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The Best Sci-Fi Disaster Movies

Updated September 30, 2019 1.4k votes 121 voters 4.6k views34 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.  

Vote up the greatest sci-fi disaster movies below. If one of your favorites isn't here, add it to the list, then check back later to see how it ranks with other users. 

  • The Day After Tomorrow1
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed,...  more
  • Armageddon2
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay,...  more
  • I Am Legend3
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by...  more
  • World War Z4
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The...  more
  • Outbreak5
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    Outbreak

    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

    Released1995

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Outbreak is a 1995 American medical disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen and based on...  more
  • Deep Impact6
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    Deep Impact

    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed byMimi Leder

    Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written...  more
  • Pacific Rim7
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    Pacific Rim

    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam

    Released2013

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro. A ragtag band of...  more
  • 20128
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by...  more
  • San Andreas9
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    San Andreas

    Dwayne Johnson, Kylie Minogue

    Released2015

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    San Andreas is a 2015 American disaster film directed by Brad Peyton. A Los Angeles Fire...  more
  • The Andromeda Strain10
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    The Andromeda Strain

    Paula Kelly, David Wayne

    Released1971

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert...  more
  • Cloverfield11
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt...  more
  • Volcano12
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    Volcano

    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byMick Jackson

    Volcano is a 1997 disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal...  more
  • The Core13
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    The Core

    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Amiel

    The Core is a 2003 American science fiction disaster film. It concerns a team that has to...  more
  • The Omega Man14
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

    The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring...  more
  • Contagion15
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    Contagion

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an...  more
  • Knowing16
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    Knowing

    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne

    Released2009

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Knowing is a 2009 science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Alex Proyas. M.I.T....  more
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea17
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    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine

    Released1961

    Directed byIrwin Allen

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by...  more
  • The Happening18
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    The Happening

    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2008

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Happening is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed...  more
  • When Worlds Collide19
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    When Worlds Collide

    Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman

    Released1951

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    When Worlds Collide is a 1951 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount...  more
  • The Swarm20
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    The Swarm

    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda

    Released1978

    Directed byIrwin Allen

    The Swarm is a 1978 science fiction monster horror film about a killer bee invasion of Texas....  more
  • Meteor21
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    Meteor

    Sean Connery, Natalie Wood

    Released1979

    Directed byRonald Neame

    Meteor is a 1979 science fiction Technicolor disaster film in which scientists detect an...  more
  • Sunshine22
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    Sunshine

    Rose Byrne, Chris Evans

    Released2007

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was...  more
  • Geostorm23
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    Geostorm

    Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess

    Released2017

    Directed byDean Devlin

    Geostorm is a 2017 American disaster science-fiction action film directed by Dean Devlin. A...  more
  • Panic in Year Zero!24
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    Panic in Year Zero!

    Ray Milland, Frankie Avalon

    Released1962

    Directed byRay Milland

    Panic in Year Zero!, sometimes known as End of the World, is a 1962 science fiction film...  more
  • Earthquake25
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    Earthquake

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner

    Released1974

    Directed byMark Robson

    Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The...  more