Film Review UK’s 10 Best Disaster Movies

With Dwayne Johnson’s latest mega-blockbuster, San Andreas, making the rounds, Film Review UKtakes a look at 10 of the best disaster movies to grace the big-screen.

Check out the list below and have your say in the comments section.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Disaster-movie heavyweight, Roland Emmerich, brought us this global warming blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow, back in 2004, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid and Emmy Rossum.

Interesting fact: The film has the biggest opening weekend gross for a film that didnt reach number 1 at the US box office.

Armageddon (1998)

Michael Bay is no stranger to big-budget blockbusters and in 1998 he took on the asteroid disaster epic, Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton as a group tasked with blowing up a deadly asteroid.

Interesting fact: The NASA spacesuits in the film are genuine and the cast remain the only civilians to have ever worn them – they cost $3 million each.

2012 (2009)

The master of destruction hits the list again with 2012, another global warming blockbuster starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet and Woody Harrelson.

Interesting fact: The film was banned in North Korea because 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the countries First Great Leader.

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Not to be confused with its underwhelming remake, The Poseidon Adventure makes Speed 2: Cruise Control look like a low budget college film. Starring Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters, the film won an Academy Award Original Song.

Interesting fact: Surprisingly, Shelley Winters gained 35 pounds for her role – often mentioning in the subsequent years of her struggles trying to lose it again.

Deep Impact (1998)

In 1998, director Mimi Leder tackled the ‘Armageddon’ genre with her blockbuster Deep Impact, starring Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood and Tea Leoni.

Interesting fact: Before Mimi Leder joined the project, Steven Spielberg was attached to direct.

The Towering Inferno (1974)

This entry is defined simply as a classic – starring Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, The Towering Inferno follows a group of party goers who find themselves trapped in a burning skyscraper. The old school blockbuster was nominated for an incredible 8 Oscars, picking up 3 of them including Best Cinematography.

Interesting fact: During filming, an actual fire broke out on set – being the legend he was, Steve McQueen helped firefighters tackle the blaze.

Twister (1996)

As far as tornado’s go, Jan De Bont’s 1997 blockbuster is the daddy of them all – starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Twister made over $500 million worldwide and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards.

Interesting fact: Twister was the first ever film to be released on DVD.

Dante’s Peak (1997)

Perhaps not so mainstream as others on this list, but Dante’s Peak was an eary, nerve-wrangling disaster film about a volcano in a remote US town that unexpectedly erupts – the film starred Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton.

Interesting fact: Before Pierce Brosnan accepted the lead, Michael Douglas was heavily linked to the part.

Titanic (1997)

By far the most successful of all entries on the list, James Cameron drama blockbuster, Titanic, remains the second highest grossing film of all time and one of the biggest winners in Academy history, having won 11 Oscars.

Interesting fact: At $200 million, the film cost more than the Titanic itself, which today would have cost around $150 million to build.

Independence Day (1996)

When you think of disaster films, Independence Day has to be one of the most iconic – the third entry for Roland Emmerich, and one that earned an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, Independence Day saw an alien invasion of epic proportions and starred Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman.

Interesting fact: Over 70 mock news broadcasts were created for the film.