Top 50 Best Disaster Movies To Watch

top 50 best disaster movies to watch


If there is one thing that the world is now definitely familiar with is disasters and the trauma they leave behind.


From pandemics to global climatic shifts, it’s been a rollercoaster ride since. As cinematic as our present-day life looks, you would be surprised by the countless options Hollywood has been putting forward for a long time now.


Hollywood’s obsession with disaster movies is highly evident as we go through the options and the diversity they offer.


And is there a better genre to show off the cutting-edge technology Hollywood has been building all these years?


The genre rose to its fame in the 1970s with star-studded action thrillers like The Airport and The Poseidon Adventure and then after a brief period of dormancy somewhere around the mid-nineties it regained its glory.


And from then tornadoes, asteroids, volcanoes, end of the world have all done a very sophisticated and convincing job of making us fall for the genre.


There is almost always hope at the end of these movies and that’s a major driving force for their success as well.


Amidst so much chaos, maybe it’s the right time to weigh out your worries. Our personal list encompasses a few from the lot that we consider are worth your time.


Here are ENTOIN’s personal Top Disaster Movies.




1. 12 Monkeys


12 Monkeys


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Directed by Terry Gilliam
Written by David Peoples, Janet Peoples
Music by Paul Buckmaster
Costume Design by Julie Weiss
Cinematography by Roger Pratt
Release Year 1995
Runtime 129 min
Starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer
IMDB Rating 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 76%
Global Box Office $168,839,459


In the future humans live underground and that does not seem very fascinating but believe it, this movie is.


When a deadly virus that wipes out humanity is released, a group called the twelve monkeys are believed to be responsible for it.


A group of scientists from the future is trying to make things right. James Cole is sent back from the future to find the origin and change the future of the world.


A truly engaging, challenging narrative with the perfect cast is one of the finest creations of cinematic history.


Don’t miss these people! And get prepared to lose yourself in that perfect loop.




2. Twister




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Directed by Jan de Bont
Written by Michael Crichton, Anne-Marie Martin
Music by Mark Mancina
Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick
Cinematography by Jack N. Green
Release Year 1996
Runtime 113 min
Starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes 
IMDB Rating 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 60%
Global Box Office $494,471,524


When a deadly tornado not only tears down the shelter roof but also her family Jo Thornton makes it her mission to make sure that it never happens again.


Jo, years later is a meteorologist obsessed with chasing tornadoes and heads a team. In order to execute her dream project ‘Dorothy’ which would be a revolution for tornado research calls for unforeseen circumstances.


At the brink of divorce, an invention that would finally quench her childhood trauma takes Jo to a tornado that gives indeed a lot of answers.


The movie also earned Oscar nominations for visual effects and sound design.




3. Titanic




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Directed by James Cameron
Written by James Cameron
Music by James Horner
Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott
Cinematography by Russell Carpenter
Release Year 1997
Runtime 195 min
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
IMDB Rating 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 69% 
Global Box Office $2,201,647,264 


Now there isn’t another movie that received acceptance all over the world like the Titanic.


James Cameron’s Titanic took people all over the world on a majestic ride that unfortunately ended up as a disaster.


Here is a ship that is claimed unsinkable which everyone knows will sink but before that, the movie makes it a point to etch romance, thriller, adventure, and survival all into our hearts. 17-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson fall in love that is not entwined around money but of art, emotions, and full of life.


As the ship hits massive iceberg chaos arises in the ship. While the rich celebrate their privilege, the poor are left with hope which eventually does change.


In between life and death, a series of events unfold that makes us feel the journey that is in fact full of life and feels life.


One of the finest cinematic experiences in history takes us on a ride that touches the depths of the ocean.


Art, cast, costume, and music all depicted perfection at its peak. It is almost as if everyone decided that it is time to showcase their best work.




4. Airport




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Directed by George Seaton
Written by Arthur Hailey(book), George Seaton( screenplay)
Music by Alfred Newman
Costume Design by Edith Head
Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo
Release Year 1970
Runtime 137 min
Starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset
IMDB Rating 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 66%
Global Box Office $100,489,151


Among the first and best of Hollywood’s disaster movies, veteran George Seaton’s Airport to date holds a large number of admirers.


A heavy snowstorm and a Boeing 707 that misjudged the runway gets stuck in the snow and closes the runway.


Demolition expert D. O. Guerrero is aboard flight TGA  2 and plans to suicide.


When the bomb explodes on the plane an emergency landing on the longest runaway is inevitable.


And how do they avoid a massive collision from happening? There are also quite a few subplots that worked very well within the main plot as well.



5. Train to Busan


Train to Busan


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Directed by Yeon Sang-ho
Written by Park Joo-suk
Music by Jang Young-gyu
Costume Design by Yu-Jin Gweon, Seung-Hee Im
Cinematography by Lee Hyung-deok
Release Year 2016
Runtime 118 min
Starring Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Kim Su-an, Kim Eui-sung
IMDB Rating 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 89%
Global Box Office $92,764,199


“Aloha ‘Oe” echoes down the tunnel. Zombies are always in for the season as it’s not really easy to get rid of them.


A chemical leak at a biotech plant causes a zombie apocalypse that rapidly spreads across South Korea.


