It’s a normal day at the beach. It could be a park or a suburb or a city bustling with office goers. Life is going as usual in its mundane way. Suddenly, people start running for their lives, buildings explode and mayhem is ensured. The catastrophic finale of human mortality has always intrigued the average cine-goer. Diverse forms of disaster have given us some really incredulous movies in this genre. We curated a list of those and ranked them per their ability to make the viewer awestruck. Keep your survival kit handy and enjoy the ride of this list of top disaster films. You can watch best disaster movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. Contagion (2011)
A global pandemic threatens to take over the world. While biologists look for cure, the rest of the world gets into chaos. Weaving several storylines into one, director Steven Soderbergh creates a world at the doorsteps of apocalypse where social norms have been shattered by the spreading disease. The movie was praised by the critics for its taut scripting and accurate depiction of the catastrophic events.
8. Cloverfield (2008)
Shot as a found footage, on the lines of ‘Blair Witch Project’, ‘Cloverfield’ is essentially a humongous creäture running wild in downtown Manhattan. What makes it unique to watch is the first person account of the events. The movie moves at a breakneck speed, without giving any plausible explanation of the events. Watch out for the scene where the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty rolls down the street, after bouncing off a building.
7. The Impossible (2012)
On 26th December, mother nature played havoc on its creation in the form of a devastating tsunami. Among the south asian countries, Indonesia bore majority of the brunt. ‘The Impossible’ is the story of a family torn apart in the same event and their tryst to get together. While the father gets stranded with two of the children, the injured mum is left with the elder son. Playing a mother who goes through myriad of emotions looking for her lost family, Naomi Watts earned praise from all quarters including a nomination for best actress at the academy awards.