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Ranking The Best Natural Disaster Movies Ever Made

Ranking The Best Natural Disaster Movies Ever Made

Natural disaster movies are some of the most-watched movies in the movie industry. They are often very emotional, especially the ones based on true life events. Here is a list of the best natural disaster movies ever made.


Titanic is one of the most emotional movies ever created. It is based on the actual wreckage of a ship by the same name, but the story of Rose and Jack is fictional. More than 1500 lives were lost in the actual disaster. The romance between Jack and Rose and its disastrous end is heart-wrenching. The movie was well-scripted and can be said to be one of the best disaster movies ever released. Titanic was released in 1997, and James Cameron directed it.

The Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm is based on a true event. It tells the story of a bunch of crew members in a fishing vessel that went in pursuit of a huge catch when all hell broke loose. They had to deal with the wrath of a hurricane and a raging storm, a terrible combination. The Perfect Storm was released in 2000.

The Impossible

The Impossible is a true life story about a family that experienced the tsunami disaster in India. The tsunami was an ocean earthquake that claimed the lives of so many in 2004. The movie tells the story of a family that went on a Christmas vacation in Thailand. Their ordeal started on Christmas Eve, and they had to fight to survive.


Armageddon is one of the greatest disaster movies ever made. The movie was released in 1998 and directed by Michael Bay. Armageddon tells the story of oil drillers recruited by NASA to help prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth. The movie is packed with so many emotions, especially love and fear.

DeepWater Horizon

DeepWater Horizon had to be on this list. This 2016 movie is an all-time favourite for most movie lovers. It tells the story of the biggest petroleum industry oil spill in history. The movie is based on a true life event, and it was able to depict a picture that seemed almost real. Fire disasters are the worst kind of disasters both on land and sea. In most areas, local disaster relief service, such as the ARC or the Salvation Army, are trained to help out during fire or other life-threatening disasters.


Contagion is a 2011 movie about the spread of a deadly virus across the globe and how all efforts to stop the virus from spreading were futile. It also showed how much information and misinformation about the pandemic were circulated and how they impacted the world. The movie trended in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting the whole world. The film’s storyline was almost similar to what happened during the pandemic.


Aftershock, like most disaster movies, is based on true-life events. It tells the story of the 1976 magnitude XI earthquake that happened in the region of Tangshan, China. Aftershock is based on the aftermath of the disaster. It tells the story of a set of twins that got separated during the disaster and united after a long time. Most disaster movies tell the story of what happened during this disaster, but this unique movie tells the story of the impact of disasters on the lives of the survivors.


Twister tells the story of two storm chasers that were not so good at it, and they ended up getting more than they bargained for. A tornado is a deadly storm that always causes a lot of havoc whenever it comes. The two main characters in this movie had to find a means to survive the tornado. They went from storm chasers to trying to survive the storm.

Don’t Look Up

This disaster movie is a bit different from others as it is both comical and quite emotional. Don’t Look Up is an apocalyptic dark comedy that tells the story of two astronomers who discovered that a comet capable of destroying the world was headed towards Earth. No one listened to their warnings, and the outcome was deadly, but there was hope at the end. Don’t Look Up was released on Netflix in 2021.

The Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure is a movie about a ship that was sunk by a tsunami ( an ocean earthquake. The ship was flipped upside down and sunk to the bottom of the sea. The movie is based on a novel, and it isn’t a true-life event. The Poseidon Adventure was released in 1972 and was one of the top movies at the time of its release.


While most natural disaster movies are based on true life events, some of them are fictional. If you are the emotional type, you are bound to cry a lot after watching most or all of the movies on our list.