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Favorite Disaster Films
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Director: Xiaogang Feng
Starring: Fan Xu, Jingchu Zhang, Chen Li, Daoming Chen, Yi Lu and Guoqiang Zhang
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Odette Annable, Anjul Nigam and Margot Farley
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jue Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Ehle
An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok, Sela Ward and Ian Holm
After years of unabated global warming, the greenhouse effect is wreaking havoc all over the globe in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and, most ominously, the beginning of the next Ice Age.
Director: Mark Robson
Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Geneviève Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner and Barry Sullivan
Following the stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles.
Flood (2007) (2007)
Director: Tony Mitchell
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Jessalyn Gilsig, Tom Courtenay, Joanne Whalley, David Suchet, Nigel Planer, Ralph Brown and Gottfried John
When a raging storm coincides with high seas it unleashes a colossal tidal surge, which travels mercilessly down England's East Coast and into the Thames Estuary. Overwhelming the Thames Barrier, torrents of water pour into the city. The lives of millions of Londoners are at stake.
Top marine engineers and barrier experts Rob, his ex-wife Sam and his father Leonard Morrison, have only a few hours to save the city from total devastation. A real probability in a real location. It is not a question of if, but when, London floods.
The Hindenburg (1975)
Director: Robert Wise
Based on the novel 'The Hindenburg' by Michael M. Mooney
Starring: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning and Richard Dysart
Fictional account of the real-life disaster of the German airship Hindenburg where a bomb planted by anti-Nazis causes the destruction of the airship.
The Impossible (2012)
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sönke Möhring and Geraldine Chaplin
An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time: the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Director: Ronald Neame
Starring: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Richard Dysart and Henry Fonda
After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it hits it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind.
To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon satellite "Hercules" but discovers soon that it doesn't have enough fire power. Their only chance to save the world is to join forces with the USSR who have also launched such an illegal satellite. But will both governments agree?
A Night to Remember (1958)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Starring: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Kenneth Griffith and David McCallum
An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912.
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Directors: Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen
Starring: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, John Crawford and Leslie Nielsen
A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape, when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.
Director: James Goldstone
Starring: George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Richard Widmark, Susan Strasberg, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino and Henry Fonda
A young terrorist sabotages an amusement-park roller coaster, killing several innocent revellers. After other acts of terrorism, the man presents his demands to the authorities via audio tape: one million dollars or he'll stage five roller-coaster disasters simultaneously in five different parks. Because detective Harry Calder evinces a grudging respect for the elusive extortionist, the man declares that only Detective Calder will be permitted to deliver the money. Thus the stage is set for an explosive climax.
Director: Barry Shear
Starring: James Brolin, Don Mitchell, James McEachin, Abbey Lincoln, Brooke Bundy, Suzanne Charney, Lázaro Pérez and Laurette Spang
A handful of passengers, including a cop, are on board a New York subway train late one night when an earthquake derails their train, leaving them stranded underground and looking for a way out.
The Swarm (1978)
Director: Irwin Allen
Starring: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia De Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, José Ferrer, Patty Duke, Silm Pickens, Bradford Dillman, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda and Cameron Mitchell
A huge swarm of deadly African killer bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.
The Towering Inferno (1974) (1975)
Directors: John Guillermin and Irwin Allen
Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Jennifer Jones, Robert Wagner, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Vaughn, Susan Blakely, O.J. Simpson and Susan Flannery
At the opening night party of a collosal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
Directed by Jan de Bont
Starring: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lois Smith, Alan Ruck and Sean Whalen
TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms sweeping across Oklahoma, has other plans. Soon the three have joined the team of storm chasers as they attempt to insert a revolutionary measuring device into the very heart of several extremely violent tornadoes.
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle and John Corbett
A volcano erupts in downtown L.A., threatening to destroy the city.
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