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10 Best Disaster Movies On HBO Max Right Now

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Best Disaster Movies you should see.

Disaster movies follow natural or man-made disasters as the central theme of their storyline and can be dystopian or just circumstantial in nature. The disasters can be natural calamities, dystopian scenarios, fabricated or man-made calamities, and biological warfare or ecology related. Here is our recommended list of best disaster movies to watch on HBO Max Right Now.

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Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes

Genre: Archival Documentary
Runtime: 1h36m
Cast: Real-Life Footage
Release Year: 2022

The Chornobyl disaster has been subject to much debate, inspired conspiracy theories and possibilities of aliens, monsters, and the paranormal have been discussed in public forums. It is one of the least understood disasters in the contemporary world. While Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes does not fully qualify as a disaster movie, it surely carries the weight of one. It is of historical and cultural significance and surely engaging enough to be worth a watch.

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Contagion

Contagion
Contagion

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 1h46m
Cast:  Matt Damon and Kate Winslet
Release Year: 2011

The movie can be said to be the foreshadowing of the pandemic situation brought about by Coronavirus, and it gained more popularity in the past few years for the same reason. Yet, leaving this context aside, contagion is an interesting film that shows how different people react differently to this difficult situation. Dr. Erin Mears, played by Kate Winslet gets angry at the prospects of her fellow doctors not caring about the public good as the vaccination is undergoing trials.

San Andreas

San Andreas
San Andreas

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Runtime: 1h54m
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino
Release Year: 2015

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Dwayne Johnson tries to rescue his daughter from a city-wide earthquake in California, all of San Andreas eventually gets flooded and destroyed, becoming a prison for those left behind, it is an adventurous story of a father going to save his child through a major calamity. Accompanied with stunning visuals and engaging activities, the movie is surely worth a watch.

Greenland

Greenland
Greenland

Genre: Thriller
Runtime: 1h59m
Cast: Gerald Butler, Morena Baccarin
Release Year: 2020

Greenland features a survival chase situation much similar to that of 2012, people struggle desperately to save themselves from the natural calamity by trying to outrun it, they actually succeed in this case, accompanied by good visuals and compelling acting, the movie is able to deliver a strong message despite its lack of an original storyline.

28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later

Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Runtime: 1h40m
Cast: Jeremy Renner as Doyle, Rose Bryne as Scarlet
Release Year: 2007

A lethal pandemic thought once to be over is still festering in the dark, and there is a soldier aware that this is the case. What will the world look like, if the disease continues to spread and become more powerful? This movie features a pandemic caused by a virus that causes rage and eventually leads all infected to the grave. But there is a bigger secret to the virus. Watch the movie to find out more!

The Day after Tomorrow

The Day after Tomorrow
The Day after Tomorrow

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Runtime: 2h4m
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum
Release Year: 2004

Rapid climate change begins to occur across the globe, a scientist predicts the same beforehand and communicates precautions to take for this, but his advice is mostly ignored, after seeing the evidence, government officials can no longer stand by and start to take action.

In this ruckus many natural calamities occur, floods, and rise in global water levels, eventually giving way to snow and speculations arise that it might be a new ice age. As conditions across the globe settle, the scientist is glad to find his son safe and sound, and people rejoice as they feel safe once again.

Geostorm

Geostorm
Geostorm

Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1h49m
Cast: Gerald Butler, Jim Sturgess, Annie Cornish
Release Year: 2017

The movie features a unique plot, humans have finally harnessed control over the environment by using satellite technology, however, a malfunction in this tech threatens to destroy all humanity itself. In this scenario, the original creator of these satellites is called in and told to fix them to prevent global extinction. Despite a unique plot this movie fails to engage the viewer’s attention.

The Happening

The Happening
The Happening

Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller 

Runtime: 1h31m

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, 

Release Year: 2008

The Happening is a Sci-fi thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan that features extraordinary situations caused for an unknown reason, it eventually becomes clear that the pandemic, or the infection, if that is what we choose to call it, is not caused by some normal bacteria or microorganism. Caught in the middle of an airborne projectile, all they can do is contemplate how the infection spreads. How will our characters make their way out of this tough situation?

2012

2012
2012

Genre: Sci-fi, Disaster
Runtime: 2h38m
Cast: John Cusack, Morgan Lily, Danny Glover
Release Year: 2009

2012 is an evergreen disaster film as it’s based on the recordings of the mayan and other calendars, many of which stopped after the year 2012. However, providing no cause or explanation for the same, this movie explores themes of family, community, compassion and human kindness in difficult times, as people come together to fight for their survival, while some seek to guard themselves and secure only their own position first. It also features beautiful landscapes and visuals, which make it all the more fun to watch.

Deep Impact

Deep Impact
Deep Impact

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Runtime: 2h

Cast: Robert Duval, Tea Leoni 

Release Year: 1998

A huge comet is discovered to be on a collision course with earth. Chaos ensues, politically, personally, and on a societal level as this news is shared by the grief-stricken U.S president. Lost and confused, 2 teams are still sent from Russia and the U.S.A to intercept and prevent said Collison, the fate of the world rests upon the performance of these 2 teams. Will they make it out alive and become the heroes of the earth?

Feel Free to watch our recommended movies to make for a long and interesting weekend. 

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