Article: Top 10 Disaster Films

10.Dante’s Peak

Volcanologist Harry Dalton and mayor Rachel Wando of Dante’s Peak try to convince the city council and the other volcanologists that the volcano right above Dante’s Peak is indeed dangerous. People’s safety is being set against economical interest. I know this film might be dated but it has got a really good story and good special effect as well, the casting is good in this well-made film.

9.The Day After Tomorrow

Jack Hall. Paleo climatologist must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross – hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. A star-studded cast in this thrilling film that brim with cool visual and the characters are likeable enough, a good story and with a superbly well-crafted film.


A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious ill – fated R.M.S. Titanic. A powerful and an emotional film that lasted about 3 hours long but the pacing of the film is superbly handed with a star-studded cast, the casting is brilliant and overall it is an astonishing achievement especially with the final ending to this film.

7.San Andreas

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue – chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex – wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter. In this thrilling film that just entertained you from start to finish and the family of this film is believable and the rest of the casting is spot on, the visual effect is certainly out of this world.


On New Year’s Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship. A brilliant tale of escapism from the outside world in this action packed, thrilling and nerve-jangling tension with a cast to die for, a brilliant story and it is surely watchable from the first moment of this film.


Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross – hairs of extremely violet tornadoes. I know this film might be slightly dated but the effect are amazing in this film and superbly casting as well, the premise is well told and it is nonstop action and thrilling from start to finish.


When an explosion blocks New York’s Hudson Tunnel at both ends, ex Emergency Medical Services Chief Kit Latura is the only one with the know – how and experience to save the day. Too be honest with you I’m not normally a massive fan of Sylvester Stallone film but this one come out of nowhere and it is certainly gripping and it just gripped you from start to finish, it is certainly eye catching.


Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey. A thoughtful and a thought-provoking story that will bring generally tension and being to fizzle along with great acting, I just like this film as it is very character driven and very sensitive as well.

2.The 33

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. In this sensitive and claustrophobic film that brim with tension and a character driven tale that bring backstory to the 33 miners, it is soulful and you would connect to these characters in this well told film.

1.The Impossible

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. I picked this film for my number one for many reason and firstly it is sensitively handed and a character driven film and the acting is phenomena in generally, the other reason is never give up on hope and keep pushing and I know people say it is too harrowing but it is very artsy and not just rushing it straight away, the ending is beautiful.

One thought on “Article: Top 10 Disaster Films

  1. This is not a genre that I am too familiar with Mark, so thanks for the suggestions. I do have a couple of suggestions though – an old film from the 1970s, The China Syndrome, (not about a pandemic), starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda, both excellent.
    A more recent film from 2011, which is about a pandemic, Contagion. The similarities to the current situation are frightening!


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