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What are some underrated disaster movies?

Asked by irondavy (727points) March 26th, 2010

I’m not talking about aliens, or zombies, or anything supernatural.

I want natural disasters, science disasters, power outages, disease… Shipwrecks/plane crashes/etc. are okay too, but not as interesting.

First person to say Titanic gets a boring rebuttal from yours truly.

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squidcake's avatar

Children of Men.

irondavy's avatar

Post apocalypse is a genre all its own. I don’t mean to be a stickler about this, but a disaster movie is about the disaster happening not life after it.

majorrich's avatar

Ishtar was a disastrous movie and was poorly rated. Does that count?

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Right at your door. Dirty bombs get set off in downtown l.a., wife is there, husband has to seal up the house, she returns after. Unbelievable ending.

filmfann's avatar

Testament showed a town devastated by nuclear fallout.

AstroChuck's avatar

This underrated film from 1951 is a low budget masterpiece.
More post-apocalyptic than disaster perhaps.

MacBean's avatar

There aren’t any. I had to put my poor brain through the ringer to come up with any that I thought were even good at all, and the only one I can think of is Outbreak, which I probably wouldn’t be so fond of if I’d read the book.


The Towering Inferno. It had an all-star cast, and it was one of the few believable disaster movies of the 70s. It’s pretty terrifying even today when I watch it.

Vunessuh's avatar

I second Children of Men.
Also, Deep Impact.

ragingloli's avatar

Star Wars episode 1.

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

fahrenheit 911
It documented the demise of the US

chamelopotamus's avatar

There aren’t any in my memory, but they still most likely exist

hug_of_war's avatar

Outbreak terrified me as a child, but it always sucked me back in.

DarkScribe's avatar

I have only seen overrated disaster movies – I doubt that the other kind exist.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister
The Perfect Storm

I have a thing for tornadoes and wild weather, so the first two of these movies are great because of the weather footage. The Perfect Storm is based on a true story, and with Volcano, what’s not to like about Tommy Lee Jones?

ucme's avatar

The Andromeda Strain.Oh & any remake of British Classics,The Italian Job,Get Carter etc.Now they are fucking disastrous.

majorrich's avatar

Nuts I cant hit great answer more than once for Disaster Movie. Actually have that one on DVD

gasman's avatar

oops, someone already answered The Andromeda Strain. How do you delete an answer?

AstroChuck's avatar

I don’t think of The Andromeda Strain as disaster flick nor underrated. I think it got decent accolades.

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