When a divorced father takes her daughter on an early train trip to see her mother, it is not just the mother they are about to see.


This train journey is not something that you could easily get out of. An infection that turns people into zombies, a lot of uninfected showing humanity even at their worst ending.


This train journey is a story you don’t really forget.



6. Deepwater Horizon


Deepwater Horizon


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Directed by Peter Berg
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Matthew Sand
Music by Steve Jablonsky
Costume Design by Kasia Walicka-Maimone
Cinematography by Enrique Chediak
Release Year 2016
Runtime 107 min
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien
IMDB Rating 7.1/10 
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 82%
Global Box Office $121,790,373


The movie is based on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


All the while being a perfect depiction of the disaster it is also an equally thrilling action-adventure.


Chief Electronics Technician Michael “Mike” Williams and Offshore Installation Manager James “Mr. Jimmy” Harrell is surprised by the lack of proper testing on the recent cement work.


Disputes arise over the tests that follow. The bad cement job follows an explosion and then a chain of equipment malfunction, a failed attempt to seal the well the oil is lit up.


A number of lives are lost and who gets saved is up to fate. The worst oil disaster in US history and in remembering those 11 souls and narrating their story, it’s a perfect cinematic experience.



7. Aftershock




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Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Written by Ling Zhang(book), Su Xiaowei
Music by Liguang Wang
Costume Design by NA
Cinematography by Yue Lü
Release Year 2010
Runtime 135 min
Starring Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Xu Fan, Zhang Guoqiang
IMDB Rating 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 88%
Global Box Office $100,297,508


‘There’s no worry if it’s a small quake, and if it’s a big one there’ll be no escape anyway’.


The movie begins by introducing us to a happy family of four but then an earthquake strikes killing the father and leaving the mother with a choice to choose between her children.


She chooses to save the boy but unfortunately or fortunately the girl also survives but ends up being adopted.


Will they be reunited and what can happen again? A sad devastating story as it goes Aftershock portrayed the finest technological brilliance and would take a place in your favorites list.


This Chinese movie definitely made it to the hearts of a lot of people.



8. The impossible


The impossible


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Directed by J. A. Bayona
Written by Sergio G. Sánchez
Music by Fernando Velázquez
Costume Design by Anna Bingemann, Sparka Lee Hall, Maria Reyes
Cinematography by Oscar Faura
Release Year 2012
Runtime 113 min
Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor 
IMDB Rating 7.6/10 
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 84%
Global Box Office $198,087,212


A family of five Dr. Maria Bennet her husband Henry, and three sons go on a vacation to Khao Lak, Thailand.


As the massive Indian Ocean Tsunami inundates the area, the family is separated. Among the rubbles of massive destruction with no contact networks, the family is faced with the Impossible.


While they help others as well, this story of survival will definitely remind you of things that you should be grateful for.


On a desperate mission to find their family, they help along, struggle and learn a lot as well.



9. Apollo 13


Apollo 13


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Directed by Ron Howard
Written by William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert
Music by James Horner
Costume Design by Rita Ryack
Cinematography by Dean Cundey
Release Year 1995
Runtime 140 min
Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise
IMDB Rating 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 87%
Global Box Office $355,237,933


Jim Lovell who had orbited the moon in Apollo 8 is again given the opportunity to fly Apollo 13 instead of Apollo 14 as another crew faces certain issues.


When they are launched into space a lot of problems start arising and to bring the crew back home safely becomes a difficult target.


In times of need, you build out of necessity; they hold onto each other and find solutions.


An expedition that to date stays as an important memory in many people’s minds, the movie did do justice to history.



10. Take Shelter


Take Shelter


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Directed by Jeff Nichols
Written by Jeff Nichols
Music by David Wingo
Costume Design by Karen Malecki
Cinematography by Adam Stone
Release Year 2011
Runtime 121 min
Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon
IMDB Rating 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 81%
Global Box Office $3,741,098


Curtis has a beautiful home with a loving wife and a daughter who suffers from hearing loss.


But he is suffering from a problem he gets dreams of scary events, and disasters which he keeps to himself.


Though his dreams and hallucinations sometimes end up being real. He channels his obsession into enlarging their storm shelter which his wife disapproves and he ends up meeting psychiatrists.


But when a tornado warning is sent out much to ours and the wife’s surprise a massive storm has passed by.


As one by one his dreams seemingly rare actually happen in between reel and reality we get trapped.


This is the story of the world and its obsession with fear. In times of grave disasters sometimes you only need a family to anchor.



11. Armageddon




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Directed by Michael Bay
Written by Jonathan Hensleigh, J. J. Abrams
Music by Trevor Rabin
Costume Design by Magali Guidasci, Michael Kaplan
Cinematography by John Schwartzman
Release Year 1998
Runtime 151 min
Starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck
IMDB Rating 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 73%
Global Box Office $553,709,788


Armageddon is forever described as an important member of the list of disaster movies. When a massive meteor is about to hit the earth, Deep-sea oil digger Harry and his crew when some unusual requests are met are going to save the earth.


This sci-fi movie is thrilling, and emotional. There is family, friends, action, a spine-chilling disaster, and it is even cheesy but has so much to keep you entertained and engaged and is a must-watch.



