1970s-80s: Disaster Movies.

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1. The Crowded Sky (1960)

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: 548

2. Airport (1970)

G | 137 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Directors: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Jean Seberg

Votes: 16,097 | Gross: $100.49M

3. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

Nine people explore a cruise ship at sea in a manner that turns their whole lives upside down.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 38,076 | Gross: $84.56M

4. Skyjacked (1972)

PG | 101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Yvette Mimieux, Claude Akins

Votes: 1,561

5. The Towering Inferno (1974)

PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Votes: 36,081 | Gross: $116.00M

6. Earthquake (1974)

PG | 122 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene

Votes: 12,648 | Gross: $79.70M

7. Hurricane (1974 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 74 min | Drama

Two hurricane hunters track a huge, violent hurricane that is bearing down on a Gulf Coast town.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Larry Hagman, Martin Milner, Jessica Walter, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 152

8. The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

During a radar test mission, Flight 412 witnesses the disappearance of 2 fighter-jets scrambled to intercept a UFO but the Air Force is determined to cover-up the incident.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Glenn Ford, Bradford Dillman, David Soul, Robert F. Lyons

Votes: 463

9. Heatwave! (1974 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

The residents of an isolated mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Ben Murphy, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, David Huddleston

Votes: 128

10. The Day the Earth Moved (1974 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

A team taking aerial photographs of the desert deduces that an earthquake is about to strike a nearby town, but nobody in the town believes them.

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Stella Stevens, Cleavon Little, William Windom

Votes: 171

11. Airport 1975 (1974)

PG | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 8,790 | Gross: $47.29M

12. The Hindenburg (1975)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes

Votes: 4,714 | Gross: $27.95M

13. Two-Minute Warning (1976)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A crazed sniper is set to kill spectators at an L.A. Coliseum football championship game and the police races against time to eliminate him.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges

Votes: 3,088

14. Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in California. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Robert Conrad, Sian Barbara Allen, Buddy Ebsen, Herb Edelman

Votes: 301

15. Flood (1976 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After several weeks of heavy rainfall, the dam above Brownsville is ready to burst. But the town's mayor refuses to open its gates - paving the way for disaster.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Robert Culp, Martin Milner, Barbara Hershey, Richard Basehart

Votes: 329

16. The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

R | 129 min | Drama, Thriller

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train. So what happens next?

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 6,704

17. Airport '77 (1977)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland

Votes: 8,733 | Gross: $30.00M

18. Fire (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Action

A convict starts a fire in a forest to cover his escape, but the fire goes out of control and threatens to destroy a small mountain community.

Director: Earl Bellamy | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Vera Miles, Patty Duke, Alex Cord

Votes: 214

19. Flight to Holocaust (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Drama

A team of troubleshooters is called to a skyscraper where a plane has crashed into the 20th floor and is stuck in the side of the building.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Fawne Harriman, Desi Arnaz Jr.

Votes: 55

20. Rollercoaster (1977)

PG | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A blackmailer threatens to sabotage roller coasters at various American amusement parks if he isn't paid a huge ransom.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda

Votes: 5,228

21. The Swarm (1978)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Thriller

A huge swarm of deadly African bees spreads terror over American cities by killing thousands of people.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain

Votes: 6,299 | Gross: $10.00M

22. Gray Lady Down (1978)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A Navy Captain uses his experimental Snark to reach a nuclear submarine stuck on an ocean ledge.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty

Votes: 2,555

23. Avalanche (1978)

PG | 91 min | Action, Drama

The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster, Jeanette Nolan

Votes: 1,619

24. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

PG | 114 min | Action, Adventure

Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle

Votes: 4,356

25. S.O.S. Titanic (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, History

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

Director: William Hale | Stars: David Janssen, Cloris Leachman, Harry Andrews, David Battley

Votes: 989

26. Meteor (1979)

PG | 108 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The U.S. must join forces with the U.S.S.R. in order to destroy a gigantic asteroid heading straight for Earth.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith

Votes: 6,165

27. City on Fire (1979)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama

A pyromaniac, ex-employee of a city oil refinery creates an explosion at the facility which starts a chain-reaction of fires that engulf the entire city.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Barry Newman, Susan Clark, Shelley Winters, Leslie Nielsen

Votes: 867

28. The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington, D.C. to Paris, and then to Moscow as a goodwill ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy

Votes: 5,088 | Gross: $13.00M

29. Deathquake (1980)

126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A large earthquake hits Tokyo, which was predicted by a seismologist but was ignored.

Director: Kenjirô Ohmori | Stars: Hiroshi Katsuno, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Yumi Takigawa, Kayo Matsuo

Votes: 166

30. Ekipazh (1980)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Story of the lives of three Soviet pilots who are united by disaster in a small town in the mountains.

Director: Aleksandr Mitta | Stars: Georgi Zhzhyonov, Anatoliy Vasilev, Leonid Filatov, Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae

Votes: 2,173

31. When Time Ran Out... (1980)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert

Votes: 2,331 | Gross: $1.70M

32. The Chain Reaction (1980)

92 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Barry | Stars: Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson, Ralph Cotterill

Votes: 715

33. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 192,716 | Gross: $83.40M

34. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

Director: Ken Finkleman | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr

Votes: 45,386 | Gross: $27.15M

35. The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 180 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

After a series of small tremors in Los Angeles, Dr. Clare Winslow, a local seismologist, pinpoints the exact location and time of when the long awaited earthquake--"The Big One"--will ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Joanna Kerns, Dan Lauria, Bonnie Bartlett, Lindsay Frost

Votes: 561

36. After the Shock (1990 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

On October 17, 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale rocked San Francisco. Presented here are some of the stories of the brave members of the public and emergency services ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Nicholas Zaninovich, Yaphet Kotto, Jack Scalia, Tuck Milligan

Votes: 118

37. Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Susan and Paul are working late on the thirty-seventh floor of a Los Angeles skyscraper. Also in the building are the cleaning staff, security and some engineers installing sprinklers. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Lee Majors, Lisa Hartman, Peter Scolari, John Laughlin

Votes: 185



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