Natural Disasters The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies  

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While they may not be beloved by critics, there's nothing better for a hefty dose of escapism than guilty pleasure disaster movies. While they may be chalk full of cheesy special effects, glaringly obvious plot holes, and bad acting, these films are the go-to for many when life gets overwhelming and you want something easy to help disengage.

The dumb disaster movies below don't demand a whole lot from their audience, so you can easily tune out the world and simply kick back watching stock characters try to save the world, evade explosions, and navigate situations so absurd you simply cannot suspend your disbelief. They may be corny, but sometimes that's exactly what you need. You don't always want Apollo 13. On occasion, you just want to kick back with some Michael Bay. Browse this list to find the best guilty pleasure disaster movies for your viewing delight!

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Twister is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton
Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton ...more
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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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32 9
Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox
Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more
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25 7
Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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29 11
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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24 8
Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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25 11
2012 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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20 10
The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane
The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which ...more
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Into the Storm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh
Into the Storm is a 2014 American found footage disaster film directed by Steven Quale, written by John Swetnam, and starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia ...more
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Dante's Peak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith
Dante's Peak is a 1997 American epic disaster adventure film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Elizabeth Hoffman, Jamie Renée ...more
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20 11
Deep Blue Sea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane
Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was directed by ...more
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13 6
Hard Rain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver
Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by Graham Yost and directed by former cinematographer turned director Mikael Salomon. It stars ...more
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12 6
Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more
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13 7
The Core is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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Outbreak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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12 7
San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Michelle Miller added 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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13 9
The Impossible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin
The Impossible is a 2012 drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sánchez. It is based on the experience of María Belón and her family. The cast ...more
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12 8
The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway
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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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more
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Anaconda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson
Anaconda is a 1997 adventure-horror film, directed by Luis Llosa, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde. It centers on a film ...more
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Geostorm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure 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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9 6
Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell
Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the third film adaptation of Paul Gallico's novel The Poseidon Adventure, and a loose remake of the 1972 ...more
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Supervolcano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Michelle Miller added Gary Lewis, Robert Wisden, Tom McBeath
Supervolcano is a science docufiction disaster television film that originally aired on 13 March 2005 on BBC One, and released by the BBC on 10 April 2005 on the Discovery Channel. It is ...more
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Absolute Zero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies
Erika Eleniak, Jeff Fahey, Jessica Amlee
Absolute Zero is a 2006 disaster film, directed by Robert Lee, and written by Sarah Watson. It stars Jeff Fahey and Erika Eleniak. The film is about polar shift, which brings a new ice age in ...more