12. The Day the Earth Caught Fire


The Day the Earth Caught Fire


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Directed by Val Guest
Written by Wolf Mankowitz, Val Guest
Music by Stanley Black, Monty Norman
Costume Design by Beatrice Dawson
Cinematography by Harry Waxman
Release Year 1961
Runtime 98 min
Starring Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd
IMDB Rating 7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 85%
Global Box Office NA


In between underlying images of hope and despair, the movie is one masterpiece that stands out even today.


When the Soviet Union and the united states are simultaneously run nuclear tests, strange meteorological activities start happening in the world.


The journalists discover that earth’s nutation has been affected and it is moving towards the sun. a series of nuclear explosions in Siberia is the only option to bring the balance back.


A fine experience of a deadly disaster is indeed watchable.



13. Gravity




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Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Written by Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Music by Steven Price
Costume Design by Jany Temime
Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki
Release Year 2013
Runtime 91 min
Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
IMDB Rating 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 80%
Global Box Office $723,192,705


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are the sole survivors in a spaceship under specific circumstances.


And further down the journey, there is only one protagonist left and then survival with limited oxygen, almost no hope, and right in the middle of nowhere is a perfect disaster thriller.


Who knew sometimes even hallucinations are significant enough to save your lives? While not exactly a major disaster movie, this space story has enough to keep you on the edge of your seats.



14. Miracle Mile


Miracle Mile


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Directed by Steve De Jarnatt
Written by Steve De Jarnatt
Music by Tangerine Dream
Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe
Cinematography by Theo van de Sande
Release Year 1988
Runtime 87 min
Starring Anthony Edwards, Mare Winningham
IMDB Rating 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score
Global Box Office $1,145,404


The movie begins as a romantic comedy and then all of a sudden changes its track.


It all takes place in a single day. Harry and Julie meet at the La Brea Tar Pits and fall in love immediately.


They decide to meet up later but the plan doesn’t work when Harry shows up late.


Harry goes to phone Julie and apologizes. Harry gets an anonymous call about a nuclear war approaching and from there the scene changes.


Harry walks back into the diner and one mysterious woman seem to be convinced about what is about to happen.


And they all are in hurry to save themselves. In between the confusion of what is really real, Harry should find the love of his life and also escape an oncoming disaster.



15. Contagion




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Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Written by Scott Z. Burns
Music by Cliff Martinez
Costume Design by Louise Frogley
Cinematography by Peter Andrews
Release Year 2011
Runtime 106 min
Starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law
IMDB Rating 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 63%
Global Box Office $136,515,867


If we randomly list out a few features of this movie without revealing that this is about a movie, most probably you would confuse it with what is happening right now all around the world.


Yes, we are talking about a pandemic. Returning home from a Hong Kong business trip Beth Emhoff is unaware that she is also bringing back something that in the next few days is going to scare almost the whole world.


A few days into being back home she suffers a seizure and dies of a mysterious cause and so does her son while the father is naturally found to be immune.


As the novel virus spreads rapidly there is a demand for a cure. The CDC and the world struggle to isolate the virus and its spread.


As a vaccine is found, the world had already taken its toll. While we wouldn’t go more into the gory details an ending as it gets would definitely be appreciated in the world right now.


A fast-paced thriller you should only watch if you really think you can handle it.



16. The Towering Inferno


The Towering Inferno


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Directed by John Guillermin
Written by Stirling Silliphant
Music by John Williams
Costume Design by Paul Zastupnevich
Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp, Joseph Biroc
Release Year 1974
Runtime 165 min
Starring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire
IMDB Rating 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 71%
Global Box Office $116,000,000


This movie is widely recognized for finally bringing the deserved recognition for the disaster movie genre.


A glass tower that is 1,688 feet (515 m) tall and 138 stories, the world’s tallest building is about to be unveiled.


Architect Doug Roberts’s pride project that he builds for a builder is marvelous at first look.


While testing Roberts finds several inadequacies in wiring as he suspects illicit cuttings on the expenditure but he finds no proof.


During the dedication ceremony fire breaks out in the building and it is advised to let the guests out.


As they bring issues around one corner the problems don’t seem to cease. A major project that turned more or less into a multimillion-dollar disaster story that remains a major jewel crown to the genre.



17. Pandora




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Directed by Park Jung-woo
Written by Park Jung-woo
Music by Jo Yeong-wook
Costume Design by NA
Cinematography by Choi Young-hwan
Release Year 2016
Runtime 136 min
Starring Kim Nam-gil
IMDB Rating 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 69%
Global Box Office NA


Jae-hyeok a middle-aged man and his family have spent all their life working for a nuclear power plant in their family.


Although he wanted to leave his job and wanted to join a fishing vessel everyone discouraged him.


When an unexpected earthquake strikes the town one of the nuclear reactors malfunctions. Attempts to save it go astray.


While all authorities fail, it is up to a simple man to save this country and the potential disasters that follow.



18. The Perfect Storm


The Perfect Storm


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Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Written by Sebastian Junger, William D. Wittliff
Music by James Horner
Costume Design by Erica Edell Phillips
Cinematography by John Seale
Release Year 2000
Runtime 130 min
Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John Hawkes
IMDB Rating 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 64%
Global Box Office $494,471,524


One last late-season fishing expedition that rode into a confluence of two powerful weather fronts and a hurricane costs the crew of Andrea Gail everything they had.


