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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Disaster Movies

Updated September 30, 2019 1.6k votes 158 voters 3.5k views33 items

List RulesVote up the best guilty pleasure disaster movies.

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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  • Twister1
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    Twister

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm...  more

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  • The Day After Tomorrow2
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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

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  • Independence Day3
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by...  more

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  • Jurassic World4
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

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  • Armageddon5
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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

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  • 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

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  • 20127
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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

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  • Outbreak8
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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

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  • Deep Blue Sea9
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    Deep Blue Sea

    Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J

    Released1999

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film, starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL...  more

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  • Dante's Peak10
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    Dante's Peak

    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton

    Released1997

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    Dante's Peak is a 1997 American epic disaster adventure film directed by Roger Donaldson, and...  more

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  • Volcano11
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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

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  • The Core12
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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

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  • The Perfect Storm13
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    The Perfect Storm

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American biographical disaster drama film directed by Wolfgang...  more

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  • San Andreas14
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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

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  • Anaconda15
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    Anaconda

    Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube

    Released1997

    Directed byLuis Llosa

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  • The Mist16
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film directed by Frank Darabont, and based...  more

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  • Poseidon17
    25
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    Poseidon

    Emmy Rossum, Fergie

    Released2006

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Poseidon is a 2006 disaster film directed and co-produced by Wolfgang Petersen. It is the...  more

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  • Into the Storm18
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    Into the Storm

    Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies

    Released2014

    Directed bySteven Quale

    Into the Storm is a 2014 American found footage disaster film directed by Steven Quale,...  more
  • Hard Rain19
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    Hard Rain

    Morgan Freeman, Betty White

    Released1998

    Directed byMikael Salomon

    Hard Rain is a 1998 American/British action thriller film, produced by Mark Gordon, written by...  more

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  • The Impossible20
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    The Impossible

    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor

    Released2012

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

    The Impossible is a 2012 drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G....  more
  • Geostorm21
    22
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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

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  • The Towering Inferno22
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

    The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen...  more

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  • Godzilla23
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    Godzilla

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

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  • Supervolcano24
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    Supervolcano

    Gary Lewis, Robert Wisden

    Released2005

    Directed byTony Mitchell

    Supervolcano is a science docufiction disaster television film that originally aired on 13...  more
  • Sharknado25
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    Sharknado

    Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo

    Released2013

    Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante

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