disasters The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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List Rules Only disaster movies should be here

These are the most entertaining, the most fun, the greatest disaster movies ever made, ranked by movie experts and film fans alike. There is a long history of these kinds of movies in cinema - never to be taken too seriously, always slightly histrionic - for moviegoers who love to watch cities leveled and populations run screaming for their lives. This list includes films that center around a natural disaster, like a storm, as well as other kinds of catastrophe that might cause an apocalypse.

This list of floods, fires, earthquakes and alien attacks is built from both your votes and those lists that Rankers have contributed. If you are a die-hard fan of disaster movies, if you know your F-5 Tornados from your 10.5 Earthquakes, make your own ranking of these to really impact the list order! And if you see a good film that should be amongst these greatest disaster movies of all time, please add it!

Be sure to check out Ranker's list of All Disaster Films.

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Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum Vivica A. Fox

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Armageddon Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis Liv Tyler

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The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal Dennis Quaid

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2012 Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson Thandie Newton

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Twister Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman Bill Paxton

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Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall Elijah Wood

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The Poseidon Adventure Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens Ernest Borgnine

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Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton Jamie Renée Smith

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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Kathy Bates

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War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman Channing Tatum

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The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg Diane Lane

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Volcano Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle Anne Heche

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The Towering Inferno O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman Faye Dunaway

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I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson Salli Richardson

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Outbreak Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey Dustin Hoffman

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Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan Jessica Lucas

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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner Victoria Principal

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Alive John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke Josh Lucas

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong Linda Hamilton

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Poseidon Emmy Rossum, Fergie Kurt Russell

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The Andromeda Strain Paula Kelly, David Wayne Arthur Hill

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The Core Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci Aaron Eckhart

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Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne Liam Hemsworth

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Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin Burt Lancaster

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The Day After John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg JoBeth Williams - The original film about nuclear holocaust the Greenie Wienies ripped off and turned into a film about global warming.

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Daylight Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen Amy Brenneman

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman Kathy Najimy

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San Andreas Dwayne Johnson

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe Eric Laneuville

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Pacific Rim Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam Ron Perlman

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The Poseidon Adventure Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer C. Thomas Howell

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The China Syndrome Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas Jack Lemmon

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The Mist Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden Laurie Holden

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Mars Attacks! Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson Sarah Jessica Parker

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The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe Molly Ringwald

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Airplane! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen Ethel Merman

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Hard Rain Morgan Freeman, Betty White Minnie Driver

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Quarantine Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter Doug Jones

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10.5 Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney Beau Bridges

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The Cabin in the Woods Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver Amy Acker

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The Impossible Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor Geraldine Chaplin

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The Happening Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg M. Night Shyamalan

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Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke Sam Neill

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Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson Dick Van Patten

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Meteor Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach Ernie Hudson

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Contagion Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet Matt Damon

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Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence Vernon Wells

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Supervolcano Gary Lewis, Robert Wisden Tom McBeath

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The War of the Gargantuas Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn Akihiko Hirata

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze Lea Thompson