10 Best Disaster Movie Trailers

Sunday, March 6 by Shawn Lealos

The best disaster movie trailers show all the action and devastation you will see in these movies about the fight for survival. The trailers reveal just enough of the plot without giving too much away as well as making sure you know what stars will be among the peopl fighting for survival.

  1. “Armageddon” Michael Bay directs this movie about a group of drillers sent to destroy an asteroid before it crashes into the Earth. In one of the best disaster movie trailers, all the devastation is on display along with the pertinent story information to get you ready for the action-fest.
  2. “Deep Impact” This was the second disaster movie from 2008, where a comet is headed for Earth and only few people are expected to live. While both movies are about sending astronauts up to save the Earth, this is one of the best disaster movie trailers because it makes the danger seem more realistic.
  3. “2012” While this remains one of the worst movies ever made, it contains one of the best disaster movie trailers of all time. The best part of the trailer is that it shows all the best moments of devastation of the Roland Emmerich movie without you having to actually sit through the actual movie.
  4. “Independence Day” Before Roland Emmerich became a parody of himself, he created this Will Smith starring movie which has one of the best disaster movie trailers. What makes this trailer strong is the cheesy pomp of the movie is on full display in the movie of men standing up to fight the unknown.
  5. “Twister” This is a natural disaster movie following a group of storm chasers who come across a violent tornado. In one of the best disaster movie trailers, the shots allow viewers to see the devastation of the storms but do not give away any of the actual plot of the movie.
  6. “The Poseidon Adventure” This 1972 movie features survivors on a cruise ship that capsizes when it is hit by a giant wave. One of the best disaster movie trailers ever made, this movie shows the horrors of the ship as well as stars such as Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine.
  7. “Airport” One of the first disaster movies ever made, it also presents one of the best disaster movie trailers ever made. The trailer explains all the storylines that permeate through the movie while also highlighting the stars that are involved in the film.
  8. “Volcano” Tommy Lee Jones stars in this movie about a volcano that erupts in downtown Los Angeles. The movie has one of the best disaster movie trailers ever made, the trailer tracks the story from the beginning, when no one knew what was going on, to the destruction the volcano caused to the city.
  9. “The Day After Tomorrow” Roland Emmerich was just getting warmed up when he made this movie, about an ecological disaster rivaled only by his later movie “2012.” This has one of the best disaster movie trailers, showing mass confusion and devastation caused by the changing of the weather patterns.
  10. “The Towering Inferno” This 1974 disaster movie has one of the best disaster movie trailers ever made. The trailer makes sure to point out stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman early on before showing the intense fire in the building and the survivors fight for their lives.
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