8 Best Volcano Movies of All Time

Updated April 4, 2018
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Volcano is derived from the word Vulcano, a volcanic island in the Aeolian islands of Italy.The name itself is taken from the Roman god of fire “Vulcan” volcanic eruptions are natural disasters, an event that poses a great threat to human lives and the environment. Volcanoes were once associated with the actions of the Gods by our ancestors, now without further wasting any time here is a list of the top volcano movies ever you should watch right away. You can watch some of these volcano movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.

8. Volcano (1997)

Volcano was released in the year 1997 and praised for its special effects but it received a mixed response from the critics.The movie was scored by the legendary composer Alan Silvestri. Volcano specifically was a story about a violent volcano which was born under the city of L.A after a seemingly minor earthquake,the film follows a series of rescue operations conducted by the city officials and a seismologist.

Volcano was an entertaining film with a weak script that somehow meanders from the actual causality of such an event.Comparing it to the standards of the movies released today volcano is a disappointment but it guarantees a good time if you ignore the flaws,so sit back and enjoy.

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7. Pompeii (2014)

The movie is based on the destruction of the roman city Pompeii by mount Vesuvius’s volcanic eruption which dates back to 79 AD. The story is about a slave turned gladiator who must save his one true love from a corrupt roman senator, as mount Vesuvius erupts he must fight to save his beloved as the city of Pompeii crumbles around him. The movie works as an action adventure from its spectacular action sequences and a dependable cast.Pompeii must be seen in 3D for its profound visual beauty.Although it received a mixed response from the critics it’ll satisfy the viewer as a pure entertainer.

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6. St. Helens (1981)

St Helens aka killer volcano was released on HBO in the year 1980.The film centres on the events leading up to the cataclysmic eruption of mount St Helens in Washington state. St Helens is an incredible tv movie about one of the worst natural disasters in the history of North America.

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5. Dante’s Peak (1997)

Dante’s peak was an American disaster film which was released in the year 1997 and received abysmal reviews. In spite of the scientific accuracies the movie was compared to volcano,the film still made a decent 178 million on a 116 million budget.Dante’s peak is about a Volcanologist who arrives at a country side town and discovers that the long dormant volcano may wake up at any moment. The movie suffers from a weak script but was praised for its visual effects.Comparing it to the standards of other disaster movies, it truly is an entertainer and scientifically accurate.

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 4. Joe Versus The Volcano (1990)

This Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan starrer is about a guy named Joe who has an incurable disease.He quits his job to live like a king and die like a man,but for that he must jump into a live volcano to appease the volcano god. Joe versus the volcano received favourable reviews from the critics,the movie is funny, hopeful and eccentric.The movie benefits itself from a wonderful script and perhaps is an underrated classic that never got its due. Overall the movie is a beautiful fairytale with an alluring message.

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3. Krakatoa : The Last Day (2006)

Krakatoa is a documentary that follows the eruption of Krakatoa in the Sunda strait of Indonesia which brought tsunamis, rains of pumice and ash leading to the death 36,000 people.The documentary aired on B.B.C one and drew 6 million viewers. Considering this documentary to be a tv film, the special effects is indeed spectacular and makes the events of the film quite frightening and terrifying with a splendid background score.

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2. Pompeii: The last day (2003)

Pompeii the last day is a documentary about the volcanic eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79 AD that destroyed the roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum covering it in ash and killing everyone trapped between the volcano and sea.It won the prime time Emmy award for sound editing and was also nominated for a BAFTA. The documentary truly did humanize the tragedy with its live action recreation of the event and the victims.

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1. Supervolcano (2005)

Supervolcano was British Canadian television film that aired on BBC.It aired on the Discovery channel on the 10th of April. The film focuses on the largest volcanic systems known as the supervolcano beneath the Yellowstone national park. Supervolcano has a 70 % audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes, it was nominated for an Emmy award and was praised for its scientific accuracy.The narrative suffered from the shorter runtime but overall it’s an informative ,believable and a realistic film which certainly has its niche audience.

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