We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 disaster movies from 2000-2010. Also it appears the MPAA feels 13 is the appropriate age to witness the end of mankind. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Cloverfield (2008) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
A giant alien monster is destroying the Big Apple in this monster flick that uses found footage to new effect. You rarely see glimpses of the actual monster, and that’s part of the fun. For the first time, it’s like you’re experiencing the disaster with the characters.
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan
9. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) 45% at Rotten Tomatoes
A paleoclimatologist journeys from D.C. to NYC to save his son, who’se trapped in the center of the biggest ecological disaster of our time. A new Ice Age is about to hit, and this family story is what moves us along through it. The flooding of the streets of New York is a cinematic marvel to behold.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum
8. World Trade Center (2006) 67% at Rotten Tomatoes
Anyone who was alive on September 11, 2001 can tell you where they were when they heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center. Most people watched the second tower attack and buildings collapse on the news. I was in Ft. Benning, GA starting my basic training in the army, so it wasn’t until this movie came out that I finally saw it from the average person’s eyes.
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Nicolas Cage
7. 2012 (2009) 40% at Rotten Tomatoes
A frustrated writer unrealistically saves his family when a series of global catastrophes coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. This disaster film is a once-in-a-lifetime moment that catches a time when we were all a little worried something could happen.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Amanda Peet
6. The Core (2003) 40% at Rotten Tomatoes
The only way to save the Earth from certain apocalypse is to drill to the core and detonate a nuclear explosion to get the planet rotating again. A team of scientists, engineers, and experts is brought in to get the job done. And, of course, there’s plenty of melodrama to keep you caring till the end of the movie or planet, whichever comes first.
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Tcheky Karyo
5. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) 21% at Rotten Tomatoes
This remake to the 1951 sci-fi classic sees an alien visitor (Reeves, playing a part he was born to) and his giant robot counterpart sent to observe and possibly conquer the planet. It’s everything great about b-movies of the 50s and puts the War of the Worlds remake to shame.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates
4. Knowing (2009) 33% at Rotten Tomatoes
You’d think being an M.I.T. professor would be all fun and games, but when John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters, things get a little crazy. Watch one of Cage’s finer performances in this popcorn disaster flick.
Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne
3. The Perfect Storm (2000) 47% at Rotten Tomatoes
A group of commercial fisherman are caught in the middle of a terrible storm at sea. It’s a true story of survival against all odds, and you’ll be at the edge of your seat the entire time wondering if they survive. Exhilarating performances from an all-star cast pushes The Perfect Storm past Poseidon for oceanic disasters.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: George, Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly
2. I Am Legend (2007) 69% at Rotten Tomatoes
Based on The Omega Man, this movie about the last man on Earth being stalked by light-sensitive zombies shines despite the cliche Hollywood ending. The standout scene is when Neville loses his canine companion and only friend.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
1. Children of Men (2006) 92% at Rotten Tomatoes
Sent in a chaotic 2027, infertility is slowly wiping out the human race. In order to save us all, a disillusioned bureaucrat fights to save a miraculously pregnant woman. It’s a disaster film like you’ve never before seen or imagined.
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor