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Top 10 Natural Disaster Movies

Updated on September 12, 2014
The Day After Tomorrow.
The Day After Tomorrow.

A List of The Best Natural Disaster Films

A natural disaster is one caused by natural forces, like a flood, tornado or hurricane, which leads to environmental, human and economic losses.

No one likes a natural disaster in real life but disaster movies are a form of entertainment that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Movies like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and The Perfect Storm depict disasters that COULD happen.

On this page, you will find the top ten NATURAL disaster movies as ranked by the percentage of five-star Amazon customer reviews.

The Day After Tomorrow Official Movie Trailer

The Day After Tomorrow [Blu-ray]
The Day After Tomorrow [Blu-ray]

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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

A global warming movie.

In The Day After Tomorrow, global warming has arrived causing tornadoes to destroy L.A., a tidal wave to wipe out \new York and the northern hemisphere to freeze up. The movie revolves around a climatologist named Jack Hall, his colleagues and his son trying to survive the super storm that is headed their way.

2012 Official Movie Trailer


Some people believe that natural disasters will cause the end of human life in 2012. The Mayan calendar states that the world will end in 2012 and Einstein predicted that there will be a huge solar eclipse in that year. In the movie '2012,' there are many kinds of natural disasters, including floods, volcanoes and earthquakes, that destroy the both the earth and human life in the year 2012.

2012 stars John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt.

The Perfect Storm Official Movie Trailer

The Perfect Storm (2000)

The Perfect Storm features a fishing group on a successful fishing trip. However, the only way they can sell the fish before it spoils is to reach the shore as soon as possible, which means that they risk their lives sailing through a hurricane.

The Perfect Storm stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane.

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm starts slowly but builds to a tragic ending, sharing the story of the fishing industry as well as the science of storm prediction. Learn about the people onboard the Andrea Gail who find themselves in the middle of the storm. This book shares interviews with those involved including survivors, families and rescue crews. Read the book by Sebastian Junger BEFORE you watch the movie.


Twister Official Movie Trailer

Twister [Blu-ray]
Twister [Blu-ray]

Twister is another older natural disaster movie worth watching. This thriller is packed with excitement and special effects. It tells the story of scientists following an extremely destructive weather system in Tornado Alley. They hope to learn more about tornadoes in order to develop a better early warning system.

Twister stars Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz and Philip Seymour Hoffman.


Tornado appears to have had a limited DVD release, probably because it was a made-for-television movie. However, it is available through the sellers on Amazon although it is not available on blu-ray disc.



The 1996 Tornado movie is a made-for-television movie, which receives good marks. A storm chaser in Texas tries to guess when the twisters will strike. His meteorology professor has an invention which should prove helpful except they have to put it in the path of an oncoming twister. Definitely a race against mother nature.

Amazon customer Merlin Marshall considers this movie better than Twister. He says that the way they show the weather service, weather map, and the tornado is better and considers this film to be more accurate than others. What do you think? If you have seen them both, be sure to let us know!

You can read all of the Amazon customer reviews by clicking on the picture of the movie.

Dante's Peak Official Movie Trailer

Dante's Peak [Blu-ray]
Dante's Peak [Blu-ray]

A beautiful setting is Dante's Peak, which hides the fact that the town is located at the base of a dormant volcano. Of course, given that this is a natural disaster movie you can guess that the volcano is no longer dormant. Officials try to hush up the fact that there could be an eruption but soon it is impossible to hide the exploding volcano and it becomes a fight to leave town and survive.

Dante's Peak stars Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.



An earthquake hits Los Angeles and causes a volcano to push to the surface...and the people of Los Angeles discover the one volcano that they do not know about. Amazon calls this movie 'pulse-thrilling' and says that the action starts right away...

Volcano stars Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann and Don Cheadle.

Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York

Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York features an unsuspected volcano under the city of New York, which is putting the entire city at risk. In just a short time, the city could be destroyed.

Stars Costas Mandylor, Alexandra Paul, Michael Ironside, Michael Boisvert and Eric Breker.

Disaster is available only on DVD.


Armageddon is definitely an action-adventure movie, this one about a meteor storm. NASA's director realizes that there are just 18 days before the earth will be hit and destroyed by a meteor that is the same size as Texas. It brings in a team of rough oil drillers to drop a nuclear warhead into the core of the meteorite. Amazon rightly calls this film a thrill ride.

Starring an all-star cast, which includes Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and Will Patton.

Earthquake 1974
Earthquake 1974


Earthquake is an older movie about ordinary people who must face a natural disaster together. Located in Southern California, they struggle to survive a huge earthquake and its subsequent shock waves.

