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The Best Natural Disaster Movies

Updated December 30, 2020 4.3k votes 908 voters 73.0k views40 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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  • 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
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  • Twister2
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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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    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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  • Dante's Peak4
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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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  • Deep Impact5
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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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    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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  • Titanic7
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A...  more
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  • Volcano8
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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 Poseidon Adventure9
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens

    Released1972

    Directed byIrwin Allen, Ronald Neame

    The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald...  more
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  • San Andreas10
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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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  • The Core11
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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 Towering Inferno12
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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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  • The Wave13
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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
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  • Into the Storm14
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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
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  • Earthquake15
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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
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  • The Impossible16
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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
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  • The Perfect Storm17
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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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  • Poseidon18
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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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  • 10.519
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    10.5

    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Lafia

    10.5 is a 2004 disaster film directed by John Lafia which aired as a television miniseries in...  more
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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still20
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from...  more
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  • Crawl21
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    Crawl

    Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

    Released2019

    Directed byAlexandre Aja

    Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya...  more
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  • Disaster Movie22
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    Disaster Movie

    Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra

    Released2008

    Directed byAaron Seltzer, Jason Friedberg

    Disaster Movie is a 2008 American parody film written and directed by Jason Friedberg and...  more
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  • Meteor Apocalypse23
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    Meteor Apocalypse

    Claudia Christian, Madison McLaughlin

    Released2010

    Directed byMicho Rutare

    Meteor Apocalypse is a 2009 American science fiction film directed by Micho Rutare....  more
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  • 10.5: Apocalypse24
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    10.5: Apocalypse

    Garcelle Beauvais, Dean Cain

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lafia

    10.5: Apocalypse is a 2006 television miniseries written and directed by John Lafia. A sequel...  more
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  • Avalanche25
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    Avalanche

    Mia Farrow, Rock Hudson

    Released1978

    Directed byCorey Allen

    Avalanche is a 1978 American disaster film, directed by Corey Allen and starring Rock Hudson,...  more
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