DISASTER !!! ... Catastrophe, Cataclysm and Apocalypse Included (Part I)

by Call-Me-Mr-Smith | created - 14 May 2019 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

Part One (20th Century) featuring comprehensive list of the best disaster movies. Individuals or groups, man-made or natural disasters, crisis on ground, in air or in space. Curated list with regular updates, accepting suggestions.

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1. The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi | Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani, Antonio Grisanti

Votes: 468

2. The End of the World (1916)

77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A comet, passing by Earth, causes rioting, social unrest, and major disasters that destroy the world.

Director: August Blom | Stars: Olaf Fønss, Carl Lauritzen, Ebba Thomsen, Johanne Fritz-Petersen

Votes: 284

3. Atlantic (1929)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Ewald André Dupont | Stars: Franklin Dyall, Madeleine Carroll, John Stuart, Ellaline Terriss

Votes: 177

4. Deluge (1933)

70 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer, Matt Moore

Votes: 325

5. The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Drama

In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper | Stars: Preston Foster, Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale, John Wood

Votes: 902

6. San Francisco (1936)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt

Votes: 4,692

7. The Hurricane (1937)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 2,223

8. Telephone Operator (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A telephone operator covering for a friend's "fling" finds herself in the middle of a major disaster when the city is hit by a big flood and her switchboard is the center of communications.

Director: Scott Pembroke | Stars: Judith Allen, Grant Withers, Warren Hymer, Alice White

Votes: 105

9. Five Came Back (1939)

Passed | 75 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A plane has engine trouble while flying over a jungle inhabited by cannibals.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine

Votes: 1,756

10. The Rains Came (1939)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In India, a married British aristocrat is reunited with an old flame, but she truly has her sights set on a handsome surgeon.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent, Brenda Joyce

Votes: 1,771

11. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 25,503

12. Train of Events (1949)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them, and how they deal with it.

Directors: Sidney Cole, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden | Stars: Jack Warner, Gladys Henson, Susan Shaw, Patric Doonan

Votes: 306

13. Operation Disaster (1950)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, History, War

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond, Andrew Crawford

Votes: 690

14. When Worlds Collide (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt

Votes: 6,864

15. Five (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: William Phipps, Susan Douglas Rubes, James Anderson, Charles Lampkin

Votes: 1,103

16. The Brave Don't Cry (1952)

89 min | Drama

A story about a true mining accident.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: John Gregson, Meg Buchanan, John Rae, Fulton Mackay

Votes: 81

17. Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, Romance

An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 6,102 | Gross: $4.91M

18. The High and the Mighty (1954)

Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack

Votes: 5,183

19. The Naked Jungle (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Leiningen South American cocoa plantation is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, Abraham Sofaer, William Conrad

Votes: 3,448

20. The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

On a routine flight from Hong Kong to Japan, a British military transport aircraft's fate may or may not depend on a prophetic nightmare.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 822

21. Back from Eternity (1956)

Approved | 97 min | Adventure, Drama

When a commercial plane force-lands in a South-American jungle, the passengers and pilots must patch-up the engines and escape the cannibal-infested area.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger, Phyllis Kirk

Votes: 1,211

22. Encounter (1952–1961)
Episode: Flight Into Danger (1956)

60 min | Drama

A small planes pilot must take the controls of a large passenger plane when the pilots fall victim to food poisoning.

Director: David Greene | Stars: James Doohan, Larry Beattie, Elizabeth Cole, Corinne Conley

Votes: 23

23. Zero Hour! (1957)

Passed | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1950s Canada, during a commercial flight, the pilots and some passengers suffer food poisoning, thus forcing an ex-WW2 fighter pilot to try to land the airliner in heavy fog.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden, Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch

Votes: 1,364

24. Seven Days from Now (1957)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan, Stephen Boyd

Votes: 1,461

25. Sea Wife (1957)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Thriller, War

In 1942, a cargo ship jammed with British evacuees from Singapore is sunk by a Japanese sub. A small lifeboat carries a beautiful woman, an army officer, a bigoted administrator, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Bob McNaught | Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Burton, Basil Sydney, Cy Grant

Votes: 565

26. Decision Against Time (1957)

87 min | Drama, Thriller

The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Sellars, Jeremy Bodkin, Gerard Lohan

Votes: 301

27. The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Trevor Bardette

Votes: 2,751

28. The Night the World Exploded (1957)

Not Rated | 64 min | Sci-Fi

Dr. Conway has perfected a machine which he believes will predict earthquakes, and has determined that one will strike California within 24 hours. He and his patron, Dr. Morton, attempt to ... See full summary »

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Kathryn Grant, William Leslie, Tristram Coffin, Raymond Greenleaf

Votes: 372

29. A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman

Votes: 13,078

30. Crash Landing (1958)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama, War

Airplane passengers prepare for a crash landing in the ocean.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Gary Merrill, Nancy Reagan, Irene Hervey, Roger Smith

Votes: 154

31. H-8... (1958)

105 min | Drama

A bus and a truck are moving towards each other along a two-way traffic highway on a rainy day. At the very beginning we learn that a reckless driver of another car will cause them to ... See full summary »

Director: Nikola Tanhofer | Stars: Boris Buzancic, Djurdja Ivezic, Antun Vrdoljak, Vanja Drach

Votes: 1,156

32. The World, The Flesh and The Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 2,529

33. Jet Over the Atlantic (1959)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assorted people board a plane with a fire bomb in its luggage hold.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Guy Madison, Virginia Mayo, George Raft, Ilona Massey

Votes: 129

34. Jet Storm (1959)

88 min | Thriller

Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley, Bernard Braden

Votes: 305

35. SOS Pacific (1959)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Due to an accident, a seaplane operated by a small airline company ditches off an island in the Pacific and the surviving passengers must find a way to be rescued.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, John Gregson, Eva Bartok

Votes: 261

36. Last Woman on Earth (1960)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are scuba diving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne

Votes: 1,692

37. The Last Voyage (1960)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 1,807

38. The Crowded Sky (1960)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Disaster movie about a Navy jet and a commercial airliner heading for a mid air collision.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Kerr

Votes: 574

39. The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits 3 reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews, Jean-Pierre Aumont

Votes: 1,820

40. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 4,400

41. Ring of Fire (1961)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

In the 1960s Oregon, two sheriff deputies arrest three teenagers for robbery but are overpowered and taken hostage while forest fires rage all around them.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: David Janssen, Joyce Taylor, Frank Gorshin, Joel Marston

Votes: 444

42. Panic in Year Zero (1962)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family leaves L.A. for a camping trip - just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As the city descends into chaos, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel

Votes: 3,580

43. This Is Not a Test (1962)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.

Director: Fredric Gadette | Stars: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas

Votes: 671

44. 713 prosit posadku (1962)

Thriller

Transatlantic flight 713 is in trouble because the pilot and crew are poisoned while flying above the ocean. Now the passengers have to take control to save their lives.

Director: Grigori Nikulin | Stars: Vladimir Chestnokov, Otar Koberidze, Lev Kruglyy, Lyudmila Abramova

Votes: 85

45. The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

90 Metascore

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 164,749 | Gross: $11.40M

46. Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min |