The thought of a natural disaster is enough to wake some people up from a sound sleep. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and major floods have the ability to ruin lives in the space of seconds or minutes. Natural disasters let us know that no matter how much progress we make, we can’t control everything. Here’s a look at six natural disaster movies that may prevent you from sleeping soundly again.


"2012" (2009)

The end of the world is coming, so says Dr. Adrian Hemsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Hemsley discovers the earth’s core is heating up and a natural disaster that will cause the earth’s crust to become unstable is about to ensue. That means a majority of the population will be killed. Hemsley and writer Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) are seemingly the only ones who understand what is going on and President Thomas Wilson (Danny Glover) must be convinced to take the proper steps.


"The Day After Tomorrow" (2004)

Climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) is working in the Arctic and realizes that a huge ice sheet has been sheared from a glacier. This event is the beginning of a worldwide climate shift that signals the start of a new ice age. Hall’s son, Sam (Jake Gyllenhall) is in New York City, where it has been raining for three straight weeks. New York is about to be frozen over and Hall not only tries to save the world from disaster, he also journeys to New York to try to save his son.

"The Perfect Storm" (2000)

Fisherman Billy Payne (George Clooney) is the captain of a small boat called the Andrea Gail and he is feeling pressure from the boat’s owner to bring in a lucrative haul. When Payne comes to the conclusion that he is on his last chance or he may lose his boat, he takes his crew to the North Atlantic where he is sure they can bring in a substantial catch. However, their plans are scuttled when they sail into the confluence of a devastating weather pattern that produces the “perfect” storm.


"Twister" (1996)

Bill Harding (Bill Paxton) is a TV weatherman and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Dr. Jo Harding (Helen Hunt) is a tornado hunter. Ready to move on with his new life and his new girl, Bill is trying to get Jo to sign divorce papers. At the same time, a series of devastating tornados snake their way through Oklahoma and Jo wants to use a sophisticated measuring device to determine their impact. Instead of asking her to sign divorce papers, he wants to assist Jo on her mission.


"Volcano" (1997)

An earthquake devastates Los Angeles and one of the resulting problems is that a volcano has formed underneath the La Brea Tar Pits. As further disaster looms, emergency chief Michael Roark (Tommy Lee Jones) must do everything in his power to save lives and keep the city from suffering an unbearable disaster. He gets help from feisty seismologist Amy Barnes (Anne Heche).

"Armageddon" (1998)

The scientists at NASA discover that a meteor about the size of Texas is about to hit the earth. The only way to prevent the planet from suffering total destruction is for a crew of astronauts, scientists, and oil-drillers (that's right, oil-drillers) to rocket toward the meteor and destroy it from the inside with a nuclear bomb. This is a “one in a million” shot, but it is the only option. The fate of the world lies in the hands of oil-driller Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) and his motley crew of employees who are willing to sacrifice themselves to save the world...and for a shot at never paying taxes again.