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The 22 Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

The Perfect Storm, 2000 | Image: Warner Bros.

The folks at NYMag's Vulture have focused on the disaster movie genre for this article in which they list their picks for the "22 Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time.The scope is seemingly as large as some of the disasters it mentions, considering it takes into account all productions in the history of film and also its definition of disaster is wide. 

Take a moment to think of some of your favorite disaster movies and then check out the list to see if they placed and if so, where they fell on the list. If you're so inclined, mention in comments any films you think have been mistakenly passed over, or any that in your opinion don't deserve to have a position in the grouping.


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Have to agree with rcxb. The list is way too non-specific, which then makes it wide open (which is the point of most lists anyway). But if you say Airport is a "disaster" move, then so is Apollo 13 which is infinitely better. Ditto Airplane! (Really?) - I say Dr. Strangelove. . . As for others:

On the Beach
The Road
Night of the Living Dead
War of the Worlds (Original)
Godzilla (Original)
Things to Come
I am Legend
The Omega Man

More keep popping up as I type, but you get the point - appears our initial Lister doesn't watch much science fiction. . .
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Not too fond of their list, but I'm not even sure where the genre starts and ends. How much of the movie must the disaster take-up? What kind of disasters count? How many people have to be involved? With both Titanic and Airplane in there, the definition must be pretty wide-open. I'd say most popular movies probably include something crashing and/or several people dying for some reason, at some point, but are they all disaster movies?

If any of these count, I'd vote for:

Abyss (1989)
Pitch Black (2000)
Sum of all Fears (2002)
Fortress 2 (1999)
Resident Evil (2002)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien (1979)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Poltergeist (1982)
Hero (1992)
Soldier (1998)
2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)
Gremlins (1984)
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