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List Rules Vote 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.

Clint Eastwood and Johnny Depp have both directed Natural disaster movies, as have many other great directors.

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The Day After Tomorrow 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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Twister 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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JeniferN.Daly added Deep Impact 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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Armageddon 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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2012 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 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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Ulrik Ruud Rostrup added Dante's Peak 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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The Poseidon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
slaft added The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American action-adventure disaster film, directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. The film features ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
Tom Islava added Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster drama film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars ...more

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MarkDrinkle added The Core 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 and set off a series of nuclear explosions in order to restart the ...more

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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city ...more

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Jay Overton added Into the Storm 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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The Towering Inferno 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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Ulrik Ruud Rostrup added The Wave Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dahl Torp

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4MINGTHOUGHTS added Night of the Twisters Devon Sawa, John Schneider, Laura Bertram Night of the Twisters is a 1996 television film directed by Timothy Bond, about a family's struggle to survive a night with a bizarre and terrible storm passing over their town. The TV movie is ...more

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10.5 Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges 10.5 is a 2004 disaster film directed by John Lafia which aired as a television miniseries in the United States on May 2, 2004 and May 3, 2004. The plot focuses on a series of catastrophic ...more

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Tom Islava added Poseidon 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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10.5: Apocalypse Garcelle Beauvais, Dean Cain, Frank Langella 10.5: Apocalypse is a 2006 television miniseries written and directed by John Lafia. A sequel to 2004's 10.5, the film follows a series of catastrophic seismic disasters including earthquakes, ...more

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daniel-claeys added The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin The Impossible is a 2012 disaster 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 in ...more

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San Francisco Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald San Francisco is a 1936 musical-drama directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The film, which was the top grossing movie of that year, stars Clark ...more

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Krakatoa, East of Java Brian Keith, Sal Mineo, Maximilian Schell Krakatoa, East of Java is a 1969 American disaster film starring Maximilian Schell and Brian Keith. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. During the 1970s, the ...more

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daniel-claeys added The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more

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Suspira44 added Suez Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella Suez is an American film released on October 28, 1938 by 20th Century Fox, with Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production, directed by Allan Dwan and starring Tyrone Power, Loretta Young and ...more

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Suspira44 added Brigham Young Vincent Price, Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell Brigham Young is a 1940 American biographical romantic drama film that describes Young's succession to the presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after founder Joseph ...more

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Suspira44 added In Old Chicago Tyrone Power, Don Ameche, Alice Faye In Old Chicago is a 1937 American drama film directed by Henry King. The screenplay by Sonya Levien and Lamar Trotti was based on the Niven Busch story, "We the O'Learys." The film is ...more

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The Rains of Ranchipur Richard Burton, Lana Turner, Fred MacMurray The Rains of Ranchipur is a 1955 film drama made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Frank Ross from a screenplay by Merle Miller, based on the novel The Rains ...more

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The Rains Came Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, Joseph Schildkraut The Rains Came is a 1939 20th Century Fox film based on an American novel by Louis Bromfield. A remake of the film was released in 1955 under the name The Rains of Ranchipur. The film was ...more

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Lady from Louisiana John Wayne, Dorothy Dandridge, Ona Munson Lady from Louisiana is a 1941 American disaster film starring John Wayne. It was produced and directed by Bernard Vorhaus for Republic Pictures.

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Deluge Sidney Blackmer, Lois Wilson, Peggy Shannon Deluge is a 1933 American apocalyptic, science fiction film released by RKO Radio Pictures, and directed by Felix E. Feist. The film depicts a group of worldwide natural disasters which lead to ...more

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The Hurricane Dorothy Lamour, Mary Astor, John Carradine The Hurricane is a 1937 film set in the South Seas, directed by John Ford and produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions, about a Polynesian who is unjustly imprisoned. The climax features a special ...more

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Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu Yasutaka Tsutsui, Dave Spector, Minoru Kawasaki Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu is a 2006 Japanese black comedy film directed by Minoru Kawasaki. It is a parody of the 2006 film Nihon Chinbotsu. The original short novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui ...more

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Birdemic: Shock and Terror is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Natural Disaster Movies
Birdemic: Shock and Terror Tippi Hedren, Alan Bagh, James Nguyen Birdemic: Shock and Terror is a 2008 American independent romantic horror film written, directed, and produced by James Nguyen. The film stars Alan Bagh and Whitney Moore. Inspired by Alfred ...more

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Nihon Chinbotsu Kou Shibasaki, Hideaki Anno, Akira Emoto Nihon Chinbotsu is a 2006 Tokusatsu film directed by Shinji Higuchi, and a remake of the 1973 screenplay based on the Komatsu novel. It stars Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kou Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa, ...more

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Nihon Chinbotsu Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole, Tetsurō Tamba, Nobuo Nakamura Nihon Chinbotsu is a 1973 film directed by Shiro Moritani. It is based on the novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu, published the same year. The film stars Lorne Greene, Keiju Kobayashi, Hiroshi ...more