Top Disaster Movies of All Time

Disaster movies which depict impending disasters have been the subject of film-goers’ fascination. They concentrate on the chaotic events surrounding the disasters. With large-scale special effects and huge casts of famous stars, disaster movies have highly grossed at box offices. Let’s review some recent resurgence of disaster movies.

"2012", a science fiction disaster adventure film, was directed by Roland Emmerich who seems to like imagining catastrophes. The director sent the aliens to blow up in “Independence Day” and a major climate change in “The Day After Tomorrow”. And in “2012”, he took inspiration from ancient Mayan history. The film is based upon the Mayan calendar’s apocalyptic predictions for the cataclysmic year 2012. The heating up of the Earth’s core produced a disastrous earthquake which causedLos Angeles to crack open and fall into the ocean, the Washington Monument topple, and Rio de Janiero\'s Christ the Redeemer statue fall.


2012 allows the audience to witness Los Angeles slide into the ocean.
"2012" allows the audience to witness Los Angeles slide into the ocean.



Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, features Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Steve Buscemi. Carrying the tag line “For Love. For Honor. For Humankind”, Armageddon is a tale of love and adventure told with a strong sense of pace. The compassionate characters reach their moment of unflinching look at the piercing dilemmas.

The film is about a group of blue-collar deep-core drillers who are sent to deflate an asteroidheading towards the Earth. The NASAdiscovers that an asteroid is in collision course with the Earth. Their plans of destroying the asteroid prior to its reach to the Earth in 18 days are ineffectual. To blow it into pieces, nuclear warhead must be used inside the asteroid itself. The only man can do this is oil driller Harry Stamper with the assistance of other local drillers and geologists. The team head towards it for their outer space excavation.


The soundtrack features the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, the first number 1 of Aerosmith’s career.
The soundtrack features the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, the first number 1 of Aerosmith’s career.


"Aftershock", the biggest commercial film IMAX film created outside the U.S, is based on the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976. Li Ni returns home to save her twins buried under the debris, but she is forced to save her son. Her daughter who overheard the decision manages to survive but keep painful memory of her mother’s decision. In 2008, unknowingly, both twins volunteer to join rescuers in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake. During a break, the sister Deng overhears a stranger talking about his past experiences. Then, the twin realizes each other and decides to visit their mother. The twin and their mother are reunited with one another after 32 years of separation.


Aftershock directed by Feng Xiaogang depicts the aftermath of 1976 Tangshan earthquake.
"Aftershock" directed by Feng Xiaogang depicts the aftermath of 1976 Tangshan earthquake.



"Titanic", a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater. A love story in ill-fated maiden voyage engages the audience with the real-life tragedy. The American Film Institute ranked Titanic as the sixth best epic film of all time.


The 2,200 people are seen waving goodbye for the last time.
2,200 people are seen waving goodbye for the last time.



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