Featuring a noteworthy cast, including Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene and Geneviève Bujold, this movie won Academy Awards for sound and special effects. I must say that, of the movies I have NOT seen on this page, this one perhaps intrigues me the most partly because of the cast and partly because of the Academy Awards.

Earthquake is available on blu-ray disc, DVD and instant video.

Click here to read more about Earthquake on Amazon.

More Natural Disaster Films Worth Watching

Vertical Limit (2000) - An avalanche movie.

Vertical Limit (2000) - An avalanche movie.

Vertical Limit is a movie fit for mountain climbers. It shares a story of a man against a mountain. A female climber agrees to take a billionaire to the top of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. However, an avalanche soon strands them in a cavern and a rescue by her brother proves difficult.

Megafault (2009) - An earthquake movie.

Megafault (2009) - An Earthquake Movie

Two individuals -- one a seismologist and the other a miner -- attempt to stop a massive earthquake that might tear the world in two.

Flood (2007) - A flood movie.

Flood (2007) - A Flood Movie.

Flood features a raging storm, high seas and a powerful tidal surge on England's eastern seaboard and and into the Thames. Water fills London and the lives of the inhabitants are at risk. A marine engineer, his father and ex-wife have just two hours to drain the water.

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Which is your favorite natural disaster movie?

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Have you seen any of these natural disaster movies? Would you recommend any of them? - Or perhaps you have one you would like to add to this list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful disaster movies lens .. nnaij. I love all you've presented here. They're all natural disaster movies. My most favorite is "Volcano" .. 4-5 times for watching. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great list of movies, I loved them all. Sure will watch them all again!

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      These were great movies to watch. Excellent lens!!

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      EarthquakePreparedness 6 years ago

      Very good lens.Yes, you are right. Movies related to natural disasters are generally a big hit.People loves and enjoys such movies.But truly speaking in reality natural disasters does not seem that enjoyable.What is your opinion on this?Please share some more such nice lens.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'll be honest, I just plain don't watch disaster movies. I didn't even watch Titanic! (I know, love story and all that. Doesn't matter.) This is a fabulous list, though, for those who do like them.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have seen most of these, I love disaster movies, but they scare the pants off me as well in case they could happen. About the same time of Armageddon there was also Deep Impact with Elijah Wood. Going back in time, Krakatoa East Of Java (even if it is actually west), and of course Pompeii. This is a very comprehensive list of disaster movies and nicely done. Blessed by an angel.

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      DuaneJ 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens, Brenda...very absorbing and chilling...I'm glad you mentioned it in a comment on my Doomsday movies lens :-)

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      kimmijayne 5 years ago

      I love disaster movies, great lens!

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      I've watched a good number of these and enjoyed them all. Thanks for sharing the previews. Now I have some new ones on my wish list.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      A great list of disaster films - I think I've seen all of them. Always fun as long as it's a movie and not a real disaster.

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      squidshe 5 years ago

      I've never seen Dante's Peak, so I think I'll put that on my list of movies to watch. I love this genre of movie, always so dramatic.

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've seen Armageddon, Twister, and The Perfect Storm. The Perfect Storm is really good, and is based on an actual storm that I remember from the early 90s. Twister was okay, and Armageddon not so much. Great list, I'd like to see some of these. Blessed.

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      MindPowerProofs1 4 years ago

      I like ntural disaster movies. I like to see at the end some people survived. I guess I am afraid of disasters and I like to see that it is not the end of the world. Wonderful lens. Thanks for sharing

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      Rankography 4 years ago

      Nice lens. A Perfect Storm was my favorite of these because of the personal element. What an incredible story and film.

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      kovid7 4 years ago

      Good work. I love all of those movies!

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      kovid7 4 years ago

      Good work. I love all of those movies!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good movies, but The Core is not listed here and is probably my favorite of all of them.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      absolutely adore disaster movies

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Perfect Storm just blew me away (no pun intended) because it was so amazing.

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      Dante's Peak was probably my favorite disaster films thus far. I kind of laughed at 2012 it just didn't feel real at all to me.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

      2012 was kinda funny

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Day After Tomorrow was a super movie!

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      MemoryMistress 4 years ago

      I've seen most of the natural disaster movies you've recommended. Yes I would recommend all of them! Especially if you like a little adrenaline while watching a good movie. They're classics.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      If i select my favorite one then i would select The day after tomorrow movie, it is a great movie :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Interesting to come across this page as my daughter & son-in-law (both huge movie buffs) and I were having a discussion just yesterday about 'disaster' movies.

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      ItsTimeToBurn 4 years ago

      Great list!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I actually do not believe I have seen any of these natural disaster movies!

