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The Best Natural Disaster Movies

Updated July 14, 2020 4.1k votes 856 voters 71.2k views30 items

List RulesVote for the greatest natural disaster films (in your opinion), regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

Since mother nature is always to be respected, we've created a list the best natural disaster movies of all time for you to rank. Whether the focus is on earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, or all of the above, these are considered to be the top natural disaster films by fans of the genre. The two biggest recent weather disaster films are 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, but there are many other great movies about natural disasters that are worth watching too. Who can forget about Helen Hunt's performance in the 1996 film Twister? There was also Bruce Willis in 1998's Armageddon, which was poorly reviewed but is still considered a fan favorite.

Vote for your favorites below, but only if you've seen the movie. You can use this natural disaster movies list to find some great new films that you haven't already seen, and full trailers are available on this page for you to check out as well.

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  • 1
    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Twister is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Dante's Peak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    2012 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 8
    Volcano is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Volcano

    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byMick Jackson

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    The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens

    Released1972

    Directed byIrwin Allen, Ronald Neame

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  • 10
    The Core is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Core

    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Amiel

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  • 11
    The Towering Inferno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Towering Inferno

    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

    Released1974

    Directed byIrwin Allen, John Guillermin

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  • 12
    The Wave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Wave

    Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen

    Released2015

    Directed byRoar Uthaug

    The Wave (Norwegian: Bølgen) is a 2015 Norwegian disaster film directed by Roar Uthaug. It was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    The Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Impossible

    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor

    Released2012

    Directed byJuan Antonio Bayona

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  • 14
    San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    San Andreas

    Dwayne Johnson, Kylie Minogue

    Released2015

    Directed byBrad Peyton

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  • 15
    Earthquake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Earthquake

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner

    Released1974

    Directed byMark Robson

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    Into the Storm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Into the Storm

    Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies

    Released2014

    Directed bySteven Quale

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  • 17
    10.5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    10.5

    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Lafia

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  • 18
    Poseidon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Poseidon

    Emmy Rossum, Fergie

    Released2006

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    The Perfect Storm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Perfect Storm

    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2000

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Crawl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

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    10.5: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    10.5: Apocalypse

    Garcelle Beauvais, Dean Cain

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lafia

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Night of the Twisters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Night of the Twisters

    Devon Sawa, John Schneider

    Released1996

    Directed byTimothy Bond

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    Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Waterworld

    Kevin Costner, Jack Black

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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    Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
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    Snowpiercer

    Chris Evans, John Hurt

    Released2013

    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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