When taunted by the owner on his cold streak, the captain coerced the crew into one last expedition, only if he knew what would happen.


With 40-foot waves crashing into the deck, the crew getting thrown overboard, and a broken stabilizer rammed against the side of the boat.


It is a rough ride worth the time.



19. Independence Day


Independence Day


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Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Music by David Arnold
Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro
Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Release Year 1996
Runtime 145 min
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Mary McDonnell
IMDB Rating 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 75%
Global Box Office $817,400,891


David Levinson, an MIT-trained satellite technician decodes a signal that is about to change the history of mankind.


Aliens have decided to strip the earth of its natural resources simultaneously all over the world.


Only a unanimous approach would work against them as they are prepared for worse than we can imagine.



20. 2012




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Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Harald Kloser, Roland Emmerich
Music by Harald Kloser, Thomas Wander
Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe
Cinematography by Dean Semler
Release Year 2012
Runtime 158 min
Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt
IMDB Rating 5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 47%
Global Box Office $791,217,826


Well, if there was a year that most of us did look forward to happening that was 2012.


And why? because the World was supposed to end in December. To make it all better they even made a movie on it.


Robert Emmerich took out one of the most controversial elements from history and added fiction to it.


Was the Mayan Calendar right about the world ending in 2012? It all starts in 2009 when Adrian Helmsley an American Geologist visits his Indian friend Satnam Tsurutani and learns about the heating up of the earth’s core which is going to be catastrophic.


China and the G8 nations start building nine arks that are going to save humanity and its remains.


Will they survive?? In 2012 when the actual events start unveiling struggling science-fiction writer Jackson Curtis accidentally comes across the details regarding the disaster and the arks.


In times of desperate need against all odds, he decides to save his family and who knew his employer as well.


And it’s a rollercoaster ride you’ll want to be on and don’t forget to put seatbelts on, please.



21. Unstoppable




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Directed by Tony Scott
Written by Mark Bomback
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Costume Design by Penny Rose
Cinematography by Ben Seresin
Release Year 2010
Runtime 98 min
Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
IMDB Rating 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 72%
Global Box Office $167,805,466


When it comes to disaster movies, movies on man-made disasters should be given special mention.


Because like it or not most of them depict outstanding almost possible scenarios. Trains are good old memories but what if you have an unmanned train on the loose?


When a station engineer jumps out of a moving locomotive without brakes engaged. The train runs rogue with the throttle being pushed to top-notch.


An unmanned train with a cargo wagon filled with dangerous chemicals and diesel is about to cross the most dangerous curve available.


This story goes as straight as it goes and is not aesthetically pleasing as well but ninety-eight minutes of soul-gripping action that picks on the momentum is not something you wouldn’t want to miss.


As a further entertainment fact, we would also like to point out that this is based on a real-life incident.


Scared enough? Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, and definitely runway train #777 all have separate fan bases for this spectacular movie.



22. Cloverfield




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Directed by Matt Reeves
Written by Drew Goddard
Music by NA
Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick
Cinematography by Michael Bonvillain
Release Year 2008
Runtime 85 min
Starring Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David
IMDB Rating 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 68%
Global Box Office $172,394,180 


The 2008 American monster film is presented from footage from a personal camcorder recovered by the United States Department of Defense in the area formerly known as Central Park.


We’re placed amidst a few characters who we later join to search for a friend. A large monster is on the loose ruining all the monuments and buildings on its way. protocols are put into action but nothing seems to be enough.


Completely shown as a shot in the camera there is some downside to it as well.


But in total the movie wasn’t a disaster and turned out good though a little more background on the monster would have been appreciated.



23. Don’t Look Up (2021)


don't look up (2021)


“Don’t Look Up” is about an apocalyptic comet! Two astronomers discover a planet-killer hurtling towards Earth. If you think the plot is similar to Armageddon, think again! 
Their warnings are surprisingly taken lightly. Humanity proves to be hilariously blase due to media indifference, political manipulation, and societal obsession with celebrity drama. 
Despite mixed reviews, its star power (DiCaprio, Lawrence, and Streep) and timely satire on climate change ignorance resonated. It amassed 413 million viewing hours on Netflix, becoming one of their most-watched films ever. 
While some criticised its heavy-handedness, its dark humour and relatable frustrations with societal issues struck a chord, sparking real-world conversations about climate inaction.



24. Crawl




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Directed by Alexandre Aja
Written by Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen
Music by Max Aruj, Steffen Thum
Costume Design by Momirka Bailovic
Cinematography by Maxime Alexandre
Release Year 2019
Runtime 87 min
Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper
IMDB Rating 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 75%
Global Box Office $91,542,097


As Haley Keller receives a call from her sister about a hurricane that is on its way to Florida she decides to go in search of her estranged father.


Though she is warned that the area is flooding soon, it is not just water that is waiting for her.


At the family house, Hailey descends into the crawl space with help of the family dog to find her father unconscious.


And now the party arrives, a swarm of alligators attacks and rips off any bit of faith and hope they have.


