Top Ten Greatest Disaster Movies


The Top Ten

1 The Day After Tomorrow

I want to work in Geography because of this film. F'ing amazing. I am literally the biggest fan of this film ever.

Yes I opinion this

Definitely one of the better films in the "disaster" subgenre.

This movie had a really interesting plot. - ethanmeinster

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2 2012

It's the "mother of all disaster movies" as the late, great Roger Ebert said. As a movie it's one of the best of its kind and a really entertaining ride from start to finish.

It's the be-all, end-all of disaster films. - Zordon2010

I love to way they made the movie... yeah

Yes mother of all disaster movies

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3 Twister

I watched this in 7th grade for science - Ajkloth

This is a long time favorite of mine.
I wish I could have seen it in the cinnema but I was 1 year old when this movie came out. - DUTCHlioness

4 Titanic

No other movie showed this kind of distruction ever. People cried for it.. What else it takes to be an overall no. 1 movie of all time. - redgedawson

Titanic is so good because the story and acting. It shows very much of titanic.
Just see the movie and you will understand what I mean.

No movie and mean no movie has ever made me unable to explain how amazing Titanic is. James Cameron has made a movie so well made and unforgettable as Titanic. Dicapreo and Winslet played as some of the most memorable characters in motion picture history and will never be forgotten, and I mean never.

Highest grossing movie of all time, ingeniously written, beautifully performed, skillfuly acted, engaging plot, unforgetable moments, shocking special effects, beautiful music, expert cinematography, a strong and thought provoking message about class discrimination and arranged marriage, brings history back to life and, on top of it all, had something no disaster movie has been able to include before or since, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!

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5 Independence Day

Graphics, acting, and the plot line are unbeatable

The uh uh spaceships uh uh are going to uh uh going to uh possition themselves all uh over the uh uh world and uh uh than uh uh than uh... CHECKMATE! - Jeff Goldbloom (

6 Deep Impact

This film is well written and really lets you connect emotionally with the characters. It has some quite emotional scenes and that's even before the comet has hit. Unlike other disaster films, the audience is not invited to revel in the end destruction, instead it is invited to experience it from a real-world point perspective as if it was actually happening and you were stuck in the middle of it. Amazing film.

For some reason people don't find it sad its impact in the emotion is bigger than the meteor itself

I have this movie on dvd.
I love it. - DUTCHlioness

7 San Andreas

The destruction was stunning as hell - Not_A_Weeaboo

Literally one f my favourite films of ALL TIME. The Rock is amazing in it

8 Armageddon

By far the best disaster movie, you don't see Bruce Willis any better than in this. It's a action, heart pumping movie with a sad tearful story. Everything that you could want! - stevenshanemorgan

It has everything you want in a movie, story line, action, romance, humour, great chemistry amongst the awesome cast, love this film

9 Dante's Peak

I love this movie. I've seen it a bunch of times and it never gets old.

Best volcano thriller movie ever done!

Next to twister and deep inpact is this also a high favorite.
I love this one. - DUTCHlioness

10 Earthquake

The Contenders

11 The Impossible

The fact this is so low when it was Oscar nominated in multiple categories will make me never understand average people - u_maddox_bro

Seriously? This movie ranks below category 7 and deep impact? Did you see this movie? It needs to be near the top of your your top 10 at least.

I would rate this movie at the top of the list emotionally very powerful movie. realism too close for comfort.Brilliant

12 World War Z

Ah yes, good old WWZ. An unforgettable story about dozens of relateable characters telling their stories during a fictional zombie apocalypse scenario that goes into surprising detail about the economic, geopolitical, social, religious and even environmental effects of such a scenario.

Oh wait, that's the BOOK WWZ! You mean the movie about Brad Pit crashing planes and dodging explosions to save the world from a bland generic zombie infestation that lacks any character development whatsoever and was so bad that even the author of the original work publicly stated that it was a piece.


13 Category 7: The End of the World

the effects may have been fakish, but this movie (for a TV miniseries) is really awesome. I bought it on Blu-Ray instantly once i knew it was available on it. - BKAllmighty

14 10.5

Great special effects. Part 2 is badass too [10.5 Apocalypse] - westofohio

15 Vertical Limit
16 The Poseidon Adventure

I'm sorry but this movie should be number 1. This movie is the granddaddy of all modern disaster movies and it's still best! The Towering Inferno should be a close number 2 on the list.

An absolute classic. Should be higher on the list! How is Category 7:end of the world above this?

Terrific film. Add THE TOWERING INFERNO, and you have the Twin Titans of the disaster genre.

By far the greatest disaster movie of all time

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17 I Am Legend
18 Godzilla (2014)


19 Volcano
20 War of the Worlds (2005)

The remake is a success, and Tom Cruise has great acting. It really shows the emotion and fear of the movie. I still fear tripods coming out of the ground. - ethanmeinster

I love how tom cruise played his role as a father in this movie

This is a great remake

21 The Towering Inferno

One of the two best disaster films ever to make it to the screen (the other being THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE).

22 Outbreak
23 Category 6: Day of Destruction
24 Absolute Zero
25 28 Days Later
26 Volcano: Fire on the Mountain
27 Into the Storm

This movie was incredible... The dialogue was average but the effects were the best I've ever seen

I honestly thought it was better than twister. If not, it totally had better effects

28 The World's End

The third film of Edgar Wright's "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy

29 The Happening
30 The Core
31 The Tower
32 Everest
33 Knowing
34 Aftershock (2010)
35 War of The Worlds
36 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

What a knock-off.

37 Quarantine

Well I saw this movie when I was 7 years old unluckily I had to wash my pants its about how rabies can spread, that day I din't sleep I still remember that now so children don't ever see movies like that! - Tigerdrag40

38 The Locusts
39 The War of the Worlds (1953)
40 Dawn of the Dead
41 Cloverfield

I m waiting for a prequel or sequel

42 Tidal Wave

South korean tidal wave movies - SpencerJC

43 The Crazies
44 Final Destination
45 Man of Steel

It's not a disaster movie, it's a superhero flick and it still sucks.

Best superhero movie ever!

46 Gravity
47 White House Down
48 Olympus Has Fallen
49 Red Dawn
50 The Dark Knight
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