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The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies 

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Updated September 30, 2019 954 votes 109 voters 4k views 34 items

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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

Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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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The Day After Tomorrow ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

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) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1995

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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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Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mimi Leder

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

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Wise

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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2012 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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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San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Dwayne Johnson, Kylie Minogue, Alexandra Daddario

Released: 2015

Directed by: Brad Peyton

San Andreas is a 2015 American disaster film directed by Brad Peyton. A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter-rescue pilot, Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) must rescue his estranged wife and their ...more
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The Core is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Amiel

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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Knowing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury

Released: 2009

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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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Volcano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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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Voyage to the Bottom of ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

Released: 2008

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Happening is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man, his wife, his best friend, and his friend's daughter as ...more
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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman, John Hoyt

Released: 1951

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

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) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

Released: 2007

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Casey Affleck

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 Swarm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
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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Meteor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies
Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ronald Neame

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