As she calls out for help, the alligators take them all out. In a war against flood, a raging hurricane, and a swarm of bloodthirsty alligators there isn’t a textbook answer to what you can do.



25. In the Heart of the Sea


In the Heart of the Sea


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Directed by Ron Howard
Written by Charles Leavitt
Music by Roque Baños
Costume Design by Julian Day
Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle
Release Year 2015
Runtime 122 min
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland
IMDB Rating 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 53%
Global Box Office $93,920,758


A historical adventure story that is retold has enough to keep its audience engaged. Though it did not ride all its waves perfectly this ship did sail some waves smoothly.


Thomas Nickerson, the last survivor of the sinking of the whaleship Essex had set out with his captain for whale hunting. Owen Chase, the first mate of the ship is a skilled whale hunter.


The captain and the first mate often clash and on one such occasion captain doesn’t hear Chase’s advice and rides a storm.


They make their first kill of a bull sperm whale but luck runs out and they do not get any further success. Following this many unfavorable situations come their way leading to death, despair, and regret.



26. World War Z


World War Z


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Directed by Marc Forster
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof
Music by Marco Beltrami
Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo
Cinematography by Ben Seresin
Release Year 2013
Runtime 116 min
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox
IMDB Rating 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 72%
Global Box Office $540,455,876


Zombies are just the perfect disasters. And at the rate things are going half of the world even wouldn’t be surprised at a zombie apocalypse happening.


Brad Pitt as former UN agent Lane along with his family is stuck in traffic witnessing a rapid zombie overrun.


In a quest to save his family and find the cure they embark on a dangerous journey.


There are some spectacular shots worth mentioning. Not the traditional zombie movies as we believe there is something unique to this movie that makes it worth watching.



27. This is the End


This is the End


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Directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg 
Written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Music by Henry Jackman
Costume Design by Danny Glicker
Cinematography by Brandon Trost
Release Year 2013
Runtime 107 min
Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
IMDB Rating 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 71%
Global Box Office $126,041,322


Although there is not a great storyline this movie will be hilarious to a crowd and is definitely not advisable for the serious crowd.


James Franco is hosting a party. An earthquake strikes leaving a sinkhole at the back of the house and from there a lot of things happen.


Exorcism, devils, and definitely heaven, there is so much more to this movie than what they did advertise. While there is a lot to laugh about, an apocalypse arises.


The movie also gives considerable thought to friendship as well.



28. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


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Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Costume Design by NA
Cinematography by NA
Release Year 2009
Runtime 90 min
Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg
IMDB Rating 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 72%
Global Box Office $243,006,126


FLDSMDFR (an acronym for Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator) is the revolution that is going to change the future of Swallow Falls.


Flint Lockwood loves his widowed father and dog when he invents the machine that accidentally ends up on the stratosphere creating food storms that change the timeline of his dying town, he becomes a local celebrity.


But soon the machine goes wrong creating disasters even a spaghetti tornado and it is now up to Flint to save his town and himself as well.



29. The 33


The 33


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Directed by Patricia Riggen
Written by Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, Michael Thomas
Music by James Horner
Costume Design by Paco Delgado
Cinematography by Checco Varese
Release Year 2015
Runtime 127 min
Starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin
IMDB Rating 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 59%
Global Box Office $27,972,023


When a mine in Chile collapses leaving the only pathway out locked, 33 miners find it difficult to survive as the mining company takes no interest in rescuing them.


In a challenging struggle between life and death with the intervention of the government whether they survive is the most challenging aspect of the movie.


Based on the 2010 mining incident the movie proved to be actually good.



30. Metropolis




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Directed by Fritz Lang
Written by Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang
Music by Gottfried Huppertz
Costume Design by Aenne Willkomm
Cinematography by Karl Freund, Günther Rittau
Release Year 1927
Runtime 153min
Starring Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
IMDB Rating 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 92%
Global Box Office $1,349,711


Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, Metropolis is a memory made forever for movie buffs.


There is so much in this movie that it is unbelievable for the time it was made in.


In the future city of Metropolis, there are wealthy industrialists, business magnets, and underground dwelling workers all segregated by towering skyscrapers.


When the city’s master John Fredersen’s son gets involved with a woman from the lower levels there is a commotion that involves even robots.


A movie that talks about relationships, emotions, and society as a whole are a perfect depiction of the disaster that we could build in society.


A man-made disaster that could only be reversed by humans.



31. The War of the Worlds


The War of the Worlds


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Directed by Byron Haskin
Written by Barré Lyndon
Music by Leith Stevens
Costume Design by Edith Head
Cinematography by George Barnes
Release Year 1953
Runtime 85 min
Starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson
IMDB Rating 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 71%
Global Box Office 2 million


Dr. Clayton Forrester, a well-known atomic scientist is fishing with colleagues when a large object crashes in the nearby town.


It is revealed that the earth is about to be attacked by Martians. Reports state how cylinders land all over the world and the cities around them are being destroyed.


Panic arises all over the world as the news of them gaining power spreads. The government even tries atomic weapons which also don’t work.


As the world tries its best what is going to help mankind is something that would never have gone through anybody’s mind.


A miracle happens to save the world from the impending disaster.



