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The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies  

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Science fiction disaster films are endlessly fun to watch. For some reason, people enjoy seeing stories about massive threats to our world. The top sci-fi disaster movies, like Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow, became box office blockbusters by playing on fears of natural calamities and weather-related catastrophes. Modern-day special effects help these pictures achieve popularity, as they allow for very realistic depictions of destruction that suck viewers right in. A-list stars are often attracted to these projects. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Affleck, and Hillary Swank are just three examples of actors who have appeared in them.  

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler
Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more
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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman
Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on Richard Preston's non-fiction book The Hot Zone. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and ...more
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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more
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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood
Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more
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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill
The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville
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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Voyage to the Bottom of the Se... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre
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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon
Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more
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2012 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton
2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more
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Volcano is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche
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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San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.
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The Core is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart
The Core is a 2003 American science fiction disaster film. It concerns a team that has to drill to the center of the Earth in order to restart the rotation of the Earth's core. The film was ...more
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Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong
Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous ...more
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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury
Knowing is a 2009 science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Alex Proyas. M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and ...more
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The Swarm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland
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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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman, John Hoyt
When Worlds Collide is a 1951 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, ...more
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Geostorm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal
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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Meteor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda
Meteor is a 1979 science fiction Technicolor disaster film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and struggle with international politics in their efforts to ...more
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Panic in Year Zero! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Ray Milland, Frankie Avalon, Jean Hagen
Panic in Year Zero!, sometimes known as End of the World, is a 1962 science fiction film directed by and starring Ray Milland. The original music score was composed by Les Baxter. It was written ...more