The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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List Criteria: 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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  1. 1
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    Independence Day 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    the people's #1
    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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  2. 2
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    The Day After Tomorrow 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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  3. 3
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    - 392
    Armageddon 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    most listed
    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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  4. 4
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    Twister 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Paxton

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  5. 5
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    - 273
    Deep Impact 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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  6. 6
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    - 452
    2012 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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    The Poseidon Adventure 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Gene Hackman, Stella Stevens, Ernest Borgnine

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  8. 8
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    - 270
    Dante's Peak 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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  9. 9
    + 689
    - 392
    Titanic 
	is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  10. 10
    + 502
    - 189
    I Am Legend 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by physcod
    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  11. 11
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    War of the Worlds 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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  12. 12
    + 402
    - 146
    Outbreak 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by MarcoSalih
    Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman

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  13. 13
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    - 251
    The Perfect Storm 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

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  14. 14
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    - 230
    Volcano 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Tommy Lee Jones, Don Cheadle, Anne Heche

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  15. 15
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    - 222
    The Towering Inferno 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway

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  16. 16
    + 372
    - 137
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by kaylive
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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  17. 17
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    - 385
    Cloverfield 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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  18. 18
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    - 208
    Earthquake 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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  19. 19
    + 224
    - 60
    San Andreas 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by analise.dubner
    Dwayne Johnson

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  20. 20
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    - 238
    Alive 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    John Malkovich, Ethan Hawke, Josh Lucas

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  21. 21
    + 266
    - 183
    The Andromeda Strain 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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  22. 22
    + 283
    - 208
    The Core 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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  23. 23
    + 280
    - 153
    WALL-E 
	is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by gamedemon24
    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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  24. 24
    + 231
    - 234
    Poseidon 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Kurt Russell

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  25. 25
    + 260
    - 198
    Knowing 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    added by arpan_mukherjee93
    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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  26. 26
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    - 145
    The Day After 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    added by KatieDonovan
    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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  27. 27
    + 230
    - 129
    Pacific Rim 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by gschwayze
    Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

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  28. 28
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    - 176
    Airport 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster

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  29. 29
    + 166
    - 174
    Daylight 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

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  30. 30
    + 176
    - 90
    The Mist 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

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  31. 31
    + 173
    - 184
    The Omega Man 
	is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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  32. 32
    + 129
    - 68
    The Stand 
	is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by jbeuscher01
    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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  33. 33
    + 168
    - 108
    Airplane! 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by willyboymcoy
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

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  34. 34
    + 157
    - 163
    The China Syndrome 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

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  35. 35
    + 253
    - 246
    Mars Attacks! 
	is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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  36. 36
    + 144
    - 175
    The Poseidon Adventure 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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  37. 37
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    - 98
    The Impossible 
	is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    added by R20X
    Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin

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  38. 38
    + 158
    - 133
    The Cabin in the Woods 
	is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Chris Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver, Amy Acker

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  39. 39
    + 125
    - 150
    Quarantine 
	is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

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  40. 40
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    - 121
    Battle: Los Angeles 
	is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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  41. 41
    + 51
    - 23
    Contagion 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

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  42. 42
    + 103
    - 162
    Hard Rain 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Morgan Freeman, Betty White, Minnie Driver

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  43. 43
    + 66
    - 43
    Soylent Green 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    added by Countermoon
    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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  44. 44
    + 70
    - 24
    Red Dawn 
	is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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  45. 45
    + 74
    - 53
    Mad Max 2 
	is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

    added by Countermoon
    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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  46. 46
    + 101
    - 144
    10.5 
	is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Kaley Cuoco, Kim Delaney, Beau Bridges

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  47. 47
    + 100
    - 99
    The War of the Gargantuas 
	is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Takashi Shimura, Russ Tamblyn, Akihiko Hirata

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  48. 48
    + 141
    - 194
    The Happening 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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  49. 49
    + 120
    - 153
    Daybreakers 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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  50. 50
    + 40
    - 23
    Transformers 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time


    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

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