32. The Birds


The Birds


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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Evan Hunter
Music by NA
Costume Design by Edith Head
Cinematography by Robert Burks
Release Year 1963
Runtime 119 min
Starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren
IMDB Rating 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 83%
Global Box Office $53,647


Melanie Daniels(Tippi Hedren), a young girl goes to Bodega Bay looking for Mitch Brenner(Rod Taylor), a handsome man she met in San Francisco, and then birds start attacking her and the nearby area.


The way suspense is built in this movie is brilliant. The screeching bird soundtrack is haunting and when there is total silence you jump almost at anything.


The film ends with no possible explanations and maybe that’s the whole reason behind some thrillers like these, they keep on haunting.



33. The Wave


The Wave


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Directed by Roar Uthaug
Written by John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Music by Magnus Beite
Costume Design by Karen Fabritius Gram
Cinematography by John Christian Rosenlund
Release Year 2015
Runtime 105 min
Starring Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro
IMDB Rating 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 65%
Global Box Office $12,975,143


A small Norwegian movie about a small town with the simplest people. What happens when a disaster throws them off their guard.


This is how simple the movie goes and also tells that you don’t need so much to make the perfect disaster movie.


When a tsunami hits this small town and what happens later is the main theme of the movie.


In between maintaining relationships and saving the townspeople the director has done admirable execution strategies.


Good graphics and background score deserves special mentions. Norway has always brought some very good movies and this definitely is one of them.



34. San Andreas


San Andreas


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Directed by Brad Peyton
Written by Carlton Cuse
Music by Andrew Lockington
Costume Design by Wendy Chuck
Cinematography by Steve Yedlin
Release Year 2015
Runtime 114 min
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd
IMDB Rating 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 49%
Global Box Office $473,990,832


Caltech seismologist Dr. Lawrence Hayes discovers that the entire San Andreas Fault is shifting and will soon result in a series of earthquakes destroying major cities.


As he rushes to warn the population, a series of events unleash around. when a 9.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Los Angeles and San Francisco. a fire department rescue pilot, Dwayne Johnson along with his divorced wife is on the way to find their daughter and also outrun this disaster.


Will the duo succeed.? A tsunami also hits San Francisco Bay and will anything be left behind is the question.


The CGI effects look almost real and the effort behind those details is admirable. Be prepared to watch a fine, entertaining disaster movie.



35. The Day After Tomorrow


The Day After Tomorrow


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Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Roland Emmerich, Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Music by Harald Kloser
Costume Design by Renée April
Cinematography by Ueli Steiger
Release Year 2004
Runtime 123 min
Starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum
IMDB Rating 6.4/10 
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 50%
Global Box Office $552,639,571


Jack Hall, an American paleo climatologist along with his colleagues discover an ice age coming.


While his claims are rejected by some, a major drop in ocean temperature rises concern.


His predictions come alive without enough time to prepare. Meanwhile, his son and friends are trapped in New York while the city is caught in one of the major storms.


While the world adjusts to a new regime that all survive the journey is a big question.


And on a journey to find his son Jack faces some very unfortunate losses as well.


Widely regarded as one of the finest disaster movies made. It picks momentum gradually and then from there it goes up.


And we could also confirm that it deserves a spot on your watchlist.



36. Dante’s Peak


Dante's Peak


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Directed by Roger Donaldson
Written by Leslie Bohem
Music by James Newton Howard, John Frizzell
Costume Design by Isis Mussenden
Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak
Release Year 6.0/10
Runtime 109 min
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan
IMDB Rating 6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 38%
Global Box Office $178,127,760


When an annual fest is about to happen, the nearby kind of friendly dormant volcano starts giving out some unusual signs.


When volcanologist Dr. Harry Dalton is assigned to monitor seismic activity near Dante’s peak he finds a lot of signs of some kind of activity but nothing confirms an eruption until when he was about to leave he finds that the towns water supply has been contaminated with sulphur dioxide and then readings spike.


When the town meeting is called there is a massive earthquake and the eruption begins.


Running between family, relationships, convincing the elders, and a run from being melted Dantes peak will fill the caldera for any lover of the genre.



37. Deep Impact


Deep Impact


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Directed by Mimi Leder
Written by Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin
Music by James Horner
Costume Design by Ruth Myers
Cinematography by Dietrich Lohmann
Release Year 1998
Runtime 121 min
Starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave
IMDB Rating 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 43% 
Global Box Office $349,464,664


An enormous comet is about to hit the earth, the Messiah is called upon to save the world.


When an amateur astronomer recognizes unusual activity in the sky, he takes the help of a professional astronomer that confirms a meteor targeting earth.


An ELE- Extinction Level Event that can only be reversed by the spacecraft The Messiah.


A joint venture of the United States and Russia to destroy the comet using nuclear bombs is crucial in deciding what might happen to the world.


The initial attempt fails and splits the comet. What will happen when the deadly comet strikes and will anyone be left after that?


The cast, special effects, and the level of detailing all show, how much effort have gone into the making of this spectacular creation.