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      Shadrosky 4 years ago

      Good list you have here!

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      seegreen 4 years ago

      I've seen most of these. I love a good (or even bad) disaster/end of the world movie. My kids hate them so I sit up late at night watching them on tv after everyone else has gone to bed.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have seen The Perfect Storm. It was good. I recommend it,

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      Michael Oksa 3 years ago

      I would add "An Inconvenient Truth", as it was the very definition of a natural disaster. ;)

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      CatJGB 3 years ago

      I love a good natural disaster movie. A bit macabre of me perhaps.....

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      mcstacy 3 years ago

      Very good lens : )

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      I'm really out of it, having seen none of these powerful action films.

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      I like "The Impossible" (based on a true story) but 2012 is pretty awesome.

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      I forgot "I am Legend" and "Daybreakers" for the creepier side of things.

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      I forgot "I am Legend" and "Daybreakers" for the creepier side of things.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I've seen a few, and as a scientist I groan at the dreadful science in the ones I've seen. I'd like to see one that's more realistic. Perhaps I'll give some others I haven't seen yet a shot.

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      Most disaster movies are too hammy and sentimental for me, but I still watch them. Can't explain that.

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      VictoriaHolt 3 years ago

      Thanks for Squidliking my 22 Taylor Swift lens! Dantes Peak is one of my all time fave movies. I'm curious where you would put Sharknado? ha ha!!

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      Interesting list, I guess I'm not really a fan of natural disaster movies. However Dante's Peek and The Day After Tomorrow were fine. Really a good lens!Greets,Joebeducci

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fun choices. Nice lens!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      I may have seen one or two. I find real life more exciting. The absence of reality in Hollywood movies makes them dull for me, but once in a while, as with the perfect storm, they get it right. Or, really, my all time favorite disaster movie - The Wizard of Oz.

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      Urosevic 3 years ago

      Nice list :)

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      Max Wong 3 years ago from Singapore

      The Day after Tomorrow is one of the Best! Dante's Peak comes at a close 2nd! I had it in Laser Disc! I like Armaggedon next but 2012 is not convincing as I do not believe the wave will reach the heights of Mount Everest! Absurd to say the least.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      I think my favourite disaster movie is probably the first one I ever saw - Krakatoa, East of Java. It may have later been renamed "East of Java". It was a volcano movie. I like disaster movies but I always feel guilty about enjoying them because people are going to be hurt!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      My favorite disaster movies of the '70s are "The Towering Inferno" and "The Poseidon Adventure".

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Twister was one of my favorite disaster movies. Great collection you got here.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Urosevic: Thanks, Urosevic!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      No! During the 1980s I was given many visions about the real disasters coming as we near the end of the day, many have come to pass. They were so horrific that I begged not to be shown any more. Watching fictional movies about dreamed up disasters is not my thing.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I liked the Perfect Storm. Would not want to be living it, though.

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      asereht1970 2 years ago

      I have seen 7 movies out of the 10 movies listed above. My favorite is Armageddon, Dante's Peak, 2012, and The Day After Tomorrow.

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      JesseHelton 2 years ago

      Glad to see Twister on the list, definitely a classic. Great lens!

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      childsponsorship 2 years ago

      I've seen most of these movies, it makes you think of those who face real natural disasters and what they may be faced with.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      @smine27: Thanks for visiting & commenting!

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      @norma-holt: I can certainly understand your point of view!

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Definitely not!

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      Niktravelfit 2 years ago

      Nice lens and great list. Twister is my favourite since it really gave me a thing for tornadoes.

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      CashInTheHand LM 2 years ago

      Truly a great selection, thanks.

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      james25882 2 years ago

      Not a huge fan of disaster movies... but nice Lens!

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      WriterJanis2 2 years ago

      I love disaster movies and have seen most of the ones you've mentioned here. I can't wait to see Into The Storm when it comes out.

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      Dreammore 2 years ago from Great England

      I like disaster movies, as there's something edgy about the thoughts that they could actually happen. Although I wasn't a huge fan of Twister, as it felt a little slow, lacking any emphasis on danger for the main characters, which was a shame. My favourite film from the list is The Day After Tomorrow, as it really seemed to capture the danger element perfectly, with some brilliant CGI, and special effects. I think I'll have to re-watch that film again soon. Thank-you for sharing this hub. THUMBS UP!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i watched twister, awesome movie, never watch others you had mentioned

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Twister was good. Thanks for your visit, peachpurple.

      I recently watched the new disaster movie, Into the Storm. It was pretty good -- non-stop storm -- action.

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