1978 science fiction monster horror film about a killer bee invasion of Texas. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog. The director was Irwin Allen, and the ...more

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Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, George C. Scott

Released: 1975

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Hindenburg is a 1975 American Technicolor film based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. The film stars George C. Scott. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and was ...more

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Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ronald Neame

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Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bissett, William Holden

Released: 1980

Directed by: James Goldstone

When Time Ran Out is a disaster film released in 1980, starring Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Burgess Meredith, Valentina ...more

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Charlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine

Released: 1978

Directed by: David Greene

Gray Lady Down is a 1978 disaster film by Universal Studios starring Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and is the feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. It ...more

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Rollercoaster Helen Hunt, Henry Fonda, Steve Guttenberg

Released: 1977

Directed by: James Goldstone

Rollercoaster is a 1977 disaster-suspense film starring George Segal, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda and Timothy Bottoms, and directed by James Goldstone. It was one of the few films to be shown ...more

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Stockard Channing, José Ferrer, Larry Hagman

Released: 1976

Directed by: James Frawley

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Released: 2003

Directed by: James Cameron

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Omar Sharif, Richard Harris, Ian Holm

Released: 1974

Directed by: Richard Lester

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Orca Bo Derek, Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Anderson

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