38. Pompeii




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Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Written by Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson
Music by Clinton Shorter
Costume Design by Wendy Partridge
Cinematography by Glen MacPherson
Release Year 2014 
Runtime 104 min
Starring Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
IMDB Rating 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 34%
Global Box Office $117,831,631


Great costumes, brilliant effects, and great camera work. The gladiator imagery was widely criticized and also for its lack of understanding.


But if you’re into 3D and perfection motion stories it would be an enriching experience.


While a tribe of Celtic horsemen is brutally wiped out, a boy named Milo is left behind to build their legacy.


When one of the greatest disasters of mankind is yet to be unveiled Milo is on his way to hunt down the general who murdered his family.


In a war between Milo and the world fire rises from their swords and what follows rest is history



39. The Wandering Earth


The Wandering Earth


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Directed by Frant Gwo
Written by Gong Ge’er, Yan Dongxu, Frant Gwo, Ye Junce, Yang Zhixue, Wu Yi, Ye Ruchang
Music by Roc Chen, Liu Tao (additional)
Costume Design by NA
Cinematography by Michael Liu
Release Year 2019
Runtime 125 min
Starring Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai 
IMDB Rating 6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 48%
Global Box Office $699,992,512


It’s the year 2061 and the aging sun is about to swallow the earth and there is no other option but to move earth out of the solar system.


Earth engines and torque engines are used. As the earth moves away from the sun most of the surface solidifies and a large number of the population dies due to different cataclysmic disasters and rest take refuge in the shelters under the engines.


When in dire need to save civilization some very important people are forced to take specific measures and what if the earth is no longer feasible and nothing can be done to reverse it.


Posing a very serious question, the movie has some admirable graphic works and overall qualifies as a good movie.



40. Volcano




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Directed by Mick Jackson
Written by Jerome Armstrong, Billy Ray
Music by Alan Silvestri
Costume Design by Kirsten Everberg
Cinematography by Theo van de Sande
Release Year 1997 
Runtime 104 min
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle
IMDB Rating 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 32% 
Global Box Office $122,823,468


An earthquake strikes downtown, Los Angeles. No major causalities are reported except for seven utility workers who are burned to death in a utility drain.


There is steam rising from sewers, metro collision, and all kinds of damage and yes, you’ve figured it out.


There is molten lava on the loose!


The volcano is equipped with everything a typical disaster movie has we have Michael Roark, the director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, managing the disaster, or as most commonly recalled he is our hero.


There is that particular volcano with not much of a role, a lot of problems that come while managing a city, and the need to survive.


There are not so many intricacies woven into it but it is watchable for those who are into the genre.



41. Geostorm




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Directed by Dean Devlin
Written by Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot
Music by Lorne Balfe
Costume Design by Susan Matheson
Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer
Release Year 2017
Runtime 109 min
Starring Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara
IMDB Rating 5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 80%
Global Box Office $221,600,160


When Dutch Boys a group of climate-controlling satellites run by an international collision is corrupted and is about to cause a global cataclysm known as Geostorm there is very little that can be done by the good people but what if the bad guys are twice stronger?


There is fire, ice and all is now up to the Dutch Boys architect Jake to save the world.


And as a fun spoiler, there is a cute little dog who survives all this.


It is science fiction and definitely not science but you can watch it once, not really bad.



42. The Burning Sea (2021)


the burning sea (2021)


“The Burning Sea” is a Norwegian catastrophe thriller about an oil platform collapse and its frightening aftermath, was released in 2021. The indiscriminate drilling of the ocean floor in the North Sea resulted in an environmental disaster that no one could anticipate. 


While not a huge Hollywood blockbuster, it achieved success in its area. Despite a tepid critical review, with critics complimenting the graphics but finding the characters and narrative predictable, the film proved popular with Norwegian moviegoers, making about $3 million in Norway alone. 


This excellent domestic result is likely due to the film’s consideration of timely subjects such as environmental stewardship and the human cost of resource exploitation.



43. Daylight




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Directed by Rob Cohen
Written by Leslie Bohem
Music by Randy Edelman
Costume Design by Thomas Casterline, Isis Mussenden
Cinematography by David Eggby
Release Year 1996
Runtime 116 min
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen
IMDB Rating   5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 35%
Global Box Office $159,212,469


An explosion rips the tunnel beneath the Hudson River and an unusual group of people is trapped under it.


About to enter the tunnel is former New York City Emergency Medical Services Chief Sylvester Stallone who is now working as a taxi driver.


From barrels of toxic waste carries by a waste management group to diamond thieves on board there is a wide range of problems before the group trapped inside can escape.


With Stallone at their aid, the group is on its way to make a miracle happen.



44. The Core


The Core


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Directed by Jon Amiel
Written by Cooper Layne, John Rogers
Music by Christopher Young
Costume Design by Daniel J. Lester
Cinematography by John Lindley
Release Year 2003
Runtime 135 min
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci
IMDB Rating 5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 33%
Global Box Office $73,498,611


When scientists discover that the earth’s molten core has stopped rotating, they have been entrusted to save the earth from destructive solar radiation.


A secret project is initiated by the government to drill into the core and use nuclear weapons to restart it.


As all perfect plans work, many things go wrong with this one also. Will they be able to save the world and more importantly will they all come back home safely?


A journey to the center of the earth that can mark the end of civilization if not rightly done.


This Sci-fi disaster movie with not many scientific applications has more than enough to keep you entertained.


Remember that it’s not a fact but sometimes fiction is what you crave.



45. The Hurricane Heist


The Hurricane Heist


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Directed by Rob Cohen
Written by Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon
Music by Lorne Balfe
Costume Design by Irina Kotcheva
Cinematography by Shelly Johnson
Release Year 2018
Runtime 103 min
Starring Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson
IMDB Rating 5.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 23%
Global Box Office $32,517,248


In 1992 a stage 5 hurricane crushed their father and years later it is revealed that Will and Breeze Rutledge turned out as fine young men with capable jobs.


Will works in maintenance and Breeze is a National Weather Service meteorologist. As another destructive category 5 hurricane named “Tammy” is aiming them, the boys are around.


Meanwhile, a plot to steal from a US Treasury facility is running parallel to the upcoming disaster.


What could possibly happen when seeing the bigger picture makes you forget to concentrate on the minute details.


Will the plan work?  An average addition to the listing and can be watched if you don’t come packed with so much expectation.



46. Rec




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Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza
Written by Paco Plaza, Luis A. Berdejo, Jaume Balagueró
Music by NA
Costume Design by Glòria Viguer
Cinematography by Pablo Rosso
Release Year 2007
Runtime 78 min
Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferrán Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso
IMDB Rating 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 82%
Global Box Office $32,511,655


Another movie that used found footage technique. The movie begins with a journalist and photographer in a firehouse.


The firehouse receives a distress call regarding an old woman screaming and trapped but when they dig more at the site, there are more victims to a deadly virus which is said as some demonic possession occurs and how do they get out of this before the outside world also gets exposed to this.


Much more similar to a zombie attack, a deadly unnamed disease that religious or not, you slightly end up believing in possession.



47. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage


USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage


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Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Written by Cam Cannon, Richard Rionda Del Castro
Music by Laurent Eyquem
Costume Design by Patrick O’Driscoll
Cinematography by Andrzej Sekuła
Release Year 2016
Runtime 113 min
Starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, James Remar
IMDB Rating 5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 30%
Global Box Office $2,158,568


While the true story behind Indianapolis is widely regarded as scary, brave, and compelling the movie received considerable backlash for its lack of good execution.


When the heavy cruiser carrying parts of an atom bomb to be used in Hiroshima while returning is sunk by the Japanese navy.


Most of the crew is left on the open sea except for the ones in the submarine.


By day 5 when they were rescued only a few survived as the rest of them had already been prey to the deadly dangers of the sea.


The trauma most of them would carry forever of sharks, death, and survival. Even though there was enough evidence that the captain was not wrong he was used as the scapegoat by the government by the end of which he committed suicide.


There are also subplots running among two crewmates and love interests which are gradually brought forth as subject interests during the shark attacks.


It is not a bad movie but there are better movies available in the genre.



48. Greenland (2020)


Greenland (2020)


Greenland premiered in theatres in 2020. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, this movie features Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, and Roger Dale Floyd in the lead. If you have a particular liking for action-thriller movies, then you can try this title.


Greenland received a score of 6.4 on IMDb and 64 on Metacritic. A comet is heading to Earth and it can very well cause an extinction event. John Garrity finds his ex-wife Allison and, together with their son Nathan, search for a place where they can survive the incoming peril.


News reports declare entire cities being annihilated by the meteor’s fallout, making the Garrity family grow desperate for sanctuary. Lawlessness, panic, and the sheer death of humanity ensue as John and his family slowly but surely make progress toward a potential safe haven.



49.  Hereafter (2010)


Hereafter (2010)


Hereafter is a profoundly moving and thought-provoking drama that explores the mysterious realm of the afterlife. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this poignant film weaves together the lives of three individuals profoundly affected by death and the supernatural.


Matt Damon delivers a remarkable performance as George, a reluctant psychic grappling with the burdens of his extraordinary gift. As the characters’ lives intersect, Hereafter skillfully delves into themes of loss, grief, and the longing for answers beyond the mortal realm.


With its beautiful cinematography, heartfelt storytelling, and powerful performances, this movie invites audiences to ponder the profound questions surrounding life, death, and the hereafter.



50. Adrift




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Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Written by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, David Branson Smith
Music by Volker Bertelmann
Costume Design by Amanda Neale
Cinematography by Robert Richardson
Release Year 2018
Runtime 96min
Starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
IMDB Rating 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score 66%
Global Box Office $59,945,012


When Tami and Richard set out on a journey that could finally make a change in their isolated lives, they never knew they were sailing into a disaster that was going to change their future lives together or apart.


Tami Oldham arrives in Tahiti on a schooner and meets Richard Sharp, A British sailor.


They become acquaintances and almost fall in love. When the Crompton’s offer Richard a good offer to sail the luxury yacht Hazaña to San Francisco.


He accepts the offer only under the condition that Tami is allowed on the trip with the same offer as he was offered.


On their way to falling in love, the journey lands them in the middle of a dangerous storm that thrashes their souls on unfriendly tides.


As the boat steers to Hawaii in the hope of survival, they lose a lot more than what they would’ve imagined on this devastating journey of love and survival.



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